I have two daughters. Two gorgeous, beautiful creatures that inspire me with their fashion sense every time I see them. It is not surprising that they love fashion, with a mother like me… who has been dreaming shoes, bags and dresses from a very early age. My daughters are both different… both in physical looks and fashion sense… One likes the classics with a twist… the other, the twists with a dab of the classic… I have my own way of wearing fashion.., yet I can see that I am drawn to their choices and how they put their look together. I admit to coveting their style… and they will happily follow my lead.
I realised that the girls and I have many of the same or similar pieces in our wardrobes and this brought me to that age old conundrum for women… of age v’s fashion… What is appropriate and what’s not. I think about this all the time… and frequently ask them, ‘Can I get away with this?’ ‘Are you sure I am not too old to be wearing this?’ You know the drill… and if you don’t have daughters then I am sure that these same questions have been fired at girlfriends and partners in abundance… The answer is, YES… we can wear what our daughters wear… within reason… and with a little change here and there. There is nothing worse than getting it wrong and there is nothing better than being inspired and learning from younger women… It’s all a question of adapting… adapting their choices to suit ourselves… tailoring what’s ‘in’ to our personalities and our bodies… We can stay in the game, enjoy every moment but we must know when to admit defeat and when to embrace a ‘look’.
The photograph above is from Atlantic Pacific. It’s not one of my daughters… I am yet to catch them for a snap… I know my daughters would wear all those pieces in a heartbeat… and so would I… but with a little tweak.
This is an easy outfit to put together… one that can be brought up to date with a new shirt, a cute pair of short boots or a stylish pair of glasses. Three-quater coats add a certain chic to a pair of jeans… and also slim the body… Whether you add the hat and belt is up to you…The fedora does make a statement… and the belt… best on a slender pair of hips… The choices I have made are similar to the ones in the photograph but the jeans are plainer, the shirt is more structured… the bag less cumbersome… and the coat, while embellished, is more sophisticated. It’s the same feel… yet the subtleties allow for the differences in age.. Whether you are in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s… there are ways to make this look your own.
Can we wear what our daughters wear? Yes… I am heading to their closets right now…. xv