Raiding my Mom’s Closet

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A follower recently responded to one of my question boxes on Instagram Stories with the suggestion of doing a “raiding my mother’s closet” type blog post. I don’t know how the thought had never crossed my mind to do a blog post like this, but of course I had to give it a try! I actually helped my mom clean out her closet a few weeks ago (just before my own closet cleanout of 2020), which of course my organization-loving self enjoyed immensely. I even picked up a few hand-me-downs during the process… Isn’t that just the best? Anyway, today’s post is dedicated to my amazing mom and her incredible style!

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I have tried a handful of times to convince my mother to do “mommy and me” blog posts with me, but to no avail. Sometimes when we go shopping together, we like to pick out the same items on purpose so that we can twin. (I know we each have the same blue sweater currently and we used to have a handful of matching pairs of shoes.) And other times while shopping, we’ll just happen to pick up the same item in our respective sizes, completely on accident! What can I say, great minds (and styles) think alike.

I don’t have any sisters, so my mom and I have always been really close. In high school, when I finally had some freedom in deciding what to wear (I lived in school uniforms before that), I would come upstairs every morning and give her a little twirl to show her my outfit. Now that I spend the school year away at college, I sometimes send her pics of my outfits instead! If I’m really lucky, she’ll send me a sassy pic of her look in return.

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My mom is much taller than me because, unfortunately, I got my dad’s genes. For shame. While I’m not short by most women’s standards (I’m about 5’5”), I’m sadly short enough that my mom and I can’t share the majority of our clothes. This is SUCH a bummer because she has an amazing closet full of goods. Not to mention, her shoe collection is to die for! I have itty-bitty little feet, so I’ve never been able to, nor will I ever, fit into her shoes. Even as I was putting this outfit together, I was imagining a pair of shoes she owns that would’ve gone perfectly with this look! Regardless, instead of sharing clothing and shoes with my mom while growing up, I was stuck with my older brothers’ unflattering hand-me-downs. But that’s a story for another time…

Today, I’m featuring this summery white top that my mom handed down to me while cleaning her closet. I think she’s recently had a string of bad luck regarding doing laundry (things unexpectedly shrinking and whatnot), which really sucks. But I would be lying if I said those mishaps didn’t benefit me because it usually means a new clothing item for my collection! But of course, I would not wish laundry malfunctions on any fashionista…

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While this white top probably isn’t something I would think to pick for myself (I used to have this strange aversion to buttons—anyone else?), I do think it’s super cute now that I have it on. It’s a faux wrap style with a little tie at the corner, but I decided to knot the shirt up even more to give it a slightly tighter fit. The fabric of this top is super light and breezy, perfect for the summer heat! Since my mom’s pants would be way too long on my short little legs, I opted for my own pair of mustard jeans. These pants used to be a favorite in high school, but I’ve only just rediscovered them during my time home for quarantine. I love that the looser, straight-cut style of jeans is trendy right now because I feel like I can break out all my too-big pants and pass them off as a trend!

I usually consider these mustard pants a fall piece, but I love the color paired with a bright white for summer. I think this outfit turned out so so cute! I opted for my red snakeskin sandals from DSW (which my mom also bought but had to return), and I stole some accessories from my mom’s closet. She has an incredible jewelry collection, so I chose this really unique metal and stone cuff. I topped the outfit off with her blush clutch from StitchFix and voila! One of my favorite summer outfits this year. I would wear this look to class come early fall or even just any day; it’s the perfect amount of cute and casual.

My mom used to graciously take all my blog photos for me back in the day. She always told me to stand straighter, which at the time annoyed me, but was such a necessary reminder! Now that I take all my own photos with a tripod, I’ve only just begun to realize how bad my posture has gotten in most pics. I definitely need to work on that and to reinstate my mom’s little voice in my head!

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Do you ever share clothes with your mom? Would you say you and your mom’s styles are compatible? I definitely get my taste from my mother, and my grandma was extremely stylish too. I love being the third generation of fashionista!

I hope you all have a great day and weekend. I’m busy busy busy, but the virtual camp for which I’m volunteering is supposed to end Friday, so hopefully I’ll be able to relax some this weekend. Have a great Thursday, and stay safe!

 

Miles of smiles,

Grace

 

White Blouse: Hand-me-down // Mustard Pants: JCPenney, $20 // Red Snakeskin Sandals: DSW, $30, buy HERE // Blush Clutch: StitchFix, borrowed from my mom // Gold Globe Necklace: Francesca’s, buy HERE

37 comments on “Raiding my Mom’s Closet”

  1. This is so cute, great blog idea! When I was in high school my mom and I were similar sizes so we could share a lot of clothes. We saved some money by only buying one top instead of two. We also frequently like the same things!

    1. Thanks so much Emily! That’s so fun. I would lovvve to be able to share everything with my mom.

  2. What a cute top!! Love this outfit, the pants a great style and color too. I used to switch clothes with my mom and still pass her down a few things but she lost so much weight since her cancer and chemo/radiation that she is now in kids size: I definitely don’t fit in those. It has been nice to give her some of my top tight things and to see some of the new things she has bought. And she is finally starting to feel better a year after treatment.
    This was a good idea for apost!
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

    1. Thank you Mireille! I am so so glad to hear that your mom is finally feeling better. <3 That is great news!

  3. I love mustard colour and it looks fantastic paired up with a white blouse, yet another killer outfit, Grace! I used to switch clothes with my sisters. And sometimes I just “borrowed” them 😂 thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

    1. Thanks so much, Aiva! And haha yes – if I had sisters I would definitely be stealing their clothes all the time, hehe.

  4. The relationship with your mom sounds awesome! I have a great one with mine too. My mom and I are close in height, but built differently. Still, there have been times when we could wear some of each others’ shirts, depending on the cut. You created a really cute outfit with your mom’s blouse. I think the buttons a look great!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

    1. Aren’t moms just the best? I’m so grateful for mine. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Michelle!!

  5. What a fun post Grace! I love that you and your mom share a passion for fashion. So cool, really. Perhaps one day she will do a mommy and me? I love how you styled this white blouse. It looks chic and the color combination is just perfection. Happy weekend!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    1. Thanks so much, Maureen! I’m so grateful for her. 🙂 And yes, I’ll be sure to keep nagging! Hehe.

  6. What a stunning outfit! I always used to raid my moms closet, she had such a great style, haha. I wish I could borrow her shoes time from time too, they were too small though! Thanks for a nice post x

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Adele! Yes, if I wore the same size shoes as my mom, that’s definitely what I would steal the most.

  7. I love the mustard pants! I’ve been on the look out for a pair of mustard jeans in the opshops for a while – hopefully I find them this year! 🙂

    That top is lovely too and it’s nice you can wear some pieces from your mum’s wardrobe! I don’t have a lot from my mum’s wardrobe but I did just wear a knit from her the other weekend!

    Hope that you had a lovely weekend! 🙂 We had a nice day yesterday at the photo studio picking out some photos after our family photo shoot last week!

    1. Ooh picking out family photos sounds like so much fun! And yes, mustard pants are an unexpected and fun piece for summer/fall.

  8. Grace, I love that you are a third generation fashionista! That is so fun. I have always been obsessed with all things fashion but not a single woman in my family was. I have two sisters who aren’t really that into clothes. And my mother was about 400 pounds and made most of her own clothes so they would fit properly, so I didn’t share her clothes. But my mother was a wonderful seamstress and would craft the crazy things that would come into my head…without a sketch or anything…just my words describing what I wanted. She made my prom dress which was a short fitted dress covered in emerald green sequins and the back was a peace sign. She also made a matching cummerbund and bow tie for my date. In any event, I just went all the way down memory lane, I am loving this outfit that you created from your mom’s closet! Super cute! Thanks for linking.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    1. Thanks so much, Shelbee! And that is soooo cool that your mom was able to make all of those things for you, especially the prom dress! How fun! Thanks for sharing your memories. 🙂

  9. Such a long post lol but I read it all and I love the idea behind this post. Love that you raided your mom’s closet and you are not short. That top is just the cutest and totally my kind of look as I love anything button-front and this year these kind of asymmetric buttons on the front are so stylish. I love and own very similar ankle mustard pants too. Last, I love your sandals. You look so adorable! That is why I featured you on Thursday Moda yesterday, CHECK IT OUT!! =)

    https://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2020/07/thursday-moda-222-wearing-blue-for.html

    Ada =))

    1. Thank you so much for the feature and sweet comment, Ada! And the fact that you said this post is really long cracked me up because it’s actually one of my shorter posts… haha! What can I say, writing is my favorite part of blogging.

    1. Thank you Emily!! And if you enter your email in the right-hand sidebar of my site, you’ll receive an email notification every Monday and Thursday when my blog posts go up. 🙂

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