I’ve always loved fashion, ever since I saw my mum dance around the house in the 80’s with a brown velvet cat suit on, to the song ‘it’s raining men’.
I used to love putting on all my mum’s clothe’s and her high heels and pretend I was a mother myself with a baby off to work. Then I would change and I would be kissing my baby goodnight while me and “David or Anthony” (always my two choices for husbands names) went out some where glamorous and my mum being my mum always had some beautiful gown for me to try on and admire in the mirror.
As I grow up my love for fashion never wavered, although my aunt loves telling me about the grandma phase I went through where I loved the old cardigan! I worked in Cosmetics from the time I was 18 and I would have all my pay spent on the beautiful clothe’s and cosmetics at Myer or David Jones before my pay check came in. I still wore my mum’s clothe’s but now I wore them out the house. Sometimes there was a piece I would covet and my mum loving me how she did would always let me have it. I always wondered if my mum knew how much I loved her for that even though there was always that small part of me that felt guilty about the strength of her love for me and how there was always a small half-hearted fight from her end before she said ‘go on you can have it’.
My mum’s always been very eclectic when it comes to clothe’s and sometimes I would tease her and call her eccentric. Like the time she bought powder pink, green and gold tapestry jeans and wore it with a lace shirt and matching lace boots (later I loved those jeans but could never admit that to my mum after I teased her so terribly about the outfit). The truth is it’s because of my mum that I have the love of fashion I do and the same size wardrobe she does. We both hate throwing clothes out, but I am definitely better at it than she is.
My mum’s the one that taught me to look after my clothes, Dry clean those that need dry cleaned, hand wash those that need hand washed try to buy yourself some good quality staples and your clothes will stand the test of time. She also taught me not to be afraid and experiment. While I’m definitely not always as confident to experiment as my mum I definitely am not afraid to mix things up a little try something others might not.
When I say this I am talking about my pre motherhood days. I would totally glam it up going out all the time wearing sexy high hells, a gorgeous outfit and the accessories to match. Nowadays I have a much more casual approach to fashion. Don’t get my wrong when the need arises I can still bring it in the fashion stakes, but day-to-day I’m a more denim and t-shirt girl with flats or tracksuits and runners.
The one thing I hope to teach LMM is, no matter what you should leave the house looking nice. It doesn’t cost a lot to leave the house looking your best; don’t forget op shops are always in fashion and there are so many beautiful stores now that are affordable for most people H&M being a prime example or Tempt is another. All the girls in my family are like that. No matter how they are feeling on the inside they always make the effort to look good on the outside. That came from my grandma we weren’t allowed to leave the house until we all looked nice as how we looked was a direct representation of my grandma.
Fashion is a way to let people know who you are or where you are in your life as it changes. Today my fashion sense is much more simple and colour neutral I want to be able to chase my daughter round the park if I need to or sit on the floor with her at daycare while she has her last five minutes play time.
Do I miss the days where I wore gorgeous costumes jewellery and gorgeous little outfits with heels and a full face of make up and my hair was super gorgeous and together all the time? Not as much as I thought I would. It means its all the more exciting for me when I do get to go out.
While my look may be uber casual these days I still love the fashion magazines and keeping up on trends…..You know just in case the need arises for me to Glam it up and very soon LMM might be asking me for fashion advise and I need to stay on point for when that day arises! xx