What I Learnt About Style From My Mum

11 May

My Mum has always had a love of shoes, make-up and perfume. Right from school, at a very young age, she worked in the cosmetics department at Myer where her weekly pays would be saved up to buy shoes.

I don’t remember Mum ever leaving the house without a beautifully made-up face. (Well at the very least with her lippy on) I went to Paris with my Mum for my 40th birthday and this is one of my favourite pics. It’s Mum re-applying her lipstick in the Louvre.  She has one of those little lippy cases that she carries around with her and she is often seen whipping it out to do a quick touch up.

Those who follow my blog or Facebook page will know I too have a thing for great shoes and cosmetics.  I have to be very disciplined to buy practical as well as simply gorgeous shoes and I could spend hours in a store trying lotions and eyeshadows and smelling different fragrances.

The other thing my Mum taught me about style is about fit.  From a very young age (2 or 3) til I was in my early 20’s I did calisthenics and my Mum made all my (and my two sisters) costumes. She was a perfectionist when it came to how the leotards and costumes fit us. There was never a wrinkle, an extra fold of fabric or a loose sequin anywhere. She would spend hours and hours making sure they were just right. Near enough was not good enough. If we were on stage and she noticed a thread or a slightly too long hem length, it would be altered immediately.

And finally probably the biggest lesson I learnt about style from my Mum is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to dress and look stylish. It shouldn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or how much money you have, you work with what you have and what you can afford. If you need to, you save, you plan, you make or alter and you search and hunt for bargains. You don’t give up on your style just because you don’t have a lot of money to spend on clothes. You find a way to look and feel good.  If you’re really interested and willing to invest the time and effort to learn, you can be stylish – even with a limited budget.

So somewhat unconsciously I have been aware of and studying style since I was a very little girl.  From the time I learnt what the odd contraption that turned out to be an eyelash curler was, to the moment I had my first costume fitting, to when I worked with my Mum to design the school formal dress she would make for me.  All those years, of subtle education, without me knowing it, contributed to my passion for style and fashion, and helped get me where I am today in my career.

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