Dear mother, this daughter always wondered if her mother and daughter met in their twenties, what would she think then, what would she see from the dress, the shirt the other party was wearing?
Inheriting mom’s fashion yay or nay?
Since childhood, mother and daughter are often attached to each other like a picture with a shadow. The mother sees her old self in the child that is growing up day by day. But when her brain allows me to remember her mother, she has already reached her forties, or even more, so this daughter is also curious about her energetic maiden appearance.
If fashion is a loop, is there any other intersection for mother and daughter to meet on that vast circle? People often assign an item the phrase “mother’s”, “grandmother’s” as a way to refer to “countryside”, “oldness” in thought, style, etc. existed until the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The high waisted jeans, the colorful silk scarves , surely no girl would dare to wear those items again from 2000. But somehow, the old items in the mother’s wardrobe, or beyond, are now becoming a series of items to catch the trend.
Remember when vintage fashion began to stir up Millennials. Children born in the 1980s and 1990s “dive” in the markets in search of polka dot dresses from the 50s, peasant dresses and revolutionary mini skirts of the decade. 60, countless colorful silk scarves from the 19th century, or the appearance of pump shoes that are both luxurious and elegant.
Birkenstocks – “rude” slippers, a familiar item of the Boomers generation, have once again returned to the fashion track because of their uniqueness and high applicability.
In the era of personality Gen Z boys and girls , vintage is even more blossoming. At this time, it is no longer a trend, but a “ageless” style. Following Millennials, Gen Z is heavily influenced by the 70s and 80s later. Mom’s jeans (mom jeans) were initially a thorn in the eyes of many people, later they were items piled up in “online shopping carts”, or pearl necklaces – her mementos, now not only promoted by famous stars like Jennie (BLACKPINK) , it has even gone beyond the gender framework, touching the world of men’s fashion.
We are always driven by things called “trends”. Girls who aspire to be the trendiest, most stylish in the flashy world of fashion, peer back into the silhouettes of the inspirational women around them – mother, grandmother. Or rather, the silhouette of the person who went before.
But mother and child fashions do not always intersect. For example, in the 50s when mothers all wore the same waist-length skirt to take care of the housework, the children at that time just wanted to leave home to be themselves. Then they paved the way for the era of miniskirts in the 60s or later, the rebellious Punk, fulfilling the dream of expanding his freedom.
Recalling the shopping trips with mom or simply “unboxing” a Shopee package in front of her, many of us must have encountered “judgmental” eyes, “emotional” comments. ” like “buying nonsense”, “wearing like a ghost”, … from that woman who “breaks the mood”. Then “I don’t understand” – is this what thousands of girls think before a negative comment about the outfit they are most proud of?
Have we ever tried to think on what basis does our mother confidently voice that opinion? Or further, how is the mother’s aesthetic conception formed? Why is it that when we were young, we felt comfortable wearing the things our mother gave us, but when we grew up, we refused to “push it”, thinking that the clothes our mother bought were outdated, even though sometimes we didn’t even bother to open it and look at it. once?
The aesthetic taste in each period changes, not only due to internal factors, but also from the perspective of the social situation at that time such as politics, culture, and economy. Who dares to say that politics has nothing to do with fashion. The ’50s, the days when brightly colored skirts, curvaceous shoulders
and hourglass-shaped belts were the norm – the standard for women’s clothing was a result of the post-World War II era, when the appropriate Style is more important than diversity. Who dares to assert that culture has nothing to do with flashy fashion. As culture opens up new opportunities, it also poses new needs, new demands – that fashion, must be what it means: trendy.
Putting yourself in such a context, fashion in the eyes of mothers, who witnessed and experienced those tumultuous times, is certainly not merely temporary sensory evaluations, but It is also built from historical events of great influence. At the time of her twenties like a daughter, how dare I be brave enough to confidently abandon prejudices to be myself as my definition.
Aesthetic taste also has its “puberty” process. Right now, you’d be wary of your mom’s 40-year-old wardrobe but willing to pay the price for an item from her twenties that’s just been worn by Dua Lipa or Bella Hadid. So actually, our aesthetic point of view is easier to match with girls of the same age and mother’s age in her 20s, not in her 40s like now.
Mothers also had a time to play stylishly like that, but after going through the impulsive youth, she could not love the personality style of that time. Is this the “difference” of the age, not the era? What young people like, what adults think is a personal feeling based on experience.
Why force it to a temporary norm in an age that doesn’t last forever? One day in the letter “To Mom”, girls, when everything is over, will remember their childhood days when they see the closet full of clothes, the excitement when trying on a dress is too miserable for her body size, hobbling in her mother’s high heels. If fashion is a loop, the point of intersection between mother and child is infinite. Because I feel proud, and it’s cool to be “the mother” in the past.
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