Three Solid Reasons:
- It’s like shopping for free, which, let’s face it, is basically the dream.
- Vintage is so in right now. (Pro tip: don’t call it vintage in front of your mum, she might not appreciate it and accuse you of calling her old)
- You might find an amazing, authentic, hot pink, hight cut, low back workout leotard circa the 80s (not pictured because I’m waiting for the perfect 80s themed social so it can truly have it’s moment to shine).
How To Properly Raid Your Mom’s Closet
I’m going to recommend you ask your mom if she has any old clothes from when she was in college, or that she doesn’t wear anymore. I mean, if I just went through my mum’s closet without asking, I’m pretty sure I would not be alive and writing this blog post, but you do you friends. So I asked my mum and she gave me a rather large stack of old tops, dresses, sweaters, skirts, etc. I went through it and decided to keep a few things, and then I listed the rest on Poshmark (shop my closet here). I brought the clothes I kept back to college, and in a moment of boredom my lovely roommate Isabella and I decided to do a little photoshoot to show them off for you. I would like you to know that we were heavily judged for our spontaneous shoot by prospective student tour groups, a girl wearing gloves, a hat, and a winter coat, and two very tan girls. #diditfortheblog
Just to clarify, I am by no means a fashion blogger. I claim to know next to nothing about clothes, or style, or trends. This was just something my roommate and I did for fun, and thought you might enjoy it. I also like to think I’m occasionally funny. Enjoy.
Look #1: Is It Darty Season Yet?
So my mum gave me the knitted tank top. It’s got some pretty cool detailing with the V in the front. I think it looks really cute on Isabella, and could totally see someone wearing it to a darty (“daytime party” for all you non-greeks out there). We paired it with the most stereotypical darty outfit of all time: dirty converse, denim cutoffs, and a flannel tied around the waist. Truly iconic.
Look #2: All The Pastel
I don’t know why but this look kind of reminds me of an Easter egg? Anyway, my mum included this lovely pastel purple sweater in the pile. I decided to go for a I-want-it-to-be-warm-but-it’s-not kind of look by wearing a sweater under a dress. Idk. I pretty much only wear black, so this was outside of my area of expertise.
Look #3: Paris, France Or Oxford, Ohio?
Ah yes. The wonderful fashion blogger trope of making an outfit cool by adding a beret (don’t ask why I own a beret). Isabella and I just felt my mum’s sheer blouse needed this edgy accessory to really take it to the next level. So Parisian of us.
Look #4: The Rock Circa The 90s
Okay so this turtleneck is so soft. I think it might be cashmere. The turtleneck and the gold chain were so of my mum’s go-to pieces in the 90s. Of course I looked to the Rock, a true fashion icon, for styling inspiration.
Look #5: Business Casual
Funny story: So after we photographed this look Isabella said “I look like a secretary trying to sleep with my boss”. Maybe pairing the embroidered blouse with a leather mini skirt and lace up heels was not the move.
Look #6: First Day Of Kindergarten
I look less like I’m on my way to learn about primate ecology and the ethics of ethnology, and more like I just learned how to tie my shoes. The mini backpack really brings the whole look together. The striped top was my mum’s, and I actually really like it, even though it kinda makes me feel like I’m in one of those Where’s Waldo books.
Look #7: Street Style Fashion Blogger
Tyra Banks look out, my roommate is America’s Next Top Model. We paired my mum’s vintage Tommy Hilfiger logo t-shirt with some badass striped black pants and denim jacket. Isabella might just be the edgiest statistics major out there. Brains and beauty friends, she’s got it all.
Look #8: Where’s The Beach?
Clearly my legs have not seen the sun in a hot minute because, dear god, am I pale. My mum gave me this cute little blue and white button-up shirt, and I felt like pretending it wasn’t cold outside, so I paired it with some high-waisted shorts (cue the girl with with gloves, a hat, winter coat, and intense judgement in her eyes). If anyone wants to Venmo me so I can buy a plane ticket to somewhere with sand and palm trees lmk.
Look #9: 1980s Prom Date
I’m not gonna lie this was my fav outfit from the shoot, probably because I got to channel all my favorite 80s movies. That and my mum’s old dress was black, so I was very much in my element. As for her pink suede jacket… I still have mixed feelings.