With a Capital EM: Mom, My Style Icon


My mom, Christie, in a fashion show during her high school years.

Floral jeans. They are in this season, I had them on, but were they working? Only one way to find out — snap a photo and text it to my mom for approval. But as I was about to hit send I realized she was busy and wouldn’t be able to respond, so I bought them anyway. (Let’s hope they work, because I’m wearing them as I type this.) But the whole floral-jean-purchase-without-mom-approval really got me thinking. I am very fortunate to have a mom who, not only pays attention to trends, but knows which ones work for me. I don’t know many ladies my age who can say the same. Maybe it’s the fact that she herself won best dressed in her graduating class (an honor her daughters also won) or the fact that shopping has always been a bonding experience for us or the fact that from a very young age I learned that the right outfit can make you feel on top of the world. Now, when I say from a young age, I mean it. I’ve heard stories of me dragging clothes around the toddler section of Macy’s. As long as I can remember, my mom instilled in me a love of fashion. As any fashionista knows, a love of fashion can mean taking risks. There are photos to prove the losses (knee socks on a toddler — cute; on a 5-foot sixth grader with the addition of a “Blossom” style hat, um, no) and wins like Candie’s purple clogs and my first-ever Kate Spade bag. Both of which reside in a memory box in my parent’s basement. (I wasn’t kidding, we love fashion so much we commemorate the wins). Through the good, the bad and the ugly, I’ve always been able to count on my mom for fashion advice and fashion-spiration or what I call better living through fashion. A bad day is instantly made better with the arrival of a surprise package from The Gap (hello adorable sundress I’d been eyeing for weeks). Stressed out? Head to The Loft with mom on speaker phone. Don’t laugh, I do it a lot and it’s one of the best forms of therapy there is. This year I’m hopeful that we’ll spend Mother’s Day doing what we do best — shopping. Outfitting the family in the latest trends — including floral jeans.

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Emily Caswell

Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.

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