Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Mums and Daughters - sharing fashion.

I have often talked about forty something women not wishing to dress either like their twenty year old daughters, nor their seventy year old mothers, but when you are in your forties, how acceptable do you think it is to clothes swap with your daugther and or, vice versa?

Much has been made in the press of the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a 2008 Reiss dress for her first public address yesterday in a cobalt blue number that had previously been seen on her mother Carol, when she attended Ascot in 2010.  Reports suggest that Carole actually borrowed the dress from Kate in the first place, but it doesn't really matter who bought it, it is a great dress, classic style, gorgeous colour and one that undoubtedly suits both a women in her 20's just as much as it does a women of 57, but well placed sources also reveal that Kate often turns to her mothers wardrobe when she needs something special.


and that is exactly what happens in my house.  My eldest daughter, although 8 inches taller and of a completely different body shape to me, will often pop up to borrow a dressy top for a night out, sometimes something smart if the occassion requires it and very often a frock for maybe a wedding, christening or just for a night out as happened most recently when she stole a grey leopard print silk dress from my closet for a weekend away in Manchester.

 

and here she is in a Linea by House of Fraser cream silk one shoulder ruffle top which I fell in love with a few years back when I saw Yasmin Le Bon wearing it in a campaign picture, I never wore it as I felt it was a bit too young, so it was perfect for her even though it cost me £75 grrrrr.........

 

There will always be fashion rules I feel I should adhere to, but I shouldn't be afraid to take a peek inside her wardrobe now and again as these pictures prove, there are so many trends and styles that really can be worn by women of any age, its not a case of what you wear, more about how you wear it!

What are your thoughts on this subject and do you have a twenty something daughter who borrows clothes from you or vice versa?

Reiss UK

15 comments:

  1. Great Subject honey. I think its great, youngsters wear things really differently, I am sure C is like Elli, she might borrow one of your dresses but then give it a totally diff look with dm's or converse and some funky tights where as we would automatically wear it with heels.

    I do worry a little tho that Kate is wearing things that are just too old for her! I know she has to be conservative but she is just veering onto the side of Mumsy! I hope as she grows in confidence she can show that you can be shown to be doing an important job, but in a young and stylish way :)

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  2. Yes I agree that Kate can sometimes look a little mumsy but I don't think I would have thought that about this dress if I hadn't have seen her Mum in it lol! I also thought it a shame that their footwear was almost identical, perhaps Kate should have stuck to the nude pumps which so suit her and have made LK Bennett a fortune!

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  3. Both of my daughters steal my clothes, so my wardrobe kits out a 41 year old, a 24 year old and a 16 year old.

    X x

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  4. I agree with Jools that Kate is sometimes wearing clothes that are a little too old for her, but most of the time she looks great! When it comes to swapping clothes, me and my lovely stepdaughter have been doing this since she was 16, and she's always been very happy to receive clothing that I for some reason don't wear anymore. Particularly now that she's going to start university:)

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  5. I would be wearing most of Laura's clothes if I was allowed, but she does give me first choice on what she is clearing out! I always end up with something nice:)
    ~Anne

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  6. Thank goodness I don't have anyone in "borrowing" my clothes in this house. But I don't see why you can't borrow from your daughters and vice-versa. I really think a lot of it has to do with "how" you wear it. Some things, of course, you should stay away from but for the most part I think it's doable. The old rules aren't in the rule book anymore.

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  7. I think Kate looks wonderful in whatever she wears! I wish I could do the same with my 2 gorgeous girls, unfortunately one smaller and one taller! and of course Mummy bigger boo hoo!!!

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  8. I have borrowed a few pieces from my mum but sadly my mum is not as fashion forward as you so it is normally a cardi or some jewellery if I do find something in my mums wardrobe that I like it normally shocks us both lol. Great post xoxo

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  9. I think that there are some classic style that can be worn at any age. Often accessorised differently. My daughter has occasionally borrowed from my wardrobe however our tastes tend to be different.

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  10. My mother loves borrowing my clothes. When she visits me she often goes home with something from my wardrobe:)

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  11. I share with my youngest chick, well I can take her one size fits all items :) scarves & shoes ( the non sky scraper variety ) , and she can borrow just about anything of mine, if its huge its belted & she looks stunning ! My eldest chick, flits in with the kids, is 1. usually cold and goes home in a fav jumper. 2. kids fall asleep pashmina perfect as cover up in car ( never to be seen again) .

    Thankfully son is not interested in my clothes !

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  12. We dont swap clothes as we are different sizes now but I have a stash of her old stuff, my favourite jeans were my mum in the 70s. We do often wear almost the same things though!

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  13. I've done a bit of 'shopping in my mum's wardrobe' but mainly accessories as she is just under five foot so tends to wear the petites range stuff but I do share and borrow clothes from my younger sister and friends. So styles are so classic they cater for all ages but I do think that Kate needs to wear some more 'youthful' style shoes. xx

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  14. I used to borrow clothes off my mum when I was younger. My daughter is only 9 so she hasn't started borrowing clothes yet but I think she will be trying very soon as she is almost as tall as me. There is no way she is getting her hands on any of my clothes, not until she is old enough to look after them. I kind of think it depends on both of your styles as to whether you can share clothes.

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  15. When I went back to the UK last month my Mum had this amazing cardigan in the style of Rag and Bone that I loved! She was so taken that I liked it she offered to give it to me when I returned to NYC but she looks great in it - I think sharing fashion is a lovely thing between mother and daughter!

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