Where did you get your first style inspiration?
Looking back to when I was a child, my first style inspiration was, of course, my mother. She would be the one telling me what looks nice and what doesn’t. How I dress now is basically molded by her inputs from when I was a child. I could remember her trying to dress me up as Chilton Era Rory Gilmore at some point and maybe a little like Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl (headbands and all). Realizing this, I believe it’s only rightful to pay tribute to all the stylish fictional moms that taught my mom (not to mention me and my grandmother including) how to dress!
Lily van der Woodsen, “Gossip Girl”
No one does elegance like Lily van der Woodsen. Born with a silver spoon, it’s a part of her that you can’t simply take away. From her choice of ensembles, accessories to pair it with, to the right piece to hang on the walls of her Manhattan penthouse, Lily definitely has good taste for basically anything (a little faulty when it comes to men, though). We can only imagine what her “rebellious days” were like with a sense of fashion like hers.
Clarisse Renaldi, “The Princess Diaries”
Everything Clarisse Renaldi wore, my grandmother wore. It was was the grandma aesthetic and the type of woman she is that would make you want to be just like her when you grow older. Like the royalty that she is, she is poised. She wears who she is: a queen.
Morticia Addams, “Addams Family”
Aside from her undying love and loyalty to her family, Morticia Addams is a calm and collected woman who knows exactly what she wants. It’s not hard to wear what she wears—beautiful long black ‘do, black dress, and sharply lines lips. But not everyone can be just like her.
Lorelai Gilmore, “Gilmore Girls”
She talks a lot and she does it fast. Yet through all her word vomit, there’s still much to learn from Lorelai Gilmore. A rebel in nature, Lorelai would be your favorite cool mom. She doesn’t dress like her mother, Emily, told her to. She’s your shirt-and-jeans type who puts comfort before anything else, knowing exactly when to show some skin or to keep it chill and maybe even corporate.
Marge Simpson, “The Simpsons”
You would most probably remember her for green tube dress and red pearl necklace. But beyond this typical imagery of Marge Simpson, she knows exactly what to wear for which occasion. Her love for her heirlooms (the pearl necklaces, white or red) shows by picking them as go-to accessory no matter where she goes.
Peg Boggs, “Edward Scissorhands”
Glasses and ’50s silhouettes, both in Burton’s pop colors—if Peg Boggs isn’t your favorite fictional Avon Lady, I don’t know who is. As a best friend to Edward Scissorhands and mother to Kim, it’s safe to say that she’s one of the most adorable and effortlessly lovable moms in movie history. Aside from her on-point fashion and distinct style, she’s become an enabler for Edward to pursue the creative path in topiary, ice sculpting, and hairstyling.
Miranda Priestly, “The Devil Wears Prada”
Cold and calculated, Miranda Priestly is probably one of the most terrifying bosses to work with. It may not have been highlighted in most people’s memories but she’s a mother to two kids. Her style completely balances out the woman in charge and the artist.