We have a lot to thank our moms for.
They're the ones who kept buying us shoes whenever we outgrew them.
They made sure we made it to school -- fed, clean and well rested -- every single day.
They even answered our 1 am phone calls telling them we got in trouble with the college police.
They did all of that -- and they were also some of the first (if not the first) people to dress us. Starting with our very first onesies, our outfit choices have always been influenced by our moms -- whether we realize it or not.
But as we got older and thought we knew better than they did, we might've rebelled against their "fashion" advice.
Flared jeans, Mom??? I need the skinniest jeans possible!!! I have to get that American Eagle graphic long-sleeve shirt, Mom! Everyone has one! Are you kidding me? Of course I'm going to wear this cutoff jean skirt for years to come!
Sound familiar? Are you cringing because you said those exact words? Yep, we all went through horribly dramatic phases.
Even during the middle schools years, when everything seemed like a do-or-die situation, our moms were there to make sure we didn't go overboard or embarrass ourselves too much.
They were always vocal with their opinions on our clothes because they genuinely cared.
They weren't trying to make our lives living hell; they just always knew better. They learned from their own fashion mistakes and just wanted to pass down their own tried-and-true tips.
Sure, our moms might not be up to date on every seasonal trend or even remotely aware of what's in style these days, but they do know the most important thing: No one ever looks good in a Hollister t-shirt.
Invest in classic pieces.
Gigi E. shares,
My mother always told me the most important thing you can invest in is a simple white button-down... No matter the outfit, a button-down will always add a really elegant, classic touch. Pair that with a pair of awesome pearls and you're set for life. I didn't believe her for a long time -- because I was convinced wearing beaten jeans and tube tops would somehow remain age appropriate.
You should always be comfortable.
Corina A. says,
My older sister was always naturally thin and I've always had curves, so hand-me-downs were always 'toss-me-ups' since I outgrew clothes faster than my sis. But as jealous as I was then, I'm thankful I understand that clothes should fit comfortably. I'm the only one who knows the number on the tag anyway!
All black is timeless...
Ashley F. reminds us all why Grandma really does know best. She says,
I used to make fun of my grandma for always wearing all black, and she told me that when I got older, I'd appreciate it. Well, now all I wear is black -- to the point everyone makes fun of me about it.
... But you can never go wrong with color.
Laura A. shares,
My mom has always preferred colorful spring and summer wardrobes to drab fall and winter ones. I guess that's why she taught me you can put black tights under any dress or skirt and repurpose it for colder weather. Now, I'm the only girl who wears hot orange pleated dresses in the middle of winter.
Save your ratty clothes to wear at home.
Emily A. notes her mom's token advice on her "most-loved" clothes:
My mom was always a big believer in clothes you wear 'for good' (aka outside of the house) and those that need to stay 'at home.' As your pieces begin to wear out, you continue wearing them at home instead of throwing them away immediately. Thankfully, it's kept me from wearing a shirt with tiiiny holes to work as a way of justifying its price.
Some of the best pieces aren't brand new and insanely expensive.
Celine R. recalls the perks of being patient and finding the right piece. She shares,
My mom has always been a thrifter and when I was younger, I hated everything about it. I only wanted new clothes and I the idea of thrifting was just gross to me. Of course, as I grew older, I realized shopping in itself is about patience and pursuit. Mom always puts time into her thrifting and you can't always win with the trends, but finding something no one else can replicate is a true win in itself. Doing something that allows you to create your own identity is a self-journey, and my mother has truly paved the way for me to create my own.
Being yourself will never go out of style.
Gillian F. shares her mom's biggest piece of advice: There's nobody who can do you better than you. She remembers,
My mom taught me being unique is more important than being trendy or having designer clothes and accessories. As a teenager, I'd always want to buy designer-monogrammed bags or shoes and she'd refuse, insisting logos are flashy and boring. I didn't understand it then, but now, I couldn't agree more.
Don't throw away money on trendy pieces.
When it comes to trends, it's hard to disagree: mom was right. Kylie M. recounts,
Like most teens, I loved shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle (back during the heyday of graphic tees and bedazzled ill-fitting tops that were way too tight for me and my shape). My mom told me I'd grow to hate the shirts I was spending nearly $80 bucks on and that they wouldn't flatter my figure. Also, she would make me feel bad for spending all that cash on a shirt that had a terrible logo, bedazzled lettering and wasn't even the right shape for my body type. But seriously, what do moms know? I was killing myself to fit into the tall, skinny, straight-up-and-down body type, and she knew it. Looking back at pictures, I gotta hand it to the lady: She was spot on. Now, I won't pay more than $20 bucks for trend pieces (since I've learned they'll be out by next season), and if I'm going to drop cold, hard cash, it'll be on an investment piece.