what will you NEVER wear because it will "make you your mum"

(304 Posts)
MaureenCognito Sun 14-Oct-12 16:24:52

Always remember laughing at noddyholders posts about her mum and her penchant for silver chunky jewellery and flicky hair.

what item epitomises your mum?

dearprudence Sun 14-Oct-12 16:27:11

Mid-calf length skirt with ankle boots.
A shirtwaister dress.
Anything from Per Una.

Teeb Sun 14-Oct-12 16:27:13

A line skirts and comfy shoes.

Many a shopping trip where she gravitates towards the M&S 'Classic' range and exclaims "ooh they look comfy!" in glee.

MaureenCognito Sun 14-Oct-12 16:27:47

tartan trews?

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Sun 14-Oct-12 16:27:58

My mum copies everything I wear if she likes it.

I started wearing pumps so she got some.

I got a lipsy mac so she got one.

But the one thing she does wear that I will never wear are her leggings in white!

She wears white leggings! She has 2 children under 3! I can spot my mum in a crowded street wearing those grin

dexter73 Sun 14-Oct-12 16:28:47

My mum loves Per Una and too much costume jewellery. I would never wear this anyway!

Samsara perfume.

MaureenCognito Sun 14-Oct-12 16:29:34

your mum has children under three?

All one colour. Brown shoes with brown cords and a brown top woth brown vest underneath? No thank you.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 14-Oct-12 16:32:55

Anything by Per Una.

Acrylic jumpers.

Too much gold jewellery. When she visited me in Africa, I told her not to bring/wear any jewellery as it would make her a target for muggers. She turned up with three gold chains, Hatton Garden on her fingers and a few gold bracelets for good measure. She looked like Mr T.

PrincessPumpkinshoutsBOO Sun 14-Oct-12 16:33:23

My very stylish mother spot the sarcasm likes to wear jogging bottoms with a knitted jumper [shudders] this is usual for her, I have never been able to wear jogging bottoms outside of the gym because of this, and also steer clear of that style of jumper, (think bonmarche, market stall sits on the waist type things)

MaureenCognito Sun 14-Oct-12 16:33:31

my mum still partial to a fleece occasionally

dalek Sun 14-Oct-12 16:33:47

Not my mum - but my MIL - per Una jeans - I did have some but refuse to wear them or buy any more. I love my MIL but don't want to dress like her!

Labootin Sun 14-Oct-12 16:35:36

Multiple engagement rings and 3 separate wedding rings

Youth dew and other heavy perfumes and too much cleavage (she does still have amazing tits but boy does she love to show them off)

noddyholder Sun 14-Oct-12 16:35:46

Furry coats I mean really furry.
Velvet a gogo
Super expensive glitzy boots (even her wellies)

dexter73 Sun 14-Oct-12 16:39:19

My mum wears this brooch on her purple ruched, padded Per Una jacket.

It's too late for me, I HAVE turned into my mother. I've developed a recent obsession with scarves. I found myself wandering around M&S saying 'oooh, that's a nice scarf' the other day and I knew I was done for. There's no saving me.

Labootin Sun 14-Oct-12 16:44:30

she does have an AMAZING shoe collection though ... A succession of rich elderly boyfriends mean her closet is stacked high with my (sic) namesakes

I just have to work out how to stretch them by two sizes before I nick them (shes a teeny size 4)

noddyholder Sun 14-Oct-12 16:45:39

labootin I am a 4 can she adopt me?

Dawndonna Sun 14-Oct-12 16:45:59

White trousers with a fat arse!

OhWouldYouJust Sun 14-Oct-12 16:48:33

Jean Paul Gaultier perfume
Blue eyeliner
10 denier black tights with patent court shoes
Anything bright red. My mum loves the colour red. I cannot stand it as it reminds me too much of her!! (not a great relationship)

Labootin Sun 14-Oct-12 16:50:14

Noddy I couldn't possibly inflict her on you ..the therapy bills would negate the free shoes ...

Plus she's more the take you out "partying" than adopting type (she can drink more than my 6foot 2 DH)

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Sun 14-Oct-12 16:50:42

Maureen yes I have a sister who is 2.8 and a brother who is 1.9

whattodoo Sun 14-Oct-12 16:53:13

A purdy hairdo

lisad123 Sun 14-Oct-12 16:53:42

Yucky nylon clothesblush

Asmywhimsytakesme Sun 14-Oct-12 16:56:16

I would honestly be proud to look like my mum (maybe this is where I'm going wrong fashion-wise though!) and when I pulled on a comfy fleece today to go for a walk I thought - definitely channelling my dm! smile

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Sun 14-Oct-12 16:56:24

Elasticated waists.
Anything from Cotton Traders (especially shoes)

BoerWarKids Sun 14-Oct-12 17:00:12

Next 'office' wear.
'Smart' black polyester trousers and those white short-sleeved blouse and black tank top all-in-one combos.

Sequinned t-shirts from TU and Primark.

Knee-high boots that aren't leather, again, from Primark.

I love my mum dearly but I despair of her dress sense!

Ephiny Sun 14-Oct-12 17:05:53

High-waisted/tapered trousers. Mid-calf length skirts. Brooches and strings of beads.

AgathaFusty Sun 14-Oct-12 17:14:05

Beige. Head to fucking toe beige.

AgathaFusty Sun 14-Oct-12 17:14:51

She doesn't like colours - apparently they're "common" confused

curlyLJ Sun 14-Oct-12 17:17:18

PrincessPumpkinshoutsBOO my mother dresses exactly as you describe - track suit bottoms and jumpers confused She used to dress quite well, but since she retired she now opts for 'comfort clothing' over style 95% of the time and it drives me crazy! Bon Marche is one of her fave shops...

She also wears a scarf that she knitted herself in bright red (with whatever else she is wearing whether it clashes or not) which is vile...

SaraBellumHertz Sun 14-Oct-12 17:19:14

Anything 2 sizes too small.

This would be less off if she wasn't a total yoyo dieter who must have a range of at least 8 sizes in her wardrobe confused

BigWitchLegsInWailyTights Sun 14-Oct-12 17:19:23

A nice shirt under a nice jumper. My Mum dresses well but I won't do a shirt and jumper...or a navy anorak "for walking". grin

Or, in fact...a long camel coat or small pearl earrings. THey're hers.

simplesusan Sun 14-Oct-12 17:20:53

Fleeces with everything.
Black ankle boots that fasten with a zip.
An oversized coat even in the height of summer.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 14-Oct-12 17:21:11

Everything my mum owns is brown. Lots of different shades of brown. She has always worn brown. I never do. I like her jewellery though as it's all antique, and won't mind inheriting it.

CailinDana Sun 14-Oct-12 17:21:55

My mother's style is actually quite close to mine blush Not sure if that's a good thing, but I do think she looks well. It did take us years and years to persuade her to wear jeans though, up till that it was always smart trousers. I, on the other hand, am never out of jeans.

Although now I think of it, she has horrendous taste in coats - always goes for anorak type things in boring black or dull brown, with a million toggles hanging off. I would love to get her into a nice fitted winter coat, it would look lovely on her, but she's as stubborn as I am when it comes to things like this.

Siriusstar Sun 14-Oct-12 17:22:39

Gold, silver or bronze shoes or sandals.
Cerise pink lipstick.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 14-Oct-12 17:25:14

I am also never going to have a "sensible short haircut, now you are getting too old for that long hair".


BrittaPerry Sun 14-Oct-12 17:25:56

Leather trousers when not riding a motorbike.

A mullet.

Big clunky pendants (ceramic or silver celtic looking) on long chains or leather strips that hang down almost to the waist over polo neck jumpers with green or brown mid calf skirts and Hotters shoes.

Rosebud05 Sun 14-Oct-12 17:28:24

Anything that could be called "a pair of slacks".


Pop socks.

TantrumsandBananas Sun 14-Oct-12 17:28:47

"Peasant" Skirt but not fashionably long IYKWIM? Mid-calf type length.

Those PAINFUL scholl wooden shoe things, that also double as a lethal weapon.

Round neck t-shirts, and a cardi.

God help me, I walked past the scholl shop and ran when I started looking interested....

NettoSpookerstar Sun 14-Oct-12 17:29:58

Purple boot cut cut jeans, with matching polka dot blouse from Marks.
A cauliflower perm.

TantrumsandBananas Sun 14-Oct-12 17:31:04

"cauliflower perm" grin

NettoSpookerstar Sun 14-Oct-12 17:31:26

Also Ecco shoes and fleeces, and cross body, 'sensible' bags incase she gets mugged.
She's been dead 11 years and her style still haunts me.

Vagaceratops Sun 14-Oct-12 17:32:47

Waterfall cardigans
Meatloaf sleeves
Scholl clogs

IslaValargeone Sun 14-Oct-12 17:33:53

Furry coats, furry gilets, furry bloody everything.
She looks like a bloody yeti.

crackcrackcrak Sun 14-Oct-12 17:36:31

Ecco shoes. Cords with tapered legs. Neckerchiefs. Pink flying suits.

I adore my mum but the way she dresses is the way she dresses wink never embarrassed me at a formal event though to be fair grin

TantrumsandBananas Sun 14-Oct-12 17:37:24

You've really got me thinking now!

the peasants skirts were all homemade, and the cardi's handknitted - how could I forget!!!

Oh the horrors of homemade clothes, I remember a bolt of red canvas she acquired. I had red dungerees from the age of 2 til I was 13 and rebelled.

Thanks another subject, you really got me thinking!

TimothyTumblespring Sun 14-Oct-12 17:38:51

"Sports leisurewear" from Cotton Traders.

Reebok Classic trainers.

Fleeces from places like Millers.

MissMogwi Sun 14-Oct-12 17:38:52

Foot glove shoes from M&S. A variety of Clarks and Skechers Mary Jane type shoes that are horrible.

Blouses and skirts from Bon Marche.
Christmas and Halloween jumpers.

To be fair, she always matches and is very smart. It's also hours of fun when she tries giving my 29yr old sister her comfy shoes as they are the same size. grin

MaureenCognito Sun 14-Oct-12 17:39:00

you can tell my mum is a generation at least older than yours, Yours are all refugees from the 60s

TimothyTumblespring Sun 14-Oct-12 17:39:19

Or even Millets

YokoUhOh Sun 14-Oct-12 17:40:08

Rollnecks. Also, an item of clothing she calls a 'bodystocking' but is actually just one of those 'body' things with poppers round your growler. Blech.

crackcrackcrak Sun 14-Oct-12 17:42:39

To be fair though reading about sensible short haircuts.......
When my mum
Left my awful dad she had her waist length hair cut in to a v chic short style and looked much younger and a million dollars. I always associate that hair cut with strength and independence and feeling like my mum was a super hero. About 5 years ago she grew it long again (it's totally silver now) down to about bra strap level and it made her look like a mad witch but also older and a bit downtrodden and tired - I suppose because it reminded me of when she was with my dad. For a few years I was too polite to say much but enough was enough and when I had dd I told her she wouldn't want to go swimming with her because of drying her hair and that would be a shame.....took about another year but suddenly it was gone and the Judi dench crop was back grin mum looks about 60 instead of 80 again and is all dynamic again he he he

crackcrackcrak Sun 14-Oct-12 17:44:09

Items from Dash and some sailing label in debenhans. When she wears hippy stuff from East I'm quite proud of her though smile

NettoSpookerstar Sun 14-Oct-12 17:44:43

My Mum would've been 70 now.
I don't think she was ever stylish.
I'm still having the horrors at the Country Casuals dresss that resembled a toga she wore for a do once, and the vile diarrohea coloured skirt suit she wore to meet Princess Anne, with massive VPL (Oh Netto, but no one will care and I need comfy underwear hmm)

American Tan tights.

Startailoforangeandgold Sun 14-Oct-12 17:48:00

Oh dear,confused

I have over the years dressed like many of your mothers'.

I have mid calf length skirts (I wish they were fashionable. I hate maxi dresses I'm too short and no one needs to see 40+ knees.) black zip boots, fleeces, Per Una jeans, round necked T shirts and cardigans.

DD2 has, however pinched my bronze sandals.

marriedinwhite Sun 14-Oct-12 17:48:18

Leather trousers and a new romantic satin blouse with patent platform peep toe heels, or leggings, knee boots and a very very nice tunic.

I remember really wanting my mum to collect me in a sensible summer skirt and a nice cardy - I turned into a sensible mummy. My mum, even at 76, will always be the skinny, glam, beautiful one.

MsArseBiscuit Sun 14-Oct-12 17:53:21

I'm with Agatha on this one - beige. Or sugared almond pastel A line skirts. Or, sweet Jesus, American Tan tights.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 14-Oct-12 17:57:14

My mum wears black jeans that are so old and faded, the last time I saw her I thought she'd bought some new white ones. She was standing in bright sunshine and I couldn't detect the barely there grey from a few feet away.

Baggy blouses under tight-fitting jumpers, all with mismatched necklines for added bunched upness.

I am not fashionable at all, but I like to appear as if I looked in the mirror before leaving the house. I didn't learn this from my mum.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 14-Oct-12 18:00:45

Things from Per Una.

Patent/leather shoes with a 1.5 inch heel.

Fleeces unless on a serious trek.

Lavenderhoney Sun 14-Oct-12 18:01:45

Always in tea coloured tights, fitted skirt, blouse or thin silk long sleeved top with smart fitted jacket or cashmere cardi. Fitted winter coat and brooch for leaving the house. Shoes- mid heel court. Short curly hair undyed in black. She is in her 70's. Very proud of never wearing trainers or fleeces. Has collection of smart scarves. Queen mum handbag with everything in it.

Hasn't worn trousers since she turned 50. Always been a size 8- she looks like photos of nancy Mitford. When pregnant "ballooned" 2 stone- sideways glance at fat- size 10- dd.

Was told to wear orthopaedic shoes but said she would rather be housebound. Refused point blank.

Wears thin gold chain with cross on it. Rings on all skinny teeny fingers like rocks. Never dieted or exercised in her life" common" smile

Thinks I am a mess and dh will leave as I wear jeans, flat shoes and carry non leather handbags. Plus I have long scruffy hair which should be neat in a nice style. Gives me money and escorts me to m&s to style me. " you could look lovely, dear"

zanz1bar Sun 14-Oct-12 18:02:29

Hotter shoes and a navy blue zip up fleece.

Oh and Breton stripped tops.

All items I have been guilty of wearing/ borrowing and to my horror look like her twin, dam it.

October1st Sun 14-Oct-12 18:03:24

mu mum always used to wear an apron as she was always working hard at something and ruby red lipstick when she wzs going out.She has been dead 21 years and I still miss her terribly

Bunbaker Sun 14-Oct-12 18:05:17

"per Una jeans - I did have some but refuse to wear them or buy any more."

I bought some Per Una slim straight leg jeans the other day. They are a perfect fit and look a lot better on me than ill fitting Levis/Gap/Top Shop/Next/other trendy brand jeans etc that don't fit and gape at the waist.

In answer to the OP. My mum used to wear headscarves tied under the chin like the Queen does and old lady hats.

Bamaluz Sun 14-Oct-12 18:05:22

Oh yes, the metallic sandals.

And a wolf fleece.

Asmywhimsytakesme Sun 14-Oct-12 18:10:04

Y y Breton tops - still love these

And the aprons and red lipstick sound lovely

MrsDeVere Sun 14-Oct-12 18:15:47

I am purposely not looking at the other posts because I know I am old enough to be other MNers mum. hmm

My mum - eco sandals. .She never wears shoes, not even in November. LBloose fitting long teeshirts and loose trousers with a gilet type thing. Over the body bag and maybe a scarf to zoosh it up a bit.

Bless her. She is 70 though so I think she is pretty cool. No american tan tights and nylon day dresses for my mother.

I only have boys now so at least they wont be on a thread like this in 20 years time saying 'I would never, ever wear a wrap dress over a pair of jeans'.

Well they might....

MrsDeVere Sun 14-Oct-12 18:17:09

lavender your mum sounds like the Queen grin is she ?

YouOldSlag Sun 14-Oct-12 18:20:40

Chanel No5, ankle boots, tights under sandals, too many rings, polo necks..

cece Sun 14-Oct-12 18:21:21

I think I must be a the same age as some of your mums... blush

My mum wears a lot of navy blue. I never wear it.

She also wears short sleeve 'silky' old lady blouses with a round neck jumper so that the colour is shown at the neckline.

She also has a set of shoulder pads that she wears with all outfits as someone told her once she needed them to balance her out.

She also wears a corselette as her underwear. Like her mother wore.

NettoSpookerstar Sun 14-Oct-12 18:23:34

I bet they will MrsDeVere, jut to spite yougrin

I've just remembered my Mum's sling back sandals. I need a lie down sad

Lavenderhoney Sun 14-Oct-12 18:26:54

Mrs Devere - the queen is her style iconsmile plus she thinks pp is a "lovely man" ie a real hottie. She likes victoria Beecham to, bizarrely for someone so out of touch. Says she has a wonderful figure-sideways glance at me- and always look so well dressed and turned out. Mum once, in her 60's foiled a post office raid by refusing to lie on the floor ' not on this floor, young man' and then ordered him out by asking if his mother knew what he was doing plus why wasn't he at work?" it must have been like being shouted at by lady Bracknellsmile

Lavenderhoney Sun 14-Oct-12 18:28:12

Ooh yes, este Lauder perfume, make up and Chanel number 5. I've never worn nothing else....

CointreauVersial Sun 14-Oct-12 18:28:30

Pepper-and-salt highlighted hair ("to blend in the grey")
Comfy (read: ugly) flat sandals
Slightly too-short bootcut jeans, teamed with mum boots

Apart from that, she's reasonably fashionable; in fact a few months ago she was in Zara, buying floral-print skinny jeans. Too bad she wore them with lentil-weaver sandals.

CelineMcBean Sun 14-Oct-12 18:31:52

Chunky costume jewellery
Quilted jacket
Too thin fringe
Twin sets

1tinnietinytoddler Sun 14-Oct-12 18:32:05

mini skirts and short dresses that are way to short and show my arse (I get reallyembarrassed)

1tinnietinytoddler Sun 14-Oct-12 18:32:55

oh and cheap perfume

CelineMcBean Sun 14-Oct-12 18:33:18

Highlights in one colour - bleach - using a cap.

Too much pink lipstick

Chunky Costume Jewellery worn over a tan roll neck hmm

Anything in pea green from Per Una. She will pay more for beads and ruffles.

10 denier black tights with black patent Gabor loafers.

Quilted Barbour style jackets in 'fun' colours. Like Maroon

I will Never...

Oh and matt Coral lipstick. Always matt. Always coral.

Lavender: your mum sounds awesome smile

mamalovesmojitos Sun 14-Oct-12 18:52:53

October1st your love for mother shines out of your post. Bless you x.

Lavenderhoney Sun 14-Oct-12 18:54:00

Akissisnotacontract- thanks! My Mates when I was growing up used to tell her all their problems with men, life, home etc - and marvelled at how great she was. Not a cuddly person or particularly friendly with them. Bored answers" he sounds awful dear, move on or be unhappy for the rest of your life" back to the black coffee and cigarettes with a book. She hardly looked up!

Oh, I never drink black coffee. And I have been known to get totally hammered which a lady never does.

QueenBeebread Sun 14-Oct-12 19:17:41

Everything DM owns is from M&S so I just can't touch the place.

Beige, beige and more beige. A bit of camel thrown in to liven it up from time to time.

Eau d'Elnett sprayed heavily liberally over an 80s perm.

colditz Sun 14-Oct-12 19:20:55

A gilet
Leggings with a shirt curses

almapudden Sun 14-Oct-12 19:28:51

A nice fleece. <shudder>

Dollydowser Sun 14-Oct-12 19:29:52

Per una jeans (even if she is size 8, humph).
Body warmer.
A fleece.

NerdAmigo Sun 14-Oct-12 19:33:11

Fucking Per Una.

katykoo Sun 14-Oct-12 19:45:32

Youth Dew, those Bon Marche jumpers with the pretend shirt underneath and eye shadow to match her top. Love her to bits !

Bunbaker Sun 14-Oct-12 19:48:18

What is wrong with Per Una jeans?

Is it just because they are Per Una?

littlebird3 Sun 14-Oct-12 19:48:19

Caghoule, fleece,per Una, any tights less than 70 denier.I see a few of the older mums on the school run in court shoes & mid calf lenghth skirts with those awful flesh colour tights & wonder at what point in your life you start to think this looks good =[

LittlePandaBear Sun 14-Oct-12 19:49:37

My Mum carries a plastic bag everywhere. It doesn't seem to matter how big her actual handbag is, she'll find something to stick in a supermarket carrier bag, not even a bag for life but the small simple plastic bags, and take it with her. I've even seen her just take her purse, in a plastic bag, to the supermarket cos 'I didn't need to take my handbag, I only needed my purse'.

I wouldn't say she was stylish but knows what colours and styles suit her and generally buys from M&Co. It's just the plastic bag thing that annoys me!

WipsGlitter Sun 14-Oct-12 19:53:30

A whole outfit in shades of the same colour - trousers, top, gillet (she LOVES a gillet) and necklace. Also minging grey thin trackie bottoms with a jumper and an apron. God I despair.

CointreauVersial Sun 14-Oct-12 19:54:17

Ooh yes, those teeny little handbags on thin shoulder straps.

Even my Dfather cant abide my DMs camel coloured coat. He has bribed me to lose it on our trip away.

dexter73 Sun 14-Oct-12 20:15:04

LittlePandaBear - that did make me laugh about your mum taking her purse in a plastic bag!! Just be grateful she hasn't got a Sholley like my mum!

dexter73 Sun 14-Oct-12 20:21:40

Bunbaker - it is just because they are Per Una and therefore worn by your mum! When my mum and dad when on a cruise a few years ago it was carte blanche for my mum to run amok in PU and stock up on all sorts of atrocious sparkly shit!

CelineMcBean Sun 14-Oct-12 20:23:36

Let me know when we do a thread on homes. I have just only just realised how bonkers her taste in interiors is. She loves a nice thick carpet. Even in the bathroom.

LittlePandaBear Sun 14-Oct-12 20:26:06

Dexter - what's a sholley? confused

dexter73 Sun 14-Oct-12 20:28:10

Here you go LittlePandaBear!!

LittlePandaBear Sun 14-Oct-12 20:31:17

£96! A massive £3.99 saving!

No, she doesn't have one of them, she's only 60. but maybe in 10 years or so!

MillieMummy Sun 14-Oct-12 20:34:29

Youth Dew and a diamond ring given to her by my great grand-dad 32 years ago for me.

Wethoughtitwasanotherday Sun 14-Oct-12 20:44:24

Gold slippers, in a mule style. Always gold and always replaced with exactly the same ones. Why??? She worked in the City eons ago as a secretary and always wants to know why I don't have a lovely Hermes scarf like she had as that is what all the "chic" (her words not mine) women in the City wear. Not in my lifetime they haven't.

ggirl Sun 14-Oct-12 20:45:48

Beige from head to toe here as well , and classic collection trousers

ScarePhyllis Sun 14-Oct-12 20:49:17

I think of how she has dressed at different stages of her life. When I was little - she was very slim and elegant. I think of how she used to look on holidays to France - slightly tanned, simple sandals and mid length skirts - very chic. Much better looking than I am now.

When I was a teenager she was all power suits and shoulder pads and court shoes. Now she is all about comfy trousers that are just slightly too short and frumpy fashion trainers. Although occasionally I will buy something and she will claim that she'd had her eye on it and then rushes out and buys it.

Wethoughtitwasanotherday Sun 14-Oct-12 20:52:04

I have to say, this is one of the funniest threads I have read in a long time, I am sitting here absolutely wetting myself infront of x-factor

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 14-Oct-12 21:14:06

Brightly coloured leather flat shoes, she thinks if they are orange they aren't as hodeous

issimma Sun 14-Oct-12 21:53:42

Hippy shit.

runamile Sun 14-Oct-12 22:10:56

Same to Per Una! My mother buys everything there, especially those skirts that reach the ankles. She literally covers herself from head to toe, even in the height of summer, not a top button undone nor a rolled up sleeve, just fingers poking out and a tiny bit of neck.

thatlldopigthatlldo Sun 14-Oct-12 22:15:06

suede tassley jackets & cowboy boots. she is not a cowboy.

MummysHappyPills Sun 14-Oct-12 22:16:21

Embellished jeans. I love my mum and all, but she will insist on rocking the trailer trash look! grin

thatlldopigthatlldo Sun 14-Oct-12 22:17:50

she also has every inch of her floor covered in THICK carpet.
if you were to faint, my mother's house is the place to do it, for the amazing landing you'd get.

marriedinwhite Sun 14-Oct-12 22:46:51

I am obviously the same age as some of your mothers angry

HoopDePoop Sun 14-Oct-12 22:59:57

My mum is really stylish, just always looks well put together. She doesn't spend much, often wears New Look or Matalan but looks like she's head to toe from John Lewis age appropriate departments. Costume jewellery but done tastefully and usually from TK Maxx! She shops like you're meant not to, ie spends frequently on cheap clothes. She just seems to have an eye for stuff that looks more expensive than it is and wears stuff with attitude.

If I'm umming and ahhing over whether to buy something, I always without fail try to imagine what mum would think of it.

I should tell her this actually - she's no style icon but I really value her in this way <soppy>

tigerdriverII Sun 14-Oct-12 23:16:21

Mine goes in for comfy handknitted "cardis". My big dread is having said that the latest one is a nice colour (true, it was turquoise), I'll get one of my very own for Xmas. The one thing I will never wear is the shawl which she got me as a special present for my 50th: as a pal of mine said, it would be ok if you were 80.....I am told it was v pricey which in mum speak could mean £10 or £100 (looks like the former).

mathanxiety Mon 15-Oct-12 01:30:57

Men's clothes.
Clothes that are four sizes too big for her (body image ishoos....)
Bras that basically keep her boobs warm but do not hold them up at all and no underwire ever.
Trouser suits.
She wears a lot of navy, grey or brown despite having the tanned/olivey colouring and now the white grey hair that make her able to wear things blonde women could wear. She looks like a nun.
She won't wear eye makeup. So a bit of a washed out nun at that.
She wears knee high tights under her trousers, claims she can't find socks that are not binding at the ankle.
I had to talk her into wearing a pair of jeans that fit her fabulously -- she just couldn't see what I was getting at when I told her how well they flattered her..

I wear pretty much the opposite (decent bras, clothes that fit and flatter as far as I am aware anyway, no trouser suits) and lots of eye makeup. My shopping philosophy is ask 'WWMD?' and then I do something else.

She does have nice taste in jewellery and wears it well. I do wear a bit of navy but only with jeans, and grey too but only close fitting jumpers, etc. I never wear brown. I have the pale, freckled colouring of my dad's mum and would give anything to have the easy to tan skin my mum has.

Back in the 60s and early 70s she was incredibly stylish (as opposed to fashionable) and made every stitch she wore. I remember being dragged around fabric shops while she examined every single bolt of material and went through the pattern books, for hours on end. She has a great eye for colour and pattern but you would never guess that from what she dresses in every day at home. Mind you, when she ventures forth even to post a letter or pick up a pint of milk she changes clothes and puts her best foot forward.

mathanxiety Mon 15-Oct-12 01:37:32

Oh yes, 'smart trousers' and Gabor shoes, though to be fair she has problems with her feet and they are comfy.

mathanxiety Mon 15-Oct-12 01:41:56

And she put looks right up there with functionality when it came to buying a pair of snowboots when I finally convinced her that her old wellies were downright dangerous and she needed a pair of boots specially built for snow.

Ah my mother wears pop socks under trousers and always dresses like a lady should . Think mid length skirts fitted trousers very lady like and yes she another has a nice collection of scarfs to finsh a outfit

Where at almost 40 I wear jeans and new rocks or Dm plus t shirts and have long hair which she is forever nagging me to cut ladies of my age should not have long hair . it's long and red no grey at all which when she nags I occasionally rub in .

Mind I suspect some point my kids be like mum dress your age but at the moment they don't seem to mind ( dc are 18,15,9 and 7 ) and ds2 friends love my boots keep trying borrow the new rocks

Meggles76 Mon 15-Oct-12 06:31:33

Estee Lauder perfume
Large gold hoop earrings
Always just above the shoulder bobbed hair with a heavy fringe and blonded
Pop socks
Per Una jeans
Slippers with little heels

Her 'holiday wardrobe' is my fave. She has clothes reserved for holidays.
Pink 'pedal pushers' as she likes to call them
White leggings
bejewelled sandals

Longdistance Mon 15-Oct-12 06:34:54

Bright pink lipstick.

House coats.

Kikithecat Mon 15-Oct-12 06:35:11

Oh God, so much of my wardrobe is described here. I thought scarves were de rigueur for the fashion conscious! Still at least I don't wear jogging bottoms and jumpers yet but fleeces are really comfy and warm. Guess I'm s
the same age as a lot of your mums anyway, sigh.

scottishmummy Mon 15-Oct-12 06:40:16

a looker
with penchant for slacks
slack is an attitude not attire

SeveredEdMcDunnough Mon 15-Oct-12 06:41:01

SO many things fall into this category. This is why I wear odd things I expect.

I can't wear cotton jumpers. Ever. Or jumpers that are sort of flary and don't go in at the hem.

Earrings I struggle with but mostly, the sort with coloured beads.

Men's waterproof jackets. Or fleeces.

washed out looking jeans made for 'women' with that sort of tapered leg thing going on. Usually from M&S/charity shop/cotton traders. And elasticated waists. <screams>

nighties. I just cannot go there now.

Mainly it is the (short) hair though. I love my mum, I really do, but when she wears any sort of hat she looks like she is bald. Some people look great with short hair. Sometimes she does. But often it is a bit, well, I just wish she wouldn't. It seems to be some kind of rebellion.

She has her reasons. But I want to go at her with a pair of scissors. ykwim?

SeveredEdMcDunnough Mon 15-Oct-12 06:42:59

although thinking about this, I often wear stuff she wore when she was young...I have long hair I wear up, like she used to when she had some sense of style and nice coats and long skirts.

She was an icon when she was young. What went wrong? Am I going to go the same way?

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 15-Oct-12 06:52:21

Nighties... my mother wears those big T shirt things, usually with a very high percentage of polyester, with a simpering kitten or dopey looking teddy on the front and a slogan like "You're Cute!" She often buys me one for Christmas (once, thrillingly with matching slippers...).

Oh and the hair dye... pale Old Lady Orange, all one shade because "you don't want to waste good money at the hairdresser." Oh and "Your father used to think it was terrible for a lady to go grey." (Said when fixing her gaze on my odd strand of grey.) "You want to dye your hair the same colour as me. What's it called? Hang on, I'll get the box..." (Please don't.) Her friends all dye their hair either Old Lady Blonde or Old Lady Brown, apart from one, who is clearly no better than she should be, and gets hers done at the hairdresser.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Mon 15-Oct-12 06:55:04

Oh my mum's are lacey. It's horrid. She doesn't waft - she is built like a Teutonic heroine. Very muscular. With odd short hair.

And knee length wafty nighties.

I would never, ever tell her any of this. I love her too much. And I probably get it hideously wrong, too, if I am honest...

1tinnietinytoddler Mon 15-Oct-12 07:32:01

I wish my mum dressed like your mums she is in her 50's but thinks she is 20. goes out in short dresses and skirts and thinks she is cool. calls me and old woman (im her youngest at 23) she is a total embarassment to me.

WipsGlitter Mon 15-Oct-12 07:34:49

Yes. The nighties. Cotton, sleeveless, mid calf from M&S with no knickers despie being disturbingly translucent... She once did her Rosemary Connelly video wearing it. I'm still traumatised.

And desperate hair that she gets cut all the time as she hates it over her face. It would be ok if she had a Dame Judi but its more escapee from bedlam. Mind you my aunt has only just stopped getting hers dyed "minky beige".

Anything tweed. She moved to the country ten years ago and started dressing like Sherlock Holmes.

AgathaFusty Mon 15-Oct-12 07:51:59

Meggles76 My mother has special 'holiday' clothes too grin. The fuss when they go away - you'd think it would be easy, what with having all those special holiday outfits all ready and waiting, but no. Packing starts around a fortnight before a holiday, involves everything being laid out ready in a spare bedroom, and includes a last minute panic as she realises she is taking far too much stuff and is over the weight allowance for the plane.

You'd need a fucking holiday to get over the trauma of the packing.

CheerfulYank Mon 15-Oct-12 08:05:41

My mom does fairly well clothing-wise but is always insisting on getting her hair chopped off. The second it starts to grow out and look nice (she would look lovely with a bob) she is calling her hairdresser. And she is never, ever satisfied with the job they've done.

dottyaboutstripes Mon 15-Oct-12 10:21:34

OMG where to start? My mum is 70 today but I think she was born middle aged. She honestly doesn't seem to give a toss what she looks like (and she truly looks dreadful)
Tartan skirts/trousers are a particular favourite of hers. And anyone's cast offs. I remember her glee when her friend's mum had passed away and told her to take anything she wanted. She was 50 or so and the old lady was 80+, my mum was in raptures because of all the "almost new SO COMFY shoes.
Once she came to stay and I feel dreadful for saying this but it made me cringe to walk down the street with her - she was wearing her beloved tartan trousers with socks & sandals, a flowery shirt (sorry - blouse) and a man's fleece jacket.

Ah yes, scarves.

daisydoodoo Mon 15-Oct-12 10:56:22

per una- literally everything she wears is from per una. she even buys the underwear range.

YouOldSlag Mon 15-Oct-12 11:33:31

I used to love Per Una until somebody on mumsnet said those two all important words which repelled me evermore:


MousyMouse Mon 15-Oct-12 11:34:17


MousyMouse Mon 15-Oct-12 11:35:29

ankle length and long sleeved brushed cotton night shirts (without any underwear)

MaBaya Mon 15-Oct-12 11:53:48

Black trousers from M&S
Black mum boots from Clarks
Per una scarves
Dangly earrings in semi precious stones I have never heard of

Pinner35 Mon 15-Oct-12 12:18:15

An open shirt with a camisole underneath, cotton jackets with rolled up sleeves (think don Johnson in the 80's). <shudder>

KateRuggles Mon 15-Oct-12 12:22:11

My mother is much better put together than me-she's a size 6, wears skinny jeans, ankle boots and cashmere jumpers. I'm a size 16 and have been wearing huge billowy jersey smocks and maternity trousers for about a year now blush I have finally started dieting, but it will be a while before I am anywhere near a size10, let alone a 6!

Bunbaker Mon 15-Oct-12 12:34:42

"I am obviously the same age as some of your mothers"

So am I. I will defend my Per Una jeans to the hilt. They are a perfect fit so I will wear them. So there!

noddyholder Mon 15-Oct-12 12:36:07

pmsl @ audrey roberts

GossipWitch Mon 15-Oct-12 12:40:41

black top's and gypsy skirt, but I do wear them occasionally when I'm feeling particularly frumpy.

MaureenCognito Mon 15-Oct-12 12:42:11

lol at Audrey,
occasionally if a bit heavy on teh old liquid eyeliner I look like Alma off corrie

MaureenCognito Mon 15-Oct-12 12:42:34

high wasited trousers with a vest tucked in

CointreauVersial Mon 15-Oct-12 13:11:06

You do realise that somewhere there's a thread full of teenagers writing exactly the same sort of stuff about US........."oh my days, you should see what my mum wears, I mean, wtf??"

YouOldSlag Mon 15-Oct-12 13:20:33

Am I the only one reading these descriptions and thinking "Mmm, that sounds comfy"?

accessorieshelp Mon 15-Oct-12 17:30:13

Square toed boots
Cheap faux leather handbags that are way too small to put anything in
Per Una
Hush puppies

accessorieshelp Mon 15-Oct-12 17:31:13

oh and Venetian glass jewellery
matching earrings and necklace (and sometimes bracelet)

Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 15-Oct-12 17:40:38

My mil is stunning btw so my sil could never contribute to this thread. Mil looks like Audrey Hepburn envy

clippityclop Mon 15-Oct-12 17:43:16

Chiffon scarves. Tweed perfume. Fake fur collars.

ScooseIsLooseInTheHauntedHoose Mon 15-Oct-12 17:46:55

Really cool kurt Geiger biker boots which I love but couldn't wear because she has them! sad

Bunbaker Mon 15-Oct-12 18:28:51

Oh my. I am so unstylish sad

iloveeverton Mon 15-Oct-12 18:50:18

Per Una- but not from our local m&s she heads to the next town so she doesn't look like everyone else!

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Oct-12 18:54:43

Chanel No 5.
Not Marilyn
My Mum grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 15-Oct-12 19:10:06

Bunbaker - my Mum wears Per Una jeans. She is a bit apple-y with slim legs and they really really suit her actually.

Who said upthread about holiday clothes? My Mum has a whole section of her wardrobe that only ever makes an appearance when she goes abroad. White cropped jeans and tops with gold and leopard print much in evidence. With metallic sandals. grin

QTPie Mon 15-Oct-12 19:35:36

Alibabaa, my Mum has the same "holiday wardrobe"... grin

In the Spring/Autumn/Winter, my Mum wears black, black and black (and only black).

In high Summer or on holiday, it is white, beige, gold and animal prints...

Miss Marple Hair Do.

She does make a huge effort to look smart, but some times I think that she spends too much time and puts too much importance on appearance (always has) - it takes her a whole day to "wash her hair" (so messing about in the pool/sea wasn't really something you did with my mother).

Bunbaker Mon 15-Oct-12 19:37:37

"Bunbaker - my Mum wears Per Una jeans. She is a bit apple-y with slim legs and they really really suit her actually."

I am a pear and have some slim straight jeans from Per Una. They fit beautifully, don't gape at the waist and really suit me.

GreyGardens Mon 15-Oct-12 19:46:16

Aw, my mum is actually rather stylish for a 71 year old, but she does have a penchant for those Scandi dresses from GUdrun somebody? A bit like a norwegian peasant threw up smile.

Meglet Mon 15-Oct-12 19:48:22

Ecco shoes.

GreyGardens Mon 15-Oct-12 19:49:48

And too much Rive Gauche

comelywench Mon 15-Oct-12 19:50:29

My Mum's improved with age and often looks really stylish these days. Other days it's not so good. Ecco shoes, fleece gilets and [cough] a camel toe.
How does one tell their DM they have a camel toe? Me and DSis discussed it and decided to leave well alone. Thankfully, I was with her shopping one day and managed to convince her to buy the next size up in trousers. I keep telling her it's SO much more flattering in the hope that the smaller "offending" trousers will be relegated.
I now live in constant fear of sporting my own camel toe. Wish I could have one of her pairs of ecco sandals tho. Don't judge till you've seen them. They're really naice!

doinmummy Mon 15-Oct-12 19:50:42

It's the way that my Mum describes clothes and colours that make me laugh.

She cant say navy blue without adding 'you cant beat navy for smartness'

She cant just say a white shirt it's - 'a crisp white shirt'

Brown is always 'donkey brown'

She doesn't say beige she says ' Taupe' pronounced torpay

MaureenCognito Mon 15-Oct-12 19:51:16

i once had a very old colleague who called a shade nigger brown
i wwas shock

MaureenCognito Mon 15-Oct-12 19:52:05

mil partial to an 80s style don johnson jacket patterned

ThompsonTwins Mon 15-Oct-12 19:58:01

Those transparent plastic rain hoods that you can fold very small and put in your bag or pocket.

top and bottom in matchy matchy colour, possibly in pastel green

heels, blouse, coiffed hair and full make up when she has to fly somewhere.

too much perfume...

doinmummy Mon 15-Oct-12 20:00:10

YY to cauliflower perm grin

Popsocks- even under skirts because tights make her 'too hot underneath '( to be said in Les Dawson type voice whilst hoiking bosom)

krystianah Mon 15-Oct-12 20:02:06

dottyaboutstripes OMG I have tears of laughter streaming down my face. That outfit sounds so bad it's good, like granny geek chic or something.

My mum went through a phase of patterned leggings. She is in her 70s and has a very dumpy figure. She also cuts her own hair into a short pudding style. She used to look so pretty when she was younger!

YokoUhOh Mon 15-Oct-12 20:04:20

doinmummy LOL at Les Dawson voice, why do mums do that? Just say it normally but quieter!

thatlldopigthatlldo Mon 15-Oct-12 20:04:32

Maureen, i recently worked with a young colleague who used the same term. sad

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Mon 15-Oct-12 20:19:25

My mother has a uniform

Skechers shoes - the vile clumpy ones.
Baggy men's jeans bought from somewhere like the officers club.
Hideous surfy t shirts from somewhere like animal.
Fat face fleeces x a million

Graduated bob 'style' but always looks a mess.

She started dressing like this when the happy mondays came out and this was trendy and she has never altered. I am amazed she hasn't got a global hypercolour t shirt and some nike air jordans with great big tongues.

Strange woman.

TessCorpseDissect Mon 15-Oct-12 20:22:33

My mother orders her shoes from Cosy Feet grin

To be fair, she is 76.

I am beginning to realise I am the same age as a lot of the mums referred to in this thread.

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Mon 15-Oct-12 20:23:31

Really lol at dooin's mum 'navy for smartness' and 'donkey brown' grin

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Mon 15-Oct-12 20:28:07

I just think my mother had a bloody wonderful time at Glastonbury in 1989 or whenever and seeks to recreate that vibe in her daily life.

How else can you explain friendship bracelets and tattoes of an evil eye on your wrist?

stubbornstains Mon 15-Oct-12 20:30:50

Oh yes, the white cropped trousers that come out for holidays...(shudder).

Remember late May/early June when it was normal weather for the season for a while, and then suddenly went back to being freezing, torrential, jet-streamy and apocalyptic? That was precisely the moment when I drove up to my Dparents, forgetting to take any sensible warm clothing with me. And I had my first ever night off without DS! Yes, I got to take a train to the South Coast to see a friend.

I had to borrow something from my mum to keep me warm.....

......a Per Una waterfall cardigan. In Brighton blush

TessCorpseDissect Mon 15-Oct-12 20:32:51

My mum has had pure white hair since she was in her 30s.

She once decided she was going to dye it blonde with a home kit.

She ended up looking like a corn fed chicken.

issimma Mon 15-Oct-12 20:33:31

getorf My DM wears crystals around her neck to ward off bad spirits from wifi and mobile phones.
Plus thousands of beads and bangles. No bra. A slinky vest top, a few aging woollen jumpers and skinny jeans. Topped off with these Clarks sensible shoes

ExasperatedSigh Mon 15-Oct-12 20:43:07

A red boiler suit and a flat top. She was an '80s lesbian grin

Tbh I probably would wear the boiler suit now...

Craftyone Mon 15-Oct-12 20:43:38

High waisted mum jeans with a wide chunky belt! (to pull the middle in)

JennaLemon Mon 15-Oct-12 20:45:41

My mum has some lovely clothes actually. I have my eye on the vintage burberry mac which she won't hand over.

But I will never stuff a hanky up my sleeve

MerylStrop Mon 15-Oct-12 20:46:47

She has a uniform of
Polo neck jumpers in "jewel" colours
A-line calf length skirts, often jersey, sometimes patterned
Opaque black tights regardless of weather
set of with a co-ordinating scarf
it sort of looks ok, for being 74 in
ALWAYS worn with absolutely hideous comfy yet deliberately ugly shoes - often crepe soled or low wedge heeled, often peep toe, despite the opaques, and absolutely rank co-ordinating handbags....I absolutely shudder

She would look great in the whole lagen-look thing, layers and neutrals....

CelineMcBean Mon 15-Oct-12 20:47:52

God I'd forgotten the badly fitting bras. I can see them cutting into her under a "thin knit" and I don't think the band sits closer than 4 inches from her rib cage on the front. Nobody is an M&S 36C but especially not my size 16 mother whose bosom is probably best described as amply formidable.

thegreylady Mon 15-Oct-12 20:50:48

Once you turn sixty you never ever have to wear uncomfortable clothes again :-) I am 68 and my wardrobe is in your posts ! I am wearing M&S olive green cords with an M&S cashmere jumper in a lighter green. I am warm and cosy,nothing digs in or rubs and I'd happily shake hands with the Queen .

soontobemumofthree Mon 15-Oct-12 21:00:53

Clothes that are 2 sizes too big.

Jellykat Mon 15-Oct-12 21:03:39

My mum is a walkling 'Toast' catalogue, all neutral colours and a bit drapey bohomian, expensive weave your own yoghurt.. in Celtic sheepskin boots.

I can't see me ever going down that road, i'll never be floaty enough smile

NowThenNowThen Mon 15-Oct-12 21:07:24

I remember anxiously "helping" my mum pick out clothes for one of my parents evenings.
She wore the outfit I picked (probably something very dreary) and then topped it off with a massive Chewbacca stylee orange fake fur coat. And a beret.

NowThenNowThen Mon 15-Oct-12 21:13:37

doinmummy Yes! My mum does this!
"Oooh yes, that's a nice "salmon top".
Also, it's all bouclay and raglan sleeves and peplum

osterleymama Mon 15-Oct-12 21:16:17

My Mum has been seen walking down the street in ski trousers with ankle boots, my dads jumper, my late grandmothers cashmere camel coat, one of those tiny rucksacks that were fashionable for a few months in the 90's and a giant purple baker boy hat. I think she deliberately does it to wind my sisters and I up. She also went through a godawful phase when i was in my teens of having pieces of clothing copied by a tailor in bright coloured lace. Bright blue lace t-shirts etc.
She buys my sister and I things that are tight, short, Lycra, sparkly. I'm 30. It's become a bit of a running joke in our family. She also buys us all knickers every Christmas. I would be disappointed not to get some at this stage.

oldsilver Mon 15-Oct-12 21:18:39

A perm in the style of HM The Queen and has done for 40 years now, A-line, homemade skirts, American or Capri Tan tights, twin-sets although I did buy a cardi the other day top that just happened to match but it was only a coincidence they shared a colour of one of the stripes - honest!!

doinmummy Mon 15-Oct-12 21:31:37

My Mum would never wear trainers because the soles 'draw her feet ' confused

doinmummy Mon 15-Oct-12 21:35:32

I had a phone call a few years ago . It went like this-

Mum: you'll never guess what

Me: No. go on what?

Mum: Your Mother's gone all withit

Me: Really ? How ?

Mum : I've only gone and bought a top from NEXT

PMSL grin

giraffesCantGoGuisingAsZebras Mon 15-Oct-12 21:37:15

those loafer shoes with the wee tassels on the front

openerofjars Mon 15-Oct-12 21:38:12

A zip-up fleece over a patterned shirt.

Gabor, Ecco or similar shoes (several pairs of the same style in different colours).

Blue and green, everything. She tried to dress me in the same colours as a child and as a result the only blue things I now own are jeans. I look like a corpse in navy.

A small but outdoorsy rucksack instead of a proper bag. Her "visiting a city" (any city, even in the UK when she is never more thn 500m from an m&s sandwich) uniform is small rucksack (contents: sandwiches, map & cagoul - why? cities are known for having cafés and places to shelter in) on her back, tiny cross-body bag on the front, fleece, bootcuts, mum boots and a concerned expression. She looks like Dwayne Dibley on a trip to Windemere and it's a fucking wonder she doesn't get mugged each time she steps off a train/plane.

MissM Mon 15-Oct-12 21:38:45

My mum dresses beautifully - she always looks very elegant. I hope I do dress like her when I'm 71!

WAD Mon 15-Oct-12 21:57:57

A lemon (never yellow) 'courtelle' jumper'.

Does anyone even remember 'courtelle'...?

My mother looked like Audrey Hepburn when she was young - the thick, dark up-do with heavy fringe; small onyx drop earrings; tie-waist blouses with capri pants and flats... envy

She's nearly eighty now and has still very much her own style - many of her clothes home-made in wonderful prints and luxurious fabrics.

She wears wide-leg trousers with buttoned 'sailor' waists; silk chiffon blouses and tunics with almost elbow-deep cuffs with self-covered buttons; boiled wool blazers. She also has a selection of Breton caps in velvet and corduroy - they look fabulous perched at a jaunty angle on her now almost white hair.

Oh - and about half a hundred-weight of lovely antique costume jewellery. I can't keep up. sad

lurkerspeaks Mon 15-Oct-12 22:11:36

My mother's clothes are eeeek. Knitwear with a big design (ie oversized argyll) is my current hate. I'm not sure if she ever had good taste but it has all got worse as she has got older. She has worn some seriously bad outfits to functions (eg. my graduation) and will need careful monitoring if she ever gets to do mother of the bride/ groom.

Her sister (my aunt) on the other hand still looks lovely - she dresses in keeping with her age (mid 60s) but in an attractive way - smart wide legged trousers, longline cardigans, nice blouses (often liberty/ laura ashley florals) sensible shoes (ecco do well out of my lot) . Her choices for formal functions (and she goes to a fair few courtesy of my Uncle's job) are always spot on....

YouOldSlag Mon 15-Oct-12 22:12:27

doin- my Mum refers to herself as "Your Mother" too! (would that be third person or fourth person/)


I bet Your Mother has shocked you now. Your mother's gone and bought herself a dog/goat/new car.

Your mother's been run off her feet
etc etc ad nauseum

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Mon 15-Oct-12 22:23:54

My mum (who is 51) has great dress sense smile she has some truely amazing shoes and bags
Unfortunately, a lot of the time she wears decorating clothes, as she spends a lot of time doing various DIY...?

My MIL is not yet 50 (shocking teenage mum!) and lives in bootcut jeans and mumboots grin

duchesse Mon 15-Oct-12 22:26:21

My mum is knocking on 73, looks 60ish and lives in France. She is very active (plays competitive swin golf- a peculiar kind of golf it would take too long to explain) and dresses very stylishly, far more stylishly than me. Her mantra to me growing up was "You have to suffer to be beautiful", to which as a child I always answered "I'd rather not be beautiful then", a maxim I have stood by as an adult- if it hurts, it can go and take a running jump. My mother would rather mutilate her feet than wear non-stylish shoes despite possessing the family wide foot, I would rather never do anything to damage my feet in the first place which is why I never wear anything but comfy fitflops

Talc your mum sounds gorgeous envy I would so love to be chic

joanofarchitrave Mon 15-Oct-12 22:34:57

A kilt with a white poloneck and a fag.

To be fair, this was my mum in 1968, not now. There are a lot of photos of her in this getup though.

LilQueenie Mon 15-Oct-12 22:49:20

smile shirts or tshirts with comfy bottoms but then so do I on days when Im wiped. Id kill to look like she did at my age. Skinny jeans, shocking electric pink ones or skintight black, hair done and to me perfect. didnt give a toss what anyone thought just what she felt good in. Then again it was the eighties.

doinmummy Mon 15-Oct-12 22:52:39

YouOldSlag I wonder if it's a regional thing.

My Mum still says 'Give yer Mother a kiss then '

My mum wears nice things (including, lately, a pair of my trousers which I got too thin for, and she got thin enough for, both of us having lost weight). She has done away with overly high necklines (we are both bosomy) and replaced them with layers so no monoboob, but no crepey cleavage either. She likes a nice scarf, as do I.

She is, however, the only person in the world who looks worse in a hat than I do, poor thing.

MIL though ... she must have been about 52 when I first met her, dressed like an old lady then, and unsurprisingly still does, and not in a good way either.

BigWitchLegsInWailyTights Mon 15-Oct-12 23:26:52

Joan Mine too! grin A bouffant hairdo...mini kilt and polo neck and fag! Love it.

TiddlyZomZomZombie Mon 15-Oct-12 23:31:06

Oh wow, my list could go on for weeks, but her greatest hits are:

Dressing all in one colour, usually red trousers, red jumper, red shoes and socks. There are green and purple versions too.

Anything with 'contrast' stitching

Tapered trousers in bright colours

She's gone through many phases of bad dressing which are generally led by her partners taste/attitude; quite stylish when she was with my dad, 'jazzy' ethnic tat and primary colours with first stepdad, basically dressed like a bloke with second stepdad (not a happy time), and now finally liking clothes again with her new DP but his taste runs to the tartier end of the spectrum so she has a depressingly large collection of patterned lace tights and low denier stockings (which do nothing for her skinny legs).

I recently got her to try on my dark indigo skinny jeans which she loved. She returned from her subsequent shopping trip with emerald green jeggings... hmm

gallifrey Tue 16-Oct-12 00:14:17

My Mum always looks like she is going to a posh wedding!

FrothyDragon Tue 16-Oct-12 00:32:20

Pashminas. Only at family gatherings though.

Oh. And padded shoulders. <grimace> She wore them up until the turn of the millenium, IIRC.

LeFreak Tue 16-Oct-12 00:39:18

A dog collar

dinkystinky Tue 16-Oct-12 00:43:43

Chanel no 5, m&s button down cardis, sensible mid sized heels and maggie thatcher handbags are my mums things I'd never wear. She also wears a sari at almost all times (even when iceskating) but since retiring and joining a gym has been persuaded into a pink velour tracksuit and the whitest trainers known to man. I rarely wear saris but can rock the look when I do so not ruling those out - the pink trackie and blinding trainers are nother matter entirely....

OhDearSpareHeadTwo Tue 16-Oct-12 00:47:27

I would be overjoyed at looking like my Mum. She looks much better put together than I do, dresses a lot younger than her 68 years and is a size 10 compared to my 18/20 !!

When I was a lot thinner and lived at home we used to share clothes regularly - so we have a very similar style. Some of her favourite clothes are things I've bought her smile

cynister Tue 16-Oct-12 01:03:07

My darling mum lives for Christmas so she can pull out all her " holiday" themed jumpers..with matching earrings.

Feckbox Tue 16-Oct-12 01:08:28

My lovely mum died last year. I wear lots of her old clothes because they make me smile ( some of them are very funny ) and make me feel close to her.

cynister Tue 16-Oct-12 01:09:49

I am so sorry Feckbox..I will probably do the same..

Feckbox Tue 16-Oct-12 01:16:21

Thanks Cynister .I hope I have not killed the thread! My mum's fashion sense was pretty conservative but in latter years she did buy a couple of somewhat flamboyant items. I get a real kick out of wearing them. believe me, I am no fashion guru smile

JustSpidero Tue 16-Oct-12 01:29:38

Clothes-wise my mum has pretty good taste.

She's 73 and a couple of years ago bought a New Look dress and Monsoon cardi from eBay for my best mate's wedding. When she couldn't make it I ended up borrowing them and wearing them instead.

I have also managed to purloin the cream suit she wore for my wedding!

I guess I should add a blush on the end but they are all very nice.

The American tan tights, turquoise eyeshadow, bright coral lipstick and taste in footwear leave a bit to be desired though grin.

Pennybubbly Tue 16-Oct-12 03:41:38

Am actually crying with laughter at doinmummy's mum, especially the Next conversation.

[doesn't have anything humorous to add about her own DMs fashion sense]
[thinks desperately]

VintageRainBoots Tue 16-Oct-12 03:55:00

I'm now feeling exceedingly self-conscious about my attire...

valiumredhead Tue 16-Oct-12 09:09:59

I'd love to look like my mum, and dress like her too - she's fab and wears lovely clothes!

Brandnewbrighttomorrow Tue 16-Oct-12 09:29:08

My mum dresses beautifully - well cut tailored trousers and fine knit plain jumpers from places like Peruvian connection. I'd draw the line at roll necks too mind, oh and she has veered into dodgy 'comfort only' territory on the shoe front. That said if anyone can tell me where to find comfortable AND stylish plain black shoes we'd both be very happy!

Latara Tue 16-Oct-12 09:38:57

My Mum always looks good so i'd look ok if i dressed like her (but annoyingly she's much thinner than me so i can't).

Xiaoxiong Tue 16-Oct-12 09:55:58

My mum dresses in head to toe black most of the time, with the occasional "bright" jacket. From the ankles up she looks like Morticia Addams (complete with jet black pin straight long hair.

From the ankles down...ugh. her back went out a few years ago, so now she wears New Balance trainers. These ones (among others, equally hideous). It drives me insane, surely there are other shoes that are comfortable, supportive and flat that she could wear!?

Also she will not come to Bravissimo with me and get fitted. She thinks if you're above a C cup you're obese bangs head against wall

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 16-Oct-12 10:00:46

Some of your mothers sound pretty stylish to me! Or at least decently dressed.

My 'will never wear' Mum-item is horrid crunchy acrylic jumpers.

sieglinde Tue 16-Oct-12 10:01:21

My mother left me her Hermes scarf, pearls, Victorian cameos, and 30s gold clip earrings, (good) and her Oroton jewellery (eww, but I adored her anyway.) She had wonderful taste, and gave me all the style tips people seem to pay stupid slebby types for nowadays.

She was incredibly pretty when she was young, a real Size 2 with a 24-inch waist. She paid for keeping it with her life - she smoked like a chimney, and she died of lung cancer secondaries in the liver. Late in life, she gave up smoking and gained some weight, and let her dress sense go in awful cotton shifts.

dementedma Tue 16-Oct-12 10:15:29

so many bitchy comments about how peoples ' mums dress - hope its all tongue in cheek and done by people who themselves have amazing dress sense.
My mum is 77. has had a bloody hard life and has earned the right to wear what she damn well likes and sod anyone who disapproves!

JennaLemon Tue 16-Oct-12 10:23:51

I wouldnt' criticise my mum for her dress sense either. Most of her choices are good, but she has no interest in wearing shoes that aren't comfortable and that is her prerogative. When she was 7 she was given her older sister's shoes to wear and she had to wear them, for a year, even though her older sister was no longer bigger than her.

JennaLemon Tue 16-Oct-12 10:25:38

.......... and when I look at it from the other side of the coin, i can't imagine dressing to please my daughter! if she approves well and good, but she's 32 years younger than I am and when i'm 70 i doubt i'll be looking for her approval!

WeatherWitch Tue 16-Oct-12 10:30:59

I end up wearing most of my mother's clothes confused. Every time she thinks that something in her wardrobe may be getting too young for her she hands it on to me, and it's invariably gorgeous (floaty knee length suede skirt and a v slinky print wrap dress, most recently). Hoping when I'm in my 60s I have her style - she's somehow managed to tread that line between not looking frumpy but not looking like mutton dressed as lamb. She still looks gorgeous in skinny jeans and French Sole ballet flats but also has a wardrobe full of elegant stuff.

Reading that back I think I may have a bit of a crush on my mother blush. I've missed the point of this thread, haven't I?!

Craftyone Tue 16-Oct-12 10:44:34

Bet most of our mums think we dress like slobs now. Sounds like lots of mums still take care and do the little things that they did in their heyday.

My mum still draws her eyebrows on! (70s chick)

JennaLemon Tue 16-Oct-12 10:46:25

It's so true!! people my age may laugh at my mum's generation's shoes, but my mum said to me recently 'i can't believe you ate a bag of crisps walking down the street'. I said, er, i was eh hungry. no point having a stylish coat and shoes if you're going to be seen eating crisps in public.

Craftyone Tue 16-Oct-12 10:48:48

yep! some still love the crisp gloves that say ' I have taken so much care with my outfit today'

internationalvulva Tue 16-Oct-12 10:49:10

Fanjo, my mum copies what. Wear too....I will not be returning the compliment, she buys Clarkes shoes...

Ephiny Tue 16-Oct-12 10:52:08

Yes my mum is probably at least as horrified by the way I dress as I am about her. She doesn't entirely approve of jeans on a grown woman, for one thing smile

Actually I'd never criticise her and absolutely think she should dress however she wants, as should everyone really. It's just not how I want to look, and because she's my mum and we have certain things in common when it comes to appearance and figure especially as I get older, I can see how I could end up looking like her if I wasn't careful!

Ephiny Tue 16-Oct-12 10:53:27

Some of your mothers sound very elegant and well-dressed though!

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 16-Oct-12 10:55:35

vulva my mum has just gone 40, I hope she doesnt go down the Clarks route grin

Craftyone Tue 16-Oct-12 11:02:55

Mums love Clarks! They are drawn to the padded squishyness and can spot a shop from 100 yards down the high street smile

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 16-Oct-12 11:15:16

My mums in the next pumps and trainers from JD stage. Is it Clark's next? grin

BegoniaBigtoes Tue 16-Oct-12 11:24:20

Oh god, my mum wears awful velvety bootcut trousers and wide gathered calf-length dresses, with ankle boots or "with-it" trainer-style ecco shoes.

The worst thing is she think she is some kind of style adviser to me, so I'm always getting told I should copy her latest purchase, such as hideous bootcut STRIPED PASTEL jeans from cotton traders (or similar) and once she actually, without checking first, brought her old naffola ankle boots with her on a visit and gave them to me saying "I've worn these out a bit really but you might like them now." Er thanks.

Think something with the wowser style points of these but scuffed and knackered too. Lovely!

AgathaFusty Tue 16-Oct-12 11:27:17

This has made me wonder what my 21 year old dd really thinks of my clothes. She says she likes them, but who knows hmm. I really hope she would tell me if she thought I'd got it really wrong.

PostBellumBugsy Tue 16-Oct-12 11:31:01

Huge (as in really high) kidney warmer pants in pastel shades. I don't even know where you can still buy these things.

fluffiphlox Tue 16-Oct-12 11:33:35

Oh dear God, I recognise quite a few of the things I wear. What do you advise for the mid-fifties older baggage who doesn't want to be ridiculous either by dressing too young or by looking like a bag woman?

WeatherWitch that's lovely.

I plan to that exactly when I get old even though I am forty now which according to this thread is old already

I think the trick is that every morning, you have to ask yourself "What would a Parisian wear" and voila you are in skinny jeans and ballet flats with a floaty Mumsnetchiffon scarf, looking tres chic.

My mum does not apply this rule. She is a Per Una offender of the highest order.

Bootcut/very wide flare jeans.
Long checkered shirts.
Terrible 'dog walking fleeces'.
Big silver cross necklaces.
Tshirts with faces on.
Fabulous platform shoes in gorgeous colours and styles.

I utterly adore her, and she always looks amazing to me.

PostBellumBugsy Tue 16-Oct-12 11:41:23

PMSL at SlightlyJaded! Most of the women I see in skinny jeans and pumps certainly don't remind me of Parisians, they look like giant chicken drumsticks!

Underarm hair and chin stubble <boak>

Ephiny Tue 16-Oct-12 11:48:25

I think you need the slim Parisian figure and chic haircut to make that trick work smile

hmm yes you might have a point.

Ok what about "what would Judi Dench wear?". Off-screen she is quite chic and does not have perfect proportions.

Does that work?

BrainSurgeon Tue 16-Oct-12 12:00:06

My mum wears clothes that are mismatched, old fashioned, often stained and on occasion with wholes in them - not because she is poor, just because she is hopeless and doesn't really care that much what she looks like.
It's a shame as she always was and still is a lovely looking lady. I often buy her nice outfits in which she looks great but she gets them stained very quickly or matches them with the wrong thing sad
She just has no fashion sense - not that I have much but I am not blind to colours and fabrics ffs

Oh and trousers that are 2" too short...

pmTea Tue 16-Oct-12 12:11:38

My mum dresses really stylishly and looks fab at 72
However, Per Una looks great on her and not on me smile
Same goes for Quilted jackets/Barbour type jackets and sensible, orthopaedis walking shoes (Ecco springs to mind)

SrirachaGhoul Tue 16-Oct-12 12:20:11

My mum is very cool and always looks just right smile. I mostly want to borrow her clothes, not avoid them.

JennaLemon Tue 16-Oct-12 12:27:39

@ agathafusty, would you take your daughter's opinion of your clothes above your own though? 21 year olds care about fashion, and having certain brands. no idea what age your are so going to say that 40+ women care about dressing right for their body shape and they care less about trends and more about style.

so, a few years til my dd is 21 but if she tells me i look awful I will say, those raggy t-shirts from hollister do nothing for me.

lol at the chicken drumstick legs. yes, les jambons. that is a french term so some french women clearly get it wrong too.

My mother is now nearly 70. She has cerise coloured hair, styled into a sub Gothic mullet. Eye make up is heavy and black, 80s blusher and bright red lips, glued in place with Lipcote. Lots of black clothing and a fag.

Dollydowser Tue 16-Oct-12 12:44:23

JennaLemon you are so right, it took me until 40 to work out what would suit me due to body shape. Still don't get it right all the time but at least I know what direction I'm headed and it makes a huge difference.

JennaLemon Tue 16-Oct-12 12:47:09

yeah! took me til after having kids actually to realise, i think i'm going to make the most of having a waist when I get a waist back. Have dressed in a very simple slightly more feminine way since before children. So, a 'direction' of sorts.
But i'll never nag my daughter the way my mum nagged me. if she wants to wear a plaid ripped t-shirt of leopard skinnies i will just smile and nod. what's the point trying to force a 17 year old to look 37! some mothers were on that mission I think!

101handbags Tue 16-Oct-12 13:20:13

My mum wears those plastic rain hoods that tie under the chin. Not a good look.

knitknack Tue 16-Oct-12 13:23:41

Sigh, I miss my mum, who died 14 years ago far too young but I'm loving this thread and remembering me in my early twenties wondering WHY she would even pick jeans that went that far up her tummy (to be fair she died in '98, she didn't really have a chance at hipsters).

Jaunty knitted jumpers, alarming flat comfortable shoes with holes everywhere, presumably for 'airing', my old teenage cast-offs, bizarre 'bargains'. Every now and then she'd treat herself and i LOVED that, strange that she didn't do it more often.

After she died I wore her (hideous) green coat for comfort and found an email to me in the pocket that she'd carefully written out, so as to go to a library and type up to send (I still have it treasured).

QueenieLovesEels Tue 16-Oct-12 13:31:38

My mum has fingers like pork sausages. She grows her nails really long and paints them Rose/coral/mid plum shimmery colours. I really dislike coloured nails on hands that are not either a French polish or black/dark. It's that mid tone sugary territory.

Also not keen on the cropped trousers worn with a cork mini wedge slingback from foot glove with peep toe. The hairy toe doesn't help.

My mum can look stunning but if she is loafing around then the fleece comes out and all manner of bobbly nonsense with crusty stains.

She also draws her eyebrows on. Badly.

Woozley Tue 16-Oct-12 14:14:31

My mum has her own style - mostly comfortable slacks/shorts/tshirts/vests, flowery skirts & dresses in pastel colours, comfy pumps & sandals - and I respect that. I really wouldn't mind if I turned out like her.

WhyTheBigGoldPaws Tue 16-Oct-12 14:27:38

We have a big family occasion coming up this week and I have been subtly trying to push my Mum in the direction of a suitable outfit. She told me this morning that she didn't have any luck in M&S (how can that be? I think they design Per Una especially for her) so ended up in the Eastex department in Beales. I am dreading seeing what she got - how can it be anything but awful from there? Especially as she's planning to wear black sandals with it and as it's turned nippy that means she will also be wearing tights hmm.

I think colour is my Mum's biggest downfall. She does all the afore-mentioned Mum cliches - Rieker shoes, stuff from Cotton Traders, matching hideous necklace and earring sets, little rucksacks for days out - but none of them would be so bad if she wasn't apparently colour blind. She can see a perfectly nice jumper in a range of colours but always manages to home in on the Germolene pink, the custard yellow, the hospital waiting room pale green or the Queen Mum lilac despite me trying to encourage her towards something a bit subtler.

I do worry a lot about my DD talking about me this way already in a few years time but I try to keep my Mum firmly in mind when choosing clothes. If I am debating something (because I am of the age now where I do like to be comfy as well as stylish) I ask myself if she'd wear it and if the answer is yes then it stays in the shop.

AgathaFusty Tue 16-Oct-12 14:27:57

JennaLemon I know what you mean about knowing what suits your body shape better after 40 or so. I'm mid 40s and feel I have much more idea than I used to have, however, my dd is actually really good at knowing what suits her shape - she is petite and dresses herself well, but she is also surprisingly good at picking out stuff for me too, even though I'm much taller than her. She is great with colours too, so I would consider what she said if she gave me clothes advice.

AgathaFusty Tue 16-Oct-12 14:32:25

I am mystified as to why my mother wears pale 20 denier-ish beige/grey tights under jeans (not nice fitting jeans either)....

JennaLemon Tue 16-Oct-12 14:37:33

she must have a genuine flair for dressing/clothes.

PostBellumBugsy Tue 16-Oct-12 14:46:07

My DD is 10 & she already cocks her eyebrow at some of my outfits which I think are perfectly stylish.
I had a rather natty little skirt & cardy ensemble on the other day for work & she said to me in horrified tones "God Mum, you look like the librarian, you know the really old one, you can't wear that."
Sigh! and I changed too

Frontpaw Tue 16-Oct-12 14:51:15

My mum was very much from an earlier (much) generation. She wore skirt suits and blouses, real jewellery, hats and matching handbag, shoes and gloves. She was a girl in the 1950s and had style. I'm a 1970s girl - enough said there really!

MrsMymble Tue 16-Oct-12 14:51:59

My mum has always dressed quite nicely, I used to nick loads of her clothes when I lived at home. There are some notable exceptions however and these seem to have crept in over the past few years. The standout item is probably a beige velour tracksuit shock. Also 'leggings' that look more like tights, worn with a shortish top so that it looks like she has forgotten to put a skirt on. Oh and the standard fascination with fleeces - she could spend HOURS in Millets

carrie74 Tue 16-Oct-12 14:52:40

My Mum dresses quite nicely, and has bought the same items as me before (I even had to find her something on ebay once as she liked it so much). Colours-wise we're probably different - I tend to wear a lot of navy and grey (blame it on my old school uniform), which she would avoid, and she wears a lot of coral, which I would avoid.

scarlettbrooke Tue 16-Oct-12 15:14:52

Errr I'm 25 I always wear comfortable ugly shoes my mil who is late forties calls them "buggy shoes". I don't think they are pretty but very sensible when carting around young children I can't be tottering around on heels with a baby in my arms! I really like most of the stuff in peruna too. Dear oh dear. I'm off to purchase a lovely waterfall cardi iv had my eye on.....

mathanxiety Tue 16-Oct-12 15:15:33

My mum lives quite a distance away. DD1 (22) visited last year and mum tried to send her back with casefuls of clothes for me that she was getting rid of, but luckily DD1 was able to filter the bundle -- it was interesting to see what DD ended up choosing for me, definitely more youthful things that I would actually wear.

Actually in the reverse to that...I know someone that regularly buys for her daughter in her early 20s (that lives away)...I wonder what she thinks of the clothes her mother selects...

mathanxiety Tue 16-Oct-12 15:42:42

I stopped buying clothes for DD1 when she was 12-13. She was as polite about it as a tween can be blush.

Mumelie Tue 16-Oct-12 15:51:00

Me and my Mum have a fair few items the same - so I guess at 40 I'm doomed already!
She generally dresses quite well but has a problem when it comes to wearing the new clothes she has bought - they can go in the wardrobe for literally years before she deems them old enough to be worn!

Agree with Dementedma - this thread is leaving a very nasty taste in my mouth. It's coming across as really sneery. Our mothers dress differently from us and have different tastes in clothes!shock.

Who mentioned Gudrun Sjoden? If my mum went all Gudrun, I'd be really happy for her. and would nick all of it for my own older years

PostBellumBugsy Tue 16-Oct-12 16:29:33

There's remarkably little sneer IMO. A bit of gentle teasing, some wry observations, some really heartfelt posts from those whose Mum's have died, a few laughs & an observation from a couple of us, that we'll be at the receiving end of this in a couple of years time ourselves.

MaureenCognito Tue 16-Oct-12 16:31:13


we can snigger at our mums.. really

MrsFruitcake Tue 16-Oct-12 16:34:32

My Mum bought a hideous pair of shoes at the weekend. Black and grey flats with extra room. But she does have bunions and she used to wear heels all the time when I was a child.

Apart from the shoes, she's very stylish. She has short white (not grey!) cropped hair very similar to Judy Dench and she quite often gets stopped and asked for her autograph!

headfairy Tue 16-Oct-12 16:34:41

Overly low cut and inappropriate clothes. Not every day but at formal occasions. She looks amazing but she always shows acres of ample cleavage and wears too much "real" jewellery. She used to have some very high net worth clients who showered her with really blingy jewellery. Not the sort of thing you can get away with at suburban dinner parties!

MrsBucketxx Tue 16-Oct-12 16:34:47

embelished t shirts she buys from marisota hmm

MrsBucketxx Tue 16-Oct-12 16:55:34

hotter shoes uuuggghh, she wasvreally excited when they opened a shop near me.

do you think grans net has the same thread in reverse.

coorong Tue 16-Oct-12 17:10:02

i remember my mum used to have a rabbit fur coat - she stopped wearing it because everywhere we went a dogs would follow her around ......

My mother wears blabk trousers and a variety of coloured tshirts. She is very grimly hanging onto her sixties bouff hair, although she always sees older women with lovely soft short hair and loves it. However, she's 75, and looks pretty much exactly as she looked at 50, so I'd take that. Amazing skin.

Bunbaker Tue 16-Oct-12 18:13:29

So why are matching earring and necklace sets a crime against fashion?

MaureenCognito Tue 16-Oct-12 18:32:20

Twee. Plus women who wear all their rings all the time. Match to outfits guys

bonzo77 Tue 16-Oct-12 19:07:47

Pearls. Twin sets. Tapered trousers. Jumpers that are short and wide iykwim with 3/4 length sleeves. Loafers with leather soles because "synthetic draws my feet". Horrible hats to stop her hair frizzing if there is any damp in the air. If she sees this I'm totally outed!

doinmummy Tue 16-Oct-12 19:26:04

gringringrin at the see through nighties. I'll never forget the look on DD face aged about 6 when Nanny came downstairs one morning in her nightie. DD later asked" what was that big dark thing behind nannies nightie?" I think she meant my mums massive unkempt fanjo.

SilverCharm Tue 16-Oct-12 19:40:04

MY fanjo is massively hairy and unkempt. I inherited that from my Mother and am so glad I don't feel the need to bald myself down there. Now my DD's are seeing a natural fanjo when they pop in on me in the shower....and wont think "Ah...Mum shaves her fanny...so that's normal."

Because it's not!

mum47 Tue 16-Oct-12 19:42:40

Tights under tapered (not in a trendy way) ever so slightly too short trouserss with a sensible walking shoe.

doinmummy Tue 16-Oct-12 19:54:25

I trim my lady garden but its still hairy so my DD doesn't think that women are bald down below. My mum has never trimmed and has a truly massive, magnificent thicket.

dementedma Tue 16-Oct-12 21:23:15

De-railing slightly but am I the only one whose dds don't inspect the parental fanjo by sharing baths and showers?
My bath, my shower, my privacy

dementedma DD would LOVE to share a bath, but she's 8 and takes up too much damn space. However due to the layout of the house she is in and out of the bathroom while I shower, if I locked the door we'd never leave the house. DH likewise, which at least means that, unlike one friend, her first remembered sighting of a nude man will not be Graham Chapman in The Life of Brian. confused

How do feet get 'drawn'? This is a mystery to me! Should it remain so?

mathanxiety Tue 16-Oct-12 22:43:06

dementedma -- no you are not. The DCs know they enter at their peril. If there is an absolute emergency they can knock and come in but the shower curtain is not to be interfered with.

No bath sharing here either, but we only have one loo and that's in the bathroom and the DCs do wander in to use it while I'm showering so it is all out for inspection. They get most indignant when we have guests and I lock the door making them wait. I'm sure it won't be long till they are grossed out by the idea though.

fossil97 Tue 16-Oct-12 23:31:30

You have some trendy mums!

Ecco or Padder shoes
elastic waist jeans or cords
Fleeces when not going up a mountain
Things from Dash
little jumpers in shades of lilac, aqua and blue

The trouble is my wardrobe is inexorably morphing the same way "I just want some comfortable shoes" and before I know it I'm browsing the Cotton Traders range at the garden centre. [terror]

higgle Wed 17-Oct-12 11:15:23

"Ecco or Padder shoes
elastic waist jeans or cords
Fleeces when not going up a mountain
Things from Dash
little jumpers in shades of lilac, aqua and blue"

My mum too! And I'm not sure being 86 is a good enough excuse. I find I'm put off certain shops by association with her - Edinburgh Woollen Mill for one
and Jaeger -no matter how hard they try to convince me they have fashion I think of my mothers neat merino knitwear with a blouse collar poking out at the neck and feel deterred from entering.

JennaLemon Wed 17-Oct-12 12:22:06

ecco website has a nice pair of boots !! mmmmm I like them. Ecco Shmecco.

JennaLemon Wed 17-Oct-12 12:22:54

Yeah Jaegar and Acquascutum remind me of Margaret thatcher.

ilovetermtime Wed 17-Oct-12 15:59:09

I think my mum dresses well for her age... BUT I do wish that she wouldn't tuck her t-shirts into her jeans/trousers! It's not very flattering to her tummy.

I would never wear 3/4 length trousers though, I've seen how short they make her look!

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