Why My Mom is my Biggest Style Inspiration

Talbots Fall 2018 Collection | Why My Mom is my Biggest Style Inspiration featured by popular Virginia fashion blogger Alicia Tenise

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Ladies and gentleman: let me introduce my best friend, and one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met: my mother. My friends also know her as Mama Chew.

I’m an only child, and my mom was a single parent, so we have a really tight bond (and yes, we totally did watch Gilmore Girls together!) Not only is she a brilliant woman but she also is one of the reasons why I developed an interest in fashion at an early age.
 
Mother and Daughter Wearing Talbots - Talbots Fall 2018 Collection | Why My Mom is my Biggest Style Inspiration featured by popular Virginia fashion blogger Alicia Tenise

Dolcezza Mosaic District - Talbots Fall 2018 Collection | Why My Mom is my Biggest Style Inspiration featured by popular Virginia fashion blogger Alicia Tenise

Talbots Denim Jeggings, How to Style Leopard Moccasins - Talbots Fall 2018 Collection | Why My Mom is my Biggest Style Inspiration featured by popular Virginia fashion blogger Alicia Tenise

Talbots Peplum Blazer - Talbots Fall 2018 Collection | Why My Mom is my Biggest Style Inspiration featured by popular Virginia fashion blogger Alicia Tenise

Talbots Fall 2018 Collection | Why My Mom is my Biggest Style Inspiration featured by popular Virginia fashion blogger Alicia Tenise
Talbots Francesca Driving Moccasins in Leopard - Talbots Fall 2018 Collection | Why My Mom is my Biggest Style Inspiration featured by popular Virginia fashion blogger Alicia Tenise
My Look: Jacket | Sweater | Denim Jeggings | Leopard Moccasins
Mom’s Look: Blazer | Pants | Shell | Shoes | Shoes  Talbots

As a child, I played dress up in all of my mom’s fabulous dresses from the 70’s (fun fact: she actually made some of her own clothes back in the day, too!) As a tot, she dressed me to the nines — to the point where people asked if I even owned a pair of jeans back in elementary school. The frilly socks, the patent leather Mary Janes, the incredible, frilly dresses…you name it, I was dressed in it!

My mom was the very first person to teach me about fashion, and she taught me never to be afraid of color, what cuts flatter my shape, and to not shy away from new trends. Now that I’m older, It’s a blast to shop with her — because I can finally offer up some tips of my own!

One place that both my mother and I love to shop is Talbots. What we both like about this brand is how classic their pieces are, and the incredible quality of the garments. We both get super excited every new season when our Talbots’ catalogs come in the mail, and no matter how far away I am: she’ll always give me a call and ask me what new Talbots items she should add to her wardrobe.

This season, we opted to style a couple of the Talbots’ Fall Classics — and add our own twist! My mom gave her bold red suit some extra flair with the Silk Destination Scarf (it’s London-inspired; a city she’s always loved!) She can also wear this scarf on the weekends with a pullover sweater, and tie it around her handbag for some extra flair. This scarf will be effortlessly chic for seasons to come!

I opted to style the classic Francesca Driving Moc in Leopard. One thing I love about Talbots shoes is that they offer both Narrow and Wide sizes! Both my mom and I have narrow feet, and it’s been a struggle for us to find great shoes that fit us properly. I always pick up a new pair of Talbots shoes every season since they fit like a dream, they’re infinitely wearable, incredibly comfortable, and versatile enough to go almost anywhere.

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Photos by Tom McGovern. Thank you to Talbots for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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