For the next two weeks, Second City Style Magazine is dedicating our pages to our fashion inspirations and style teachers…our mothers in honor of Mother’s Day. Check out this week’s at Second City Style Magazine.
Andra Naylor for Second City Style Magazine
Although there are several people I would name as fashion
inspirations, it is my mother who deserves the highest acknowledgment.
While other fashionistas of influence know how to assemble stylish
outfits quicker than you can say Yves Saint Laurent, my mother can make outfits.
I remember her at the sewing machine, foot on the pedal, making
matching shirts and overalls, the cute-as-can-be sunsuits, Easter
outfits, and the flower girl dresses my sister and I wore the first
time we were in a wedding.
To this day I joke that it was the best night of my life. For a girl
who played with worms, loved to build forts and got muddy in soccer
games, I had never felt more beautiful in my life. The dresses were
made of taffeta with crinoline under the skirt and a sash at the waist
in reverse colors of lilac and white. That very special dress still hangs in my closet and it will always remind me of a very special night.
My mother ingrained in me a classic sense of style. She dressed my
sister and I like little girls when we were little, was there for us
during the “awkward years” and let us develop our own style as we came
into it. She taught me about Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O and how a lady should always look like a lady.
Most importantly, I appreciate that she encouraged my interpretation of
classic dressing and understood that I wanted to add my personality to
it. Read more here…