Gabbie Perez for Second City Style Magazine
Meeting my mother’s college friends was always an eye-opening experience. I remember sitting around the kitchen table as my mom’s friends shared stories of Joan Terp, the best dressed girl in school.
I must admit I find satisfaction in the fact that my mother was
somewhat of a style icon in her own arena. According to my sources my
mother was a fanatical reader of fashion magazines. She had a
love of every thing European. Twiggy and Bridgette Bardot were two of
her influences in pursuing the “international look”.
As a Chicago girl born and raised, my mother was ecstatic when
receiving her first job at Marshall Field’s, a popular department store
in downtown Chicago. After several years at the perfume counter, she became the leading personal shopper for Field’s.
Needless to say, for someone who loves shopping, this job was heaven.
Wealthier clientele provided her with the opportunity to purchase
clothing she had never really been able to get before. Her guidelines
are still appropriate today and have helped me many times in my pursuit
of the perfect wardrobe.
So here are some tips from the fashion-pro (and my wonderful mother), Joan Terp Perez: