“Oh my goodness Kristin, I love your suit. Where did you get it?”
“Oh my goodness Kristin, I love your [green and blue houndstooth] dress (pictured above). Where do you shop?”
Every time I get these questions, I grin at the appraised garment with delight, and say: “It’s this really chic boutique called “Mama’s Closet.”
“Oh, that’s super cool. Where is that?”
I laugh, as I reveal my best kept secret—well actually it’s not really under wraps. I tell people all the time and am super proud of it. “I literally mean, my mom’s closet.” My mom is such fashionista and had some of the most iconic clothes from the ‘80s and ‘90s. I’m talking statement dresses with sharp shoulder pads, like this one with sheer sleeves and a bejeweled belt. My mother wore it when my father officially asked my grandparents for their blessing to marry her. That in itself made the dress feel like home when I wore it. Then it took on another sartorial story when I wore it while covering the American Music Awards this past year.
I’m gushing about off-the-shoulder metallic tops with another matching belt adorned with rhinestones. It’s a part of an unconventional suit, that I sported to a fashion-forward shindig in Los Angeles, pre-pandemic.
And I’m enthusing about her emerald green jumpsuit with rhinestones dropping along the back, reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. This one has been a favorite on rotation. I’ve dawned it on my 21st birthday on a wine train journey through Napa and many other times after that.
And although I don’t have pictorial evidence on hand of my mother’s original stylings of these—the plethora of unique skirt suits, like this red wool one with crested-gold buttons and this baby blue number mom wore to my baptism, have been my uniforms while reporting on-camera over the years. By the way, these outfits are just skimming the surface of my mother’s clothing collection, now a part of my treasure trove.
My mom doesn’t just own aspirational clothes—she’s worn them with such style and grace because she is a gem beyond measure. I’m so thankful to call my mother not just my style icon, but my best friend and confidant, my role model and my hero. Love you so much, mama!
Also, a special Mother’s Day shoutout to my grandma, who actually has made a few pieces for my mother that I now proudly own. She is also a stylish and strong lady, who I look up to very much!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! What is your favorite thing about your mom or being a mom?
Keeping it Krischic,