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I wasn’t the first girl who was introduced to the world of fashion by her mother. Plenty of us can remember playing with our mom’s jewelry or tottering in her highest heels. One of my most vivid memories involves begging my mom to let me wear the shoes from her wedding day (mostly because they were covered in white glitter and reminded me of glass slippers).

My mom is what I would call a glamazon. People have been in awe of her daring wardrobe for as long as I can remember. When I visit home with friends, I’m asked to give tours of her closet. Little did I know that, 20 years later, I’d still be sneaking into her closet for style inspiration — only now I can actually fit into her clothes, but not her size 5 shoes, sadly (though I doubt I’d be able to strut around in her 7-inch wedges, anyway).

As I recently began sifting through old family photos, it became clear that my mother wasn’t the first woman of style in the family. She came from a long line of glamour queens, including her own grandmother, who was donning kitten heels and classic fur stoles back in the early 1940s. Looking at these family photos gave me insights I never would have found in a magazine.  Sometimes our own family histories can bring us the most inspiring ideas.

Mom: 1970s Glam

[Pictured: 1. Arrow triangle earrings by SilkPurseSowsEar; 2. Tribal skinny cuff by SOFTGOLDSTUDIO; 3. '70s Luxe jumpsuit from LittleBeeVintage; 4. Vintage boho suede bag from HulaGirl1922; 5. '70s Leather cape from TheParaders; 6. '40s Chorus girl platforms from Parlourthearchives.]

As a child of the 70’s, my mom scours the internet for the vintage jumpsuits and sky high platforms she grew up wearing. She’ll even go for the occasional 60’s mini dress. But she always manages to keep her look contemporary by mixing vintage and modern accessories.

 

 Grandma Willy: ’50s Bombshell

[Pictured: 1. '50s Bone white faux ostrich handbag from missfarfalla; 2. '30s Peep-toe with etched heel from VintagePointShop; 3. '50s Blush brocade cocktail dress from onefortynine; 4. Little drop earrings by LaurenHauptJewelry;  5. Vintage pom pom stole from secret lake.]

I grew up hearing stories about my grandmother going out to the Copacabana and being serenaded by Sinatra himself. Her stylish look could have rivaled any Hollywood bombshell’s. From her white fur stole to her pale, fitted cocktail dresses, she embodied the glamour of the 1950’s.

 

Grandma Carol: ’60s Work Chic

[Pictured: 1. '60s Scarf from StaceyCarlisleVntg; 2. Mint fused glass earrings by boldcolorglass; 3. Jackie O. '50s-'60s suit from Vintagephilosophy; 4. Tangerine suede handbag from LoveButlerVintage; 5. '60s Taranto court shoes from WagonWheelVintageOz.]

As the breadwinner of her family, my Grandma Carol captured the style of 1960s fashionable professionals. And she always kept her conservative look fresh and upbeat by wearing a bright color palette and floral prints, reminiscent of Doris Day.

 

Great-Grandma Kay: Tailored Elegance

[Pictured: 1. '40s-'50s Black petal wool hat from NevermoreVintage; 2. '50s Faux fur coat from CultOfVintageStore; 3. '40s Day dress from NodtoModvintage; 4. Vintage gold tone heart locket from armychic4lyfe; 5. '40s Onyx suede cross-strap sandal from clevernettle; 6. '40s Black leather purse from HolliePoint.]

Classic and elegant, my great-grandmother was always seen wearing fashionable hats and dark tailored dresses. Her look has always reminded me of the noir vixens of her time.

Gabriella Cetrulo is a freelance illustrator with a BFA in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design. She is also the shop owner of vintage oasis Tomorrow Is Forever. She is in the process of opening a second online shop featuring her illustration work.

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  • susanaredding9

    Susan Anne Redding from susanaredding9 says: Featured

    What an adorable and inspirational story. My grandmother was 5'8', made her own clothes from the time she was a child, was very daring, and very confident. She was Vogue fashionable and was noticed wherever she went, to the embaressment of my mother, but nothing stopped her. Gone for many years, she is still known for her daring fashion and creativity, and inspires me daily. I don't think these wonderfully confident and creative women realize how inspirational they are!

    1 year ago

  • sadiedesignsca

    Sarah from CAMPandQUARRY says: Featured

    When I got married I collected all of the family wedding photos that I could unearth: my parents, my sister, aunts, and my grandparents. I was so inspired by the variety of styles of floral arrangements and dresses. Now that little collection is among my most beloved possessions. It's amazing what you can turn up when you dig through some old family photos. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • OliCreations

    Francesca from OliCreations says: Featured

    This is such a great idea for a post! A few years back I raided my grandma's closet and was amazed by what I found. And the quality of the clothes back then is something almost impossible to find nowadays, I own many things that used to be hers that are over 40 years old and still in impeccable conditions, it's quite incredible.

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    Such a great post! I too remember dressing up in my moms clothes and heels. Now my daughter dresses up in my clothes and shoes! Especially my shoes! It's adorable!

    1 year ago

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo says:

    As always, another wonderful post.

    1 year ago

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo from Bananamoo says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful post. I love it!

    1 year ago

  • DreamNColor

    Nikki Barrow from DreamNColor says:

    This was such a great read for Mother's Day! I keep scrolling back to look at the beautiful women in the photos. Each of them is so elegant and unique to their own style. Love it!

    1 year ago

  • LAccentNou

    Anastasia from LAccentNou says:

    Such and awesome and touching post!

    1 year ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop says:

    I simply cannot resist the romanticism of these glamorous images. My mom was not a clothes horse at all. I hear that skips a generation! lol

    1 year ago

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage says:

    I want to be Great Grandma Kay. How stunning

    1 year ago

  • pamela1061

    pamela1061 says:

    I loved the post and seeing photos of the women who contributed to your being here. They are all gorgeous! What a legacy of classy, stylish women. Grandma Willy sure does rival any star of that era. Thank you for sharing this intimate and fun post.

    1 year ago

  • QueenBeeVintiques

    Kim from QueenBeeVintiques says:

    Thank you for sharing, I wish I had the ability to dress like my own mother... always classy...always looks like a million bucks! She's beautiful inside and out!

    1 year ago

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage from blueflowervintage says:

    I love this! What a perfect way to honor the women in your family. I enjoy Gabriella's posts so much. She has such a fresh eye and her posts are so creative and have so much charm, that it's always inspiring to view them.

    1 year ago

  • Littlewhiteboutique

    Andra from Littlewhiteboutique says:

    Absolutely love this post! Need a bit more glamour in my life :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • SwankTownCouture

    SwankTownCouture from SwankTownCouture says:

    Grandma Willy was fierce! Thank you for sharing all of their fashion styles. A wonderful article for Mother's Day!

    1 year ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye from VintageEye says:

    My mother rocked the 60s & 70s look! :)

    1 year ago

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis says:

    This brings back so many memories! Thank you for such a beautiful article :)

    1 year ago

  • LaurenRoseJewlers

    Lauren Rose from LaurenRoseJewlers says:

    Love this! awesome items!!

    1 year ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    Nice! wonderful article!!

    1 year ago

  • savannahcat

    Lisa Jeffrey from savannahcat says:

    Lovely styles of the ages!

    1 year ago

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags says:

    :)

    1 year ago

  • blondemamma

    Erin says:

    Lovely!

    1 year ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights says:

    Lovely post, thank you for sharing :)

    1 year ago

  • RuralRetreatVintage

    Dena from RuralRetreatVintage says:

    Wow, this article brought back so many wonderful memories of growing up in the 50's and 60's. Thanks so much for sharing.... :)

    1 year ago

  • MarilynsMedley

    Marilyn D from MarilynsMedley says:

    Pictures brought back memories... thank you

    1 year ago

  • sandstormcreations

    sandstormcreations from sandstormcreations says:

    What beatiful pics.

    1 year ago

  • pinkpoppies1991

    Pink Poppies from pinkpoppies1991 says:

    The 50s cocktail dress is stunning.

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Love it! Fab picks.

    1 year ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage from maggiemaevintage says:

    great styles...classy ladies!

    1 year ago

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits says:

    Wonderful post, and such glamour!

    1 year ago

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon says:

    What a wonderful article, Happy Mother's Day!

    1 year ago

  • MaggiePainting

    Maggie Flatley from MaggiePainting says:

    A wonderful, thoughtful Mother's Day fashion tribute.

    1 year ago

  • RetrofitBecky

    Becky from RetrofitStyle says:

    This is such a wonderful post for mother's day! It reminds me of my mother re-lining her old red wood 1940s coat for me to wear in the 60s when I was a teen. And all those old photos we have in the bottom of a box somewhere! I'm off to dig them out right now!

    1 year ago

  • JennyTheArtist

    JennyTheArtist from JennyTheArtist says:

    love these collections

    1 year ago

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons from TigersandDragons says:

    Great article, our Mothers are such an influence on our sense of style. Who can forget playing with their Mom's makeup, scarves and gloves as a child? I began raiding Mom's closet at 14.

    1 year ago

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever says:

    This just shows that glamour never goes out of style :) I loved this homage to mothers seen through the lens of fashion!

    1 year ago

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens from VogueVixens says:

    My mother had a 60's mini dress, sleeveless with a high collar in an abstract pink and purple print, it was my favourite outfit for playing dress-up. I told her how much I loved the dress, and she cut it up and made it into a little sundress for me. At age 6 I felt like the prettiest girl on the playground.

    1 year ago

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice says:

    Aw, I remember dressing up in my mother's old clothes too - such lovely memories! A beautiful selection of elegant finds too!

    1 year ago

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic says:

    my mother, Ione is still a classy dresser at age 94! I'll best remember her 1940's cinched in waist skirts and classic blouses. She also knew how to rock hunting jodhpurs and a deer skin jacket.

    1 year ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 says:

    Love this post! Happy Mothers Day everyone!!!

    1 year ago

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly says:

    My mom still gets "dolled up" as she puts it, we just celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday (surprise party) she still looks great and has a great fashion style!

    1 year ago

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush says:

    Oh I love it !! wonderful article. Happy Mother's Day !

    1 year ago

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami says:

    Lovely post, thank you for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • capriciousme

    Shawna from capriciousme says:

    Loved the nostalgia this post has brought me on mother's day. :-)

    1 year ago

  • spiderbunny

    Jessa Cady from Spiderbunny says:

    I love this, what a wonderful post! Very inspiring =)

    1 year ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    I love vintage items!

    1 year ago

  • boldcolorglass

    Zsuzsi from boldcolorglass says:

    Great Mothers Day article! My mother did not have a unique style. I pend more time on my gardrobe. Ithink it is important to teach our daughtert about fashion and style. Mine are really enjoying the morning clothes pick and preparing outfit for a special occasion. I love these times too! Thanks for the feature!

    1 year ago

  • GoldenDaysAntiques

    Nancy from GoldenDaysAntiques says:

    Great post! Love the fashion. Happy Mother's Day!

    1 year ago

  • Caitiec23

    Caitie and Jamie C. from NuitHiboux says:

    I love this article, the pictures are nice.

    1 year ago

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello says:

    This is a lovely post! It's fun to see how our mothers (and other relatives) dressed, isn't it? Thank you for sharing the super-sweet family photos!! I'm charmed by the sweet, little wedding and bridesmaids gowns that my mother and my aunts were married in and I'm actually always a bit surprised to see how cute and fashionable my little Mommy was too!! Wishing all a beautiful Mother's Day!

    1 year ago

  • paisleybeading

    LuAnn Poli from PaisleyBeading says:

    Thank you for a precious walk through Memory Lane. You did a superb job of putting each collection together. The old photo in each helped me to visualize the look. Reminiscing about my mother and grandmother as seen through my youngster eyes brought on the Warm Fuzzies! I, too, just loved looking through the treasure trove of Mom's jewelry! I now wonder; Was that the seed that later bloomed into of my passion for the world of jewelry? I'd like to think so.

    1 year ago

  • ResaArtDesign

    Resa Wilkinson from ResaWilkinson says:

    All the lovely and cherished memories I have of my grandmothers, mother and my childhood came back to me with a smile after reading such a wonderful post. Thank you so much for that walk :)

    1 year ago

  • ElizabethPawle

    Elizabeth Pawle from ElizabethPawle says:

    This is amazing, such a wonderful article!

    1 year ago

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

    Awesome article! Happy Mother's Day!

    1 year ago

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads from goodbeads says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX says:

    i like browsing through old photos of my family :) thanks for a nice article :)

    1 year ago

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    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Wonderful!

    1 year ago

  • LadyInTheWood

    LadyInTheWood from LadyInTheWood says:

    Absolutely gorgeous.

    1 year ago

  • susanaredding9

    Susan Anne Redding from susanaredding9 says: Featured

    What an adorable and inspirational story. My grandmother was 5'8', made her own clothes from the time she was a child, was very daring, and very confident. She was Vogue fashionable and was noticed wherever she went, to the embaressment of my mother, but nothing stopped her. Gone for many years, she is still known for her daring fashion and creativity, and inspires me daily. I don't think these wonderfully confident and creative women realize how inspirational they are!

    1 year ago

  • VintageforVictory

    VintageforVictory from VintageforVictory says:

    Love this! I have so many strong women in my family with the fashions of all these eras. I can really relate to this post :) x

    1 year ago

  • PoshBinky

    Jennifer from PoshBinky says:

    This is great! I have always loved looking at the different styles through the eras! Happy mother's day to all the moms!

    1 year ago

  • VelvetTeacup

    Coralie Milne from VelvetTeacup says:

    How wonderful to come from such a fashionable line of ladies. So much glamour in those old family photos and what fun they are to see how everyone looked in their younger days. I hope you will be able to pass all this style on to a daughter someday.

    1 year ago

  • FullCircleRetro

    Piegota from FullCircleRetro says:

    High fashion picks..!

    1 year ago

  • oneeyedgirls

    Stef Bauer from oneeyedgirls says:

    Wonderful piece and thanks for the detailed look back!! Women and each generation, with such style!! Happy Mothers Day!!

    1 year ago

  • deodorantshop

    Deodorant Shop from deodorantshop says:

    GREAT Collections! Love it!

    1 year ago

  • Joliejye

    Julie Duchesne from Joliejye says:

    Those selections are amazing ! Very lovely finds.

    1 year ago

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    Kevie from LittleFridayDesigns says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! So beautiful and inspiring... an amazing insight into glamorous women of their era. Great picks too.

    1 year ago

  • sandboxcastle

    H Wang from sandboxcastle says:

    Love this article- especially the photos that are paired with it! Great Mother's Day piece :3

    1 year ago

  • jessiestar Admin

    Jessie Star Kelley says:

    I favorited almost every item listed here! This is a great post Gaby!!!

    1 year ago

  • KatiesBeadsOfHope

    Katie Louise Leach from HopeForBinati says:

    I seriously love this post. Great picks as well :)

    1 year ago

  • BoxEleven

    katie browne from BoxEleven says:

    awesome post! such great pics of your family, and nice collection of goods. thank you!

    1 year ago

  • slatevintager

    Nikki from slatevintager says:

    Really nice post! Thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom says:

    Love all of these pieces! The only woman in my family who cares about what she wears (other than me) is my Grandma on my dad's side. She has always been very stylish. She worked for many makeup companies, including Estee Lauder and Mary Kay, and always had on nice looking clothes. This post remind me of her. To this day she still wears makeup and does her hair, even if she is just going out the the grocery store or nowhere at all. Happy mother's day to everyone.

    1 year ago

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns says:

    What a fantastic, inspirational post...I love nostalgia and family history and I'm going to be a copy-cat and dig out my old photos for a look at what the relo's were wearing!:) thank you and Happy Mother's Day.....

    1 year ago

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose says:

    What beautiful women and style!

    1 year ago

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns says:

    I love nostalgia and family history! what a wonderful and inspirational post. I think I'll be a copy-cat and go and dig out the old photos to see what the others were strutting in:) Happy Mother's Day...

    1 year ago

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin says:

    Excellent post for Mother's Day. Really enjoyed it.

    1 year ago

  • HaileMae

    Anna Murray from HaileMae says:

    What a perfect Mother's Day post!

    1 year ago

  • BridalSashesOnly

    Kathy Johnson from BridalSashesOnly says:

    Love this post and great pics too!! Happy Mothers Day everyone!!

    1 year ago

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery says:

    Fun to see the old vintage clothing!

    1 year ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns says:

    So Glamorous!

    1 year ago

  • Popups

    Marois from Popups says:

    tres belle

    1 year ago

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery says:

    Oh my gosh, I want every outfit!! Soo cute!

    1 year ago

  • MaddyMade

    Madelliene Bognot from MaddyMade says:

    Absolutely gorgeous - all of them! I LOVE the glamour of the old days.

    1 year ago

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  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations says:

    Great items!

    1 year ago

  • littlepancakes

    Melissa Pancakes from littlepancakes says:

    I like this idea. Would be nice to see a little diversity though.

    1 year ago

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi says:

    Great collection!

    1 year ago

  • PatternsAndPlans

    PatternsAndPlans from PatternsAndPlans says:

    Wonderful article, well thought and organized!

    1 year ago

  • tutulucylu

    Christa Thomas from ThemeAndVariations says:

    A lovely take on Mother's Day. What a gorgeous legacy of stylish women you have.

    1 year ago

  • kristybaubleboutique

    Kristy Burgoon from kristybaubleboutique says:

    Great post with awesome collections!

    1 year ago

  • sadiedesignsca

    Sarah from CAMPandQUARRY says: Featured

    When I got married I collected all of the family wedding photos that I could unearth: my parents, my sister, aunts, and my grandparents. I was so inspired by the variety of styles of floral arrangements and dresses. Now that little collection is among my most beloved possessions. It's amazing what you can turn up when you dig through some old family photos. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace says:

    fashion was much different in my family history, even though my mother dreamed of being doris day and introduced me to Doris Day movies and Audrey Hepburn movies, all her clothes and mine were homemade. My grandmother was a seamstress. Back then in our small town people would buy a pattern and the materials then seek out my grandmother to make it into clothing. It was something to have Grandmas label in your clothing

    1 year ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm says:

    Enjoyed my peruse down memory lane~ what grand collection of clothing and accessories from era's in the past. Thanks for writing and creating this article. :)

    1 year ago

  • megandempsey

    Megan Dempsey from JBCountryCouture says:

    Wonderful post!!!!! I have a 2 year old daughter that loves to strut around the house in my clothes, play in my jewelry and occassional will sneak into my makeup!!!!

    1 year ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin from bedouin says:

    Beautiful all around ~ That top photo is so expressive

    1 year ago

  • livfortoday

    Liv Gabel from MansionHouseRoad says:

    A tradition of style! Lucky you to have such a legacy to live up to. Enjoy those family pictures and history. Very cool! Thanks for the post. I can only hope someday my daughter looks back at my pictures in the same way!!!

    1 year ago

  • monlyn25

    Monica C from MomoSea says:

    I always dressed up in my mother's old clothes. All the more reason to hang on to some of my favorite clothing items, even though im dying for more closet space! Although I don't have kids yet, I would definitely want them to revive my old wardrobe by playing dress-up just as I did.

    1 year ago

  • aoisart

    Kia from aoisart says:

    What a beautiful post!! I love all the vintage styles and the family history!

    1 year ago

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina says:

    Such a lovely story! Very inspiring!

    1 year ago

  • OliCreations

    Francesca from OliCreations says: Featured

    This is such a great idea for a post! A few years back I raided my grandma's closet and was amazed by what I found. And the quality of the clothes back then is something almost impossible to find nowadays, I own many things that used to be hers that are over 40 years old and still in impeccable conditions, it's quite incredible.

    1 year ago

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana says:

    Great story!

    1 year ago

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart says:

    Love this, sounds like my mom and grandma...no, i am not a clothes horse i told them...lol! Now I know , I'm just a product of the women!

    1 year ago

  • BeadHeadsGA

    Bead Headsga from BeadHeadsGA says:

    What a wonderful story!

    1 year ago

  • rhondarenay

    Rhonda Jones from RhondaRenay says:

    Loved the story! Interesting article about history/style. I too remember my grandmother had a closet full of old hats she used to wear in the 20's and 30's and 40's.

    1 year ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    I always think that women had such a great sense of style, its so difficult now I can see why so many older women are distressed by all these denim wearing youngsters!

    1 year ago

  • muffintopdesigns

    cylene from TheLovelySmith says:

    isn't it wonderful to see how style has evolved through the ages... and to be able to incorporate elements of your relatives' fashion savvy into your own wardrobe??? sigh!

    1 year ago

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild says:

    love this article ....my sister always had the latest 60's styles and i truly admired her flare..i on the otherhand tended to be conservative like most of the women in my family....except for that patch between 79-85 when my fashion sense underwent a shock...gotta love the 80's

    1 year ago

  • SabSabWorld

    Saba Lasheiei from SabSabWorld says:

    Lovely post ! :)

    1 year ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt says:

    Can't relate. Had a hippi Mom! Great article. I remember wishing my Mother wore makeup and dresses. Instead she wore wrinkle skirts and a native american oversized earing in one ear. Although I do wear snake rings...just as she did. So, maybe I can relate! Totally dug the post.

    1 year ago

  • mmerrittdesigns

    M. Merritt from mmerrittdesigns says:

    It just goes to show that everything comes back in style. If You have a quality piece, save it! Your grandchildren may love it too someday.

    1 year ago

  • viennasgrace

    Amy Russo from ViennasGrace says:

    Really enjoyed the story and the picks. Very nice, lovely photos.

    1 year ago

  • sanmarnastyle

    Sandy from SanmarnaStyle says:

    Fantastic, wonderful pictures and article. I too, love looking at old photo's and the different styles in each era

    1 year ago

  • truthbeautyandlove27

    Colleen O'Neal from truthbeautyandlove27 says:

    its funny I was just thinking of this same subject! Recently created a pair of earings with vintange aroura borealis crystals and I was reminded while making them of playing for hours with grandmothers jewelry when I was a child. Instead of making jewelry for my mother for mothers day I made her a jewelry holder. My husband said are you sure you shouldn't make her jewelry instead? Your mom is one of your greatest fans and I said well she has more jewelry then I do already and probably needs more places to put it, he just laughed and said I have never met someone with more jewelry then you! Trust me my mom does!

    1 year ago

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny says:

    A beautiful tribute to the women in your family history! I love this article :) thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • diamondsandcoal1

    Erin Joy from diamondsandcoal1 says:

    Thanks for sharing! Isn't it amazing how beautiful vintage photos are? They have so much character and charm, and speak to you in the most amazing way.

    1 year ago

  • afc4life

    Catherine Cetrulo from afc4life says:

    I really don't know what to say other than " Thank you for the best Mothers day....ever" Grandma Kay would have been overwhelmed as I am........ I really loved how you captured each womens style and I truly love you for it all.

    1 year ago

  • stargazer29609

    stargazer29609 from stargazer29609 says:

    This post brought back memories of trying my mothers wedding gown on when I was a girl.

    1 year ago

  • DowntownDame

    Kelly Deneen says:

    Great post! We are currently going through my grandmother-in-law's estate, and she had one heck of a sense of style. She wore a dark green suit at her wedding, with an amazing hat that had long feathers that wrap a few times around the box. I've always loved that photo!. Apparently, she never let go of a single piece of clothing or accessory. What treasures!

    1 year ago

  • UUPP

    UUPP from UUPP says:

    Absolutely love this post! Great great photos

    1 year ago

  • ToosDetectiveAgency

    Sara Schroeder from ToosDetectiveAgency says:

    I love looking at old family photos. I love to imagine what my grandmother was like when she wore sharp hats and white gloves, before the days of elastic-wait "slacks" and bird sweatshirts.

    1 year ago

  • MapleAndOakDesigns

    MapleAndOakDesigns from MapleAndOakDesigns says:

    I love this article! I'm a historian and I love fashion, this is just a wonderful combination and an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it with us :)

    1 year ago

  • Julbyjuliagasin

    Julia Gasin from Julbyjuliagasin says:

    The first photo is absolutely amazing...!

    1 year ago

  • crazy4fabric

    Kim from FiberBungalow says:

    What an inspiring lovely article! I have such loving memories of playing in my Grandmother's and Mother's closet. The spark for the love of fashion starts at such a young age when you have stylish women in your life. Thank you for sharing your story! I LOVE Grandma Willy! Somehow the word "Grandma" is not quite a fit for this bombshell! : ) What a beautiful and confident line of women!

    1 year ago

  • BlueBrocade

    BlueBrocade from BlueBrocade says:

    Drawing from our own family history for fashion and style inspiration, it becomes so much more meaningful than anything a magazine may try to present. I love how style and quality were valued in the past, maybe that is why I love drawing from my vintage brooch collection for my hair accessory designs-I love to bring in a hint of that femininity from the past and bring it into our everyday in the present. Beautiful post!

    1 year ago

  • neonthreadsdesigns

    neonthreadsdesigns from neonthreadsdesigns says:

    Wonderful story. I enjoyed it.

    1 year ago

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline says:

    Fabulous post and collection. These women look amazing!

    1 year ago

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving from BeachHouseLiving says:

    Wonderful post. If only I had those outfits I used to play dress up with now! I enjoy wearing vintage dresses but it's the hat's I adore most.

    1 year ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly says:

    My mother, just today, mentioned that you have to be confident to wear what she was wearing, and it's true! It's a neon green top. And she's in her late 60's. She has always been a bit daring and up to date in the current trends without going too, too far over the edge. She sewed her own clothes from the time she learned to sew in high school until I was a young girl. She just couldn't keep up with all the time it took to sew all hers and my clothes too, while also holding a full time job outside the home. I wish she'd kept more of it so I could see it today!!! I love pouring over old photos of my family members too. There's fabulous fashion from many eras that I just adore.

    1 year ago

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties says:

    That is a really beautiful story. I love vintage fashion and how it it is all passed down through generations!

    1 year ago

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle says:

    I used to love my Mother and Grandmothers closet also. This takes me back. I actually see a few things they had here!

    1 year ago

  • rivahside

    rivahside says:

    My mother had a champagne taste on a beer budget when it came to clothes, but she always looked stylish. She loved wear Mr. Mort dresses in the early 60's and always had her beehive hairdo and nails done at Jones department store in Fairmont, W. Va.!

    1 year ago

  • rosebudsvintage

    rosebudsvintage from tatteredtornwornmore says:

    This article made me think of my mom and her style and class. She always wore an apron when home, many I still have. She always dressed up when going out even to the grocery store. "never know who your going to see." On Sunday always dressed in a suit with gloves and one of her many hats. She loved fashion and made most of her suits, some of her hats and "purses." I am a grandma now and I still have her quality items. I look at my clothes, as I am downsizing and say to my kids that they will never see the quality like this. The attention to detail was amazing, but this is where Etsy comes in the next generation is reviving this and taking the time to appreciate the past and learning how important quality not quantity is.

    1 year ago

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage from metroretrovintage says:

    What a wonderful article and treasury of photos! And I loved your wonderful selections displaying the styles and time period of each of these lovely women.

    1 year ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas says:

    Great story. I love looking at the way people dressed before us...especially because I live in my sweats....

    1 year ago

  • BBBDesigns

    BBBDesigns from BBBDesigns says:

    What can I say about Mom..... She was a model for Marshall Fields in the 50's and early 60s. If you ever saw the movie 'How to marry a Millionaire" Marilyn, Lauren and Betty were models for some big store and that's exactly what Mom did. Best advice she gave me regarding cloths was always buy well made or as they called it tailored.... even if you don't have the money save so you can purchase the best, the cloths always fit better and you don't look off the rack.

    1 year ago

  • OnceUponABustle

    OnceUponABustle from OnceUponABustle says:

    I come from a long line of seamstresses on my mother's side, and I truly believe that certain passions run in our blood. My great-great grandmother was an extremely talented seamstress in the late 1800's and early 1900's. She made clothes not only for all of her children, but for clients outside of the family as well. Her talent was passed to my Great Grandmother, who in turn taught my Grandmother...then mother....and now, here I am :o) I own my Great Grandmother's sewing machine from the early 1930's, and it is my most prized possesion (if only it could talk!!! I would love to hear the stories it could tell). I am also fortunate to own a beautiful blouse that once belonged to my Great Grandmother's sister :o) Now I have my own shop on Etsy....offering beautiful one of a kind men and women's clothing....and I do believe that I have my ancestors to thank for my love of creating beautiful quality clothing ;o)

    1 year ago

  • InMaterial

    Peggy McCallum from InMaterial says:

    My mother's generation (she's 87), I'm afraid, is the last to really embrace femininity and glamor and just plain looking good all the time! She still dresses up just to go to the grocery store. And remember when flying was an event and everyone dressed up - men in suits and women in silk stockings and heels. I too went through our old family photos and was actually jealous that my mom dressed up in beautiful, well-tailored clothing on a daily basis. And a day in the city! Well, that was a special occasion that called for only the finest attire. I'm glad that I got to experience a bit of that growing up when I did.

    1 year ago

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill says:

    this really helped me to remember how wonderful my gram, aunts and mom looked..accessories really mattered then. Though I've gone the way of being too casual in my dressing, I really admire the time that they took to look like a million bucks, no matter what was going on in their lives.

    1 year ago

  • Zenice

    Zenice from LusterHandSpun says:

    Good that people get to see quality clothes, beautiful photographs of well dressed Americans, even if retro.Our Malls are mostly full of over priced junk jersey-- underwear material. Refreshing break. Quality,well made woven fabric lasts, looks nice, and in the long run more economical. Thank you for sharing & selling!

    1 year ago

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving says:

    Thanks for sharing!!

    1 year ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 from breadandroses2 says:

    40s fashions: a good crepe de chine frock and peep-toe shoes are probably the most feminine style in the past century. Even Rosie the Riveter looked good.

    1 year ago

  • LadyLyBoutique

    Lady Ly from LadyLyBoutique says:

    Great article... Thanks for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • nbaylis

    Nattalie Baylis from NattaliePalace says:

    I think this is great and i don't have chance to visit to Australia but i hope one day i will. I'm very interested in your annoucement about your 40s fashions from your relative. It's very good and the best on that periods and it's the same to my mother's clothes 60s, 70s and 80s too. Thanks a lot to sharing these things to me.

    1 year ago

  • shawnstpeter

    Shawn St.Peter from shawnstpeter says:

    great article, I love vintage

    1 year ago

  • kustomdesigns2

    Lynn from kustomdesigns2 says:

    Great tribute to all Mom's. I am pushing 80 years and will be listing some of my things soooon. Thank you for sharing. God Bless.

    1 year ago

  • itsamatch9

    itsamatch9 from itsamatch9 says:

    Great story, very much a memory juggler. It made me remember times I thought were gone from my mind forever. I recall the swim suits and sunning on the once beautiful Connecticut beaches. The mink coats and stoles (sp?) worn with big broaches and bold sparkling earrings, red-red lipstick stockings.....Mom had a friend who was shoe editor for Vogue in the 60's, she always brought shoes that were over the edge but to my little feet they were boats. Thank you so much for the memories!

    1 year ago

  • SunshineGirl16

    Hannah Dick says:

    What a need idea! I would love to know whose style I inherited. :)

    1 year ago

  • showbelles

    Rhonda Griffin from Showbelles says:

    What a family of stunning beauties. They all look like Vogue cover models. All of them are overflowing with style and elegance. Fabulous article.

    1 year ago

  • lizettev

    Lizette Venter from Clovetree says:

    Those beautiful, immaculate women! And to think they managed to be so poised and groomed despite the duties of housekeeping and without all the 'mod cons' that is supposed to save us time - and there I am, dishevelled on the school run, despite my convenient life! Hats off ( or on?) to all of them.

    1 year ago

  • Lexl1

    Alexis LeRoux-Dupont from Lexl1 says:

    That's beautiful. Fashion repeats itself but turns out u were ahead of the times just like the women who raised ya:)

    1 year ago

  • FarmGarl

    Patty Rosburg from FarmGarl says:

    Very nice article, fashion is so interesting! My mom used to make those suede boho bags in the 70's, and had quite a business going with them. I need to go search thru my closet now...you have got me thinking...maybe I still have one of those bags around. So cool too...that you had so many stylish women in your family to inspire you.

    1 year ago

  • Marilynrd

    Marilyn Davenport from BitsofClayJewelry says:

    Thank you so much for your touching and memorable post. How sweet of you to share such a personal post.

    1 year ago

  • jmjewelryoriginals

    joyce from jmjewelryoriginals says:

    Thankyou for the wonderful memories. I lost my mom 2 months ago . I have always taken pride in thinking and knowing that I was just like my mother. It's not just her style, the way she dressed or the perfume she wore. It comes from within- the total package. Our lives have come full circle

    1 year ago

  • oldhippeegirl

    julia from oldhippeegirl says:

    Oh, such are the days gone by! How beautiful and sheer class!

    1 year ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    Teresa from shopgoodgrace says:

    Love this!

    1 year ago

  • chickiestarr

    Chickie Starr from chickiestarr says:

    What a beautiful and stylish group of women! A legacy of fashion indeed! Thanks for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • chickiestarr

    Chickie Starr from chickiestarr says:

    What a beautiful and fashionable group of women! A legacy of style indeed! Thanks for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • katherinenortonmalek

    katherine norton malek says:

    Great post!! So true. I vividly remember the hooped skirts, silk blouses of tissue linen & garnet leather peep toe platforms of my mom & grandmother. There was nothing more fun than clomping around in Memere's dancing shoes (Copacabana NYC circa 1930's) with a bakelite purse and fox stole (w/the head & eyes clamped to the tail), tiny lip stick samples of deepest red & inlaid powder compacts tucked inside beade hand bags in the bottom of mom & Memere's closets. Family photos are a hoot - hats, hats & more netted hats. Many of the hats I still have hanging in my guest room from push pins, purses hanging from S-hooks & even a genuine flapper dress displayed on a dress form. Style & fashion is a family legacy. As a gramma myself now, my granddaughters & great nieces have a plethora of vintage wear to play dress-up with or just admire, hopefully to pass on the proud legacy from my 1960's & 70's glam. They love school vacation time at my house where dress-up is an accepted past-time. My 1st pair of plastic princess shoes w/glitter elastic straps & my faux mink stole are a favorite memory. Love watching the next generations of glam girls in the making. Thanks for the post - brought back some fun memories & reinforced what I letbthem do at mybhouse,nas being an important part of creative play.

    1 year ago

  • linenlaceandthread

    Anne from linenlaceandthread says:

    I really love this post! Since I was a small girl I always felt like being born in the wrong century...

    1 year ago

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry says:

    I kinda LOVE IT!! Great post - thank you Gabriella :-)

    1 year ago

  • GrandmaDede

    GrandmaDede from GrandmaDede says:

    My brother got the house; I got the family photo album. I still think I got the better deal.... it's fill with photos of my mom when she was in college. That's when she dressed the nicest. Love her stylish clothes and costume jewelry.

    1 year ago