My Mum, My Style Icon


Whenever someone asks me who my fashion/style icon is, I wouldn’t be able to answer that. It’s hard to limit it to one and especially since my style and taste changes often. My mum WhatsApped me the other day telling me she had found old photos of herself and sent some over. After all these years, she couldn’t find any photos of herself as a child, teen and young adult until her siblings and friends showed her some whilst she’s currently visiting China and Hong Kong.

Born and raised in China, I’ve listened to stories of her childhood, family history and the history of China, which is always intriguing. Hearing how she grew up and what life was like back then for her was inspiring and completely different to the way I grew up in the UK.

Looking at these photos, her style was flawless. Was? More like it still IS. I knew she always had good taste and could see this whilst growing up. She’d tell me straight up if something I tried on doesn’t look good, but I was a stubborn child. I thought I had totally rocked whatever I’ve tried on, but when in fact, it looked horrendous. Lesson learnt, mothers know best, even when you think you know what’s best for yourself now. Even now, we do have a lot of disagreements and the odd agreement here and there but I am starting to listen to her more even if our styles are different. We do share clothes and on some clothing, she pulls it off better than I do!

When something comes into trend nowadays, she’d tell me how it was a trend back in the late 7s, sometime during the 80s or even the 90s! This makes me think, fashion trends gets recycled. Yes they do come and go but they will make an appearance again at some point. What we think is “new” in our generation, in reality, it technically isn’t.

I need to find more photos of her and to lust over her taste. I know that I wouldn’t be able to pull off what she has worn, but to answer the question, she is my icon. Not only in fashion, but everything about life.

Who is yours?


  1. LaaLaa Monroe
    3rd August 2016 / 11:50 am

    Your mum really had effortless style. Beautiful lady. Yeah these trends are nothing new, I hear it a lot and see that, nothing original it's just they have a slight different take at times. Sometimes it pay to raid your mum's wardrobe if you can lol x

  2. Don't Cramp My Style
    3rd August 2016 / 12:28 pm

    You mum looks so beautiful! and you right she has an amazing style!

  3. 3rd August 2016 / 12:44 pm

    That's such a lovely post, you are so lucky to have a mum who helps you like that

  4. We're going on an adventure
    3rd August 2016 / 3:37 pm

    I remember my Mum cringing at some of the things I wore as a teen because she'd previously worn the same styles herself. I now know how she feels when I see "90s" trends on the high street yet remember wearing them myself!

  5. Dannii Martin
    3rd August 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Your mum looks incredible – I can easily see why she was your style icon.

  6. Sarah!
    3rd August 2016 / 9:41 pm

    She looks amazing! She does have great style!
    I love looking at photos of my mum, she has also had so many different looks xx

  7. 3rd August 2016 / 11:41 pm

    It's so cool that her style had such an impact on you. Those photos are really cool!

  8. 4th August 2016 / 1:27 am

    This article is so sweet! Your mom is so stylish! It's really cool that fashion styles are being revisited and you can both share them, even so many years apart!

  9. Annie Bean
    4th August 2016 / 6:23 am

    What a lovely post! I don't really know who my style icon is… My Mum is very stylish and she is in her 60's.

  10. beautyqueenuk
    4th August 2016 / 8:41 am

    What a really lovely post and your mum is so stylish and has amazing legs!

  11. Rhian Westbury
    4th August 2016 / 8:51 am

    lovely photos, my mum is the same in that she's brutally honest if she doesn't think something suits me x

  12. Cattitude & Co.
    4th August 2016 / 9:06 am

    Aww this is cute, what a stylish lady your mum was!

  13. My Dreamality
    4th August 2016 / 9:24 am

    It's sweet that you chose your mum as your style icon! It's easy to see why you did, she looks so stylish!

  14. Samantha Rickelton
    4th August 2016 / 9:37 am

    When I was a teen I used to think my mum's style in the 80s was HORRENDOUS but you know what, I love it now!

  15. Anosa Malanga
    4th August 2016 / 11:32 am

    When I was young growing in Zambia my mum was my style icon, everything looked awesome on her and still does. Your mum is pretty

  16. Laura Ferry
    4th August 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Aw wow this is such a lovely post. I love that your mam is your style icon! xxx

  17. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    4th August 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Oh this is so sweet! Your mum is totally beautiful and effortless 🙂

  18. Hannah Heartss
    4th August 2016 / 9:46 pm

    This a lovely read, my mum is my style icon too xx

  19. Melanie Ed
    5th August 2016 / 10:10 pm

    My mums taste and mine are totally different, I hated when she chose my clothes when I was a child. Glad to see yours and your mums tastes are similar 😉

  20. Amy Deverson
    6th August 2016 / 9:45 am

    That's so sweet that she's your style icon. She does have a great fashion sense!! x

  21. Leanne Dolan
    6th August 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Such a lovely post! I dont know who my style icon is really. I just take inspo from other bloggers, images I find on pinterest etc!

  22. The Graceful Mist
    7th August 2016 / 8:33 am

    My mother was a fashionable woman as well. She also told me that fashion trends come and go then come back again. This is the reason why I try not to eliminate old clothes from my closet since fashion trends get "recycled" as you said.

  23. 7th August 2016 / 11:46 am

    Your mom really have some great style sense.It's so great ot have such kinda style icon mom I think.

  24. Bhushavali N
    7th August 2016 / 7:38 pm

    My mom's my style icon as well. I've done 2-3 posts of my mom's ootds as well!!! Your mom looks absolutely stunning & super gorgeous!!

  25. Gigi M
    8th August 2016 / 3:09 am

    You have one super cool mom! My mom is stylish as well – way more than I am! But as they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. So I'm hoping I will catch on someday. =)

  26. The Ordinary Girl
    8th August 2016 / 5:19 am

    Wow! What a super cool Mum! Actually my mum was also very stylish until she got married and took up a job where she was required to dress up rather modestly. I love looking at her photos from college and university time and she dressed so well. I still go to her when I am stuck with choices and she normally gives me the best advice!

  27. Elizabeth O.
    8th August 2016 / 10:50 am

    Our moms will always be our style icon. After all, they did shop for us when we were little. I love your mom's style, she has really good taste in clothes!

  28. Fernando Lachica
    8th August 2016 / 11:06 am

    Your mom is great in wearing her clothing-style. You too, have it's own style that match with your personality. Good to know that you idolized your mother.

  29. Franc
    8th August 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Now I know where you get your fashion sense. Your mom is really fashionable.

  30. Fred Hawson
    8th August 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Great to read a rare article where a daughter extols the fashion sense of her mother. I am sure you and your mom shared a lot of fashionista moments together while you were growing up.

  31. 9th August 2016 / 12:53 am

    I don't have any style icon in particular but mostly I am drawn to Korean fashion. The Korean stars are so fashionable and stylish.

  32. lee rosales
    9th August 2016 / 6:40 am

    I only saw my moms college gradpic and 2 photos when she qas still in college. Very slender and she wore a flared jeans with fitted plainnwhite top with high heels.

  33. RainbowDiaries Singapore
    9th August 2016 / 2:17 pm

    For every daughter, mom is an icon in every sense. For me too, my mom and her fashion has big impact.

  34. Leke Awonuga
    9th August 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Style definitely revolve in all generations. I grew up seeing and complementing my mom's outfits and styles. I cherish those memories…and your mom is creamy radiant! Keep taking good care of her! Ti Amor

  35. Life-As-Mum
    10th August 2016 / 10:10 am

    Lovely post! I was brought up by my Dad so I never had anyone really to follow as a style icon only friends in secondary school

  36. Tiffany Yong W.T.
    12th August 2016 / 8:53 am

    My style icon is ruby lin. She's my all time favourite actress and still is. Love how she dresses and I look up to her!

  37. jared's mum
    13th August 2016 / 7:09 pm

    You mum is a fashionista mum! She has a very interesting style, guess it is no secret why you look up to her. I must say my mum is also my style icon. She isn't as fashionable as you mum, far from it. But she opts for what's comfortable and simple, and I guess in a way, I am like that, too.

  38. 14th August 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Well my style icon is Taylor Swift. I love her personality, aura and sense of style.

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