We Recreated Our Moms' Most '90s Outfits in Honor of Mother's Day
The Mom Muse: Michele Talarico
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: My mom and I have always been attached at the hip. She's my OG. And to quote one of the most overused Mean Girls lines of all time, "She's not a regular mom, she's a cool mom." Her wardrobe is just as trendy today as it was 25 years ago. Like this outfit, which I basically already had in my closet. From the fuzzy cropped bolero to the wedgie cut jeans and big buckle belt, M. Tal has always been fashion-forward. (Baby Britt's style, I might add, is also pretty spot-on.)
The Mom Look: '90s Hipster
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: TBH, I would feel very comfortable going to brunch in this outfit. It's just as relevant in 2017 as it was in 1992. My mom always says you can't go wrong with jeans and a white top, and I follow a similar style motto. These high-waisted bottoms are Good American, teamed with a B-Low the Belt belt and Clarks clogs. As for that vintage fuzzy jacket, it's straight from M. Tal's closet.
The Mom Muse: Leslie Lavinthal
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I've been playing fashion police to my mom since I could talk (I think my first words were "lose the belt"), but I went easy on her in the 90s because it was a rough time style-wise for suburban moms. She wore a lot of earth-toned double-breasted suits. And contrary to popular belief, shoulder pads weren't just an 80s trend. They hung around well into the 90s. The whole vibe was very "business lady chic" only not that chic. Regardless, my mom always looked great (you too, dad!).
The Mom Look: Girl Boss
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I don't think I've ever worn a suit to the office, let alone one with shorts, but here I am and you know what? I kind of love this modern take on the power suit (from Aritzia). It's professional, yet cool. The next time I have a big meeting I'm going to style it with some stacked-heel mules and a sleek tank.
The Mom Muse: Karen Segal
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: For obvious reasons, my brother calls this picture "Family Perm Day." The year was 1992, the place was Disney World, and the fashion was denim with a touch of glam, courtesy of some movie-star-worthy sunglasses (like mother, like daughter).
The Mom Look: Denim on Denim
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: Luckily my style isn't too far removed from my mom's, and we're both big into the chambray-shirt thing today. I paired the top with my favorite cutoffs, swapped the lace-up sneakers for trusty Vans, and threw on the biggest sunglasses I could find, because that's what Segal women do.
The Mom Muse: Karen Frey
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: My mom was very into matchy-matchy outfits in the '90s, as you can see here before I was born, wearing her pink top, floral pink shorts and pink ankle socks. She kept accessories minimal, with basic white sneakers and a simple pendant necklace to complete her island-y vacation outfit.
The Mom Look: Millennial Pink
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: I decided to take a modern approach to my mom's '90s vacation style. Instead of a tucked in hot pink tee, I opted for a fitted V-neck bodysuit from Shopbop (so 2017!). And rather than Bermuda shorts, I chose airy floral, soft shorts from ASOS. The one thing that remained the same in both of our looks? Our favorite white Keds -- a classic!
The Mom Muse: Mary Kratofil
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer/Reporter: This might be one of the only photos we found to support my point, but when I was a kid my mom wore these denim Old Navy overalls all the time (my dad claims it was more like "every day"). She always paired them with a simple tee, white ankle socks and a trusty pair of Keds (this was clearly the '90s). She says she loved them so much because they were so easy to wear and they "never clinged to you."
The Mom Look: Denim Overalls
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer/Reporter: When overalls came roaring back in style a few years ago I stole the exact pair my mom was wearing in the previous photo for myself (because what's cooler than being trendy, than being trendy in vintage?). Even though I promised to give them back, they've been in my closet ever since. They're so easy and comfortable to wear in the summer, that I've actually adopted my mom's go-to style aesthetic, right down to her yellow tee (mine's Aerie) and classic white Keds.
The Mom Muse: Jane Ruffo
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: My mom swears this photo was taken in the '90s, even though it's a classic '80s ensemble. The sleeveless vest/skirt number is a actually a leather zip-up dress (I'm still a little bitter that she didn't save it to pass down to me) that she very stylishly belted and layered over a leopart-print turtle neck. And can we take a minute to stare at her curly bob? Sorry mom.
The Mom Look: Leopard and Leather
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: Ok, so I didn't totally pull off her look -- but since I didn't have anything as epic as her leather jumper, I decided to put my own spin on it. Full disclosure: leopard print isn't really my thing, but I paired this cold shoulder Chico's top with leather pants and a long sleeveless blazer to make the look feel a little more my speed.
The Mom Muse: Peggy Ball
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: My mom is pretty predictable when it comes to her fashion choices -- it's easy to spot the pieces that look like her. It's a family joke that she just repurchases a million things that she already owns. Her staple pieces consist of stripes, polka dots, sleeveless sweaters with the matching cardigan and chinos, and of course, only in navy, black, white, cream or tan.
The Mom Look: Khakis and Stripes
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: When it came to recreating her look, I must say it wasn't too difficult. Like I said, she loves her classics, so finding something similar didn't take long. I found this striped top at Zara. The overall look may not be exactly the same, but it definitely creates the same vibe.