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Three Styles We’re Stealing From Our Moms

Jean Goddard with Joanna and Lucy

I recently found this old photo of my mom

…with my twin sister and me when we were toddlers, and I was struck by her laid-back style — a trench, wavy hair, rosy cheeks. I’ve been spotting lots of women in trench coats this fall, and I really love the look. — Joanna

Three Styles We're Stealing From Our Moms

“This photo was from the day my parents first met! They had been introduced by a friend and wrote letters for six months before meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, on a plastic couch. My mom was wearing a new blouse. She still wears a lot of florals and has a super feminine style. When I was growing up, I’d lie on her bed and watch her get dressed for work. She has a really vibrant personality and she’s funny, warm and outgoing.” — Kim

Three Styles We're Stealing From Our Moms

“My mom’s style is classic and comfortable. Think: cozy knit sweaters and dark jeans. We wear the same size shoes and are always swapping (and sometimes stealing) from each other’s closets. The brown sweater in this photo is called a ‘Cowichan sweater,’ which she got on a trip to Victoria, Canada. These sweaters are hand knit and made from super heavy wool, perfect for chilly days in the Pacific Northwest.” — Maureen

Have you been inspired by your mom’s style? Or other women in your life?

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  1. Amber says...

    Eli, what a beautiful comment. Please share this with your mum. As a parent, I know how incredible it feels to receive a compliment from your child, regardless of how old said child is!

  2. Everyone in my PNW family has a Cowichan sweater :)

  3. Tanya says...

    Hats and scarves – my mom was recently going to donate a huge hatbox and I took it instead. I have several of her headscarves from the 60s and 70s and have enjoyed getting stopped by other older women telling me that they had the same one when they were younger.

    And wool hats – the dressy fedora type. And skirts with pockets. I always thought my mom was a strange for her flowy skirts with pockets, but now with two kids I get it.

  4. Alex Messina-Schultheis says...

    Kim, I have an almost identical photo of my parents when they first started dating! I love seeing your parents’ photo! And I used to do the same thing—I’d snuggle under the warm covers and watch my mom blow dry her hair and pick her outfit. I’ve always thought she’s the most glamorous woman anywhere. Your mom sounds so, so lovely.

  5. Andrea says...

    I love this post. ❤️
    When I was little, living in Minnesota, my mom had an extra-long winter coat that was a shade somewhere in between mustard and chartreuse. At the time I was humiliated to be seen in public with her when she wore it, but now my favorite clutch is a velvet one in the same shade, and I find myself buying everything I can in that color. If it’s the winter coat color, I’m practically obligated to have it.

  6. abby says...

    My mom and her 2 sisters and mom would all wear the same sweater or top in a variation of colors and take a photo at every holiday gathering. I love looking back at the photos and seeing their love for one another.

  7. annie says...

    this post is wonderful and makes me feel so very lucky to be my mom’s daughter. she had bangs and a bob when she was my age (34), plus she had year-old me, and i love seeing what she wore in the mid-eighties. i think her style then was a bit more carefree and thrown-together than it is now, when she has more time, but she’s always taken time to be colorful and play with patterns (and also hand-sew her separates!). and so do i! a little silk scarf here, a bright sock there, handmade earrings or hand-mended mittens. she’s definitely here in my own style outlook. i love looking at how style can be such a touching, beautiful homage. (to moms, dads, or anyone else.)

    also, these old photos and talk of bygone styles makes me think of the book Women & Clothes, by Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton, and Heidi Julavits. it’s a treasure trove of personal, unique, heartfelt style commentary/photos/memories by women (mostly canadian i think). so good.

  8. Kaitlin says...

    My mother and I have also been polar opposites in our styles: Even as a child, I claimed the territory of neutrals and minimalist jewelry while she wears bright makeup, a flamingo pink streak in her hair and owns necklaces now than I can fathom a lifetime of.

    Recently, I was looking at family photos and realizing all of these years that I was channeling her older sister, my godmother, whose effort matches the occasion, relaxed and flexible, but put together. Straight and legging-style pants with a flowing top, comfortable shoes that still look professional, and adequate skincare but a naked face.

    I’ve been dressing my daughter the way I like to dress – neutrals and minimalist with no logos or slogans. But maybe in a few decades, she’ll be adding a fluorescent streak into her hair like her grandma?

  9. Nicole says...

    Just love this post, mostly as it has resulted in such touching comments. How great are moms?!

  10. Jennyg says...

    My mom wore beautiful hats that matched her outfits. I love this idea and have taken to wearing hats in her memory and still wear some of hers from the sixties when she was in her twenties.

  11. Nicola says...

    The picture of Kim’s parents is such a treasure!! What an amazing moment to have captured on film.

  12. Megan Brown says...

    If you love the Cowichan sweater, please do a little research and buy from a genuine Quw’utsun’ artisan! Lots of companies appropriate the style (cough cough aritzia) You won’t regret supporting Indigenous artists. The sweaters are amazingly warm and super water resistant. I love mine and have had it for years :)

    • Julie G says...

      Yes to this! ? Support your indigenous makers!!

    • Kaitlin says...

      Yes! I’d love to see a COJ roundup of Indigenous artists and craftspeople, and generally a more inclusive approach and recognition of North America’s aboriginal roots and presence!

    • Eli says...

      Do you have any suggestions whom to buy from? I don’t mind price if I am supporting an artisan and their craft. (I always find those items last the longest, age the best, and become the most treasured pieces!) Thanks very much Megan for the heads up!

  13. Jess Z says...

    My mom was pretty stylish in her younger days. I have photos of her in pretty sweet ponchos and rocking some nice hairstyles of the age. She had a killer smile, and was artistic so she looked pretty amazing, it seems no matter what she was wearing she made it work for her. As she got older she adopted a bit of a Mrs. Frizzle look, which worked because she was an art teacher for elementary school. I think it made her approachable and fun. Although she had issues with me showing too much skin for her taste, overall she really let me dress how I wanted. When her father died he had a ton of amazing 70’s style clothing and I wore a lot of it as a teen, and it made her happy, she was a daddy’s girl and was glad I was embracing him in that way. It brought us closer together during a rough time for our relationship. She passed from cancer when she was 55. I had a baby two years ago and since then have been thinking of her a lot. She would have loved being a grandma and its a bittersweet time to enjoy being a mom so much yet miss my own mom so sharply. your post gave me an opportunity to share a little bit about her, thank you for that.

    • Dee says...

      I really enjoyed reading it. Thankyou. X

    • gabrielle says...

      Your mom sounds amazing, Jess. Sending big hugs.

  14. Hannah Wren says...

    Kim, that picture of your parents is adorable! How amazing to feel (and show) such love on Day One! :-)

  15. Julia says...

    Cowichan Bay!!! Maureen- looks like you are from Seattle. Guessing we may know each other some how or through people (as Seattle is actually weirdly small for us locals)! My siblings and I still fight over our Moms (borrowed from her Mother) Cowichan sweater. The Cowichan won’t last long in my closet- as a sibling will come over for a glass of wine, and a few days later, I’ll notice with out fail that the Cowichan has mysteriously disappeared from my closet. It will most likely reappear draped over a sneaky sibling on a blustery winter Whidbey weekend get away later in the year. This post has reminded me to go over to my sisters tonight to sneak it back before Christmas up on the Island:)

    • Maureen says...

      So true! I stole my brother’s over Thanksgiving! ;)

  16. Katie says...

    My mom is a Talbots shopper extraordinaire now, but she was pretty daring in the 70s. She used to wear silk scarves as halter tops and there insane red and green 5” platforms (that I inherited for a while…).

  17. Nicole A. says...

    My mom used to wear a lot of banana clips. There are loads of styles these days that you can find online. It feels more fun than just a pony or a bun.

  18. MariaE. says...

    I love this post. In my case, it’s all about scarves, cowls, shawls, ponchos!!! I even have some silk scarves that I inherited from my grandma!! Also, when she passed away at age 95 in 2007, I chose to keep her beloved shawls and they still keep me warm in some very cold Winter days. It’s like having her by my side. This is such a beautiful post and, as an avid photographer and knitter (both as dearly hobbies), I love all three pictures and the Cowichan sweater!!! They are so warm, beautiful and unique!

    • jess z says...

      I totally get the “by my side” thing. Every winter I wear a hat my mom bought me and I think of her every time, its like she’s still protecting my head from the rain and cold like she did when I was a kid.

  19. Emily says...

    My mom and I dress similarly– we both wear what I would call artistic casual, with a northern california flair haha. jeans are a staple, paired with a cute top or a t shirt, depending what we’re doing, warm sweaters always appreciated, and clogs are a favorite. The older I get the more comfortable I feel leaning into my own style rather than trends and much of that I find I get from my mom. :)

  20. Kate says...

    My mom was the queen of Birkenstocks when I was younger (there were so many by the back door that more than once she picked me up from school wearing a different sandal on each foot). I learned from her there’s nothing more important than wearing comfortable, sensible shoes, to hell with fashion telling women to squeeze their feet into unhealthy shoes that squeeze your toes! More than anything I learned to dress for comfort and not for anyone else. (And also, Birks with socks are so great on cold days!)

    • Amber says...

      Love this! My mom is the same. Foot comfort takes priority. My mother started investing in Ecco shoes some years ago. They are the only shoes that don’t make her feet ache. I kept refusing to buy them as they are pricey but one day she talked me into getting a pair and that was it!!

  21. janine says...

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh I’m obsessed with Cowichan sweaters. I’m a knitter and I knit my own modern take on the Cowichan based off Granted sweaters (also ‘modern Cowichan’, very expensive). I think I knit it 10 years ago and I still have it!

  22. Katie says...

    My maternal grandmother had the coolest style. Her hair was solidly gray by the time I met her, and she had cashmere turtlenecks and sterling and turquoise jewelry from her trips out West that I’m lucky enough to wear now. She married twice but they didn’t stick, and she made her living as an oil painter. I have questions for her now, but I’m left to wonder…

  23. MCE says...

    My mom has great style. In my elementary school class of 28, she was the only working mom. She would drop me off in her stylish blazers and silk scarfs and look very glamorous as redhead in her camel coat. I was always proud of my mom, even though I was sometimes sad she couldn’t come on field trips as much as other kids’ moms. When I was in high school, one of my old classmates told me she thought that my mom was a movie star when we were in kindergarten. This made me chuckle.

    • Court says...

      MCE- this comment is what I needed to hear today and I’m going to think of myself as a glamorous movie star as I head to work and drop my children off at daycare.

  24. Meg says...

    Your dad captured such wonderful everyday moments.
    (I wish I had such photos with my kids). Did he dabble in photography? Such thoughtful angles – getting down on kid level.

  25. Olivia says...

    Kim’s parents win the day! What a gift to have a photo capturing that much love on Day 1!

  26. Rusty says...

    A bit off topic, but when we were little and unwell, my mother woould bring her father’s bathrobe for us yo snuggle with. After he died, this was the one item of clothing she wanted and the myth (or is that legend?) was that it was healing.
    Whether it was placebo effect, it didn’t matter! It helped.
    After my father died when I was 15, she gave it to me (youngest of 7) and I still have it. A treasure. :)

    • Janette says...

      That’s so beautiful. You have me in tears. What a wonderful treasure you have there xx

  27. Cynthia says...

    I have pictures of my mom and dad from the 1940s, and they looked like movie stars. As time went on, my mom was more about wearing what she knew looked good on her and not keeping up with the styles. She passed away 3 years ago at the age of 94, and I often says things that sound just like her. She loved her sweatpants in cold weather, and so do I.

    • Charlotte K says...

      I think the same thing about my parents, who married in 1944. They met in London during World War II (both Americans in the Army. Especially proud of my mother’s service!). I think people were just more glamorous!

  28. Lisa says...

    My mom has never been really interested in clothes, but is (and was) pretty stylish, just eminently practical. She came of age in the 60s so lots of floaty floral prints. This summer my favourite outfit was one very similar to an outfit she had when u was a child – high waisted a line skirt, with crew neck t shirt

  29. Maggie says...

    This is adorable!

  30. “on a plastic couch” hahahahaha!

    • Cynthia says...

      People used to put those clear plastic slip covers on their furniture to protect the fabric, but my mom never did. She had a fabric throw she put over the sofa and took it off when we had guests.

  31. Bindi says...

    That photo of Kim’s parents is EVERYTHING!

    • amy says...

      agreed!

  32. Florencia says...

    There was a picture of my mom, wearing a knit bikini that I loved. She was on the beach and pregnant with my older sister. I asked her about it and she told me she knit the bikini herself. I loved it and asked that she make me one. She did, and I proudly wore my gold knit bikini on a boat outing with friends and strangers. I jumped off the boat, and upon touching the water my new bikini immediately expanded to 5 times it’s size and fell right off! My mom was mortified that she didn’t think to test it before giving it to me. My mom passed away far too young, I miss her every day and I love that I have memories like this to make me smile.

    • Jess Z says...

      Thank you for sharing that memory, it made me smile. She sounds like an amazing person.

    • Nicole says...

      So sweet, and funny!

    • Florencia says...

      Jess – thank you so much for your comment. She was the absolute best and lived life the right way. It’s amazing how much it means that a sweet stranger on the internet now has a memory of my mom. Thank you for taking the time to share that it made you smile.

  33. Chelsea says...

    This is a wonderful article!!!! Thank you for the heartfelt read before work.

  34. Em says...

    Kim, how sweet to have a photo of such a special day! I love finding those treasures tucked around my parents’ house — my mom is so cute, and it’s clear from the photos that my dad has been head-over-heels from the start. As I get older, I think I pull more style inspiration from my high school state-champ goalie dad. Soft baseball tees, a comfy navy sweatshirt, and broken-in jeans make me feel most like myself, which (of course) is a whole lot like him.

  35. Anne says...

    My grandmother was an amazing seamstress when she was younger, and lucky for me, I inherited her exact measurements. She’s constantly digging up tops or dresses she made in the 70s that have been perfectly preserved and (unbeknownst to her) have come back into fashion. Several of her pussy bow blouses are currently rotating through my work wardrobe and it always makes my day when someone asks me where I got one of them and I get to tell them my grandma made it 40+ years ago!

  36. agnes says...

    This is such a lovely post! My mother has certainly passed some of her way to be with clothing and appearance to me! a total minimalist on make up and hair! I hardly every put some make up on (except for the eyes), and I use some of my mother’s clothing (she passed away 5 years ago; i LOVE to wear her clothes), from the 70s. As I have a son I realize you “inherit” more of an attitude towards the way you present yourself to the world…

  37. Janey says...

    Love this! What beautiful mums. And the way your mum is looking at your dad Kim!! Pure happiness. Reading cup of jo with my morning coffee feels like such a treat. Thank you

  38. Sequoia says...

    Oh my goodness Joanna! I’ve always thought Toby looked just like you but this basically a picture on Anton time traveling! Wow!

  39. Alexandra says...

    I’m a kid of the early 90s and I fondly remember my mom putting her super long, dark brown hair up in a bun with one of those big scrunchies everyone was wearing at the time. Now I LOVE a good scrunchie and can only hope I look as cool as she did :)

  40. Blair Kurland says...

    The older I get, the more my style emulates my mom’s sense of fashion. She died of cancer when I was 16, so through her style I feel even more connected to her. It’s my subtle daily tribute. In fact, my boyfriend who never had the pleasure of meeting her, now points out clothes I am attracted to as items he could picture my mom in. So not only am I more connected to her, but he is getting an introduction as well.

    • Amber says...

      He’s a keeper.

  41. Anya says...

    My mom recently celebrated a big birthday, so I found all of her classic (iconic “her” sweaters) in her cedar closet. My siblings and I all put one on, including my brother, and when my mom came downstairs we all laughed until we cried. Then we played a game of mom-taboo that we created. It was awesome.

  42. Ashley says...

    I LOVE this post! And so many times I look back at photos of my mother and her sisters and think…how chic!!! I think “i really wish you’d saved that ______, ______, _____” more often than not.

    • Lauren E. says...

      My mom worked at a high end boutique in the 70s and had a closet full of Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses! She got rid of all of them. Breaks my heart.

    • Amy says...

      Thanks for adding this link, Lianne.

      I grew up in the Cowichan Valley and now live just outside of it and work for a small company in the valley. The sweaters became globally trendy for a while and there were a lot of cheap knock-offs around, but a real Cowichan sweater is a treasure! It’s not an easy knit either, speaking as an amateur knitter.

    • Kat O says...

      Thank you for that article, Lianne! It’s so important to recognize the history of native arts (and, along with that, theft of native arts – in the U.S. we have the same problem of companies creating knockoff “Navajo”-style products). Very interesting!

    • Abbiemirand says...

      Kim!! That picture of your parents (and story) made me tear up! I can feel the sparks and love flying between them! What a sweet moment.

    • Megan says...

      Right on! Need to acknowledge Indigenous brilliance and innovation!

  43. Sarah L says...

    My mom impeccably preserved her favorite pieces from her wardrobe and gifted them to myself and my sister. She will randomly hand over a new item every year or so. I always get SO many compliments when I wear her pieces. I may be a mother myself, but I love beaming and saying, “Thanks! It’s my mom’s!”

  44. Hello from Victoria! So fun to find a Cowichan sweater in this line-up!

    • Maureen says...

      They are so so beautiful!

  45. elisabeth says...

    Lots of gorgeous moms here, but I have to say: Kim, your parents are the cutest. The look of love on both of their faces!

    • Sarz says...

      Right?! As the child of divorced parents, I always marvel at ones that just seem *in sync*. I’d love to hear more about them in a future post.

  46. Carmen says...

    I love this post, as I think about it often. My mom passed away when I was 21, and at the time I didn’t really think that we looked much alike. While we don’t have the same style, as I’ve gotten older, I have noticed ways I am looking more and more like her, from the way I hold my hands or wearing a bun or even the annoying age spot on my face. I also have a three year old now and I feel that some of my parenting instincts remind me of her.

    • Karen says...

      I think of my mom every time I’m doing something around the house and realize that my tongue is slightly sticking out of my mouth, side-ways, and pushed against my outer lips. Thanks to my mom all the way on that one :)

  47. rachel says...

    that photo of you and Lucy and your mom is just adorable! you are your moms mini me!!

  48. Annie says...

    Awww I love that someone snapped a pic of Kim’s parents on the day they met! Such a treasure.

  49. Karen T. says...

    My mom was my style inspiration–not necessarily what she wore but how she wore it. She never cared about fashion or fitting in. She loved crazy bright colors and patterns, comfy clothes, flannel nighties and stackable bracelets (beads, gold, silver, or bejeweled–just whatever caught her eye and made noise.) She didn’t wear make up or get dolled up (except for weddings) but she always glowed (glowed!) with confidence and dare I say, happiness and love. This article really made me reflect back on my mom and I realize that she’s always been my style inspiration. She’d be so surprised and proud. :)

    • Rin says...

      What a lovely tribute to your mother, Karen! She sounds wonderful.

  50. Bethany says...

    My mom passed away 8 years ago and I miss her terribly, but one way I feel close to her is by wearing some of her clothes that I’ve kept. She had amazing style and was always dressed to the nines. My favorite is a black velvet coat that she wore in college in the early 80’s. She gave it to me when I went away to college and I refreshed it a bit by replacing the plastic black buttons with gold-brushed ones so that it has a bit of a royal military dress coat vibe. I don’t wear it as much as I used to because I’m trying to preserve it, but it’s still my go-to for holiday parties especially.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, bethany. i’m so sorry for your loss. your mom sounds like an amazing person.

    • rachel says...

      this stikes me to the core… im so sorry for your loss… when i was a little girl, maybe 7 or 8, i flew alone, with my big sister, from washington to california, and I was really scared to be without my parents, my mom gave me a sweater she had recently worn and it smelled like her, it was so comforting… <3

    • Isabella says...

      I’m so sorry you lost your mother, Bethany. My mother also passed away around the same time, and my dad quickly gave away all of her clothes — I think it was part of his way of dealing with his grief — before I had a chance to snag any. I do still have a few pieces of her jewelry that I love to wear in her honour. Your black velvet mama-coat sounds like an amazing special-event tribute to her!

  51. Definitely by my mom. Cashmere cardigans, cable knit sweaters and multiple pairs of moccasins. She was very good at making effortless look eloquent.

  52. Annie K says...

    Joanna, does your mom remember that moment? I love how sincerely the two of you are looking at her, like she’s saying something really important. But I imagine it’s some sort of pep talk – like, “You’re going to both hold mine
    or daddy’s hands, and we’re going to walk down the stairs to the deck, and once you’ve SAT DOWN on the bench THEN we’ll get to eat our cookies after you’ve SAT. DOWN.”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Haha I’ll ask her!

  53. Abbey says...

    I have a portrait photo of my mom from college in the late 60’s and her black cat-eye liner is p e r f e c t. I sometimes gaze at the photo in wonder…. How she managed with the limited makeup options of the time is beyond me.
    Our clothing styles haven’t overlapped much but we can always appreciate well-executed beauty styles together :)

  54. Kari says...

    This makes me realize I’m already stealing my mom’s 90s style… jeans and a classic tee or crew neck sweatshirt! (My mom used to wear these awesome Club Monaco sweatshirts… how I wish she still had them for me to steal!) I thought my style was kinda minimal and chic, but now I’ve realized I’ve just turned into my mom in the mid-90s! Ha!

  55. Michaela says...

    Tiny correction: Cowichan sweaters are knitted, not woven. Sorry to be the pedantic knitter in the crowd ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you!

    • C. says...

      I bow down to knitters!

  56. Lauren says...

    The picture of Kim’s parents meeting made my heart melt! I’ve had a rough go of it lately, and just seeing an ordinary moment that reflects such pure love and joy and admiration between two people, well, it choked me up. Made me feel hopeful.

    • Isabella says...

      Sending you hugs, Lauren. This can be a tough time of year — I hope you can find your strength and have people in your life to hold you close!

    • Maggie says...

      Life can be so hard! But you’re not alone. You’re not alone.

  57. Kathleen says...

    Not to be a total pedant, but Cowichan (and most other) sweaters are knitted, not woven ;)

  58. Eli says...

    I’ve got to say I’ve had “mom” style since 6th grade. I was never very fashionable but I definitely dressed like a 40-year old soccer mom!! I definitely dress like my mother. Very neutral closet, classic, timeless pieces that always look put together and appropriate. My mother has always aged beautifully and respectfully. She’s never tried to look younger or hip/cool. She’s never tried to hide wrinkles or gray hair. She always looks forward to another year of getting older because honestly – it’s a privilege denied to so many. I’ve never heard her wish to re-do an age but always looks toward the future with a positive attitude and full spirit. She has definitely instilled these qualities in me.

    I used to hate when people would say “You’re becoming your mother.” I now think it is the greatest compliment I could ever receive. :)

    • Dana says...

      I wish I knew your mother so I could print out this comment and send it to her. You and her are so lucky to have each other.

    • The women in my family fight aging and I’ve never understood it. It’s such an honor to live long and experience life as you age. To hear you write about your mother this way makes me see myself in her and feel kindred. Thank you for sharing! Sometimes we don’t get the family you want/need and it’s nice to know that regardless of that, there are people like this out there.

    • Amy says...

      I love this approach! It makes me sad to see/hear my mother-in-law and others fighting their age and wishing to be younger.
      I know it’s easy to say now in my 30s, but I hope I continue to welcome each year as they come.

    • Amber says...

      Eli, what a beautiful comment. Please share this with your mum. As a parent, I know how incredible it feels to receive a compliment from your child, regardless of how old said child is!

  59. Lauren E. says...

    So funny you posted this – I’ve been thinking my style now reflects my mom’s in the 90s. Blouses tucked into high-waisted jeans, gold earrings, flat sneakers. I love it!

  60. Andrea says...

    Kim’s dad is no slouch in the western shirt and plaid jacket. Dressed to impress on a first IRL date!

  61. Gabby says...

    ah I love this idea! and that photo of Kim’s parents meeting is magical!

    • Lisa says...

      Loved that story too!

  62. Isobel Ingram says...

    That’s got to be a Cornwall thing? Yellow raincoats are practically obligatory for the under 10s in England ❤️

  63. Anna says...

    How fun. My mom and I share a taste for chambray and blue and white print shirts. Now that high waist jeans are back, I guess share that with my mom… circa the early 80s! She wore graphic tees tucked into the jeans and her wavy hair down (and BIG, think Hermione’s hair). It’s all back!

  64. celeste says...

    No mother here, but stole my daughter’s snowman earrings and have been using Alison Roman’s red lip/nail combo! Style is everywhere – what gets ya through the season!

  65. Laura G. says...

    that picture of kim’s parents’ first meeting is amazing! maybe i need to correspond with someone for six months before meeting!

  66. Corbin says...

    My mother barely wore makeup when I was growing up- a swipe of mascara and lipstick if going out to a restaurant or concert- and as she fast approaches 70, I have never, ever heard her talk about aging or wrinkles. She just has other things to talk or worry about. I’m 38 now and think what I take most from her style, is her approach to beauty and aging.

    • Living – now THAT’S a beauty philosophy!

  67. Meredith says...

    I’d like to steal the style of young Joanna (Lucy?) and get a yellow coat! So cheerful. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes that’s me! :)

    • Maggie says...

      So much Anton in that face!

    • liz says...

      Yes!! I love that cute coat too! Would totally wear that today (in an adult size of course)

  68. This is the greatest idea! I recently cut my hair after being inspired by my mom’s center part, chin-length layers, and blunt ends in her wedding photos. Favorite haircut I’ve had in a long time. Long live the 70s!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i LOVE a blunt cut. sounds beautiful!

    • Jennie says...

      We almost lost my mom to breast cancer when I was younger and it was so close that I later learned our family trip to Australia and New Zealand was a “farewell trip”. But, she beat the odds and even decided to celebrate life and have my youngest sister well into her 40’s, against the opinions of her (all male) oncologists. I don’t take a single moment for granted with either one of them! Lucky to call her my mom.

      On a lighter note, what an incredible idea for a post. I hope these continue, it might be my favorite ever on CoJ! And, as always, the community and comments are second to none. Happy holidays, Cup of Jo team, thank you for always creating content that brings joy.