If you have a teenage daughter at home, then chances are her closet is filled with hip, trendy pieces that you’d never think of wearing. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a poke around.
You may be surprised to find a few things in there that you can draw inspiration from, or that you can tweak to create a modern, hip, but still very grown-up look.
Here are some pieces you might consider “borrowing” from your daughter’s closet:
How your teenage daughter would wear leggings:
She would wear leggings underneath short shorts and as a substitute for pants, pairing them with tank tops, hoodies, leather jackets, and high heels.
How you can wear leggings:
Leggings are a simple go-to accessory that looks great on mature women when styled the right way. The key to looking sophisticated in leggings is to pair them with a longer, bum-covering top that has a looser fit to balance out the form fit of the legging.
A solid neutral-colored legging worn with a tunic and flats can make for an easy weekend outfit. For a sharper, work-friendly look, try a fitted blazer or jacket over your top, and complete the outfit with a pair of classic heels or boots.
How your teenage daughter wears camo:
Her translation of this popular army style look would take the form of baggy parkas, low-slung cargo pants, baseball caps, skimpy tanks.
How you can wear camo:
If your teen’s closet includes any of the camouflage pieces mentioned above, stay away. But if you find your daughter is stocking a more minimal camo print with a modern, streamlined shape such as a classic tee, you might want to give it a second look. To keep camo sophisticated, don’t want to go army literal with your outfit. Instead, pair camo pieces with tailored basics such as a fitted pant and blazer in neutral colors to avoid looking costume-like. Think “Army inspired” AT 40, 50, and beyond.
How your teenage daughter would wear an animal print:
She might go crazy for skinny low-rise leopard jeans and over the knee boots.
How you can wear it
You’ll likely be more comfortable and look more appropriate with a simple leopard over the shoulder purse worn with a tailored black dress and chic pumps.
The Biker Jacket
How your teenage daughter would a biker jacket:
Teenage girls are donning leather (or faux leather) jackets with exposed metal findings. They’re styling their jackets with combat boots and plaid shirts to give off a slightly rough, tough vibe.
How you can wear it:
If your daughter has a biker jacket in her closet, you can style it in a more refined way that will work for you too. Create a trendy outfit with an elegant edge by combining the biker jacket with classic cut dark wash jeans and a V-neck blouse. For evening, consider wearing a casual dress in feminine color or a print, underneath the jacket. You can further soften the toughness of the jacket by adding a pair of chic booties and a minimal amount of modern-looking jewelry.
Teen trends to avoid!
While you can rework some of these trends, there are some pieces in your teen’s closet that simply do not translate for women after a certain age. Here are a few items to steer clear of:
- Anything that can be described as “mini” (i.e. mini skirt, mini dress, micro-mini shorts, etc.)
- Pieces with overly loud graphics
- Super distressed jeans that have been ripped and bleached into an almost unrecognizable state
The basic rule to follow when borrowing from your daughter’s wardrobe is to pair trendy items with classic pieces from your own wardrobe to keep your look sophisticated and age-appropriate. So if you’re feeling bold or experimental, raid your teen’s closet for cool trends to put a youthful twist on your classic pieces.
For more great ideas on how to adapt youthful looks, check out the book Steal This Style ~Mom’s and Daughter’s Swap Wardrobe Secrets by Sherrie Mathieson.
It’s the perfect guide for borrowing pieces that are hip yet appropriate from younger gals and style them with classic items to look forever cool. There are lots of wonderful photos that make the tips easy to imitate! So check it out.
Guest Contributor Chantelle Collier.