10 Things Your Mom Taught You About Style That Are Actually True

Like it or not, if there’s one singular person who probably has the most influence on the development of your personal style, its your mother. Whether visually inspiring the way you dress or verbally dishing out advice and wisdom, she’s the woman who has likely had the most impact on how you dress yourself. 

And as much as it pains us to admit, in our adulthood, many of her truisms have turned out to be just that—very, very true.

Scroll down for 10 things your mom was totally right about—and 20 pieces to shop in her honor.

1. When it comes to showing skin, one must be strategic.


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As we’ve seen, it’s fine to show skin, as long as you do so in moderation. For example, a little black bralette pairs perfectly with a full skirt, as Jessica Alba proves to perfection.


Try a super-tiny cropped top, paired with a less revealing skirt or pant.

Helmut Lang Black Bra Top ($134)

2. Always wear underwear—you just never know what might happen.


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Our mothers used to tell us that you must never leave the house without wearing undies—though we’re not sure why you’d want to—because if Lord forbid you get into a wreck or something, you don’t want to be caught without skivvies. (This also works out nicely since the sheer trend is in full effect at the moment—undies are a must!)


Feel free to try out the sheer trend; just make sure your underwear is appropriate.

Pixie Market White Lace Shirt ($198)

3. Yes, you really should pull your pants up.


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High-waisted pants are back in, ladies. Your were so right, mom!

A really good pair of high-waisted slacks will take you far in life.

Theory Paland Pant in Betoken ($295)

4. Short shorts are a tough thing to master.


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Your mom probably used to gasp in horror if you left the house in shorts that were too short, but there are stylish ways you can wear them. See our handy guide to make it easy!

A pair of appropriately distressed denim shorts will serve you well.

One Teaspoon Bonitas Shorts ($78)

5. You really do need to learn to properly walk in heels.


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A woman who can’t walk in her heels is one of the most tragic sights ever. Master walking in them before you splurge on a pair that are way-high.

Once you've nailed your heel-walking technique, splurge on a statement pair.

Tibi Anouk Strappy Sandals ($277)

6. Cheesy, but true: a smile is the best accessory.


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Even street style stars have better outfits when they’re topped off with a smile.

Reach for abundant color and prints that make you feel happy.

Manoush Abstract Printed Top ($253)

7. Every woman needs a good LBD in her closet.


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This is self-explanatory, and we’d be willing to guess that pretty much every woman practically acknowledges it as absolute truth.

Subtle embellishments help take an LBD from basic to standout.

Sandro ZIp-Front Knit Dress ($245)

8. The right lipstick really can transform your whole look.


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Our moms used to advise: a pop of color on your face can have the effect of brightening up your entire look. She was right!


Go for a vivid orange hue or a classic shade of pink.

Lancme Rouge in Love Lipstick ($29)

9. When it comes to clothes, the right fit is the most important thing.


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Whether you’re wearing a cocktail-length dress, a sleek pair of trousers, or just about anything—fit reigns supreme. No one knows this better than Kim Kardashian—mom Kris Jenner taught her well!


A well-fitting dress should hug you in all the right places and fit loosely in others.

Self Portrait Peony Dress ($388)

10. It’s okay to express yourself with your style.


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Last (but certainly not least): don’t be a wallflower. If you love wild prints, wear them. If you prefer wearing exclusively black, then do it—let your style be a genuine expression of who you are, and don’t try to be something you’re not. 

When it comes to fashion, you really should feel confident wearing whatever your heart desires.

Rebecca Minkoff Bourdain Silk Pineapple-Print Set ($406)