My mom and my aunt both taught me to love fashion at a young age. Their love of clothes started at an early age as well. In high school, they were called "the Vogue sisters" and my mom never lets me forget that she won "best-dressed". While both women are still very well-dressed, it was my aunt who took and still takes the most fashion risks and that always intrigued me. I remember being in awe at the confidence she had wearing whatever the hell she wanted even if everyone else in the family poked fun at her for it being a little out there. I wondered what it was like to be so secure in your style that it didn't matter what anyone else thought, and so, as I grew up and eventually started working in the fashion industry, I tried to keep her level of security in her personal taste in mind as I developed my own.
To this day, I am constantly reaching out to her asking for advice on a purchase, sending her links to things I think she would like, and vice versa. In other words, she's still got it. Often times she will show up wearing something she's seen in a Who What Wear story, or she will be carrying the latest It bag to which I scream at her in jealousy for. Since I still admire her style as much now as I did back then, I decided I should dedicate a story to her so that you all could get a peek into her personal style via her current shopping wish list.
Ahead, enjoy my 57-year-old aunt's wishlist du jour and read her comments on why she loves (and I mean truly loves) each. I would be lying if I said she didn't buy many of these items as we worked on this story together, so if I were you, I would buy your favorites before she takes them all.
"I am one of those crazy people that got served an Instagram ad and actually bought the product immediately after. Okay, maybe I checked with my niece beforehand to make sure the brand was legit since I hadn't heard of it before, but the second she told me it was one of her favorite handbag brands I made the purchase and have been carrying it ever since."
"Expensive? Yes (I cringed at the price). But everything about these is worth the investment to me. I rarely treat myself to fine jewelry but when I do I prefer something I can wear literally every day and these earrings are exactly that."
"Shirts with interesting details like this make for easy to put together outfits. All you need is a good pair of jeans and some flats and you're good to go."
"I love Ganni. I have a different version of this dress already (that my niece gave me) that leans more springtime which is why I have been eyeing this darker print for fall and winter. I often style this silhouette with a sleek mule for more formal occasions or an ankle boot for a casual look."
"This sweater gives me grandpa vibes in the best way possible. I like how the sleeves cover the parts of my arms I often try to hide while still giving me the look of a short sleeve. It would look cute with sneakers and jeans which are two items I wear almost every day."
"Too much wash or distress on jeans is too youthful for my personal taste. A dark wash feels classic and this particular pair has an updated shape that feels fresh. Additionally, in general, I prefer a cropped hem because it shows off all my cute shoes."