My Mom, Grandma, and I All Share These 6 Style Staples

I owe so much of my love for fashion to my grandmother, Diana. From the pristine string of pearls she loves to wear around her neck to the crisply pleated trousers that have never seen a wrinkle in their lives, I grew up looking to her as the epitome of all things chic and truly have her to thank for my own taste in clothes.

Now, years later, I've developed my own sense of personal style, and it's not without her influence or the influence of my own mom. The three of us have categorically different styles: My grandma's is classic, my mom's is eccentric, and mine is trend forward. However, I recently came to the realization that we actually do share a number of style staples. Thanks to fashion's cyclical nature, many of the items my mom and grandma love are starting to come bursting back onto the fashion front (hello, "grandma" and "grandpa" trends).


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So I thought it would be fun to share which items are so valuable that they've managed to transcend three generations and earn their keep in all of our closets. Without further ado, keep scrolling to find out why my mom, grandma, and I all agree on these six spring wardrobe staples and then shop my picks within each.

Silky Button-Down Shirt


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These elegant shirts have recently made an appearance in my own closet after I saw fashion girls leaving their collars outside their blazer lapels as a cool styling trick. But upon further inspection, I realized they've been a thing for a while now (disco collars were especially defining in the '70s), and both of the matriarchs in my life have been wearing them all along. 

Cashmere Sweater


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My grandmother has an undying love for cashmere sweaters, which she's passed down to all three of her daughters and, ultimately, to my cousins and me. In fact, I'll never forget the Christmas when my grandma gifted everyone in our family a version of the luxurious knit. Ever since then, we've referred to that year as the "Cashmere Christmas." What can I say? It's the ultimate investment buy. (Nanni, if you're reading this, I still wear mine constantly!)

Pearl Jewelry


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Admittedly, the pearls that I'm into and the ones that my mom and grandma wear aren't the exact same. Thanks to pearls' contemporary appeal, designers have been putting modern spins on the classics, which help them feel fresh and not the least bit dated. We're talking baroque pearls mixed with trendy chain links.

Quilted Jacket


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I didn't fully realize that all three of us had this jacket style in common until I looked back at some old photos while putting this story together. These thin, quilted jackets have never really gone anywhere thanks to the original versions from Burberry and Barbour that have made them into mainstays. I can distinctly remember a powder-blue jacket my grandma wore constantly when I was growing up. I own an army-green liner jacket that I love.



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I'm pretty sure that loafers are what you'll find if you look up "classic shoes" in the dictionary. They've been a staple in my grandmother's closet and, years later, in mine, too. I used to think they were a tad boring, but fashion girls have inspired me to partake, and I have to say, my only regret is not having tried them sooner.

Wide-Leg Trousers


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Wide-leg pants, especially those with a high rise, are the fashion world's alternative to jeans right now. But lo and behold, my mom and grandma have been stockpiling the trousers for as long as I can remember because, well, it just doesn't get more sophisticated than these.

Speaking of timeless trends, this item somehow manages to always look more expensive than it is.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.