My 52-Year-Old Mom Always Steals My Clothes–Here Are 7 Buys She's Yet To Return


It's sort of implicitly understood at this point, that whatever clothes and accessories I buy or receive, they're also my mother's. While I love to raid her closet for vintage gems (my mother was an avid collector of Ferragamo flats), it's not unusual for her to do the same with my closet, albeit for trendy items. Whenever I go home for the holidays I can always count on something I packed to end up in her closet, borrowed indefinitely, until I manage to claim it the next time I visit.

Although our personal styles are different, we both tend to favor bold statement pieces with unusual flair, and despite our age difference, we end up swapping fashion items religiously. Well, here are the fashion buys my mom has "conveniently” forgot to return. They range from a vinyl trench coat to a cut out sweater she loves to pair with her other obsession, skinny jeans. Keep scrolling to see the full list of "borrowed” fashion buys I’m itching to get back from her.

Vinyl Trench Coat

I packed this statement trench coat for our mother-daughter trip to Paris, and haven't seen it since. Because it looks so good on her, it's one item I've been less incessant about her returning. 


Skinny Jeans

I don't wear skinny jeans often, but the few pairs I do own are already being held captive. While I gravitate toward straight leg styles, my mom's denim collection is exclusively skinny jeans. 

Wire-Rimmed Aviator Glasses

My mother and I are both blind as a bat, so it's not unusual for piles of glasses to accrue whenever we're together. My glasses are usually prescription (so thankfully she can't claim them) but for the ones that aren't, you better believe she has already plotted on them.


Monogram Tote Bags

After years of wearing my Louis Vuitton Neverfull to death, I let my mom borrow it indefinitely since it was a bag she had always complimented. With the monogram trend still on the rise, I'm itching to get it back... we'll see how that goes.

Gold Necklaces

I've documented my love of gold necklaces pretty extensively, and as it turns out I'm not the only person that can't get enough of them.


Cut Out Sweaters

She loves to wear these with skinny jeans and black boots. 


Saturated Sneakers

During one of my visits back home, I brought along my burgundy Adidas Campus sneakers. My mom proceeded to wear them during the entire trip, and even bought herself the same pair later that year. They're no longer in stock, but no doubt she loves these.

Coming up, Sorry But These Basics Are Officially Over.

Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.