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My 65-Year-Old Mom Knows What’s Cool Before I Do—Here’s What She’s Buying Now

Ask anyone who their style icon is, and they’ll likely say a famous celebrity, influencer, or street style star. While all those people are awesome, and I’m definitely obsessed with some myself (Eva Chen and Gala González are my favorites), my true style icon always has been and forever will be my mother.

My mom, JoAnn, oozes cool. Basically, I got really lucky. She has the best style of anyone I know, even at 65 years old. She always comes home with pieces from designers I haven’t heard of yet, trends that won’t be big for another full season, and jewelry that makes my jaw drop. For example, she had the fur-lined Gucci slides before anyone I knew and got the first Mansur Gavriel bucket bag when it was still brand new and on a waiting list.

We always joke that instead of a shopping trip, I’d rather “shop” in her closet because it is truly my favorite store. There is not one thing my mom owns that I wouldn’t wear as her 23-year-old daughter, so it’s safe to say her style is definitively ageless. I turn to my mom for pretty much all of my style inspiration and constantly pick her brain about what’s new and now. Since I feel selfish keeping this treasure trove of fashion all to myself, I called on my mom to share her wish list with you so you can see just how special and timeless her style really is.

Keep scrolling for on-point style inspo from my 65-year-old mom. I promise you won’t regret it.

“I love this ring so much I even hinted at it for Valentine’s Day from my husband. But with a J, of course!”

“A beautiful scarf polishes any outfit. I particularly love Faliero Sarti scarves because of their subtle designs, and I’m not embarrassed to admit I own four of them.”

“I am a total jeans kind of girl. If I can’t wear jeans, I really have to think about what to put on. Luckily in L.A., where I live, you can dress jeans up or down for almost any occasion. Some may say I’m too old for ripped jeans, but these are my favorites, and I stand by it.”

“The softest and comfiest tees. I’m buying more of these this season and will definitely continue to wear them for years.”

“This trench coat has my attention. I love the layers, the color, and the belt detail.”

“I’ve been coveting these since seeing them on my best friend/style guru. Haven’t pulled the trigger but can’t get them off of my mind.”

On JoAnn: Ganni dress (no longer available); AG Robyn Jacket ($198); Celine Bucket Bag ($2400); Common Projects Tournament Sneakers ($405). I’m sorry, but she’s pretty cute, isn’t she? 

“I’ve been wearing Raquel Allegra for years and invested in this top about eight months ago. Emily was so against it. She told me to return it! Little did she know that tie-dye would be big in a few seasons.”

“I love to layer my necklaces, and this just might have to be the next one I add into the rotation.”

“I already own the GG Velvet Loafer in black and the fur-lined loafers in black, and I never want to take either of them off. So I figure, why not put my two favorites together but in brown this time? I think these slides would be equally well loved.”

“I really can’t wait for these to become available. I’ve loved them since I first saw them. These will be my way of adding some color into my otherwise black/white/beige wardrobe! I could live in anything Nili Lotan at the moment!”

“I’m not the most adventurous with my bags, but I do particularly love this one. It’s subtle and wearable yet still has a standout quality. Plus, I just generally am loving Staud these days.”

On JoAnn: Veda Dallas Leather Jacket ($946); New Balance 574 Sneaker ($55); R13 Kate Skinny Jean ($345); Faliero Sarti Frayed Hem Scarf ($207); Inhabit Black Sweater ($90). She rocks a great all-black look.

“I love an occasional purchase from Zara. Especially when it’s a simple basic like this laid-back coat.”

“Sometimes you need a light sweater for those chilly L.A. evenings, and this basic black Everlane one is both affordable and versatile.” 

“No closet is complete without a pair of patterned trousers. They’re way more versatile then they seem, and they go perfectly with my favorite shoes, white sneakers.”

“I’m so glad belt bags are still in because I wear mine everywhere. Sometimes, you just don’t want to carry a purse, you know? And this is the perfect solution to that.”

“These are still my favorite go-to sneakers. I wear mine almost every day, but I’m considering another pair. They’re just that amazing.”

“Usually, I stick to basic white no-show socks, but lately, patterned ones have been calling my name. I love these K Bell socks because they stick in my black-and-white color range while also adding something extra to my outfit.”

I hope my mom gave you some style inspiration. Up next, the seven items we regret not buying.

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