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Today, I decided to feature my daughter Greta. She is sixteen years old
and a junior in high school. She has incredible personal style and writes her own blog about life and fashion.
I asked Greta if she would be willing to let me interview her for this post. Happily, she agreed.
Before I share the interview…I want to share a story about the history of Greta’s style.
Greta is my first child. She was an early talker and a delightfully precocious little girl. We often ran errands together. She had just turned three when one of our errands took us to Nordstrom Rack. We were looking at clothing for Greta and her younger brothers. Greta spied a coat on one of the racks. It was purple felt with orange buttons and a round collar. The shape was very reminiscent of the coat worn by the French character Madeline, of whom Greta was a huge fan. Greta quickly removed the coat from the rack and held it up to her body. Within seconds, she began to explain all of the reasons why she loved the coat. She finished with, ‘Mom, it can be my Errand Coat!”
Needless to say, I couldn’t resist her practical sales pitch. She wore that coat until it no longer fit. I realized thirteen years ago that Greta’s look is all her own. She has a keen eye for fashion and I believe it will always be one of her amazing gifts.
My interview with Greta-
Kristen- When did you first realize that you love fashion?
Greta -I first realized that I love fashion when you and Dad took me to
Irina Shabayeva's NYFW show when I was about 10 years old. Being in NYC along with everyone from the fashion industry was such a magical feeling, and I just knew it was my place. Since then I've educated myself about the industry and though I realize now it's not all champagne and New York Fashion Week (and I wouldn't want it to be) I still love that time of year!
K- High school girls often dress the same as their friends. Do you dress like your peers?
G- I definitely do not dress like my peers. Most of the girls who attend my school wear pieces that are more casual and often more revealing- they either dress for comfort or they dress for boys. I definitely have my own personal style that is very different.
K- How would you describe your style?
G- I would describe my style as classic with an urban twist- I love beautiful and classic pieces, but I love to add in urban, modern pieces as well.
K- Who is your style icon? Why?
G- My style icons are Olivia Palermo and Jenna Lyons- both embody the idea of classic with a twist, wearing simple, gorgeous pieces but always in
a new and exciting way.
K- What is your dream outfit?
G- My dream outfit (for everyday) is anything from J. Crew Collection...
For a big event, anything by Oscar de la Renta or Elie Saab.
Now a few questions about moms…
K- What's wrong with the way most moms dress?
G- I think a lot of moms 'give up' when they have kids and begin wearing comfy clothes that are easy to throw on and not think about. However, having kids is not equivalent to a loss of your identity and personal style! Dress for yourself.
K- How would you improve your own mother's style?
G- My mom's style is very similar to my own (stripes, pants, blazers and cute shoes) and I absolutely love it, but I would encourage her to take more risks with dresses and skirts- she never wears them!
K- What items should be in every woman's closet?
G- Every woman should have a plain white button down, a striped shirt, black skinny jeans, an amazing coat, a simple pair of flats or heels that go with everything, an event-ready dress, and a great bag.
K- How can moms help their daughters to look great without offending them?
G- Offer to take your daughter shopping! Casually hold up different pieces you like and say "This would look great on you, you should try it on!"
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