Poll: Have You Ever Swapped Clothes With Your Mom?

Over at the Daily Mail, a 43-year-old mother writes about the discoveries she’s made about herself, her child and the generational divide since succumbing to the desire to borrow her 14-year-old daughter’s clothes:

My name is Julia Lawrence, I am 43 years old, and I have an awful confession to make. I am a secret teen dresser. By that, I mean I creep into my 14-year-old daughter’s bedroom, steal her clothes and wear them, sometimes in broad daylight.

As is often the case with this kind of dirty habit, I was introduced to it while at a bit of a low ebb: I had a heavy cold, I saw a hoodie lying on Lois’s floor, I slipped it on . . . and it just felt so comforting.

Before long, I was eyeing up her track-suit bottoms too; they’re so much easier to slip on than wrestling a pair of freshly-washed jeans over your matronly hips, and just the thing for nipping to the allotment or washing the car.

Let’s just get this out of the way: she’s clearly very British. I don’t know what an allotment is either, and I’m not going to Wikipedia it just so that I can pretend that I do. I’m sure it’s some kind of store or bank or something, that one nips to throughout the day.

Anyway, that said, the article is amusing and judging by the pictures, Lawrence pulls off the young-adult-friendly ensembles with panache. In fact, in some pics she looks better than her kid.

As for me, it’s pretty rare that I swap clothes with my mom. We have a history of very different taste, with her leaning towards the hippie and me leaning towards the Bloomingdale’s-y. Every now and then, a shoe or two might make be passed between us, but for the most part we steer clear of each others’ closets.

What about you?

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    • M

      Not only do my mom and I have entirely different tastes, we also have entirely different shapes so what’s flattering on one of us really isn’t on the other. She has a narrow torso, almost nonexistent breasts [and she also complains that her chest looks bony so she won't wear anything that isn't high-cut], not much of a waist, and [comparatively] larger hips. I have hips too, but also the semi-stereotypical hourglass figure on a broad frame [including linebacker shoulders]. My boobs, since they randomly grew about a year ago [even though I'm in my mid-20's], are big enough that last time I bought bras at Victoria’s Secret I maxed out the sizing on one of them [which, being Asian, is not something I ever thought I would do]. Mom always tells me to be happy I got Dad’s boobs and not hers, and jokes that she’s still waiting to hit puberty and blossom into a young lady.

      My mom DOES have a ton of clothing overlap with one of her sisters and their mom. We have pictures from one Christmas in my youth when the three of them accidentally showed up in literally identical white-pants-striped-sweater outfits. They do go shopping together sometimes too, but even when they don’t since they like the same stores and have the same taste [and give each other recommendations], they often end up with the same clothes anyway. Since I’m not the one dressing like them [which might be good since my mom is 60 and my grandmother is in her 90's], I do think it’s kind of cute.

    • Arnie

      I think the only time I’ve ever borrowed clothes off my mum has been when I’ve needed something for some sort of costume party, and she’s had things kicking around.

      Although I do still have a pair of black shoes in my wardrobe that are hers. I needed those for some casual work this year, and didn’t want to fork out for my own.

    • Eileen

      Worth noting: My mom was in her 20s in the ’80s, and she wears the same clothes. In some cases, I mean literally the same clothes. She’s also a couple inches taller than I am and built along different lines, so we wouldn’t wear each other’s tighter-fitting stuff. Maybe a jacket or a sweatshirt or shoes, and I borrowed one of her blouses before I had nice ones of my own.