I grew up with a mother that strongly advocated pressed khakis, brightly colored cashmere twinsets, and strings of grandmother’s pearls. I was always, always dressed in Sunday’s best, regardless of the actual day of the week. I spent the better part of my formative years on golf courses, on the water, and on the piano bench. Trust me, I know the ins-and-outs of seersucker better than anyone. This is probably precisely why I tend to veer away from preppiness as a signature style now that I’ve reached adulthood and all the personal freedoms it offers. I also steered clear of it in high school and through college. But now that I’ve (finally) gotten over that style rebellion that comes from being force fed an identity as a kid (don’t worry, I still love you Mom!), I’ve come to realize that prepsterdom does have it’s virtues. It’s clean, fresh, bright, cheerful, and fail-proof. There’s not a single person out there that doesn’t look good in perfectly-fitting, candy-colored (albeit conservative) clothing. Lilly Pulitzer, I’m coming back to you, heart in hand.
This newfound appreciation for my old roots only gets stronger when I see pictures like this one of model Hana Soukupova rocking the seersucker and still managing to look both modern and fashion-forward. It’s the perfect synthesis of an old-school fabric (seersucker) and new-school trends (one-shoulder! Big ruffle! Assymmetry!).
I guess, sometimes, mom really does know best.