August 2008 Mom


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This is my mom in 1975, in what is now considered vintage.  I actually have those shorts.  It’s August, it’s hot, and summer style should be easy.  Throw on a cute tank, shorts, sandals.  Done.  This summer, style is looking reminiscent of ‘70s fashion, so I thought a real-life ‘70s example would be good.  The daisy dukes are cute (and they are cute again now), the sandals give a very ‘70s vibe, and the oversize zip sweatshirt thrown over a little tank keeps the outfit from being too revealing.  A perfect blend of casual-cool, not trying-too-hard-with-lots-of-skin (and avoid the comparison to Lindsey and Britney).  Just remember to keep the colors simple, and the top not skintight.  You want to go in a chic, vintage-y direction, not like you raided your teenage daughter’s closet.

ps.  She’s pregnant in this photo.  This look works for pregnant, post-baby belly and otherwise.

Ideas to recreate are below:

  1.  Daisy Dukes — don’t buy these.  Just find some cute fitting jeans at a second hand store, chop them off and wash them.
  2. American Apparel makes great zip hoodies (pictured below).  If you are small, you can probably get the same vibe as the photo with the women’s version…if not, try the men’s.
  3. The good news is that these types of shoes are very comfortable.  For a real ‘70s vibe, try the Elba Sandal at Nordstroms for $185 (below left).  A cheaper option would be the Birkenstock Madrid, at $70 (below middle).  If you are a real shoe hound, I think the Sam Edelman Gemmas (below right) ($99) at would be completely amazing.


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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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