Ever since #Throwbackthursday took the social media world by storm, we've had weekly reminders about our past selves and endeavours. We've seen it all, embarrassing pics from our middle-school days, to those adorable baby photos that seem to resurrect out from nowhere.
Being that many of us on the RADmag team love fashion, we thought what better way to celebrate today then by throwing back to our parents best looks. After pulling out old photo albums and emailing parents for photos, our team has compiled an archive of their killer styles and stories. Enjoy.
Sarah Man - Art Director
My mom is quite petite. So she always wore things that were slightly too big for her, yet she still made it work. This garnered my love for oversized pieces.
My dad has a very cool, minimal, effortless style. He's very focused on quality and function. This definitely influences my shopping decisions as well. I still wear his sherpa-lined jean jacket (pictured below) all the time.
Amanda Skrabucha - Social Media Marketer
I come from a family of tailors, fashion buyers and entrepreneurs, so I think it is fair to say that fashion is in my blood. Since I was a child, my parents would always inspire me to express myself through the art of fashion. At the same time, they would also encourage me to experiment with my style and clothes as this is, they said, the only way to find out what my sense of fashion truly is.
The biggest lesson my parents taught me is to never underestimate the power of my own sense of style and to never force myself to wear something I don’t feel comfortable in. Sometimes I feel like wearing an elegant dress and sometimes I just want to stay in my sweatpants - and both options are totally fine. In fact, we are all individuals with different emotions, feelings, and moods each day, so fashion should be treated as an universal language to express ourselves at a particular moment, not as a prison we are trapped in forever.
Sasha Downie-Ross - Content Creator
My mom’s style was pretty incredible. When I look back through old photos of her it’s quite obvious she knew how to put an outfit together. All of them look effortlessly cool, and much like the style people are trying to recreate now. Early in her career, my mom sewed for the National Ballet of Toronto, so her understanding of fabric and patterns definitely impacted her ability to craft a look.
I was never directly influenced by her style growing up, but I can definitely see a similarity between what I wear now and what she wore back then. I love layering and wearing statement pieces, like turtlenecks and oversized jackets, which is something my mom did constantly. Lately, I’ve been really interested in statement earrings and accessories to help add a pop of colour (similar to my mom’s badass hat). It’s really cool to look back and see how bold and innovative she was fashion, especially because it’s all coming back now!
Iain Ailles - Editorial Assistant
Growing up I was never influenced by my parents fashion sense directly. It was only until recently I started to look through their closets at all the clothing from the past. I had never seen any of this stuff before, because they haven't worn these pieces in a long time. From looking at my parents clothing as well as other sources, I would say my own personal style at this moment has a heavy influence from vintage styles.
Ena Nik - Events Director
I find my mom's style so easy and effortless. I love the bright colours, patterns and the accessories she wears. She filled my closet with countless colours and taught me how to dress to express my personality. My mom has a drawer full scarves, and I love finding new ways of wearing them like in my hair.
Darci Jones - Publisher
This is my mom Julie Jones in 1995 at the hospital with me a few days after I was born!
My mom has been hugely influential on my style and has always encouraged me to try out bold fashion statements, to wear colours, and to "just try it on you might like it!!" when shopping. Without her influence I would probably still be wearing apreopostal sweaters, so thanks mom for continually pushing me out of my fashion comfort zone.
Connor Remus - Managing Editor
As a young individual, I might have attempted to develop my own personal style, but there is no doubt that my parents impressed their own style onto me from an early age. I might not own exactly what my parents did when growing up but I would have to say their style and tastes influenced me into the “brand-whore” I am today. As I grew older I was always exposed to style based on what my parents were wearing and the clothing they would make me wear. The environment in which I grew up in played a huge role in how I see style. My mother for example was rarely seen without the latest copy of Vogue or Vanity Fair by her side. As a child, she took me through a stylized adventure starting from being labeled as “the Gap kid”, “the Tommy Hilfiger kid”, “the Nautica kid” …etc. On the other hand, my stepdad’s old classic photos have recently influenced my latest trend of classic vintage wear. My family most definitely helped inspire my style choices and alter the types of fashion I rep today.
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