Zalando’s 3rd Birthday: How My Style Has Evolved Since the Age of 3
Bloggers have been asked to share their thoughts/memories/anecdotes on how their style has evolved since they were 3 years old. What a wonderfully nostalgic way to celebrate Zalando’s 3rd birthday in the world of online fashion. Nothing warms my heart more than looking back at my childhood, the days I spent fantasising about being a grown-up, dancing around the living room in mum’s clothes and watching her admiringly as she put on her signature red lippy.
I had (and still have) so much admiration for my mum. If anyone was a style icon in the 80s and 90s, I swear she was. But her love for fashion didn’t stop there. She dressed me from head to toe every day and despite being on a budget, she did a great job. What I didn’t realise was how much the way she dressed me then, has influenced what I wear now.
So how has my style evolved? It seems that it hasn’t changed that much at all. I went through the embarrassing phases of slightly goth, hip hop mania, Spice Girls platforms, 90s fluro and skater girl through my teen years. Those styles came and went. But after flicking through old snaps, it’s evident that the way my mum dressed me when I was 3, still inspires me today.
What a discovery.
But apparently, I’m not the only one who has been inspired by my mother. I think a few famous designers need to send her a box of chocolates to say thank you…
Despite being a complete tomboy my whole life, there’s a secret girly girl hiding inside who loves tulle, lace and cute little bows. I have a wardrobe full of tulle and lace and although I wear brogues rather than Mary-Janes these days, there are still some surprising similarities.
It might explain why 20 years on, Meadham Kirchhoff’s collection caught my eye.
Nautical was one of mum’s favourite trends. With her Parisian bob, bright red lips, she rocked it. This boyish blue/white striped number was also one of my favourite ever dresses. I couldn’t help but smile when I realised I had practically the exact same button-up shirt dress in my wardrobe today. Just in a bigger size. As for Dolce & Gabbana, they caught onto the look as well…
I loved colour as a child. I never shied away from wearing bright outfits or loud accessories – and mum always encouraged me to have an input into my appearance. Did she have a choice? Perhaps not. I was a big personality for a tiny little person and I think my eccentric nature has continued into my adult wardrobe.
My tropicana dress was a favourite between the ages of 3 and 4. And a couple of decades later? I’m still loving tropicals and brights, and Moschino definitely stole my style. Franco Moschino, you’re welcome.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey through time, looking at how my style has evolved since I was a tiny terror. I’m in my late 20s now and I’m still influenced by what my mum taught me when I was little. It just goes to show how important your mum is. Even when it comes to fashion.
A massive thanks to my mum, Christine Yip, for being my lifetime style inspiration. And a huge “Happy Birthday!” to Zalando. To get involved in the competition, visit the Zalando website for details.
Superb competition with a great deal of meaning!