By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine
The next time your mother busts out her older-than-the-Monkees-sweatshirt for a trip to the mall or decides her two piece parachute warm-up suit ensemble is the perfect thing to wear when your friends are coming over, you can take some small comfort in knowing that you're not alone in your utter mortification and desire for the floor to swallow you up whole...
According to a new study commissioned by a UK shopping website (and first reported in last week's Daily Mail), nearly a third of young women are embarrassed by their mothers' wardrobes (including, we're guessing, Bjork's little girl). And it's not just the mom jeans that have them cringing--the recent revelation that 89% of women don't want to dress their age factors in here, too. Nearly 25% of participants said their mothers dress too young and are revealing too much skin.
Here's what the argument boils down to, according to the paper: "One critical daughter, Charlotte Appleyard, moaned that her 49-year-old mother, Diana, wears tight tops and black leggings with platform shoes. The 17-year-old, from Argyll, Scotland, said: 'I don't see why she can't invest in some nice, anonymous navy blue linen trousers and a white V-neck long-sleeved top like other mothers. Or an "age appropriate" dress which might make her look glamorous, instead of silly. She's trying to cling on to her youth and she hasn't got the figure for it.' But Mrs Appleyard, 48, did not care: 'It's a balance between dressing fashionably and looking like a dog's dinner.'"
Ouch! I guess I don't have it so bad after all. Despite my occasional urgings that my mother show off her trim figure in a more flattering way, I must admit that girlfriend looks pretty good most of the time!
How about you gals? Do you fight with your mother about what kind of clothes are appropriate for her? Does she dress her age? Do you wish she'd embrace a more youthful, fashion-forward look, or is she just right where she is? Are you embarrassed by your mom's wardrobe? Discuss!
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