Plaza Cardigan - Anthropologie.com
by Ida Hsiang
At one point in their lives, all mothers were small girls, teenagers, and young ladies themselves. As we get older, it's interesting to see in what aspects you're similar to your mother, and in what ways you two are total opposites. Perhaps your mother is just like you and finds joy and beauty in the sweeter, more feminine aesthetics like girly pink hues and fluttering ruffles and lace. Or maybe you're like me and my mother, where we are friends everywhere but in the dressing room while I run for the edgy and shiny, and she turns to classic and floral. Maybe your mom is the type to match her pearls with a floral sheath, or likes ladylike colors and embellishments in her accessories repertoire. Perhaps she has the sweetest smile to match her disposition and tastes in fashion. Whatever the situation, let your mother be a girl again and get her something feminine and dainty for this Mother's Day. Click on the slideshow to see some elegantly girlish gift ideas!
I've never really considered myself a girlie-girl, but something about this season's ruffles have really been floatin' my boat. Of course, ruffles can tread a fine line between sweet and... well, a little too frou-frou. So if you're not about to go the overly-cutesie route, consider wearing your ruffles not on your sleeve or your neckline, but your handbag! What's great about ruffled bags is that they let you go as frilly as you want without making you look costume-y, or just plain ridiculous. Go for something over-sized in a neutral shade like this romantic Be & D Ruffled Tote, or if you prefer something a little more subtle, this BCBG Ruffled Clutch has tiered ruffles that aren't quite so voluminous. Check out the slideshow for my top favorite ruffled handbags!