I must admit that there was a time in my life when fashion wasn’t my thing, but after working for 11 years at In Style magazine, I became much more knowledgeable. Part of my job was to work the red carpet at many Golden Globe and Oscar parties and produce fashion segments for the In Style editors who appeared on various television outlets, so I’d say that I became well versed in what was cool and what was not.
For 11 years, I was a fashion expert in my daughter’s eyes and according to her, I did an excellent job selecting clothes for school, camp or birthday parties. Whether it was a new outfit from Denny’s or a dress from a store at the mall, I always got a smile and thumbs up.
In what seems like the blink of an eye, that’s all changed! No one warned me that my daughter would turn into a “fashionista” who no longer trusts me to buy clothes for her. It seems I am no longer am on the pulse of what a 13 year old would want to wear. How did this happen??
And to add insult to injury, not only has she developed super strong opinions about her clothing, but she’s got very expensive taste! Hunter boots, Vintage Habana and Wild Fox are brands that flow from her lips. What happened to Flowers By Zoe, Dori Creations and Splendid or the great standbys like The Gap and Old Navy?
I miss the days of running to final sales knowing that whatever I buy will be loved and worn – these days I just can’t take that chance. The only fashion items I can buy for my daughter with certainty come in the forms of gift cards and cash.
I have however found a bright spot with my little fashion diva – we can now share certain articles of clothing and I am so flattered when she wants to borrow something of mine, because that means it’s considered cool!
Sheri Lapidus is a public relations executive with over 20 years’ experience. After working in various roles at NBC-TV, CBS-TV, In Style and Elle magazines, she founded www.MitzvahMarket.com, a free online resource for Bar/Bat Mitzvah planning families.