Here’s what our editors’ moms looked like in their heydays
Date May 4, 2016
Depending on your relationship with your mom, Mother’s Day has many different connotations. For me, it’s great. My mom is one of my favourite people on earth, so a Hallmark-approved day of celebration is just another reason to bow down. For many of our editors, the bond is strong too—especially where style is concerned. Here, we share a selection of our favourite vintage mom shots, featuring the best in beehives, bell-bottoms and other classic styles. Flip through for a trip down FASHION’s very (very) early beginnings.
This photo of my mom (on the right) and her friend was taken in the late ’70s. From what she’s told me she loved those white lace-up heels, and so do I. In fact, I’d totally wear this exact outfit right now if I could. —D’Loraine Miranda, Assistant Editor
This photo is from the summer of 1975, my mom would have been a little bit younger than I am today. I love the shot because it perfectly captures my mom’s easy breezy style. Her go-tos are classic, crisp white shirts and thick black frames. We have a habit of twinning in matching leather pants and our super similar glasses. —Eliza Grossman, Associate Fashion Editor
Here is my mom, my sister, my dad and myself in the late ’60s. Mom was in her Jackie Kennedy/Mary Tyler Moore phase. It’s a period I associate with A-line minidresses, square-toed pumps and lots of trips to the hairdresser. She was always stylish and impeccable, until everything changed with her first massive stroke at age 56. —Bernadette Morra, Editor-in-Chief
This was shot in my parents very first home they bought together. My mom has always had such a love of fashion, and really with that bod, she could pull off banana-yellow high-waisted flares like a pro! —Erin Reynolds, Photo Editor
This photo of my mom, Mary, was taken on her wedding day in 1976. It was a cold December day so sleeves were a must. Turns out, long sleeved wedding gowns are my absolute favourite, so we must have similar taste! Her look was timeless, and she made such an effortlessly beautiful bride. —Hilary Hatt, Designer
If there’s one thing I can never have too many of, it’s striped T-shirts. So when I recently came across this photo of my parents in 1968 at the CNE, it felt like I discovered where my obsession came from. She also just looks so cool and carefree, and it’s always fun to see that your mom had a life that preceded you. —Lesa Hannah, Beauty Director
This picture must have been taken at the airport in the ’70s when flying was an exciting prospect. My parents were newish immigrants and if someone was coming or going we ALL went to see them on arrival and departure. In this pic my mom is wearing gold dangly earrings that are typically Indian, but her hair is ’70s natural wave. What makes this picture so unusual though is that mom is smirking. Mom is not a smirker, in person she always has a warm, inviting grin. Ironically it reminds me of what I learned most from my mother. And that is to always smile. Just. Smile. —Jacquelyn Francis, Executive Editor
This is my mother slaying it in 1962. She is on the steps of her friend’s house in Montorio nei Frentani, the small Italian town she is from. Here, she’s 19, single and gearing up for her move to Canada—which was scheduled in ‘63. She made the dress herself. She calls this a “casual day look.” She would prefer I used an image that was more chic. I admire her so much. —Elio Iannacci, Features Editor
I have always looked to my mom for style inspiration and her unfailing good taste, often “borrowing” items from her closet without her permission, which I KNOW she took as the compliment it was and didn’t drive her crazy at all ;) She even managed to navigate the hazards of late eighties swimwear (which I can only imagine was horrifying), and is pictured here in a colourful halter and oversized white shades that I would still gladly “borrow” today. (Her taste in baby clothes that look like they’re from the 1800s is somewhat more questionable.) —Nicole Schaeffer, Associate Designer
This picture is from the early ’70s, when my parents were just dating. It’s one of the many I’ve stolen or borrowed from their house because I honestly can’t get enough of how amazing my mom looked at the time (still does, obv). She recalls her hair being perfect that night, but to me, it’s always her warm smile that radiates most. —Randi Bergman, Executive Digital Editor
This is my mom at 22 years old, on a cruise from Russia (where she went to school) to Norway. She’s always been into minimal, effortless looks, and lots of black and white, which is something I can definitely relate to. Like, her spaghetti strap tank top and high-waisted black jeans are literally me rn.
–Suzie Michael, Associate Digital Editor
I’ve always loved this photo of my mom—it’s her 1966 grad pic from Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in London, Ontario. Nursing uniforms used to be so chic and polished. Then there’s my mom’s smile, it’s like the sun—bright, warm and lights up a room. —Sarah Casselman, Senior Editor