What's the Best or Worst Style Advice Your Mother Has Given You?

02/28/2008 at 06:00 AM ET

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When it comes to Kate Hudson‘s style, we think of sunshine, flip flops and boho fashion, much like her California-chic mom, Goldie Hawn. Goldie’s laid-back yet stylish look seems to have rubbed off on her starlet daughter, who was recently honored by Elle as a style icon. Goldie seems to be passing along all of the best fashion advice to Kate, but the editors at StyleWatch want to know what words of wardrobe wisdom your mothers have given you? Tell us: What was the best–or worst–style advice you’ve ever gotten from your mother?

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Carol on

Confidence – my mom always emphasizes that being comfortable in what you wear and good posture are priceless accessories when it comes to looking and feeling great in what you wear (and 5 pounds slimmer).

Sabrina on

The bigger the clothes are the thinner you look..

gia on

best advice: less is more.

worst advice: this is more beauty advice than style advice, but she wouldn’t let me get my eyebrows done until i was 16. it was horrible, i inherited my dad’s thick eyebrows, not her thin ones, so she didn’t understand my need to not have caterpillars above my eyes.

Jan on

I don’t agree with what Sabrina’s Mom told her “the bigger the clothes the thinner you look”.
If you are thin, it just makes you look big.

My mother always had style and it was passed down to me. I love fashion. I like unusual but classy items to add to your wardrobe.

Meagan on

Always dress for your body – not matter what the current trends are. And be glad that you are tall – clothes hang better.

Heather on

My stepmom tells me I look pretty every time I see her. Feeling good about yourself is more important than the actual clothes you are wearing.

Lily on

Clothes must fit perfectly to flatter your figure.

Anonymous on

I´m glad Goldie´s style didn´t rub on me because she isn´t stylish at all in this picture. The best style tip my mother gave me is dress with dignity according to your age……

paula on

I´m glad Goldie´s style didn´t rub on me! She doesn´t look stylish at all in this picture. Best advice from my mom.” dress with dignity according to your age” ( as in:no knees, no bare arms, no messy hair after a certain age, no matter how well mantained you are…)

Kim v on

My mom has always been adamant that I should have bangs – I’m still trying to decide if that’s good or bad advice!

Kim R on

Careful with pleats…they can make you look hippy! We’re not talkin’ Woodstock either.

Barb on

My mom was a production pattern maker, so I grew up immersed in the fashion industry. Two pieces of indispensable advice that she gave me were

1) Don’t allow your style to be dictated by fashion trends. Build your wardrobe around classic pieces that suit you and then add one or two trend pieces, if you like, each season


2) You wear the clothes, not the other way around. Goes back to finding your own style.

Very big on individual style, my mom is.

Sheryl Murphy on

My Mom use to threaten my two sister’s and I that if she died we better make sure her eyebrows were perfect or she would come back to haunt us! To this day all of us have the most perfect eyebrows even if everything else is a mess!

Tamara on

The best:

1) Clothing is an investment. Have fun with trends, but don’t pour a lot of money into them. Buy classic, well-made, high-quality pieces that will last for years and won’t go out of style.

2) Always leave the house looking put together. That doesn’t mean spending an hour obsessing over having perfect hair, makeup and clothing before going out, but always put in a little effort to make sure you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed and went out without looking in the mirror.

Dorothy on

My mom has a great sense of style(considering the fact we lived in a communist country where fashion was sort of unacceptable and”western influence”). I still wear some of her clothes-this is how timeless her fashion sense is. She taught from very young age how to combine colors and different materials and was always nice when I needed to be corrected. Now I get compliments on the street and have bunch of friends who turn to me for fashion advices-thanks mom!

sara k. on

my mom just tells me to look nice perhaps stylish but make sure whatever it is you wear,
you should always look you age cause what you wear could sometimes affect what people think of you or theres just looks that are simply not for your age.

and the most important thing is to dress like you want and for who you are and not wanna look like or be,
and even those stuff make you pretty
and if everybody would dress like each other than what do they need you for!

KC on

The best advice my mom ever gave me was to work with what looks good on my body, not what looks cute on the mannequin. My mom always had a knack for picking something up and just knowing that it would look good on me, even if it looked like crap on the hanger. She just knew with my build what would and wouldn’t look good on me. Luckily, I can now do the same thing, and it saves me lots of time in the dressing room!

cynthia on

Best advice: “buy a few quality pieces despite the more expensive price tag rather than ten cheap shirts that go out of style quickly or are poorly made”

Stephanie G on

Worst advice: Never go without stockings. Never go without a thigh shaper or control top pantihose. Never wear black–it’s too severe.
Best advice: Navy blue is slenderizing. Always buy quality–it lasts longer. You can make a jacket or coat more fashionable by changing the buttons.

Sabrina on

Jan.. that was the worst advice! Duh

Rebecca on

Although my mom can be brutal sometimes with her feedback, she’s so picky that I know I look good if she tells me I look really good. And I love the fact that she’s the only person I know who truthfully answers these questions: “Does this make me look fat?” “Does this look weird?” “What do you think of this outfit?”

And I love that my mom has also come so far fashion-wise and dresses like a classic now. She really reminds me of Audrey Hepburn meets Grace Kelly. =) We both are pretty brutally honest with each other and fashionably, it has paid off. =D I think all stylists need to be brutally honest. =)

Amber on

Your bra and underwear always have to match.

Kristine Mancillas on

Mom told me never to buy anything ‘too fashionable’ since it would soon be ‘out of fashion’. Instead she showed me to get well tailored pieces that were timeless, since good taste ‘never went out of style’.

Larry on

Goldie so whats up. By the way Kate looking fine!

renata on

i think that dress kate has on should be worn by someone with more breast & the other looks like a complete disaster

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