Ask: 5/9/11

Who was/is the style icon of your family? Any tips you learned from them?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. ME!!!!
    (i just had to do that.)

  2. My Mom loved clothes and told me when she was young that her Mom made her some nice clothes. She always took my sister and I to get some of the latest styles when we were young. So I guess it would be her that influenced me the most when it came to clothing. She didn’t sew and I never got to sew with my G-ma, that was something I took up on my own.

  3. I would say that I consider my grandmother (paternal) and my great-aunts (maternal) were quite the fashion mavens. On completely different ends of the spectrums. Think Ellie Mae Clampett meets two Filipino ballerinas. I think you can summarize all three of their philosophies with “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” and “Strong women make strong statements.”

  4. I can’t decide if I should believe you. I’ve seen that pic of your mom.

  5. Probably my sister. Her favorite color was chartruse (sp) and rarely went out without full hair and make-up. (Even when she was going through chemo and had no hair) She loved bold colors and wasn’t afraid of sequins, big jewelry, or even bigger hair. And it totally worked.

  6. My oldest sister has an incredible sense of style–funky, tasteful and unique. My other sister is more classic and elegant in her dress. But I’ve always been taken with the photos of my mom from the 50s–gloves, tiny waist, perfect accessories and a wavy, shoulder length hair that she would roll on rags every night. I’d say my mom’s look from the 50s is my fave.