Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Vintage Finds for the Family's Matriarch

Every girl remembers those key pieces her mom always wore.  If, like me, you're a product of the 80s and 90s, those pieces included giant clip-on earrings in obnoxious colors, stacks of bracelets, and silk scarves.  The patterns and colors may change, but those pieces remain key staples year after year.

I once dismissed all giant clip-ons and silk scarves as matronly, but now I embrace them.  They say that we eventually become our mothers as we age, and I fear I've hit that stage a little prematurely.  I now yearn for that matriarchal, polished, grande dame look, sifting through vintage markets and antique stores for daring clip-ons and bright scarves to tie around my neck or purse.  And of course, I've rummaged through my mother's closet and jewelry box a few too many times.

This Mother's Day, it's time to replace some of those pieces I have "borrowed" over the years.  As much as I'd like to splurge and buy my mother a classic Hermes scarf, it's simply not even close to my budget.  I'll be hitting the NYC markets next week and shamefully sending my mother her gift a tad late, but I'm inspired by some of the great vintage pieces on Etsy.

Here are my favorite pairings of earrings and scarves, fit for any grande dame (and each under $50 to boot!):

I can't wait to rummage through some of New York's finest antique markets, but until then I'll just swoon over these pairings and figure out which style speaks loudest to my family's magnificent matriarch.