Elegance is good taste with a dash of daring.

Updated on Oct 06, 2008
red Vintage Italian Belt from my Mom belt - black tanktop Topshop shirt
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The one most stylish person I know is my mom, who is up to date, my number one fashion icon. She was the foundation for my love for fashion which started at a very young age. She was that type of mom who’d buy Italian belts a decade before they started to become in style and I love looking at her old photo albums since I always do learn a thing or two from her style which is so effortlessly elegant then and now.

I wore this since I felt like dressing up today.
The weather was gray and rainy.
Thunder was the sound I heard waking up.

I needed a dash of dazzle somewhere and this skirt which i found from my mom’s old clothes in my grandparent’s house did its magic. She wore this skirt back when she was 23 years old…and her waistline was 23 inches as well. She was that beauty pageant modelesque type of mom… and I dare not compete with her in the beauty department because she’d win, no questions asked. It’s funny how elegant and timeless pieces like this remain wearable 30 years later…

I did not do anything to tweak the skirt… it is what it always was… and it’s so beautiful!

The red patent belt with rhinestones was from her collection of vintage belts which she gave to me a year ago and the brooch was from an old boyfriend of hers. She gave me a lot of vintage accessories like these cute trinkets. Ironically, the dad of my friend was my mom’s ex and he happened to give the brooch.

I kept it because it’s a reminder of how close my friend and I came to being sisters!

That old adage, ’Mother knows best" will always hold true for me. I love this outfit and it did indeed push the rainclouds to the other side of the street.

I could totally relate to Rachel Zoe when she said:

" I came right out of my mother’s womb and into her closet. As a young girl, I thought she epitomized GLAMOUR. Everything about her was and is still beautiful… her hair, her jewelry, her shoes. My sister and I would rifle through her things all the time. Some of my fondest memories are of the three of us sprawled out on her bed. We’d spread out boxes, the kind you find at the hardware store to organize nails but are perfect for her endless inventory of jewelry she collected. I was thirteen going on thirty…thanks to my mom’s inspiration. She’s my hero!"

Comments (51)

NathaliaV
NathaliaV on August 01
beautiful
NathaliaV
NathaliaV on August 01
beautiful
bjkdAnc3r
bjkdAnc3r on March 19
LOVE your skirt.
alwaysinvogue7
alwaysinvogue7 on September 26
this photo is beautiful. you look like a doll!
projectrika
projectrika on June 16
you cut your hair! omg!!! i love your skirt!!!
schmetterlinq
schmetterlinq on May 15
awww... the skirt is soo sweet and fits perfectly to your heels and ur belt! good job! =D
summerkay
summerkay on March 07
Cute
donnas_1234
donnas_1234 on February 03
Me encanta!!!!
Le_Trix
Le_Trix on October 14
I love this image. I've never seen it before!! As I scrolled down it totally caught my eye. I'm loving the more demure look of a longer skirt with a skinny belt! Makes me think I need some longer skirts for Fall... to wear with boots of course!! ;)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 15
thanks so much! totally vintage outfit! it is indeed a good look to try and it can go from day to night in an instant =)
lacLo
lacLo on October 13
you're amazing
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 15
thank you so much! =)
li_yin
li_yin on October 12
I love the skirt. Amazing colour.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 13
Thank you! my mom is the best fashionista ever!
peanutbutter
peanutbutter on October 10
what an amazing skirt
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 11
thanks so much! from 30 years ago which my mom wore =)
sherobele
sherobele on October 09
classic and sexy. lovely! 'ur one lucky girl!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 09
indeed i am lucky! my mommy is the best =)
inKARLcerating
inKARLcerating on October 09
youre an icon! someday , people will lutter comments like : "her style is so JOANNA..."
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 09
I'd love that! hahahaha i think that'd be the best form of compliment ever =) haha
inKARLcerating
inKARLcerating on October 09
youre like an asian fairy barbie doll! magnificent colors!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 09
hahahaha thanks so much! my mom is the best =)
Coralyn
Coralyn on October 08
you are so adorable and so is the red and turquoise combo!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 08
thanks so much =) stuff from my mum's collection!
hautey
hautey on October 08
this whole look is perfection...i love it!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 08
thanks so much =) i'm very very grateful for all your kind comments! love you style!
DigitalLove
DigitalLove on October 08
That skirt reminds me of a dress my fairy Barbie doll had. Haha, beautiful!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 08
oooooh i love that! maybe thats why i liked it so much when i saw it! i loved playing with barbie when i was young!
iloveglam
iloveglam on October 08
omg that skirt..so beautiful.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 08
thanks so much! my mom is the greatest =)
KyrasThreads
KyrasThreads on October 07
so stunning! Lucky daughter!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thanks so much! i am indeed!
Starrgirl
Starrgirl on October 07
The color of the skirt looks amazing on you! That's great that your mother is such a source of inspiration to you :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thank you so much! i love how it works for me and my mom...then and now =) she is indeed a great source of inspiration for me! she has the best taste!
greenlawn
greenlawn on October 07
Thanks for the comment. I loveeee your skirt, it is amazing.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thank you so much! =)
Bonitapplebaumm
Bonitapplebaumm on October 07
i love teal with those shoes!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thank you so much =)
MissLove
MissLove on October 07
I REALLY LOVE THE BLUE SKIRT! (:
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thanks! i love my mom so much for preserving it!
gerri
gerri on October 07
Very pretty!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thanks so much! =)
vjdg
vjdg on October 07
I LOVE YOU AND YOUR OUTFITS! :) hugs! xoxo GALORE!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
Aww thanks V! i love you too and your outfits and of course the POSES! hahaha miss you gorgeous! xoxo! THE GLAMOROUS!
lurved
lurved on October 07
love that skirt!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thanks so much! mom's stuff from way back are the best to rummage into! a lot of fab finds!
NatsumiMaria
NatsumiMaria on October 07
I agree! You definitely gave this a special personal touch =) And ur mom is one stylish woman for sure!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
indeed she is =) thank you! i needed to make the outfit me but still with a lot from my mum =)
Nanny
Nanny on October 07
This is so Carrie! Love it!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
Thanks so much! i just actually realized that now from your comment! =)
girlychic
girlychic on October 07
I love that turqoise on you!!!! so beautiful!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
Thank you! i didnt think it'd fit me but it does =) haha
sweetcandylove
sweetcandylove on October 07
i love vintage hand me downs too! you dress really well. i adore all your clothes! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thanks so much! i do try! =) love your style as well!
shmicole
shmicole on October 06
i totally agree with you! heirloom pieces are priceless...my mom would also give me and my sister tons of stuff which i would set aside (thinking it's not up to date) only to realize how much a classic it is! =)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
indeed the are. i love heirloom stuff! my mom has a great collection and what i love about it is you can never find them around in any boutique anymore! unique and conversation starters!!!
fabulicious
fabulicious on October 06
wowwww..!! this skirt is SHOW STOPPER! i guess you get every head turned to u on the street!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
hahaha i think it did that job pretty well when i wore it =)
aiisHi
aiisHi on October 06
sweet2 skirtt :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 07
thank you so much =)
NinaS
NinaS on October 06
LOOOOVE this outfit! the skirt and its color are amazing!! love everything about this look.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
thank you so much =) i got it from my mom it was one of the skirts she wore to fancy gatherings. i dressed it down a bit but it also has an offshoulder top to accompany it! =) love your style! i really love how you bleach your denim!
pigegeon
pigegeon on October 06
your mum sounds really wonderful!! =) and the skirt is amazing!! I love the colours!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
she really really is! =) thank you so much! i love the colors too! im so glad she saved this!
tan2
tan2 on October 06
loook so great on you! love the colors~ one of my fave among your other outfits.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
thank you so much. i never thought blue would look good on me but it did =) my mom is a genius!
phyllis
phyllis on October 06
that skirt is absolutely heavenly. it looks like something you put on and immediately can't help but feel like prancing around. love. =]
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
I know! i felt like singing: "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up in strings...these are a few of my favorite things!" Hahahaha =) It's such a mood-lifter!
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on October 06
i love the way the skirt and belt look
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thank you! =) they are both vintage and totally made for each other!
enticemae
enticemae on October 06
that color is gorgeous on you! i wish my mom would've kept her stuff from when she was young too = (
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
thank you so much =) mother knows best. don't worry though dear there are a lot of vintage thrift stores with equally fabulous items =)
elbeso
elbeso on October 06
Pretty!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thank you so much! =) I appreciate the reply! =)
Coconut
Coconut on October 06
Like a sweet <3
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thank you so much! the skirt is indeed very very darling!!! =)
rainelyn
rainelyn on October 06
visiting manila soon. we should totally go shopping. : ) i love this simple silhouette on you.. so pretty
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thanks so much! and yes indeed we should =) when are you visiting? haha and thank you =) i loved the fit as well... love your style! =)
fashionchalet
fashionchalet on October 06
SWEET skirt! <3
fashionchalet
fashionchalet on October 07
thank you!! <33333
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
it is definitely true! i love every outfit you wear! =)
fashionchalet
fashionchalet on October 06
thanks, wow you are so lovely to say that! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thanks so much gorgeous! i love your style!
piasunga
piasunga on October 06
woot! woot!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thanks cuz! GO MOM!
mi7esng
mi7esng on October 06
I saw this in your multiply. hehe! SO CHIC, JL! LOve it!!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thanks Miles =) My mom is a fashionista! hahaha i love her so much for opening my eyes and opening her closet
littlemissR
littlemissR on October 06
love the color of that skirt
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
thanks =) it actually has a lot of colors it has a silver thread lining and tiny stars in red, yellow, white, black =)
ninaestacio
ninaestacio on October 06
I LOVE IT!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thanks N! I think I remember showing this skirt to you last last week? =)
glamourstains
glamourstains on October 06
That skirt is just beautiful.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Indeed it is! my mother is a fashionista. She'll always be my style star!!!!
Noir
Noir on October 06
I like it!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
Thank you so much!
ninjaneko
ninjaneko on October 06
i love the skirt :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 06
thank you! my mom's collection of everything is the best!!!!
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