Looking Back, Looking Forward

Fashion roots. I was asked recently about my fashion icon(s). Immediately I thought of one of my earliest inspirations—my grandmother.

Her look was sophisticated and chic—classic sheath dresses always cinched at the waist to boast an hourglass silhouette, and the perfect accessories from head to toe. Today’s feature picture is one of my favorite photos of my grandmother.

This Fall happens to be all about accentuating the hourglass silhouette which means lots of figure-flattering choices are available for us. Here are a few cinched-waist looks from BR that I am watching and waiting for markdowns on.


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  1. August 27, 2008 / 3:33 pm

    Your grandmother is killing it! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

  2. August 27, 2008 / 6:18 pm

    Your grandma is gorgeous! You’re lucky to have such a beautiful woman to look up to!

    And I love that dress on the left, hope it goes on sale!

  3. August 27, 2008 / 7:13 pm

    Your grandmother’s look is flawless. No wonder you have such great taste, and no wonder you are so beautiful.

  4. August 27, 2008 / 10:49 pm

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  5. August 28, 2008 / 1:21 am

    that’s such a great picture!!!
    I ought to look up to my grandma in her youth. Nah. Well, I’ll do some research.

  6. August 28, 2008 / 1:30 am

    what a great picture! she looks amazing!

  7. August 28, 2008 / 12:45 pm

    Your grandmother would be loving the new fall fashions.

  8. August 28, 2008 / 1:46 pm

    I love the picture of your grandmother. I am stalking BR for mark downs on a few items. I definitely want a sweater dress from BR this season.

  9. August 28, 2008 / 4:19 pm

    OMG I love the dresses and the photo of your grandma … what a stylish lady, and what fashion inspiration! Looking good is obviously in your genes!

    I love looking at old photographs that show how women dressed in years past, because I think they provide so much great style inspiration. I don’t really get that from photos of my ancestors, because they all wore saris and you can only wear a sari a couple of different ways and that’s it. But vintage western dress is much more interesting.

  10. Anonymous
    August 28, 2008 / 6:01 pm

    My Grandmother too, is my fashion icon.

  11. August 28, 2008 / 6:15 pm

    OOOOHHHHHHH….Grandma was fly!
    From what I’ve seen, looks like you got some of her fashion sense

  12. August 28, 2008 / 6:54 pm

    I like the dress to the far left. I was getting ready to buy something just like this in Ross for Less by Calvin Klein, but they wanted $49 for the dress and I usually like to stay under $30 on a dress. I like that one, though

  13. August 29, 2008 / 2:33 am

    now she looks sharp. 😀

    i’ve always been a fan of the cinched waist. it just looks so…right.

  14. August 30, 2008 / 12:56 pm

    stylishness runs in the family it seems!

  15. August 31, 2008 / 1:50 pm

    My style icon is also my grandmother. She had a unique sense of style and everyone in my hometown remembers her as the most well-dressed woman of her time. She was also an indipendent bussinesswoman with a degree (she had her own pharmacy) and she liked to pay for her clothes with her own hard-earned money and not her husband’s. She is now 94 and still an inspiration for me in many ways.
    I think you may have found me the subject to one of my future posts!

  16. September 2, 2008 / 4:23 am

    I love post like this one. Your grandmother is so sophisticated and elegant. What a wonderful photograph! Stunning indeed.

    Style is as style does and you both have it going on!

  17. September 12, 2008 / 12:18 am

    Oh That Girl: Ha. I have the fondest style memories of her. I especially remember when, as a girl, we would go shopping and she would buy us matching outfits. Lol.

    Kelly: Thanks. I adored her. I am eagerly waiting for a sale on that one too!

    Enc: She was styling. Thanks

    Seeker: Awww thanks. I am so late, but will check out!

    Dana: Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you find.

    Anna Banana: Thanks for checking it out!

    Imnelda Matt: I really thinks so to.

    Nikki: You and me! I hope we don’t have to wait too long.

    Anchibride: Thanks for that insight. That is certainly an interesting difference.

    Anonymous: How wonderful.

    Lipstick Diaries: I could only hope so 🙂

    Budget Chic: That is my favorite too. I had really hoped that there was a Ross over here, but nah…

    Toni Alexis: She was such a fashion icon for me.

    Fly Tie: It is such a flattering shape. Gotta love it.

    Lil Midget: Thanks!

    Lopi: That is so wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

    Cherly Lynn: Thanks much!!

  18. Anonymous
    September 12, 2008 / 6:44 pm

    I too am waiting for the ruffled sweater dress to be mark down.I am thinking the wine color though.

  19. September 12, 2008 / 7:12 pm

    Anonymous: You know, I saw that one on a woman working in the store, and it is so beautiful on.