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Of shopping and sharing

The modern mother is not only her daughter’s friend but also her fashion confidant. Here’s what girls have to say about their mother’s tastes.

fashion and trends Updated: May 13, 2012 15:18 IST
Amrutha Rao

A UK daily recently reported that pop icon Madonna often takes style tips from her 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes. Indian daughters also often turn fashion advisors for their mothers – and the other way around. On Mother’s Day, we find out how seriously they take each other.

“We trust each other’s choices”
Rittika Goswami has found a great advisor in her mother. The mother-daughter duo has similar taste in clothes, and often choose the same stuff when they are out shopping. “It happens so often!” says Rittika. “Then we end buy the outfit together and set terms and conditions as to who gets to wear it when.”
Her mother, Ruchira Goswami, says, “I am really lucky to have two wonderful daughters who have such great taste. I trust their advice completely and never step out of the house without them bustling around my room, telling me what to wear.”

“I turn to her, whenever I’m in doubt”
Sunayana Mohanty’s mother Nivedita is a fashion designer, and teaches at a prominent fashion school. So we are assuming her life is pretty much sorted. Designer clothes? Check. Expert advice? Double check. “I have always wished that I had her sense of style which is so progressive and chic. I am sure a lot of her students would agree with that,” says Sunayana. “I always turn to her for advice, but I don’t think she will ever need any from me!”

“My advice gets close to nagging sometimes”
Meher Kahlon, a law student, is away from home for most of the year. But when she’s back on vacation, she and her mother spend a lot of time shopping. She loves updating her mother on the latest and urges her to experiment with new styles. “Mum has a great sense of style and I love helping her out when she’s dressing up. When I’m home, she always dresses up more and takes more effort with things like makeup, heels etc… I almost nag her into it,” Meher says, laughing.

“I borrow her clothes all the time”
Twenty-two-year old Reetika Ranjan is glad she and her mum share the same waistline and foot size, because whenever she’s in need of a new outfit or a pair of heels, she just has to walk into her mum’s wardrobe and pick what she likes “It’s like I have an unlimited supply of clothes,” she says. “We love dressing up and most of the time, it’s almost like a competition between the both of us, about who will dress better.” Her mother, Sharmila says, “Children nowadays are so well turned out all the time and know what looks nice and what doesn’t. For mums like us who come from an entirely different generation, it’s great to have someone advising them about these things”!