In honor of Mother’s Day, why not honor some of the great mothers-daughter duos who have significantly influenced the world of style? Just like their great genes, it’s fun to see the how these celebrity mothers have passed their styles down to their equally famous daughters.
Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg
As far as mothers and daughters go, you won’t find a duo who epitomize urban-European style more than Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg. There’s just an easy, no-fuss style about the way these two dress, and being able to look like you didn’t put any effort into an outfit at all when you actually did is something that few people truly master, if ever.
Back in the 60s, Jane Birkin was the doe-eyed, leggy British actress who was known for her love of basic clothes and wicker baskets. These days, you won’t see her toting baskets as purses anymore, but her love of basics still remains. Jane is usually caught wearing casual trousers, a simple t-shirt or sweater, and often a pair of comfy shoes such as ballet flats or even sneakers. To achieve Jane’s comfy-chic look start with a simple pair of pants and a slouchy sweater; these tan pants are a little more interesting than jeans, and the slouchiness of the sweater balances out the tapered leg of the pants. To help keep the look from going too casual, throw on a pair of converse sneakers and a scarf to amp up the chic factor. Lastly, as a nod to 1960s Jane, throw a straw bag over your shoulder to channel her famous wicker basket.
While Jane was known for her casual-chic style, she was also equally known for her affair with French singer Serge Gainsbourg, which lasted for thirteen years. Their union produced Charlotte Gainsbourg, who has become a famous singer and actress in her own right. Like her mother, Charlotte has developed a style “uniform” of sorts, which usually consists of jeans, ankle boots, a simple shirt, and a cool jacket such as a structured blazer or a leather motorcycle jacket. Charlotte herself has commented on her go-to style, admitting that she’ll wear the same shirt or sweater over and over again “until it’s smelly.” Her urban-chic style along with her no-fuss, windswept hair makes her one of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.
To channel Ms. Gainsbourg, start with a pair of jeans, preferably distressed and little on the baggy side; add a t-shirt or sweater, and top it all off with a cool leather jacket. Lastly, throw on a pair of ankle boots and you’ll look like you’re ready to strut your stuff on the streets of Paris. Très chic!
Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz
When you’re mom’s Lisa Bonet, your dad’s Lenny Kravtiz, and your step-dad’s Khal Drogo (Lisa Bonet is married to Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa), cool style is in your genes. Zoe Kravitz has taken the fashion world by storm in the past few years, with a style that’s a unique blend of rock-and-roll and bohemian, a nod to her famous parents.
But we wouldn’t even have Zoe’s amazing style to drool over if it wasn’t for her mom, Lisa Bonet. Lisa shot to fame playing free-spirited Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, where she was known for her ever-fluctuating hair styles and clothing. Lisa is still a free-spirit today, but has found a style that’s all her own. Lisa’s look is very bohemian, with lots of loose-fitting boyfriend jeans, drapey sweaters, and floppy hats. To look like Ms. Bonet, start off with a pair of very distressed boyfriend jeans that are a size or two too big, the baggier the better. Next, to balance out how baggy the jeans are on the bottom, pair it with a tighter-fitting tank on top. To finish off the look, throw on a flowy sweater, strappy flat sandals, and an awesome floppy hat. Now all you need is your own Khal Drogo to go with it!
Like her mom, Zoe Kravitz favors bohemian styles as well, but she often throws in rock influences to create her own look. It’s interesting how Zoe seems to have taken bits of pieces from her parents’ styles to create her own personal look. Just like her style, Zoe’s also proving that she doesn’t need to rely on her famous parents to forge a career for herself, she’s been the face of two Vera Wang fragrances and recently starred in the sci-fi thriller Divergent with Shailene Woodley.
To get Zoe’s boho-rock look, start with a pair of skinny jeans, black pumps, and a bright red bag; these are the ‘rock’ elements of the look. To bring the boho into it, add a relaxed knotted t-shirt and a great hat (this bowler hat is awesome, but any hat you want to add will do!). The combination of these two different styles makes for a unique look, which will be sure to make you stand out in any crowd.
Carine and Julia Roitfeld
The name Roitfeld is synonymous with fashion royalty; Carine is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and current editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book, and her daughter Julia is a model, lingerie designer, and consultant for designers such as Peter Som, Zac Posen, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. It’s safe to say that fashion runs in their blood.
When asked about her personal style, Carine said that for every-day she usually sticks to the same style formula, a pencil skirt on the bottom and something form-fitting on the top. While this look might be boring on some, on Carine it’s anything but. Carine often picks pencil skirts with interesting patterns and textures, and her tops have featured everything from big bell sleeves to fur. To channel your inner French editor-in-chief, start with a pencil skirt with interesting detailing, such as this gold lace one. Next, pick a top that won’t compete with the skirt, but still has an edge to it, such as this form-fitting leather jacket. Finally, add some eye-catching accessories, such as these bright pumps and geometric bag. This look is fashionable yet serious, perfect for the woman who wants to look stylish at work!
While Carine chooses classic styles that make her look work-ready and serious, her daughter Julia often chooses classic styles that showcase her gorgeous bombshell figure. Julia has curves and she likes to flaunt them, she says she often picks shapes that hearken back to the 1950s, when voluptuous figures were admired and desired by many. But, like her mother, Julia often adds accessories to her looks that take an otherwise safe outfit to the next level. To get Julia’s sexy-classy look, start with a classic staple: the little black dress. The waist-cinching belt and v-neck of this black dress look amazing on feminine curves, and help to create the allusion of more shape for girls on the thinner side. But to take the dress from safe to fashion-forward, add some great accessories like this quilted leather jacket and leopard print pumps. This look is the great for the classic dresser who doesn’t want to look too tasteful.
Sometimes we may laugh at our mothers or give them the occasional eye-roll if they annoy us, but these mother-daughter duos show that our mothers can show us a thing or two about life, even how to have great style!
Written by: Audrey Bonfig who received her B.A. in English and French from The Ohio State University in 2012 and is currently pursuing her M.S. in journalism at Ohio University. Her dream job is to be a writer for a fashion magazine, eventually working her way up to editor. When not keeping up-do-date on the latest trends, she enjoys Victorian novels, Tudor history, and Asian horror films. She describes her personal style as “classic,” but always with a little bit of irony thrown in to keep things interesting! You can follow Audrey’s blog, “The Renaissance Chick.”