I grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it goes without saying that it was a wonderful time for fashion. I was very lucky to have a mom that was really into fashion. My mom fully embraced the pants invasion of the 60s, and I remember all of the really cool pantsuits hanging in her closets.
Some had coordinating blouses, while others were worn with tight turtlenecks. To this day I love the look of high-waisted pants matched with a turtleneck. That idea, I definitely took from my mom. I also remember my mom wearing the most amazing A-line skirts and sweaters paired with amazing knee high boots.
My mom is an excellent seamstress. She made many of her own clothes, and made my clothes almost exclusively when I was very young. I loved going into her sewing room when I was a little girl, and touching all of the carefully folded fabric and trims. I remember my mom would start sewing a dress in the morning, and wear the dress to a cocktail party that evening. She passed down her love of sewing to me. I loved to sew for Jane and Carol when they were young.
Now that mom is older, she has settled into more of a uniform of lots of denim, turquoise, and silver—a look that she carries off very well with her silver shoulder length bob. I hope that I can age as gracefully as she has.
Judy Aldridge, far right, with her mom, center in the 1960s