There may be 30 years between them, but mother and daughter Geri Gowans, 63, and Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, 32, happily raid each other’s wardrobes. We invited them to delve into Jigsaw’s spring collection and pull together an outfit each. And then try on each other’s choices. We can report that Mother’s Day is still on…
How would you describe each other’s style? Geri: Charlie is very eclectic and creative. She has, as they say, ‘an eye’. I really trust her instinct and never regret taking her style advice.
Charlie: Mum’s a bit of a magpie. I used to love poking through her jewellery box as a child. She loves really standout pieces and lots of detail, whether that’s in the weave of the fabric or a brilliant print, and she’s brave with her choices. You’ll also rarely find her without red lipstick on.
Do you borrow each other’s clothes? Geri: I often raid Charlie’s wardrobe. I have stolen jackets and coats… and jeans… and summer dresses… and, of course, shoes.
Charlie: Thanks to my job, I’ve now got the larger wardrobe, so mum ends up borrowing more from me. I bought two of the same pair of trousers recently, as I knew mum would love them and want her own. That being said, I pinched a pair of mum’s Converse (they must be 15 or 20 years old) and have been wearing them on repeat recently.
Why do you think age is no longer a factor in how we choose to dress? Geri: Oh, we’ve all become much more open to new possibilities. We are not defined as rigidly by our roles - daughter, wife, mother, carer - we can be many things. Social mores have changed so much and older women no longer have to move out of the light. We can wear what we like now, without the mocking ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ epithet.
Charlie: There are so many more options now, and trends are less didactic; there is much more scope to wear what you love and feel great in - and still look stylish. I also think fashion has met in the middle a bit more - teenagers might still try the things none of the rest of us will, but I think what looks great in your 30s and 60s (as mum and I are) can often be the same thing.
Why have you chosen these particular Jigsaw pieces? Geri: This dress is absolutely effortless. The tailoring is very flattering, skimming rather than hugging my body. The length is perfect for brunch or dinner. The denim is very soft and comfortable and it’s easy to layer and accessorise. The suede jacket surprised me - it looks so tailored and yet it’s as light as a cardigan to wear. And both the dress and jacket have pockets - I really love a pocket.
Charlie: I’d wear any of mum’s picks - I love the suede jacket, and it would look great with jeans or cropped trousers too. And I know she had her eye on this trench coat - she tried it on between shots!
How will you celebrate Mother’s Day? Geri: Covid-19 permitting, I will spend it with my family. My children are my greatest joy; they are such wonderful women. And I’ll have a quiet moment to think of my mother and what a great woman she was.
Read Charlie and Geri’s regular style column ‘Shop with Mother’ in The Daily Telegraph on Wednesdays, here.