How to Honor Your Mother Through Style

When my mother, Carole Chataigne, lost her battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2019 the furthest thought I had would be celebrating her life through clothes. I’ve transformed my grief into passion by honoring my mom on the anniversary of her death with a stylish celebration.

My mother was so strong and full of life so when I watched her physical body get ravaged by cancer and I took care of her on hospice alongside my father, it left us broken. The first year we celebrated her life with a tearful zoom memorial celebration of life due to covid. On year two, instead of tears, I decided to restyle a couple of her favorite dresses which inherited to celebrate and feel closer to her in my special way.

The Striped Shift Dress

vintage carole chataigne dress with little melissa
My Montessori School Graduation

My mother wore this fun striped shift dress in the colors of the Marshall Fields (her favorite store) to my Montessori school graduation at age 5. I restyled her dress with knee high white boot and timeless trench coat with her brown vintage clutch. I could not feel more like her today.

Dress| Mom’s Vintage | Croc Boots | Missguided | Sunglasses | Privé Reveux

Check out the full look below.

honoring carole chataigne in striped dress and boots
restyled carole chataigne striped dressed- melissa chataigne 1
honoring carole chataigne striped dress legs crossed missguided boots
restyled carole chataigne striped dress with missguided boot kick

Power Red Forever

My mother had a special affinity for the color red. When she wanted to feel strong, sexy red was her go-to color. I have adopted that mentality as red is also my power color. I restyled her 1980s Liz Claiborne double-breasted button dress with sock boots and my vintage Chanel bag.

Dress | Liz Claiborne Vintage | Boots | Stuart Weitzman | Bag | Vintage Chanel Princess Diana Bag

liz clairborne red dress honoring carole chataigne by melissa chataigne
liz claiborne red dress honoring carole chataigne with chanel bag tall
red dress honoring carole chataigne hand on knee melissa chataigne
liz clairborne red dress honoring carole chataigne by melissa chataigne mouth open

Most of us have lost someone. How can you celebrate them through style and make it yours?

Let me know below in the comments.

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