With Mother's Day still lingering in the air, I felt the need to give thanks to the ultimate "Mother" of my generation...Phylicia Rashad AKA Clair Huxtable. She was smart, sexy, and knew when to let loose and have fun! Before there was Michelle Obama or Ayesha Curry...there was Claire Huxtable. I remember as little kid watching her in awe at how FLAWLESS this woman was! How was it possible that such an phenomenal woman existed in this world? I knew, even as a youngin' that SHE was the kind of woman I wanted to be when I grew up! As I was thrifting last week in Berkeley I ran across this beautiful printed wrap dress. When I saw it hanging up on the wall inside the store, I knew it had to be mine! I requested for it to be taken down and eagerly ran to the dressing room with the dress flapping in the wind behind me. Right when I put it on and stepped out of the dressing room all I heard from behind me was " Yasssssssss Claire Huxtable!!! You betta' come through!" This dress really captured the room! I laughed, because everyone else was feeling the same exact way I did....like a 2016 version of the 80's superwoman herself, Mrs. Huxtable.
I can't lie , I sooooo miss the way women dressed in the 80's. It was full of fun, bright colors and class. I decided to pair this dress with a red and gold clutch ( to add a pop of solid color) a simple classic wrist watch and tan colored sling back heels. It only seemed right to add a vintage gold bow buckle belt to seal the deal. I knew if I wanted to channel the queen herself, I had to do something that she did so effortlessly...look sexy WITHOUT trying to be sexy.
I can sooooo see Claire Huxtable wearing this dress with her bad self!
If there was ever a woman (besides my mother and sister) that made me feel absolutely prod to be an African American woman, it was Claire! She taught me at an early age how important it was to be a lady, how not to take myself so seriously and how to SLAY an outfit! She worked hard and worked even harder to be the best mother and wife she could be. Bottom line, here's to all the mothers out there who do their best to be the best providers, lovers, teachers and spiritual leaders they can be....and look damn good doing it...Mrs. Huxtable style!