So 2 weeks ago I take my 14 year old daughter shopping at the mall for her annual summer trip to NY to visit family. She wanted to use her birthday money and gift cards to buy clothes at Hollister .
So far so good! Well, we enter the dark, cologne smelling store with loud music and friendly staff. My daughter starts her shopping and I decide to go to the sales table to look at tank tops for me. Well, it did not take long before my daughter comes up to me and says “Mom, YOU are NOT shopping at Hollister! Mom’s don’t shop at Hollister. You are too old for this store. OMG, I can’t believe you are buying something here!” I told her that the tanks did not even have the Hollister name on it only the small logo at the bottom of the tank. That did not convince her. Off she went in a huff with a face filled with horror.
When we were ready to check out, she sternly says to me, “Give me your tops, make it look like I am buying them.” I just stood there looking at her and thinking, she is not serious. This is not happening. But, I was wrong. She took them as if they were hers and I paid for them!!
As you know from my intro from Cindy Goodman, I am a proud and active PTA mom. I say this so you will understand her next comment as we are leaving Hollister. “Mom, what are you a PTA Mom wearing teenage clothes to try to relive your teenage years?” In utter shock, I said “No.” I just wanted two tank tops, not because I wanted to feel like I was a teenager or that I could fit in the tank but, that I really like the tops. She also decided to hold the bag with my tanks so it looks like she bought them. I don’t make this stuff up. I am not old and I don’t feel old but heck my daughter sure thinks and makes me feel like I am.
So, I ask you, is it okay for Mom’s to shop at Hollister? Are we trying to feel or look younger by wearing their clothes or is this just our teenager’s feeling embarrassed by their mom shopping in their store?