'When it comes to real style, I have the edge on my girls!'
Lynda Kealy (48) from Clonsilla, Dublin, admits to thieving from her twenty-something daughters' wardrobes -- but the glammy mammy argues that they pilfer her fashion, too.
"It's every mother's dream to have a daughter they can be friends with, go shopping together, gossip and have fun -- just look at Victoria Beckham.
"When my daughters Ciara (26) and Emma (24) were little, I used to dress them up like identical twins. But after experimenting with facial piercings, goth makeup, ripped tights and Doc Martens along the way, they've become beautiful, stylish ladies in their own right.
"Do I raid my daughters' wardrobes? Yes! All of us are a similar height and size. And while I'm more than 20 years older, in my head I'm still 25.
"It works both ways, though -- they steal my stuff too! Emma left for Canada in January with a couple of thousand dollars, hope for a new life -- and a suitcase full of my clothes. And it's not unheard of for my daughters to convince me to hand over my credit card for a new dress for myself in River Island -- only for one of them to hoof off with it. But we draw the line at underwear.
"Secretly, it's quite flattering that my daughters think I'm fashionable enough to borrow my clothes. But whenever I pick up a skirt that looks more like a belt or a tiny playsuit, they're quick to point out that I'm past it.
"When it comes to real style, I think I may just have the edge on my daughters. At this point in my life, I'm confident with my looks and style -- and don't want to be shoved into the 'sensible' clothes department just yet."