My Mom, the Style Icon: Maribel Rivera

The rebellious style of a young Chilean woman in the ’80s wasn’t born of trends—
it was a personal declaration of independence.

J. Crew Sweater

A red cardigan fancies up jeans and dresses down dresses. 

In 1987, my mom, Maribel Rivera, was 24 and working as a teacher in the Biobío region of Chile. 
The dictator Augusto Pinochet was in power, and 
there was heavy government censorship, which meant very few movies and magazines. For her, fashion was a way to express herself in a hostile environment. My grandmother was a clothing buyer who traveled all over Chile, and my mom went with her, shopping along the way. She found this blouse and oversize cardigan in Santiago; the tinted glasses came from a shop in Chillán, nearly 300 miles south. My mother loved adding little accents, like the tiny bow at her collar; it’s a perfect feminine touch to top off her hipster-tomboy look. Chile is a much more open place today, 
but for my inspiration, all I have to do is head home. 


—Angela Rivera, 20, student, Concepción, Chile

more on luckymag.com

This 50-Percent-Off Eyeliner Set Is Great For Work Or Weekend

And it's full of colors you'll actually use.

News Flash: André Leon Talley Spills His Number One Piece Of Advice For People Trying To Make It In Fashion

“Do your homework; research; read everything.”

Why Gym Gear Isn't A Substitute For Real Clothing: One Lucky Editor's Argument

You'll never catch associate digital editor Alison Syrett Cleary running around Manhattan in old track shorts and a T-shirt. Click through to see why.

24 Supremely Cozy Scarves—Because That's What Fall Is Really All About

Who doesn’t love a cozy scarf in the fall?

The Mackage x Goop Collaboration Is A Leather Lover's Dream

Shop it now before these limited edition pieces disappear!