Wearing a matching outfit with your kids – a fashion faux-pas?

Sometimes deciding what to wear can be a chore. And then you have to decide what you’re going to dress the kids in too! Why go to double the effort when you can save time and energy thinking about two sets of outfits and just dress like your kids?

image: pixabay

Yes, playing dress-up with your kids is a thing; lots of celebrities have been doing it in the last couple of years. Prime examples include Kim Kardashian and her daughter North West, Katie Holmes and Suri, and Beyoncé and Blue Ivy. It’s generally easier if you’re the same sex – lots of famous mums have been spotted with their daughters looking adorable in mini-me outfits. But that’s not to say it’s an exclusively female trend. David Beckham and his son Romeo were at Wimbledon last year dressed up smartly in co-ordinating blazers.

It’s not just for celebrities, though. At Gymboree, there’s a whole range of matching women’s and kids’ outfits and Target has a Mommy and Me range. If you’re not quite ready to completely match up with your kids, and you’d rather just co-ordinate with your child, then The Matching Dots may have the perfect combi outfits for you, where only motifs are replicated in both outfits, rather than one being a complete mini copy of the other.

Make a statement

If wearing the same (or very similar) outfits feels like a bridge too far for you, there are other ways you can make a statement with your kids’ clothing. Take a look at the funny baby onesies available at betches.com. They’re ideal for those days you want to your baby to do the talking for you – with phrases like ‘they woke me up like this’, ‘I still live with my parents’ and ‘my mom’s a cool mom’.

One of the funny baby onesies available at betches.com

Funny and quirky statement clothing is hugely popular at the moment, and if you can’t find the exact message you’re looking for, there are plenty of websites where you can get customised messages printed up on clothing. Whatever kind of message you go for, from cutesy to edgy, sweet to sassy, dressing yourself or your kids in a statement tee is a fun way to express how you feel about the world!

Of course, there are sometimes that wearing a statement tee might not be appropriate – if you’re going to a serious social occasion or if you’re headed out for a business meeting, for example. Statement clothing is probably best reserved for the weekends or for fun and light-hearted social gatherings!

Dressing in matching outfits with your kids, however, is something that’s perfectly possible to do at a wedding or other smart social occasion and not feel out of place. It’s likely to invite some comments, though. Some people might think it’s a little bit tacky, while others think it’s a super cute thing to do. Either way, you need to be prepared for your double dressing with your kids to cause more interest than other clothing choices might do!


-- Editor-in-Chief SLiNK Magazine