How many of
us wore matching outfits with either mom or dad back in the day? I remember
going to the fabric store with my mom on several occasions so that we could
choose something that we both liked. We'd then bring our bundle of fabric to my
grandma and she would sew up matching sets for us to wear. I thought it was the
forward to me as a mom—and the outfits I pick out for my daughter tend to be very
similar to whatever it is I'm wearing that day. I do this all the time,
unintentionally. Granted they're not the identical looks that grandma would
create but there is a definite correlation between color or pattern, and
sometimes both. Could I be revisiting a pastime without even knowing it? I
started thinking about all the ways I could reinvent this kitschy concept and
make it feel modern.
If I pull
from the colors, textures, prints or other details of what I'm wearing, then I
can certainly create a look for my toddler without it being too matchy-matchy. I started digging through
her closet and trying to pair her pieces with my clothes. There were plenty of
"matches" made, and that's when I realized I had been subconsciously buying for
her with my wardrobe in mind.
look like stripes and denim can be done so many ways. You can pair a thin
stripe with a wide stripe or change the orientation by wearing a horizontal
stripe, while your tot wears a vertical. The same can be said for denim. There
are so many shades of traditional denim to choose from, from the lightest blue
to the deepest indigo.
I went with
what we already had in our closets, and that was a navy and white striped
sweater for me and my daughter's black and white striped T-shirt. (Side note:
I buy larger tees for her on purpose so that they can double as tunic-style
dresses. She'll eventually grow into the shirt, but in the meantime I'm able to
give her two looks for the price of one.) I wore my favorite pair of faded dark
jeans and put her in a dark denim jacket. The slight change in color in the
stripes (navy versus black) makes this almost identical pattern feel individual.