The bond between mothers and daughters is truly a sacred and delicate one, noticeable in exchanged smiles, pep talks during the first heartbreak – even the slammed doors during teenage years and the relief that comes after patching things up. Undeniably, mothers are incredibly proud of their daughters and they want the whole world to know it. Fashion gives them an opportunity to express this feeling in a creative way, through carefully selected matching outfits. It’s time to be playful and dress up! Here are some of the ideas for this season.
Simple and cute customized shirts
What better way to express how much you cherish the relationship you have with your daughter than by making unique matching shirts? This gives you a total freedom to come up with any design and text on your own or with someone’s help. Plus you’ll be sure nobody else is going to wear it, which makes it even more special. This could be a perfect chance to display an inside joke through a t-shirt print or make some other sort of connection through broken part of sentences or heart halves on each shirt. Custom-made shirts are a good choice for mothers that feel fully matched outfits are a bit corny, but they still want to incorporate some sort of a matching wearing piece.
Avoid the mini-me look
Many mothers dress their daughters like the mini versions of themselves. Sometimes, this can work, but more often – it can result in a costume-like look. You can make a connection through the choice of colors or types of clothes. For example, choose a patterned dress for your daughter and a monochromatic dress for yourself with just a detail in the same print. Or go for the casually coordinated look: matching sneakers, jeans, a cotton long-sleeved shirt, and a scarf in the similar pastel color. It doesn’t have to be an exact match: it’s enough to leave an overall impression of matching outfits.
Embracing this not-too-matchy look is also wallet-friendly: you can purchase fashionable items at a thrift shop! While it’s not likely you’ll find the exact same shirt that will suit both you and your daughter, second-hand clothes give you an opportunity to save up to 95% off on clothes and come up with creative looks. Shopping at thrift shops is something even celebrities do: you can even find used designer clothes while being eco-responsible and conscious about textile waste.
Age-appropriate matching outfit
You have to think about the cuts that are proper for your daughter’s age. While you may want to wear a tight-fitting leather skirt, this is highly inappropriate for a little girl. Choose a different type of material or an A-line skirt for your daughter. Here’s how you can pull off the leather skirt (make sure it’s knee-length if it’s a tight fit): combine it with a red-black checkered flannel shirt and heeled ankle boots. An appropriate outfit for your daughter would be a matching shirt (similar pattern works too), an A-line skirt or even leather-imitation leggings, and UGG boots. Cuteness overload!
Minding the details
Accessories are crucial for the effortlessly matched outfits. Choose denim jeans, a white cotton shirt, and a plaid scarf to keep you warm and stylish. Simple brown boots are a perfect choice for this casual look! As for the daughter, stick with one perfectly matched item (i.e. the plaid scarf, which you can tie in a different way), and make a looser connection for the rest of the outfit: brown boots don’t have to be the exact same model as yours; opt for black jeans instead of the denim ones, and choose some other color for the shirt, while it’s the same model. This will ensure a tastefully matched outfit that looks natural and eye-catching.
These are just some of the ideas on how to design a mother-daughter outfit without it seeming too corny. Have fun and include your daughter in coming up with new outfits! After all, style is something to be learned.
Author: Zara Lewis
Zara Lewis is a full-time mom of two babies and a puppy, devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Will start a blog about it once. Until then writes her diary occasionally. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking.