If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be picking out my wardrobe choices based on what a 2 year old is wearing, I would have laughed in your face, but today it seems perfectly normal and even endearing. So I’m not talking about this kind of matching…
….Or maybe I am. Look how happy they are in their matching stonewash jeans and fringe?? Who wouldn’t want to have this sense of family unity? Not that it takes coordinating your family right down to the haircut (but seriously contemplating this as a Halloween costume…mullet wig anyone?) I do however love the idea of showing off the fact that we are a proud family and letting the connection we feel on this inside show on the outside.
The progression towards coordinating combinations started slowly over time. First it was a just a comment about the fact that me and the baby had on the same burgundy colored pants. Then it became the shopping for dresses that matched items in my husband’s closet (that I has bought of course). You know, subconscious stuff. Finally, I gave in and admitted it. Yes, I actually like wearing matching clothes!
But let’s not get carried away here. I’m just talking about simple stuff, like complementary color palettes. Or if I’m wearing a pattern, everyone else is wearing a solid that plays off the colors or vise versa. For example, in the pics above I started by dressing myself, because that’s always the hardest part. I knew I wanted to wear the denim dress, but I didn’t have any shorts for K to match. Instead of going out and buying something, I cut a pair of jeans into capris and topped it with a gray tank top. From there, it was easy since gray is a color my husband has by the plenty and it all came together. We each incorporated something the baby was wearing into our outfits to make it cohesive.
Maybe this need to match (without matching) comes from the desire to feel as though my son is actually my son beyond just the eyebrows that we both seem to furrow. Whatever the need is, I’ve accepted it. Embraced it. I might not be quite ready to commit to matching sweaters at Christmas or a fringe frenzy. Coordinating color palette? Yes. That I can do.