Matching Outfits for Mother and Daughter
Mom & Me matches have come a long way, baby
Matching outfits for mother and daughter were never really my style. I always kind of thought the "Look, we match!" message of mommy & me clothing was a bit over the top. Then one day I saw a mom and daughters in matching Lilly Pulitzer prints and had to admit, it was charming. It worked.
What's nice now is that more and more clothing designers have expanded into kids' lines without leaving behind their adult clients, and sometimes they'll use the same fabulous fabrics across the full age range. The same sweet florals are available for mother daughter matching outfits, but you'll also find fun stripes, plaids, solids, animal prints...whatever your heart desires. So go ahead, find the perfect matchup for that family photo shoot, holiday, or just because. After all, what little girl doesn't want to be just like mom?
(pictured above: a spectacularly springy print shows why Lilly Pulitzer is the queen of mom-and-daughter matchups ~ see below for info)
Mother daughter matching outfits from Hanna Andersson
Oh-so-soft cotton classics have been shipping out for decades from Swedish fave Hanna Andersson. This was our family fave when the kids were little, because of Hanna's excellent construction, high-quality fabric, and wonderfully happy, saturated colors. What makes this brand super special are the awesome Family Collections it launches every year for the holidays, with matching sweaters, dresses, tops, sleepwear and more.
From J Crew
Some of the most inspired, creative mother-daughter matches I’ve found involve florals from the UK by way of J Crew. The venerated Liberty of London is a fabric line I’m somewhat fixated on, having grabbed more than one compliment-drawing J Crew swimsuit in a Liberty motif. This company's offerings change often, not surprisingly, but it's worth a periodic look at their Liberty items to see if they've chosen matching florals for any of their girls' and women's looks.
Mother daughter matching outfits from Lilly Pulitzer
You can’t help but smile at the girly confections from queen of preppy prints Lilly Pulitzer. Age-appropriate, always playful coordinates for moms and daughters.
I have to admit, my favorite Lilly Pulitzer prints always involve pink! Add spingy green and blue to that pink, and you get a wonderfully happy combo that is pretty enough to seduce even an adamant non-prepster.
The classic Lilly look is a shift dress, sometimes embellished with bows, lace, embroidery, beading, eyelet, etc. Man of the prints scream Easter, but for the cooler months, add a white cardi and you're good to go. The key is to find a print you love that's offered in women's and girls'/baby dress sizes. And the best way to see all your options is to go directly to the Lilly P online shop. Don't want matching dresses? You'll also find cute tunics, skirts and pants in your size to match your daughter's dress.
White eyelet mother daughter matching outfits
Few warm-weather styles are as fresh and classic as white eyelet. The good news here -- besides how sweet this would be as a mom-and-me set -- is that you don't have to go for the exact same eyelet pattern, or even the same brand, to match nicely.
Just make sure to pick straight-up white for both you and your daughter, rather than one white and one cream/ivory. If you want a little extra zest, add a colorful belt to your daughter's dress and match it in a cardi, shoe or statement necklace in that same color with your own all-white dress.
Mother daughter matching outfits from Ella Moss
Like Splendid, Ella Moss specializes in super comfy cotton prints & stripes in awesomely fun colors. But the best mom-and-me-matchup lately from this label is this adorable pair of cream-colored dresses in a flower-dotted pattern.
There are only two left of this pretty, machine washable (yea!) girl's frock.
Runway-ready looks from Milly
If high fashion is a priority and you're willing to pay for it, this label offers runway looks in its "Milly Minis" collection to match fashionista mama's. The showstopper this holiday season? An exquisite feather dress in adult and wee sizes.
Mother daughter matching outfits from American Apparel
A rich jewel-tone green is gorgeous for the holidays but can easily extend into spring and fall. (St. Pat's, anyone?) The hip mom can wear a flirty bodycon number while daughter twirls her supercute skater style dress.
Sleeveless velvet can work for summer parties, too, as long as it's not 100 degrees out...
These matching looks are cute in black, too.
Mother daughter matching outfits from April Cornell
Uberfeminine prints are April Cornell's forte, and she doesn't disappoint with these pretty (albeit conservative in length and cut) frocks for women, girls & baby. Check out her latest Mommy & Me offerings for more, including several fresh floral themes for this spring and summer.
Mom and daughter matching clothes from KKG
Perfect for Mother's Day, birthday, any day -- a sweet mom and daughter matching clothes line that benefits kids' charities. Choose rainbow peace-themed or pink & orange floral heart "love my daughter" and "love my mom" tops in infant through ladies' sizes.
Matching dresses from Robert J Clancey
Take a tropical trip -- or just pretend to -- in these bright colored cotton dresses that also come in purple or blue motifs. Made in the USA!
Word to the wise: Order one size up from normal in both the women's and girl's dress.
Pick a pop of pink in mom, girl and baby matching tops. Easy, cute and comfy -- and what little girl doesn't like a ladybug theme?
Mother daughter matching outfits from Sailor Rose
One of my favorite recent finds, Sailor Rose offers wonderful handmade-in-NYC tops & dresses using Liberty print fabrics, often in combination with fresh nautical stripes. You can match a women's tunic or shirt with an adorable girl's dress in rose, peacock, or sunflower print.
Mother daughter matching pajamas
Prefer to make matchy match an in-home thing? Bedtime bliss awaits with these soft mom and daughter matching PJs in fun prints. Just in: cuddly mom and daughter matching Christmas pajamas that include dad & son sizes, too...so nobody's left out. Get these & you'll be following in the glam footsteps of supermodel Christy Turlington & her filmmaker hubby Ed Burns, who wear identical Christmas PJs each year with their kids. Cute!
Pink plaid is cozy-cute for all ages -- and seasons.
~~ Try Ebay ~~
Ebay can be hit or miss for this type of purpose, but you might get lucky. Have a look! Be sure to check out all the fabric choices for these outfits.
From Liberty for Target
Another designer line to look for at unbeatable ebay prices? Liberty of London for Target offers sun-drenched prints (like this one) I've scored for my own closet -- in more than one print available on both women's and girls' dresses, skirts & tops. May take a little time to match up a set, but at the ebay prices, it's well worth it.
Want a Subtler "statement"?
Adorable matching shoes for mom & daughter are sure to bring compliments everywhere you go. Check out pairendipity.com for mommy & me matching flats in snake & croco patterns. Or how 'bout matching sets of Frye western or Minnetonka fringe boots?
What do you think about matching outfits for mother and daughter?
Have you ever worn matching outfits for mother and daughter? Would you, could you, will you? :)