Dressing Kids Alike: Tacky or Terrific

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 by 2 Comments
Dressing Kids Alike: Tacky or Terrific

As parents, we try not to make the same mistakes we think our parents made. In my book, this includes dressing your kids alike. When Mom dressed my two younger sisters and I in the same floral print dresses, I didn’t love it.

First of all, I was 5 and 6 years older than them. In my mind, I was not the same as them. After all, I was a big kid and they were not.

Perhaps if Mom had chosen to dress in identical dresses with us, it wouldn’t have bothered me. After all, I aspired to be like Mom. Matching mother daughter outfits would be cool. To dress like my little sisters was not.

Think of it this way. Do people want to dress alike on the red carpet? No. Why? Because they are individually unique and special. 

Mother and Daughter Dresses

Mother daughter outfits can work if you choose wisely.

I know this is my personal opinion based on my own preferences, but I think dressing kids the same is kind of tacky. It demotes them to being something less than individuals. I agree you can get away with it when kids are babies, but beyond two or three years old, I say let them express who they are by what they wear.

The exception to this rule would be matching family outfits when you go to a theme park…like everyone wear a bright, lime-green tee shirt so you can be spotted in the crowd. I also think it’s fine to color coordinate for photos, but that is different than “matching.” 

And when it comes to Moms, you have to be careful about dressing like the kids. While mother daughter outfits may be a cute idea, it might not come across as a “cute” style choice. With the right outfit, you can pull it off, but it could also backfire. It’s important to find something that works for everyone. 

Photo credits: Editor B, mitch59

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Donna Sundblad resides in NW Georgia where she serves as the president of the Writer’s Alliance of Georgia. Her most recent book, The Inheritance, was nominated for the 2012 Epic eBook award.

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  • http://www.momhomeguide.com/ MomHomeGuide

    I used to dress my kids alike on holidays when they were younger — it was just easier, and I didn’t have to worry that one daughter would like the other daughter’s dress better. But now that my kids are pre-tweens, we go out shopping together, so they pick out their own clothes and don’t dress alike.

  • http://www.befreebies.com/ BeFreebies.com

    I think dressing kids alike is cute… but when mom and kid(s) wear matching clothing it always looks a little tacky.