"Mommy and me" fashion doesn't have to be cheesy. Parents and kids can match in a way that's chic and fashionable for all parties involved. Whether you have boys, girls or both, here are five cohesive looks that let you get in touch with your inner child while matching your outer one.
Choose similar colors
Coordinating colors is an easy way to tie your outfits together. Pick similar shades but make sure your outfits are very different so you don't look matchy-matchy. For example, pastels are always big for spring and if your child is having a ballet-pink moment you can easily replicate the look with a more adult vibe. Mimic your daughter's soft-pink tutu dress with a sweet sleeveless lace blouse and dark skinny jeans, but add edgy black sandals to spice things up.
Patterns are another way to create matching outfits. Choose similar patterns in different colors to avoid going overboard. Your son's blue-and-green-striped polo is a perfect complement to your sporty blue-and-white-striped dress. Pair his with khakis and color-coordinated sneakers while you can rock glamorous oversized black sunglasses. You'll be a well-matched pair for Sunday brunch or a casual walk in the park on a warm day.
Sateen Fit & Flare Dress (Gap, $52); Women's Large Oversized Fashion Wayfarer Sunglasses (Amazon.com, $9.99); Striped Pocket Henley Tee (Gymboree.com, $19)
You'd be surprised how many clothing items translate well throughout the decades. For example, if your daughter is rocking a little floral romper, you can sport a black one that's reminiscent of an LBD (but comfortable enough for play time) with a universally flattering wrap-top effect. Strappy sandals are also age-appropriate for the both of you.
Black Wrap Jersey Playsuit (Topshop.com, $48); Sunset Sky Sandal, (ModCloth.com, $30); Floral Dotted Romper (Children's Place, $16); Bouquet Sandal (Children's Place, $20); Faux-Rhinestone Sunglasses (Children's Place, $6)
His and hers plaid shirts
If you have a son, coordinate your outfits by choosing androgynous styles. Your son looks great in a summery plaid button-down and you can pair it with a sleeveless version of your own. Differentiate the outfits with chino shorts for him, denim cutoffs for you.
When matching outfits with your child, it's important to keep things tongue-in-cheek. You don't actually want to dress like a little kid, so keep key differences between adult and children's fashion in mind. As the grown-up, feel free to go bold with your own choices. Quirky prints are a fun tie-in between outfits. Steer clear of the exact same print, but complementary elements are OK, like the skulls on this little girl's T-shirt paired with mommy's little skull earrings.
Mango Pleated Flowy Dress (JohnLewis.com, $68); Vampire Skull Stud Earrings (WolfandBadger.com, $175); Jennifer Ouellette Daisy Sun Hat (Barneys.com $275); Rosette Straw Fedora (Children's Place, $13); Floral Skull Graphic Tee (Children's Place, $6); Faux-Snake Ballet Flat (Children's Place, $15)