Mommy & Me: Coordinating Clothing for the Entire Family
Fall is here and before you know it, it’ll be time for family photos, holiday parties and other festive events. These events call for thoughtfully planned and coordinated outfits for the entire family. Finding such outfits can often create unnecessary stress during a time of year that should be joyful. Today we introduce you to several unique clothing companies that offer looks that you and your family will enjoy all year long. So, if you love to match or coordinate styles with your family, but don’t know where to shop, this post is for you.
Lolly Wolly Doodle is passionate about providing families across the country with beautiful, high-quality and affordable apparel and accessories. In fact, Lolly Wolly Doodle founder and CEO, Brandi Tysinger-Temple, started the company in 2008 by sewing clothing for her own children because she couldn’t find anything in stores that matched and was tasteful and fun.
Fast forward six years, and what once started as a simple eBay business operating out of her home is now a 19,000 square foot facility in Lexington, North Carolina. With over 375,000 Facebook fans, families across the country can look great on a reasonable budget.
When we first decided to explore the idea of coordinating clothing for parents and their children, Lolly Wolly Doodle was an obvious choice. Whether you’re looking to create a miniature version of yourself or pull together coordinating pieces for a family portrait session, Lolly Wolly Doodle has it all.
Moms can choose from several different styles in a variety of prints:
- Ruffle Neck Dress (with or without sash)
- Wrap Skirt
- Maxi Dress
- Tunic (with or without sash): perfect to pair with jeans
- Ruffle Pants
- T-shirt: often with a fabric pocket and monogram
The outfit selection for children is much broader. Within the girls’ section (sizes 2 and up), you can choose from smocking, swim, dresses, outfits, cotton, denim, chevron, holiday, team spirit and more. Boys and babies have similar selections.
One thing to point out about the outfit above, is that it has room to grow. Your child can wear it as a stand alone dress, pair the double ruffle bottoms with a white shirt, or put the dress and bottoms together for yet another look. Add a double loop hair bow to complete the outfit.
If you love to have your children in matching outfits, they even have an entire category devoted to matching attire. You hardly have to think about what outfits will look good together, just choose your favorite fabric and outfits. On the other hand, if you prefer to coordinate instead of match, there are plenty of options within the site for you to work with.
Ryleigh Rue is a stylish boutique that specializes in making clothes for little girls from ages 18 months to 8 years old. They offer the latest trends with a commitment to outstanding quality and style, all for a reasonable price. They carry chic clothing and accessories that are perfect for a special occasion or just a stylish outfit for school. The have special seasonal lines, outerwear, tops, patterned leggings, fancy dresses, boots, accessories and a very adorable Mommy and Me line.
Most mothers can’t resist the urge to dress up their daughters in coordinating outfits, especially for a special occasion. Ryleigh Rue has a whole line of adorable Mommy and Me fashions where you can join in on the fun and find color and style coordinating outfits for that important event, party or portrait. From similar styles to exact mini versions, you are sure to find something that fits your fashion pallet. For summer, they have a wide array of colorful maxi dresses, lace dresses and lank tops. For fall and cooler weather, you can find coordinating and colorful leggings with cute flawy tops that can work with any body type.
These Aztec Leggings are a gorgeous pattern of yellows, aqua, coral and teals. The geometric pattern pairs perfectly with a solid top, such as these Coral and Mint Peplum tops. There are a multitude of patterns available and are great for both summer time paired with a simple flowy top, or for the cooler weather, paired with a cute sweater and some boots. The best part about these leggings is how soft they are! They are not too thick so they are comfortable to wear and be able to move in, but they are well made and definitely will last more than just a few uses.
When you are shopping for your daughters, don’t forget about mom! These leggings are available in mom sizes as well and are great for when you want to break away from the yoga pants but still want to remain comfortable for day to day errands. This coral elbow patch top is made of a super soft cotton blend and with a shorter front and longer back, it takes a traditional shirt style and really dresses it up.
We are in love with all of the options Ryleigh Rue has to offer. Having daughters comes with lots of drama as it is- don’t let fashion choices be one of them! Whether you are looking for the perfect outfits for the first day of school, an upcoming holiday party or outfits for Christmas cards, Ryleigh Rue has so many choices to choose from: laces, patterns, bows, fringe, and bright colors all meld together to create some beautiful outfits that are perfect for mom and daughters!
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For those who think matching is “corny,” you clearly haven’t seen the Matching Dots’ cool, glamorous and spotted collection.
The Matching Dots is a USA-based clothing company who is all about adding a bit of uniqueness to fashion. Their adorable polka dot prints are designed for girls from 12 months to 8 years; and coordinate with dresses and tops for women, dolls and dogs!
We really love the Amber and Little Amber. Bold black and white polka dots on this little knit black dress take a staple piece to chic. The V-shaped neckline at the front and back is flattering and feminine, and gathering at the bust and shoulder creates a fabulous fit for all body types.
Dress your daughter in the Little Amber. This versatile sleeveless black and white wrap dress is reversible and can be worn with the wrap in the front or the back. Dog and Doll coordinating pieces are also available.
If you’re looking for something a little more casual, this light gray tank top for women features two charcoal dots. It’ll make you rethink those plain tank tops you’ve been keeping in your drawer for years. Add a pair of bright colored denim pants for a little fun.
And if looking cute isn’t enough reason to shop with The Matching Dots, by supporting The Matching Dots you are helping to make the world a better place. The Matching Dots has partnered with Stop Hunger Now. For every item that they sell, they are able to feed TWO hungry children. If that’s not reason enough to “be spotted,” we don’t know what is!
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meNmommy is not your typical clothing company. Sure they have gorgeous matching styles for moms and daughters at affordable prices. But that’s just the beginning! meNmommy truly understands that daughters want to be just like their mommies. They also understand that moms don’t want to look like overgrown kids. So they created a line of high quality clothing that is stylish and chic, while still being comfortable and affordable.
Clothing from meNmommy is not your average playground wear. These unique pieces are perfect for special occasions and events where you and your pretty little girl want to get fancy. One of the best features of meNmommy clothing is the way it’s designed. These pieces are beautifully cut to hide all your imperfections and flaunt your best assets.
The Avery dress (below) features an asymmetrical neckline that draws the eye up, and the side ruching does wonders to hide that post-baby belly. The little girls Avery dress has the same neckline (with a spaghetti strap to keep it in place), and an adorable puffed sleeve and ribbon tie at the waist to keep your daughter looking youthful.
If dresses aren’t your thing, but you still want a special matching outfit, check out meNmommy‘s selection of tops. We love the Madison Coral Blouse. Made of soft Jersey Cotton, this sleeveless tunic with a keyhole in the front and self-tying fabric pull tie at the neckline pairs perfectly with leggings, jeans and skirts. It’s super comfortable and so versatile. You’ll both be wearing it all the time!
meNmommy has many options available to keep you and your little girl looking fabulous. Their styles that can be worn for most of the months of the year too, which is a huge plus. Your little one will get more than just one season out of these beauties.
And the best part? Philanthropy is at the core of meNmommy‘s business. They’ve partnered with Hope Worldwide, an international charity that has been dedicated to serving the poor and the needy, and for each item you purchase, meNmommy will provide a piece of clothing to a needy child. It doesn’t get better than that!
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Cabana Life combines fashion with function by offering stylish clothing with 50+ UV protection through their patented SkinSafe™ Technology. While their collection offers a variety of sun protective clothing essentials for the entire family (that we’ll further explore in an upcoming post); we also love that they offer pieces that both mommy and daughter can enjoy.
For example, we are in love with the style and convenience of this tropical tunic top. This UPF 50+ cover up/tunic is made of a soft, luxurious nylon/spandex swim fabric. You can wear it splashing around in the ocean or pair it with crisp white bottoms for lunch, shopping or dinner. It’s wrinkle-resistant and so versatile that you’ll want to wear it everywhere. And because we’re obsessed with the mini-me look, there’s a girl’s version of this tunic that can be worn more like a dress.
Whether you’re in search of adorable matching outfits for your next trip to the beach, or you just want to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, Cabana Life will fit you perfectly.
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Girls don’t have to be the only ones who have all the matching fun! Tom & Teddy is an Australian swimwear line designed exclusively for men and boys, with coordinating designs and bright colors that will make any guy happy to match his little guy.
Choose from classic solids, fun stripes, or go a little wild with penguin, airplane, and speedboat prints! These swim trunks will last you many summers, due to the durable microfibre fabric that is saltwater and chlorine resistant. Tom & Teddy trunks will let you and your little guy enjoy the sun without the sunburn, due to the UPF 50 protection built right into the fabric.
Every guy needs his pockets, and there are three on Tom & Teddy swim trunks, just enough for collecting seashells and for keeping your phone handy for father and son photo ops. Everyone knows boys need to be comfortable, especially when they’re playing in the surf and sand, so you can rest assured knowing that Tom & Teddy trunks deliver the comfort you crave.
The fabric is quick drying, super soft, and the elastic waistband and braided drawstring are secure enough for rough and tough water play. The inner lining is comfy 100% cotton mesh, and the convenient two tiny eyelet holes let extra air escape, so you don’t float away in the waves!
Whether you’re heading to the beach, planning your family photos or attending a holiday party, we are sure that one of these looks will add that extra touch of adorable to make everyone’s head turn.