Whether you were all in on identical dresses from the very first pee stick or surprised yourself by grabbing matching mommy and me outfits, there’s no denying the twinning look has some perks. For one, it makes for insanely cute pictures with your kids (and gives you a whole lot of options to choose from when it comes time to make holiday cards). The other benefit is how speedy it can make your mornings. Think of it like school uniforms: You don’t have to spend time considering what either of you should wear when you’ve got mommy and me matching outfits already perfectly coordinated for you.
Matching mother-and-daughter dresses is the go-to, but if you love a good theme—the theme being whatever you feel like, just multiplied by two—you can find so many other good picks. Mommy-and-me swimsuits? Hats? Pajamas? It’s an entire cottage industry. You don’t have to leave Dad (or Dog! or Sibling!) out of the fun either. Entire family sets exist, and whether you wear it for photos, vacation, or at home just because, we applaud your organizational outfit skills.
Not sure where to buy mommy and me outfits? One word: Amazon. You and your little will be looking cute AF in your matching mommy-and-me bathing suits. From the boardwalk to your backyard kiddie pool (and beyond), this flouncy beachwear set is guaranteed to make a splash. They’re both made from a stretchable material (easy to pull on and off, so no potty issues for your LO) that dries quickly. The black floral print combo is incredibly flattering for all ages. While mama gets to rock a sexy one-piece (peep the adorable bow!), your cutie patootie will be ready for some fun in the sun thanks to her playful two-piece.
This mom shares, “Ordered the black floral one piece for mommy and two piece for an almost 6 year old. Fit is true to size. I ordered the Small and I’m a size 4 (5’7″ 118 lbs.) 34B. It fit easily, not tight or too big. Same with my 6 year old. Ordered size 5-6. Both are super cute. We just tried them on today, have not yet hit the pool or beach so I don’t know how it will perform in the water or drying, but appears to be a good material and sewn pretty well.”
Nautical stripes for summer? Get outta town! No matter where this summer takes you, you’ll want to be prepared with a set of nautical stripes. Enter KULE’s line of perfect striped tees that you’ll literally wear forever. While we can’t say the same for the toddler in your life (Oof! Kids grow up too dang fast.), this striped onesie ($55) is practically made for the Fourth of July. With flexible shoulders and bottom snaps, it’ll make getting dressed a breeze… For you, mama, we recommend The Modern Long ($78), a tomboy-inspired style that you’ll reach for every single day. It’s made from 100% cotton, has a boxy cut, and hits at the hip—tuck it into denim shorts or layer it under a pinafore denim dress for a classic uniform. While KULE offers their stripes in a variety of colorways, we think the white, true blue, and poppy combination is a true summertime classic.
Sometimes either mom or daughter has to suffer, style-wise, when dressing alike (and let’s be real—it’s usually mom). The good news is that these floral dresses are actually cute enough that wearing it sans kiddo is a real option. The floral print does have vague these-were-made-from-curtains Sound of Music vibes, but in the best kind of way (and look at what a mom Maria was!).
There’s no age limit for matching with your little one either—a full range of available sizes prove that you’re never too old (or young) to opt in. Wanna match with your three-month-old? They’ve got a size for that. Relish dropping your eight-year-old off at school wearing the same dress as you? You’re in luck. And when it comes time for Mom, sizes go from small to extra-large. Basically, there’s no excuse to not match her now.
Cheesy? Maybe. Adorable? Yes. Graphic tees aren’t everybody’s thing, but when you add in pizza and a baby…it’s actually impossible not to smile. Your homeslices will be happy too: Multiple Amazon reviewers mentioned how the quality was high on these and they didn’t fall apart after first wash. And since it’s unisex sizing, pizza-loving mamas or papas can get in on the fun. “I got this for my husband for Father’s Day and he loves it,” Jessica told Amazon. “The t-shirt and onesie are soft and well made. When he is with the baby and they are wearing this outfit they get a good laugh from onlookers.”
Make it work hard for you too. Pick a night of the week to always order pizza (routine rules!) and, boom, you’ve figured out your outfits and dinner. Since there are over a dozen color options, you can also conceivably only wear matching pizza outfits for the foreseeable future…
Looking at a spring and summer filled with a few friends’ weddings and already thinking, “What am I going to wear? What is she going to wear? There’s definitely an open bar, right?” Knock out both decisions in a single go with matching maxis. “We wore these for a wedding while I was 7 months’ pregnant. They were very comfortable, even in the heat,” one Amazon shopper said. “My daughter loved the dress and being able to match Mommy.”
The thing that makes them winners in our book? The style isn’t too adult or little-kid (a hard feat when you really think about it). If you wore it alone, you’d look like a totally respectable, functioning member of society. If your daughter has it on without you? She’ll also look like an average child, not one playing at being a grown-up. That kind of fashion math makes it an excellent buy for the price. Wear it together or individually and you’ve got the possibility for three separate style moments.
Ready to have your mind blown? Sure, coordinating mommy and me Christmas PJs are great for the holidays, but who says you have to stop there?! If they happen to make your kids look forward to getting ready for bed, wear them all the time. Every night.
If you’ve ever bought Burt’s Bees baby clothes, you’re probably already a fan. The cotton they use does feel significantly softer and nicer than most other options out there, and even if your little one doesn’t notice (do they?), the mama doing the washing does. When it comes to matching PJs, Mom and Dad will appreciate an option that doesn’t feel super scratchy or rough. Since there’s a complementary style for Dog, he might even appreciate it too (should you have a discerning canine).
Amazon shopper Soraya purchased at least 18 pairs per the handsome family pic she posted with her review, so she’s pretty qualified to know what’s up. “These PJs were awesome. Very stretchy and warm material. The women’s sizes were very giving; the men’s pants were adjustable.” Win x 4!
Who said moms should have all the fun? If you’ve got a dad who’s going to feel a little jealous of the matchy-matchy action, let him have his day too. Fans of The Office will appreciate the messaging here, and the look is simple enough you’d have a hard time finding someone who wouldn’t wear it.
It might just be a good tactic to get Dad excited about buying baby clothes and/or packing your hospital bag too. If Baby’s gotta wear something brand new home from the hospital, why not let it display their superior taste in comedies? Amazon shopper Carli knows what’s up: “My husband and I are having our first baby, and we have been watching The Office for years. We’ve seen every episode multiple times. I got this for him as a Christmas present, and he loved it! He said it’s going to be our baby’s and his ‘going-home’ outfit from the hospital.”
We’ve covered matching dresses, matching PJs, matching swimsuits—essentially you could spend an entire upcoming family vacation in matchy-matchy world. Wait, what about sun protection or turning your preexisting outfits into something that identifies you as Mom and Daughter? Ta-da! Coordinating rash guards!
We love how many freakin’ options these guys offer. Beyond different colors and prints, you can opt for a top (perfect for pulling on over your bathing suit if you need more coverage) or a long-sleeve rash guard style for a surfer look. It got all the compliments for this Amazon mama.
“I want to first admit I was TERRIFIED of purchasing a bathing suit last minute on Amazon of all places. But with work and family I just did not have the time to go out and search for an ideal bathing suit for a water park. Amazon and this product COMPLETELY DELIVERED. It was perfect for sliding down water slides with the kids, I felt comfortable the entire day and never had to feel self-conscious or over exposed.”
Investing in mommy-and-me dresses for a special moment? Focused on starting them young when it comes to loving fashion and appreciating small labels and hand-worked details? Super stylish children’s retailer Maisonette has you covered in its “Maman & Mini” section (tres chic!). Pretty pairings are sourced from luxe little labels you won’t find anywhere else, and the high quality means you’ll want to keep both pieces for decades. This is seriously the kind of stuff you can pass on to your daughter whenever she has a little one of her own (I know!!).
These handwoven tunics might be beachwear at their core, but you can totally get away with wearing them during a steamy summer day anywhere. The higher price tag is also a teachable moment about quality over quantity and history: The women making these pieces by hand in Mexico use a type of loom that dates back to 500 BC. Shopping as a type of schooling? You are seriously an amazing mom. Here’s the kiddo version.
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