Mommy-and-me fashion has played a role in American culture for generations.
What has been the iconic matching bonnets and florals on Easter Sunday and green velvet dresses at Christmas has given way to jersey knit tees and floral leggings or playful maxi dresses and swimsuits.
Sometimes “twinning” is fun.
Neither Kristi Bailey or Vanessa McGuire remember dressing like their mothers growing up, but both women have embraced the concept in their own ways with their children.
“I wouldn’t say the girls and I dress alike, but for holidays we tend to have a family theme,” McGuire says.
While the outfits don’t match specifically for design, there is usually a color scheme.
Bailey says her husband loves to have pictures of her and their daughter. She is happy to oblige, especially while their 7-year-old, Katarina, is a willing participant.
McGuire’s daughter, Cailin, likes to have things like her mother.
“When she picked out her glasses she said, ‘I picked out glasses just like yours’,” McGuire says. "They all have their own style. So as long as everyone’s wearing pants when we leave the house, I call my day a success.”
In recent years, celebrity parents have led the movement of the “mini-me,” leaving other moms to enjoy the fashion. And before modern celebrities, Jeanne Lanvin introduced the concept in the early 1900s while showcasing her new clothing line, using her young daughter as a model alongside herself. Lanvin and her daughter, Marguerite, were well-known for parading around Paris in high-fashion couture.