Matchy-Matchy… My Guilty Pleasure

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When I buy clothes for my twin girls, now five, I try to get coordinating outfits, the same striped shirt in a different color, for example.  They usually like to coordinate…and — I finally figured out — I like it so much because it makes keeping up with laundry so much easier for me!

Occasionally the girls will want to match.  (I heard them sneaking downstairs a couple of weeks ago, whispering, “Mommy is going to be so surprised!”  They had gotten themselves dressed in matching outfits, from head to toe…including their socks and underwear…they were so proud!)

And occasionally the girls will choose to wear something totally and completely different from each other.

It’s all fine by me.

Particularly since the girls started preschool, when they were 3 1/2, I’ve tried to stay away from matchy-matchy, unless they really insist.  Even though they’re fraternal, I think some people have a tendency to want to see twins as looking just alike, and I want to help establish them as individuals as much as possible.

Still…who doesn’t love the cutest matching set of twinkies???  The one area in which I indulge myself is with the girls’ pajamas.

I love to buy two sets of matching pj’s, and it delights my heart to see my little elves, as I call them, bopping down the hall in the morning, or cuddled up for bedtime stories at night.

No harm, no foul…and you might guess I have pictures of them in every single set of pj’s they’ve ever had.  I just can’t help myself.

Twin sisters in matching pajamas.

Do you dress your multiples in matching outfits?  In general, or for special occasions? 

MandyE is mom to fraternal twin girls, now five.  She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.

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MandyE is the mother of 4 ½-year old fraternal twin girls, Baby A and Baby B. (And yes, their names actually start with the letters A and B!) She worked in the marketing field for nine years before her girls were born, but these days she’s relishing the opportunity to be a SAHM, which she plans to continue until the girls start kindergarten. MandyE has been blogging at Twin Trials and Triumphs since her girls were a year old. Between her blog and her local Mothers of Multiples group, she considers the multiples community a huge part of her support system.

5 thoughts on “Matchy-Matchy… My Guilty Pleasure”

  1. I love matching my kids too, and they are boy/girl twins! Sometimes I even match my older and younger girls with each other. It’s something I always keep in the back of my mind when I’m buying clothes. I figure there aren’t too many years in which I could do this, so might as well go for it while I can!

    1. My thoughts, exactly! I know I won’t be able to buy them all their clothes — and have them wear them! — for very much longer! 😉

  2. So cute! I’ve been out of this loop for quite a while, but glad I jumped back in for this post. What big girls A and B are now!

    With b/g twins, doing the matching thing is much harder. When they were babies, I tried sometimes to do coordinating outfits, but it required a lot of effort. I gave up quickly. But interestingly, within the last two years (they are now 6) as I’ve given up all control and let them choose their own clothing and dress themselves, they’ve tried many times to “have a matching day”. It is pretty impossible. Aside from camp t-shirts and jeans that are similar, they don’t possess any clothing that is exactly the same, so trying to have their matching days usually just creates frustration. I’ve gotten them to settle for “matching” by just wearing the same colors. This is working for now. And fortunately, they have very similar looking faces, so they’re always matching in that way. :o)

  3. It’s funny but I never could get into it. Now my boys are 18 and can’t stand to have even the same color on! Although they were uniforms to school, if both come out wearing red polos, one always goes back into his room to change!

    1. When my girls attended a school with uniforms, they always, always made a point of not wearing the same thing. They had three shirt options and could wear khaki pants, shorts or jumpers. Now that there’s no uniform, they’ll occasionally choose to wear the same shirt, but they don’t actually have matching bottoms (other than tutus, and J doesn’t wear tutus except to dance lessons).

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