So, in case you’re woefully behind the times, there’s a brand new trend hitting the UK fashion industry these days; one that used to be quite popular back in the day but which – many would argue rightfully – went out of fashion and was confined to the ‘Fashion Disasters of History’ bin. You know, the one where your Mum’s disco jumpsuit is hiding.
But despite it’s rather dodgy past credentials, the return of this supposed fashion faux pas ain’t actually half as un-cool as you might first think it to be. No, it’s not the return of socks and sandals (although we’re quietly confident this British fashion essential will come around again to have its day! It’s just so practical with our unpredictable climate). No, on this occasion we’re actually talking about matching parent and child outfits.
And thanks to Kidult and Co, this latest craze is way more acceptable than it otherwise could have been.
Who Wants To Dress Like Their Parents?
If you’ve ever seen those blog posts doing the rounds online (this one is a classic example), then you’ll be fully aware that there’s very little street cred in families dressing all alike. In fact, let’s not beat around the bush, it’s a recipe for disaster. Even if you take away the fact that all their outfits (and their hair) are utterly dated, being forced to dress identically to the rest of your family and then pose for a family photo is something that normally occurs just before you ask the ground to open up and swallow you whole.
For those horrendous family photos to then make their way onto the internet years later and be laughed at by millions of people all over the globe is, quite frankly, justification for buying a one way ticket to Mars.
Personally, we think this kind of behaviour on the part of parents is tantamount to child abuse – or fashion abuse at the very least – but there’s no reason whatsoever why it needs to be like this at all. In fact, provided you follow a few simple rules, it can not only be acceptable but can actually be ridiculously cute.
Follow The Rules
So, if you’ve been browsing through Instagram recently and are thinking you might like to have a go at dressing your mini-me in the same outfit as yourself, then fear not; you’re not alone and will not necessarily be damning both you and your treasured offspring to fashion hell forever.
All you need to do to get it right is follow these three simple Kidult and Co rules for matching child-parent outfits and all will be fine. Trust us; we know what we’re talking about.
1.Play It Cool
The first rule to wearing matching outfits with your little treasure is to go understated; if you go OTT then it’s a sure-fire way to fashion failure and future embarrassment. So, instead of choosing something outrageous or too brightly coloured – like a Hawaiian patterned lycra Elvis suit – just play it cool and choose something simple, and never mix your colours or patterns either.
For example, choosing one of Kidult and Co’s famous monochrome designs is the perfect choice for your parent and child double dressing days, as our handprinted tees are simple yet stylish and the ideal way of making an impact without being tacky.
2.Don’t Go All Out
Secondly, if you want to pull off this look successfully, then it’s crucial to remember to rein in your extravagant urges and not to get carried away. For example, don’t be tempted to dress the two of you in matching outfits from head to toe; instead, choose a statement piece to match, but switch up the rest of your outfits to accentuate your individuality.
Again, this is where the Kidult and Co t-shirts are the perfect option, as you and your little one can choose to wear matching tees but pair them with your own style of pants or your own choice of a funky jacket.
Plus, above all, never be tempted to include your entire family in the exercise; one parent and child dressed in matching outfits is cute, an entire family dressed the same is just weird.
3.Different But The Same
The final tip for successful parent and child matching outfits is to mix it up a little bit rather than being exactly identical. That may sound like a contradiction in terms, but if you take a look at these twin t-shirts from our latest Twin Collection you’ll see what we mean;
So, instead of both wearing the exactly the same t-shirt, you can keep your look funky and fresh by choosing tops with just a slight variation; black on white v white on black, for example, or choose t-shirts with different slogans for that added layer of individuality.
So what are you waiting for? I hope we’ve convinced you that dressing the same as your kids is not the fashion disaster you might first have thought and it can actually make the pair of you look rather hip and trendy?! And with the help of Kidult and Co, you can make sure you take on the challenge and execute it with style and aplomb. Just like this funky pair here;
And don’t forget, if you do choose to accept this mission, make sure you take plenty of photos and send them to us, and you and your little one could be featured on our Instagram wall of fame too.