Matching Mother Daughter Outfits by Miss Betty Doll

Hi all you lovely ladies! I am so excited to have the opportunity to write a guest post for the lovely Jessica of Pin Up Persuasion. I have been following this blog for years and think the world of it and its writer.

I’m here today to cover a topic some of you retro lovers may or not be aware of – matching your outfit to your daughters! I match my little Selene every single day. It’s ridiculous. It’s kinda pathetic. But it makes me so happy! You see, my husbands family is chock-full of males, so I knew my chances of having a baby girl were slim. And then I had a dream I would have a baby girl with big, beautiful blue eyes. Nine months later, there she was ๐Ÿ™‚ Months before she even arrived, my co-workers watched me receive package after package of goodies to dress her in. At first I just went after the outfits I had always thought would be cute- disney princess outfits, Pumpkin Patch dresses and the like. Girls really are so much fun! But then I came across this image of Sabina Kelly and her daughter and thought I should try purchasing her one or two outfits that match what I have in my wardrobe – perhaps for a special event.

image 1But then I had her, and within a few months I found myself matching with her every single day. I don’t know what her style will be as she gets older, and since she’s too little to tell me or dress herself, I figure I may as well take full advantage!

As you can see below, matching outfits were fairly common in the 1950’s and 60’s.

image 2 image 3 image 4There are oodles of images of us matching on my instagram account, and women often ask me how I do it, where to begin, etc. So, here’s how I got started.

First, I found that each of us having an outfit in every color helped. Being an avid collector of modern pinup clothing, I was already covered. So for Selene, I started at Pumpkin Patch (I find mysel wishing their dresses came in adult sizes, so they must be a little pinup, eh?) and then filled in any missing pieces with off brand clothing from Big W (Wal-mart in America, Big W here in Australia!) and Kmart. I don’t actually buy identical pieces, I just match our color palette and patterns to get a similar look.

Here’s some examples:

image 5 image 6 image 7 image 8 image 17 image 16Sometimes I may have a patterned dress for myself and a plain colored dress for Selene. In those cases, I like to accessorize her until we’re twinning it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here, I have a floral dress for myself and a plain yellow outfit for Selene. I popped a little red rose in her hair (just a hair clip from a costume jewelry store) and voila! We match.

9 10Selene’s outfit – Big W, red rose is a hair clip from local accessory shop. My outfit – Bernie Dexter dress, Lila Jo hair flower

In this outfit Selene’s dress was patterned and my dress was more plain, so I added matching colors with my belt and hair flower.

11Selene’s outfit – Pumpkin Patch dress and etsy hair bow. My outfit – Pinup Girl Clothing dress and seperate belt, Lila Jo hair flower

Then there’s days where I just have to match her Disney outfits, and feel like it’s such a shame I can’t go Disney bounding around Disneyland! Ah, how I miss living in America.

12 13Selene’s outfit – Minnie Mouse onesie from The Disney Store. My outfit – Pinup Girl Clothing Top and Skirt, Lila Jo hair bow

Finally, sometimes I run across dresses that match so well, I have to text one of my girlfriends and tell them I am having a match-gasm. Seriously. I have those.

14 15Selene’s outfit – Pumpkin Patch dress, etsy hair bow. My outfit – Le Bomb Shop dress, Lila Jo headband

I’m still on maternity leave, and of course when I do go back to work I won’t be doing this daily any more. But I find that matching my daughter is super fun, and makes even little errands an event. Motherhood is hard, and matching gives me a little purpose every day, and a routine. When she grows older, I can imagine us only doing this once in awhile. I’m soaking it in while I can.

So for all you beautiful ladies with little daughters (or neices!), try color-coordinating for your next outing and tell me you don’t love it ๐Ÿ™‚

Miss Betty Doll


7 thoughts on “Matching Mother Daughter Outfits by Miss Betty Doll

  1. This is FABULOUS! I grew up in the 1960’s and my mother made outfits for my sister and myself from the same bolt of fabric as her dress. This is true historically and I lived it. Most of our family holiday portraits have the mothers and daughters in matching dresses. Very glad to see this being shared again with a new generation!

    • How lucky you were to have your mother do that with you!
      My mother made us clothes when we were small but it was more just play clothes like pants and we kind of matched and dressing gowns out of towel material with hoods, each in our favourite colour.I hope you have lots of pictures of you in your matching outfits!

  2. This is a charming blog. I love it that you are dressing up your little “doll” baby to match you! She may grow up loving to dress like you. You may have even started a life long passion for her as well, wearing vintage style clothing.

  3. Pingback: Get Ready With Me – Motherhood Edition [MissBettyDoll] | missamymay

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