As a mom of daughters, I have this habit of trying to match my kids’ outfits, just like my mom did for me and my sister. But recently, the girls have really been developing their own styles.
The first thing I bought Peanut when I was pregnant with her was a “Little Sister” onesie to match the “Big Sister” T-shirt I got for Pumpkin. Dressing them alike has never been a daily habit, but always for special occasions, and the past few trips we’ve taken, my packing approach has been to choose a matching – or at least coordinating – outfit for every day we would be gone. (Want proof? East Bay in December. Palm Springs last Fall. Illinois last Summer. Just to name a few.)
Over the past few months, though, the girls have really insisted on their own personal styles, which are beginning to diverge. In some cases, of course, Peanut still wants to do what Pumpkin does. And maybe – though maybe not – Peanut will outgrow her princess phase like Pumpkin did. But as it stands today, Peanut would live in skirts and dresses if it were up to her, and Pumpkin will avoid them at all costs. (Pumpkin also requested a mohawk – we allowed a faux hawk – at her last hair cut. She is definitely more edgy.)
So as this summer approaches, and Pumpkin is not in uniforms five days a week, I am in new territory. Finding outfits that coordinate (because I am still me after all) but allows them each to express their own style. I started with swimsuits, because they’ll spend a lot of time in the water over the summer.
On Peanut: This one-piece swimsuit from local boutique Joss + J has feminine touches with the halter-style top and polka dots that invoke Minnie Mouse, one of her favorites. (Popsicle pool floatie from the Target Dollar Spot.)
On Pumpkin: The onyx swimsuit from June & January, with a high neck, and adjustable criss-cross straps in the back.
I love that these suits both have full coverage, coordinate with each other and, tbh, coordinate with my suit as well.
On Momma Tammy: La Blanca Sweetheart Swimsuit from Nordstrom.
I’m looking forward to lots more popsicles and days at the pool with these babes this summer!
And lots more cold brew, too 😉