Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The family uniform

Cousin D came up for a visit today {Bless him and the distraction from my house arrest!} and he pointed out to me that the kids were in a uniform, of sorts. Like me, they have the 'stay-at-home' trackie dacks and jumpers on. All of them. Except Dew Drop who was also sporting a denim jacket.

His observation made me giggle, just a little {before defending my intention for my kids to be comfy}. I don't think he was actually hassling me, rather just taking it all in. We live two very different lives, you see. His, is located in the inner-city in a Bachelor sort of set-up, with a high-paid job and a penchant for surfing and playing in a band. Mine, as you know, is suburban and full to the brim with kids.

Our day together was interspersed with his little observations (the way Nugget does this, or the way Doo Dah does that), which, quite frankly, made a very average day in the life, rather special.

It is not the first time I have considered the issue of matching clothes. When you have two people growing in your body at the same time and have no idea if they are going to be identical or fraternal twins, the matching people theme does come up. And matching clothes follows close behind in the thought train.

There are a lot of manifestations of this theme in our place, not just dressing the twins alike. We could go for matching outfits for all the brothers or perhaps, matching couple dressing or, my favourite by a long shot, matching mother-daughter outfits. Oh my! The possibilities...

Now, don't get me wrong, a bit of matching is rarely a bad thing. When I think about it, I am guilty of most of these combinations.

For instance, The Geege and I have been known to come out of our his 'n' her 'dressing rooms' (I'm kidding) in matching red T-shirts and fight over who will be changing before we go out in public (usually neither of us will so we just match for the day).

And my M-i-l is quite partial to purchasing matching tops or pants for the bigger boys, usually in different colours. Occasionally I have them wear them at the same time (e.g. when we go to her place) because she seems to love seeing them like that. Funnily, there are a lot of family photos of them in matching clothes because they are usually taken at her place by my talented s-i-l. Nugget and Doo Dah will give me stick about this in the future.

I'm even guilty of a bit of twin matching. When the bubs were born, I was given two of many little outfits (all in neutral colours) and I have to say in times of severe sleep deprivation, there were days when the same suit ended up on both babies. Matching outfits are terribly cute in the under 3 month bracket.

But I have to draw the line at mother-daughter dressing. I can honestly say, that I have not and will not participate in matching clothes with the Minx. Way too much for me. Some may say that the fact that we are both in trackie-dacks and jumpers today constitutes a matching outfit (and a breach of my statement above).

But this is not mother-daughter dressing. You know that it isn't. Mother-daughter outfits are much pinker or frillier or puffier or patterny and, well, much more the same that that. Think pageants. This sparkly shoes. Think the Duggans. It is that sort of matching I am not going for. If the Minx wants to cruise around in cargo pants and polatek fleeces, I'm all for that. I'm just not getting into her princess outfits in return.

12 comments:

Mon said...

Well, overhere, in Qatar, you often find several Arabian siblings running around the malls in the same outfit. The rumour is that the parents do this in case one child goes missing. They can then easily describe what the child was wearing to the poorly English speaking security just by pointing to a sibling!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you were a blogger Chris. How on earth do you find the time!? I'm impressed. Hope you are all set free from the 'disease' soon so we can come up for a visit.
Maria x

Maxabella said...

Hysterical! And you know I'm quite partial to a matching wardrobe...

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I loved this post! I remember this post. Where is my comment from this post? Perhaps it was the vision of you and The Minx in princess gear that drove it from my mind. :-)

Lady Estrogen said...

LOL. I'm slightly into "coordinating" but not identical with my twin boys - say the same outfit but one is blue, one is green. Now that they're 2, I hardly have time to care about that anymore - whatever is clean goes on ;)

Annieb25 said...

LOL that post reminds me of the Sound of Music when Julie Andrews makes them all outfits out of curtains. I remember thinking how hilarious it was. I think families in general all take on a similar appearance - until the kids become teenagers and want to define their own style. Great post.

Emma M said...

Nothing wrong with matching outfits for a whole tribe of kids. Worked for the von Trapps!

A Farmer's Wife said...

Now where did you find that picture??? It's very special

No matching outfits for us here on The Farm.

ClaireyH said...

My mum buys my girls matching outfits, a bit annoying for number two who gets all the hand me downs, looks like she is wearing the same dress for three years in the photos!

therhythmmethod said...

I confess, our family uniform is corduroy pants and polar fleece jumpers. And stripey tops. I am rather partial to Bonds clothing and stripes feature largely in their designs. (I now realise how bad this sounds ... Where's Wally Family).
Also, I do everybody's clothes shopping so i dress the boys (husband included) in what I like. But I must admit, I don't think too much when I'm at the shops, some days I am lucky to remember what I am there for!
Great post.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

That photo is very von Trapp! When Mr FGB and I were first going out we turned up to more than one occasion with very outfits. We both wore a lot of blue (maybe it's a blue eyes thing?). Now my 2 year old chooses her out fit in the morning based on what I am wearing - "like Mummy" she wants! I'm sure with twins it brings a whole new dimension to the matching clothes thing with matching kids!

foxinflats said...

ha ha ha! I've gone one step further and categorised mini-me matching. You are soooooooooooo in there ;) x http://www.foxinflats.com.au/2011/06/mini-me-mommy-and-me/

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