Mommy and Me – How to Coordinate Looks

When my older boys were younger I dressed them in matching outfits a lot.  Now that they are older and shopping in different departments I don’t have the opportunity to dress them alike as often.  Also, they have their own personalities and styles now too so the opinions are prevalent.  Luckily I can usually get them to dress in a coordinating way so I feel like I’m still winning part of the battle.

I grew up in the generation of the matching mom and daughter dresses.  It was the 80’s so this included puffy sleeves and lace most of the time.  I don’t think it has to be as extreme as matching floral Laura Ashley prints to look put together.  However a little coordination does go a long way.

My good friend Brandi started a clothing line last year called Evie’s Closet.  She is about to launch her spring 2018 line at market next month and it was the perfect opportunity for a collaboration on coordination.  All of these looks were pulled by her and I and she was sweet enough to let me borrow her daughter for a few of the pictures.  You know since I don’t have one of my own.

Let me just say that Brandi is doing incredible work with Evie’s Closet.  What started as a dream has become a reality under her supervision.  She has her hand in all parts of the business from the creative to the logistics.  It has been a true pleasure to watch her live out her dream and what I would say is her calling.  She has a commitment to quality and to being her own person and providing unique and exciting pieces to her buyer.  It’s more than just a job to her and it is evident each time you listen to her speak about the collection.  Evie’s Closet is adorable and I couldn’t be happier with how this photo shoot turned out!

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This dress was one of my first picks.  I saw the little girl bubble and I immediately knew I wanted to use this dress.  The small belt on the bubble and some of the embroidery was a perfect match.  I love pulling a small color out of one look and using it to coordinate with the second outfit.  It make it more fun because the color will not pop.

Dress: Au Darling

There really isn’t anything much cuter for a little girl than a drop waist dress with a ruffle.  I love that although the outfits are coordinating it’s clear that baby girl is still the star.  The mommy dress just offsets the green in the daughter dress in the most perfect way.

Dress: Target here
Shoes: Similar here
Necklace: Golden Lily here

Yellow makes me happy as does the lemon print trend.  It’s crisp and clean and I can just smell the citrus in the air.  Yellow is a really hard color to coordinate because even the faintest variation in shade will show and make one color look less vibrant and will also appear off to the eye.  This works because the pattern keeps it from being overwhelmingly yellow.  Take that into consideration when coordinating.  Sometimes if the color is too bold it’s better to do one all over color and then a small pattern.

Top: The Columbia Street Mercantile
Pants: Nordstrom here
Shoes: Cole Haan here

I had to get at least one picture with one of my babies!  Pax is a brand rep for Evie’s Closet so he was already at the photo shoot so I scooped him up for this one.  Remember that Mommy and Me isn’t just for moms and daughters.  It’s for moms and sons too!  I loved the idea of putting Pax in the pattern and me in the solid.  Plus the turquoise and white just looks beautiful on his skin.

Dress: Posh 21
Shoes: Via Spiga similar here
Necklace: Golden Lily here

Evie’s Closet is currently available in stores across the nation.  Locally you can find them at Fashions For Kids in Mandeville.  They are also available for wholesale at markets in Dallas, Atlanta, Jackson, Lafayette, New Orleans, Charlotte and Nashville with Cultivated Kids and Joy Neilson Showrooms.

Also, all of these beautiful images were taken by the talented Karen Lodato Photography.  I have had the pleasure of working with her on several occasions and her attention to detail is impeccable.  She is also wonderful with children.  Seriously this photo shoot was LONG and she had the kids smiling and laughing the entire time.  If you need a photographer look her up!



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