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The Matching Game: What to Do When Kids Are Over It


One of my favorite holiday traditions has always been Christmas pajamas. I just loved picking matching jammies and getting my snuggly girls in front of the tree for a picture before bedtime. Over the last few years, it’s changed just a bit.

My girls are 7, 10, and 14 — matching clothes are so 5 years ago!

They each have their own individual styles and no one wants to be caught wearing the same thing as her sister. Sometimes, I miss the days of matching little girls, but I’m having fun getting creative with it now. It’s all about coordinating instead.

For this year’s PJs, I chose complementary colors, in a style and design each girl would love. The teen got her usual pajama pants and a cami, the tween was thrilled with her peace sign PJs, and the youngest loves anything fleece so I can pick what I want to see on her. It’s the same for the rest of their wardrobe.

We got each girl an outfit for Christmas — jeans, cami, hoodie. The two girls did not even realize I bought them the same shirt, because it is different enough to suit their styles and layered in the way each girl prefers. Target is great about offering the exact same thing in a variety of colors and designs. On the surface, it totally matches, but they have no idea.

All three girls also match in their black boots, with completely different styles. The teen has cute slouchy boots, the tween has her favorite furry boots, and the youngest rocks her shiny boots like nobody’s business.

It’s all about coordination now, rather than matching. It still looks good in a group photo, while showcasing each girl’s unique style. They can be “matched” for my purposes but thrilled to look so different from their sisters. And, I can work with that.

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