While making my daily morning scroll through Instagram, I find myself enthralled with all of the mommy bloggers with their cutesy matching mommy and me style that they have with their littles. I tap the images for more details and notice all of the specialty boutiques they have tagged in each photo. I start browsing the shops' IG feeds, then their websites, then start adding pieces to my basket, and I look up and 3 hours have passed and I'm on the verge of spending $300 for one matching outfit for CP and me..... STOP!

Mommy and Me style has been all the rage in my mommy circles, but the complaints have all been the same: it takes way too much time, money, and effort to achieve the same type of looks that are flooding our social media news feeds. How can the average NON-SPONSORED mommy get a similar look without all the hassle? I'm here to help!

For starters, I think the idea of dressing in an identical outfit as your little is cute, but... I really enjoy dressing like an adult and find even greater pleasure in my daughter dressing like a kid (I'm talking playground practicality here, people!) without compromising our own unique style. And yes, CP DEFINITELY has her own style voice, make no mistake there! So my fix? I have three steps for mommy and me looks that won't have you blowing your savings or pulling out your hair:

  • 1) Don't try to MATCH your little. Have your little COORDINATE with you!
Oh you've seen it: the mom and little wearing the exact same floral printed dress, with the matching floral headbands, and "rock stud" inspired ballet flats. As cute as it looks, it's just not practical for me. I prefer to follow a theme instead of creating a miniature clone of Bri. In this weekend look, CP and I went with black and white stripes and faux leather jackets and I simply built the outfits around that theme.

  • 2) Keep outfits neutral and try to avoid too many prints.
Although CP and I chose to do a print, note that black and white stripes are not too childish, nor are they too adult. This pattern falls somewhere right in the middle. I've successfully done similar coordinated looks using small-scale polka dot, houndstooth, and leopard prints. All of these patterns are seen as neutrals and can be found in abundance during most seasons. It's about choosing patterns or prints that are easily found. The more unique or intricate the pattern, the harder it'll be to find a replica.

  • 3) Shop in your regular stores, being mindful of what you both have access to.
I'm not a specialty boutique girl. That's just me being honest. Although I love finding unique treasures here and there, I know I can't expect to shop in those types of places for both CP and I without hearing my debit card begging for mercy in my wallet. My favorite places to shop for CP are Target, H&M, Old Navy, Nordstrom, and Carter's. These places are affordable, and offer great style for a modest mommy budget. The best part about the first 4 stores is, while I'm shopping for her, I can immediately look in the ladies' section a few feet away and find a similar look for myself without having to run all around Atlanta with a sleepy, still-mastering-potty-training toddler. Easy!

I love you to the moon and back! 

Fancy Baby Style: Black faux snake skin jacket: Catherine Malandrino via Nordstrom Rack (similar) // White peplum top: Crazy 8// Striped Leggings: Target (old) similar HERE // Biker Boots: Baby Gap // Flower necklace: F21 (old)
Fancy B Style: Faux leather jacket: JCP (old) similar HERE // Striped jersey knit turtleneck: F21 // Black overalls: F21 // Cut-out booties: 10Dollar Mall // Necklace: Topshop (similar) // Handbag: F21 // Pom Pom Bag Charm: Vital XII  USE COUPON "FANCYB" for 15% off

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Photos by Pamela Patterson
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