Dressing my daughters for special celebrations is becoming increasingly tricky. I’m slightly neurotic and like to have some level of coordination going on. Our outfits don’t have to be full on matchy-matchy (in fact, I usually prefer that they’re not), but I do like them to feel at least a little bit in sync—like we belong together.
Crazy or not, this borderline obsession of mine has taken a sudden turn. With almost five years between them, my daughters now have almost completely different senses of style. My little one is all about glitter and ruffles and anything flashy. If she can pile on one more bit of sparkle, you better believe she’ll make it happen. My tween has no interest in drawing extra attention to herself and prefers subdued colors and clothes that don’t make her “look like a baby.”
Cue maternal conundrum.
How on earth can I manage to get these girls of mine looking even semi-coordinated when the little one’s style is the antithesis of everything the tween is looking for?
Well, I could forget it entirely. It’s obviously not essential to our survival or even something that needs to be particularly high on the priority list. It makes me weirdly happy, but I could let it go. Only it turns out I don’t have to.
Pippa and Julie came to my rescue. Family owned and operated (with mom as the CEO and sole designer and daughter as the Creative Director and Chief Merchant), Pippa and Julie is a vintage-inspired children's apparel brand. They make seriously beautiful dresses and playwear from their own textiles and exclusive prints that are perfect for special occasions.
My favorite part is that they have a variety of styles (ranging from extra fairy princess magical with lots of fluff and sparkle to more subdued but still feminine—just like my girls) that often relate back to each other. Whether it’s the cut of the dress, the colors, or the pattern, the Pippa and Julie brand makes it easy to coordinate girls with entirely different styles—which means my current level of coordination obsession can survive another season.
I chose two dresses for them that each featured black and white with stripes. Not in-your-face coordinated, but enough to make me happy.
My girls’ favorite part is the special details on each of the dresses. Samantha’s striped dress had a pretty sheer panel at the top that made her feel super grown up. Ellie’s had a whole lot of sequins and a squeal-worthy exposed gold zipper in the back.
Happy momma. Happy daughters. Now that’s something to celebrate.
JENNIFER GARRY is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her husband). She writes about motherhood with humor and brutal honesty on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos. Read all of Jennifer's posts.