Mini-me fashion and attachment, how do coordinated trendy outfits today favor the attachment between mum, dad and children?
Mini-me fashion and attachment, because coordinated dressing helps
When you become a parent, perhaps one of the greatest satisfactions is to dress the children, look for clothing suitable for their age and maybe, why not, even combine it with that of parents and older siblings. This trend is called mini-me fashion, fashion collections of brands for adults that create the equivalent of clothes for mom and dad even in the baby version. The counterpart that drives families crazy is called fashion Maxi You: when, on the contrary, it is the children’s brands that produce a garment even in a size suitable for parents. Coordinating looks is not such a complex thing to organize: the offer on the market is varied. If the child already wants to choose clothes, it will be even better to involve him in this process which will then lead to uniformity of clothing. But not only: the mini-me fashion and attachment between family members are closely connected. If kept in balance and above all if they allow the child to maintain individuality, creativity and his tastes, the coordinated outfits they can be a good way to get closer to each other. But don’t overdo it: even in this much-loved trend for dressing children like grown-ups, there are backstories to consider. Here’s what they are.
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Mini-me look: coordinated family clothing
At Christmas, mini-me fashion goes wild, especially when it comes to themed sweaters that families always like and that are available, in a coordinated format, in all sizes. But mini-me or maxi-you fashion (depending on the marketing segment in which we find ourselves) has been very successful for several years in all seasons. It was above all celebrities with children who launched the fashion: in America they say “matchy-matchy“when an outfit communicates with another based on a color code or specific patterns. Or we talk about style”twinning“, when a boss imitates in all respects – as when you tend to dress the same twins – that of another. Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and many other stars have often dressed the same as their daughters, stimulating desire in their fans And in fact, mini-me fashion was born in the beginning for all female mother-daughter looks, but then over the years it has expanded to all members of the family.
It is not just a question of designer labels or elegant clothes: mini-me fashion touches the entire universe of clothing, from homewear to pajamas, passing through underwear and accessories. The costs are very low depending on the brand, the offer is very varied and so are the patterns, fabrics and models. Usually there is a tendency to put on the market clothes that can fit 6-year-olds as well as 40-year-old women, without one or the other feeling uncomfortable in clothes they do not recognize.
Mini-me fashion, when it’s right
On Instagram and on the web in general, mini-me fashion is going crazy: however, the coordinated effect at all costs is not always convincing. This is because it is true, dressing the same can foster attachment between family members, if there are girls who want to look like their mother or if seeing their dad with a sweater similar to their own makes him feel closer. In this sense, even psychology has pronounced itself on the subject, as in these researches that appear in the Wall Street Journal which also analyzed the subject from an economic point of view: dressing the same makes one recognize the other as similar to oneself therefore it can be relevant for the child to see his parents approaching him, playing and joking with clothing that resembles what he sees in his closet. If this passion is limited, so be it: all the experts are recommended, however, not to exaggerate and to always check that it is what the child wants, in order to preserve his individuality.
Mini-me fashion, when it’s best to limit yourself
Speaking of parent-child attachment necessarily means speaking of the strength of example. Children draw a lot of inspiration from the mother and father figure, and often model themselves on them to please them. It is the parents who must educate them to autonomy and independence, without trying to project personal dreams and expectations onto them. Too much family hurts: you must always maintain a balance and dressing the same on every occasion can make you lose sight of the needs of the individual. Mini-me fashion is perfect during a special occasion, perhaps when organizing a family photo shoot to capture an important period of that family unit. But it’s no longer healthy if:
- the child feels tight in the shoes that his parents choose for him
- the child is embarrassed to see himself dressed as his mother and father
- the child has totally different tastes from the maternal or paternal ones and wants to express them
- throws a tantrum when it comes time to get dressed
These are signs that the game is over for the little one, that from that of coordinated fashion he no longer draws the healthy fun for which he was born, who wants to express his tastes with clothes worn only by him. It will be the parents who will have to take a step back and reconsider not only his wardrobe, but also the approach towards this habit that has become so impacting on the child’s psyche.