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The Cath Kidston Guide to Little-Me Dressing

Motherhood has a lot of unique moments and joys. And one of the most fun is dressing our children as little versions of ourselves. But, if it’s not done thoughtfully, it can look just a bit too kitsch.

There are plenty of ways to dress your kids in a similar style to yourself without it looking over the top – here at Cath Kidston, we like to call this ‘Little-Me’ dressing.

We have a handy guide on how to perfect your ‘Little-Me’ dressing so you and your mini-me can strike the right balance when indulging in your favourite prints.

Co-ordinate patterns, but switch up styles

Is there anything more visually pleasing than matching prints? We love mixing and matching our dress prints with our bags, pyjamas and bedding sets. And who doesn’t love a carefully curated collection of bags in matching designs? A shoulder bag, backpack, and crossbody bag in a consistent print makes the perfect commuting collection.

The same applies when it comes to dressing your children to complement yourself. Focus on matching your prints, but make sure your clothes are in different styles and silhouettes.

For the ultimate casual day, you can both relax in our ditsy-print sweatshirts, joggers, and leggings – our women’s sweatshirt is a classic half-zip style, while your little one can layer on the Western Shirt over their t-shirt or hoodie. It’s perfect for taking on and off as they play throughout the day. If you need to step out, a slouchy tote bag completes the look. Or, you could go bold and team with a contrasting weekend bag for the perfect travelling outfit.

You could wear these comfy separates for a day at home or enjoy a relaxing day in wearing matching woven pyjama sets, dressing your little ones in roomy cotton kids’ pyjamas that are perfect for playing in.

Our Love in Every Stitch collection has different styles for mothers and children. You can stand out in our Summer Poppy Soft Waisted Dress, which features puff sleeves with a bow detail. For extra freedom, your little tyke can wear the relaxed kids' Kaftan Dress, which features a different-but-no-less-stylish neckline. You and your kids will be coordinated in your dresses without looking like clones.

Female model in a ruffle printed pj set by Cath Kidston, alongside child model in coordinating set
Female model in the spotted summer house dress by Cath Kidston, alongside child model in a coordinating print

The difference is in the detail

Another way you can indulge in ‘Little-Me’ dressing without looking too matchy-matchy is to sport prints or styles that have contrasting details. Our Strawberry Garden The House Dress is a perfect choice for relaxed summer outings and features an irresistible strawberry print with white collar and cuff detailing. The Strawberry Garden Emily Dress, meanwhile, features the same loose silhouette, high neck, and long sleeves, but is full print with no white detailing.

For a subtler matching look, dress your little one in one of our ditsy print items and throw on our Keep Kind Embroidered Jacket – this forever piece features ditsy-print detailing on the lapel and pocket, as well as playful flower and artist’s tools embroidery.

It’s all about the accessories

When it comes to accessories and ‘Little-Me’ dressing, there are two routes you can go down. You can either go subtle and match your accessories, or you can use your accessories to set you and your mini-me apart.

For those who aren’t ready to go for full matching outfits, why not try bags in matching prints? You could either opt for the same style – our Dreamer print looks just as beautiful on our backpacks for women as it does on toddlers’ backpacks – or mix it up.

If you’ve opted for outfits in matching prints, you can use your accessories for a look that matches your little one but still stands out as unique. Your kids are sure to love our dinosaur and unicorn bag prints, while you can indulge in prints from our women’s collection. Accessorise with scarves, jackets, and shoes in different styles and colours.

Female model wearing orange and pink bandana print sarong by Cath Kidston, alongside child model in a coordinating print

You can also switch up the texture on your accessories to make your outfits subtly stand apart. Our silky Painted Kingdom Satin Grab Bucket Bag will add a layer of sophistication to any outfit, while more durable recycled plastic fits in with kids’ playful styles.

Dressing your children in similar outfits to yourself is a great way to bond with your little ones. Your kids adore you, so they’re going to love dressing like mummy. With our tips, you can successfully coordinate your look with your child's in a fun but stylish way.