I could never get myself to wear coordinated outfits with my daughters, as much as they loved the idea, and I did too, in theory. So I was delighted when I came across a lot of fantastic options for my girls to wear matching outfits with their beloved dolls, instead of their beloved mom.
Here are a few of my favorites for when the kids are in a matching mood:
American Girl offers an endless array of ways to Dress Like Your Doll, from bathing suits to formal dresses. And, while the prices aren't exactly cheap, the quality is good and the brand appeal is undeniable. This Flower Garden Dress is $58 for the girl and $28 for the doll (includes headband, sandals and a charm).
Just in time for Easter, there's also a matching girl and doll Bitty Bunny Robe Set, $44 for the girl's robe, $30 for the nightie, $18 for the slippers, and $36 for Bitty Baby, which includes robe, nightie, slippers and a book. Like I said, the stuff isn't cheap, but it is cute.
Fashion Playtes takes matching with your doll to a whole new level, providing a girl with the opportunity to go online and create a matching outfit for herself and her doll. There are four doll clothing choices: dress, shirt, skirt and pants. Depending on the options you include in your design (such as adding rhinestones, ribbons and ruffles) the final price should be around $10 to $20.
Options for girls are much more extensive, offering dresses, pants, hoodies and more. Most items cost $20 to $30, again depending on what customized options are added to the garment in the design process.
And last, Dollie & Me offers matching girl and doll dresses sold together for a single, and more affordable, price. A matching Flutter Sleeve Nightgown set is available on Amazon.com for $21.60. As well as this fun Skirt Set with details of flowers, bows and ruffles for $41.60, also available from Amazon (featured shot).
Anna Sandler is a contributor to Momtrends. She also writes a personal blog about life in scenic New Jersey with three kids under the age of eight at RandomHandprints.com. Momtrends was not paid for this post.