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Too cute? Matching parent-kid outfits are everywhere these days. The trend was even spotted on the Chanel 2012 runway.
By Merisa Fink, TODAY contributor
You just got your neighbor’s holiday card in the mail and are now feeling a bit panicked because … when did it become December? Don’t worry. Snag one of these sets, head to your local portrait studio, and one-up that neighbor with an even better card. And if you’re really cutting it close – e-holiday cards (like the gorgeous ones on Paperless Post) are a chic and effortless way to spread holiday cheer this season.
From matchy-matchy to subtly similar, shopping sleuth Merisa Fink rounds up the best coordinated sets to make you and your tot a hit this holiday season.
The only thing better than a sexy guy is a sexy dad with his perfectly paired protégé. Part of the beautiful Neiman Marcus and Target holiday collaboration, this set hits the bullseye.
Little Marc knows that although you want to show some skin, hers is best left covered up. This kiss coupling should do just the trick.
Although Marc Jacobs does not explicitly advertise its coordinating collections, it has significant design overlap for adults and babies. Thus, it is significantly on my holiday wish list.
The Brooklyn-based husband and wife design team behind Sunny Blue Meadow draws inspiration for its bold prints from everything, from their German heritage to envelope lining. Their punchy patterns manage to appeal to both mom and baby alike, perfectly balancing our desire to match but also be fashion-forward.
Schoolyard Dress - Sunny Meadow Blue, $63, Matching Organic Tote, $58, WinterWaterFactory.com
If you’re a parent, then you already know that Gap has some of the cutest baby clothing around – and certainly some of the best prices. You’re a close-knit family – your sweaters might as well be, too.
Pajamagram embraces corny coordination like it’s their job – which it is. We love them for that. Their website is extremely user-friendly, which makes buying matching PJs for your entire family (including the pup!) a dream.
When she was a young secretary, my grandmother’s boss instituted a rule that on gloomy days, employees in the office must wear bright colors to offset the weather. Available in a rainbow of candy colors, these sunny slacks are a great way to brighten up your day with your daughter – even if you’re the boss. And don’t let the prices fool you – even the snobbiest fashionistas have been buzzing about the impressive quality of Old Navy’s pants lately.
Ray-Bans now come in tot sizes! Better yet: buy these unisex specs for your spouse under the guise of a gift, then “borrow” them indefinitely. You’ll be in hipster heaven. (Skinny jeans, plaid clothing and matching TOMS not included.)
Dress like the earth mother you are with these Native American-inspired moccasins. The adult pair is cute enough on its own, but the matching mini-me booties are great fringe benefits.
The great shopping sages wisely maintain that you can never have too much J. Crew cashmere. So why not start ‘em young? The luxury ladies in your life will swoon over these sumptuous sweetheart sweaters.
If your clan likes to channel celebrity-level coordination, then the H&M Family Collection just made your life a bit easier – and cooler. Gwen, Gavin and the boys will have nuthin’ on you.
Next time you visit "the house that Jay-Z built", come correct. Though this pairing would make Queen Bey and Blue Ivy proud, you can surely dress your diehard sports duo in their favorite team’s colors.
Adidas Brooklyn Nets Newborn Full Zip Raglan Coverall, $17.99, Adidas Brooklyn Nets Primary Logo T-Shirt, $19.99, Dickssportinggoods.com
Looking regal enough for the British monarchy, this shawl-collar onesie will soon become your little prince’s favorite. While all of Ralph Lauren’s preppy pint-sized pieces are adorable (a popped collar on an infant – too much!), this one is a royal standout.
Baby, it’s cold outside – and this winter set is the perfect way for your little bundle of joy to brave the weather in the car, stroller, or carrier. Savvy moms should buy one size up to accommodate lots of layering.
Do you smile and accept gifted baby clothes only to turn around and return them because, well, they're soft – but not soft enough for your baby? You’re a softness snob – and you might as well admit it. Lucky for you, Splendid is known for its incredibly supple fabrics – soft enough for even your baby. So you can keep that chip on your shoulder, as long as you have a burp cloth underneath. (For your next softness fix on the cheap, check out the buttery Kicky Pants line, too.)
For this dazzling combo, you’re gonna wanna make sure that you take those holiday photos lengthwise. Despite Stuart Weitzman’s luxury pricing for moms, the footsie fashion house has a beautiful line of (relatively) reasonably priced shoes for babies. So what if she can’t walk yet?
Merisa Fink is a TODAY Style contributor who writes when her 5-month old graces her with a nap.