I've recently been suffering a crisis on conscience - should I dress my girls in matching or co-ordinating clothes or not? I remember being dressed in matching clothes with my little sister as a child and quite enjoyed it but Mr. B. has seemed very much against the idea.
Last week the new Next kids clothing spring / summer catalogue dropped through my door and I saw my opportunity! Quite apart from wanting two of EVERY item of girls clothing in the entire catalogue, Mr. B. and I both fell in love with this sunflower jumper dress and I KNEW we had to have it. Next sent the girls each a jumper dress and a pair of leggings to give us a taste of their new collection.
One of the things I was most impressed by in the Next catalogue was that most of their children's clothes (as opposed to baby clothes) are available from 3 months to 6 years which meant there was a realistic prospect of dressing the girls in similar clothing. There is a beautiful collection of white, salmon and denim coloured clothing that I suspect I will be dipping in and out of over the next couple of months to build up some co-ordinating sets of clothes.
I was also very impressed by the value of the clothing from Next - the girls white leggings were £2.50 for Holly's little legs and £3.50 for Lara's long legs. The jumper dress is a very good quality item (a soft knit and not crunchy at all) and costs around £15-17.
Of course, dressing two very mobile girls in white leggings was a bit of a risk! Holly did actually manage to make it through most of the day unscathed... until I offered her a biscuit. Woops.
I don't think I'll be dressing my girls in matching outfits every day of the week but you must admit that they do look extra specially cute in their new Next outfits!