Even if you are busier than you ever thought it was humanly possible to be with your twin or multiple babies or twin toddlers, that doesn't mean twin clothing fashion has to take a back seat when dressing your adorable multiples or twins. The year's hottest baby and toddler children's wear trends can easily be adapted to twin clothing or multiple clothing. We're calling it "twin chic." Just tear a page out of these five key fall and winter children's twin clothing fashion trends to take you and your twins or multiples from the holidays through the entire winter in fashion.
Color. Anything grey continues to be the major color story in the baby and toddler fashion world, but in a big change, last year's predominant soft rain cloud grey palette expands into more grey family tones. These new shades vary from a soft sandy grey to light smoke grey to heather tones or even to deepest anthracite or charcoal grey. Joining the grey story is a subplot: fuchsia continues strong for children's wear, either on its own or a great accessory color for paring with more neutral shades. More breaking news: in the fuchsia/ purple family, a brand new shade pops on to center stage -- a soft rosy blush lilac that perfectly complements almost any neutral.
Twin that Trend. Turn fashion trends into twin clothing trends. For the latest, fashion-forward trend, coordinate the various new grey hues with flashes of color in the accessories -- socks or hats in this season's must-have lilac (this year's purple), or the new baby soft mint green.For example, pair matching grey t-shirts (smoke, or sand-grey) with new trendy complementary colors, as lilac or light mint, For a cute brother-sister look, stick to the grey t-shirts, but alternate sock colors s with lilac or softest pink for one, and navy blue socks for the other. Or try for the show-stopping "mirror" twin look -- one twin with a soft grey T-shirt, and, for example, fuchsia socks, and the other twin wearing a fuchsia T-shirt with light grey socks. For multiples, you might want to "paint," from light to dark tones, stepping from the lightest, softest grey t-shirt all the way up to charcoal grey for the final multiple. All perfectly coordinated, of course, with matching socks or hats in a complementary color
Snowflakes and reindeer. Coming on strong this year in the adult fashion world, traditional Nordic design elements - reindeer, snowflakes, fox faces, and evergreen pines -- are popping up all over designs for babies and toddlers. Go all out with the 'full Nordic" look, layering chunky knits l over cotton patterned cotton fleece reindeer sweaters, or just add just one snowflake or reindeer design to evoke the soft snows and deep woods of a winter wonderland. Don't be afraid to mix and match a profusion of patterns, colors, and fabrics -- a hallmark of this style -- sometimes even in just a single garment.
Twin that trend. Just a single snowflake pattern on a cotton sweater takes you and your twins to the height of Nordic fashion, but for the maximum baby or toddler chic, add chunky pieces of different fabrics and textures over soft, patterned basics. Plump for symmetry chic, and dress multiples in matching snowflake patterns -- or because no two snowflakes or children are alike, mix variations of Nordic design elements on each child. Tie the look altogether for both twins, selecting one matching piece -- identical Nordic-patterned scarves, for example -- or match different fabrics and patterns all in the same color family to pull it all together for your little fashionistas.
Stars and stripes and polka dots.Last year's stripe and polka dot explosion bursts over into this year's fall and winter look, with new star patterns for added excitement. Everything from "business baby" pinstripes to wide broad nautical, sea-faring stripes and polka dots in all colors set the trends. For maximum excitement, pair stripped leggings with polka dot or start patterns. Pull together the look, by keeping it in the family -- the same color family, selecting "clashing" patterns in the same or lighter or darker hues. And looking ahead to next year, dots are expanding to large circles of different colors in different sizes -- taking off on the emerging trend of matching large blocks of color in a single garment.
Twin that trend. Stripes line up on twin baby creepers, leggings, shirts in 'business baby' pinstripes, or wide blue and white stripes for the traditional nautical look, or multi-color stripes for color excitement. Mixing it up is a strong trend, so while you're at it,pair that polka-dot baby t-shirt with striped leggings for true fashion flair, with one toddler in all stripes and the other in color-coordinated polka dots. Or mix and match patterns on both, with one identical accessory -- the same polka-dot hat, for example -- referencing one another.
The folklore look. Taking off from last year's hippie look, ethnic is in, incorporating velvet pieces, and drawing from Russian, African tribal and other patterns. This ornamental style is marked by passion for decoration, including frogged or toggled coat closings, and all matter of trims and braiding in swirling figure eights decorating sleeves and hems. Mix and match rich patterns with abandon, for a layered, Russian look for your little Ivans and Matryoshkas (Russian nesting dolls)
Twin that trend. Perhaps no other style lends itself so well to mixing and matching for your multiples as the folklore look. Give in to your inner lavish, decorative style, randomly matching African batik patterns, with a small flower patterns in the same color pattern. However, avoid costume-y "dolls of many nations look," referencing rather than reproducing a entire folklore look from one country or ethnicity on each twin.
Eco-clothing and sustainability. Not so much a fashion as a way of life, soft clothing made from sustainable, all-natural fabrics such as 100% cotton, merino wool, and or silk is going mainstream, with almost all leading children's clothing designers and brands offering an all-natural options. The look is recognized by soft prints, colors and dyes or graphics made with non-toxic, sustainable dye transfer prints.
Twin that trend. Dress your multiples in coordinating looks and colors. Once your twins are old enough to express preferences, expect that they will choose the softest eco-clothing.