(By Jasmine Kazlauskas)
An adorable mum-and-daughter duo are turning heads wherever they go due to their incredible identical outfits.
Mum-of-one Melissa Hardy first became inspired to dress the same as her daughter Elizabeth two years ago after becoming envious of her colourful wardrobe full of cute children’s clothes.
The 30-year-old from Southport, Merseyside in the UK, said she has always felt like a child at heart and thought it would be fun to buy a few identical outfits as her daughter, now six.
The business owner said that while she never imagined it would turn into a regular thing, little Elizabeth loved it so much that the adorable mum-and-daughter duo now ‘twin’ together all the time.
Melissa added their outfits always turn heads and even attract a few remarks from strangers in the street while out in public – but said the comments have always been positive.
She said: “We started more thing the same when she was about three or four, and she really loves it.
“I’ve always liked bright colours and bold prints ever since I was a child, but as you get older the clothes become more boring. They’re all black or navy.
“I was dressing her in some colourful clothes a few years back and realised how much I liked her outfits.
“I had a look online and saw some companies that did matching outfits for kids and adults, which was great. So, I ordered some nice clothes online.
“Her clothes really appealed to me, so it’s good to join in on the fun.
“From the first time we tried it, she absolutely loved it.
“She usually requests for us to wear ‘matchy matchy’ and will come up with some ideas for what we should try.
“We dress up in the same outfits about three or four days a week.
“I always joke that if I lose her, and the police ask what she was wearing, at least I can just show them my outfit and they’ll know.”
“Feeling young again!”
The proud mum said that dressing up in the same outfits as her daughter helps her connect to her inner child and makes her feel young again.
Melissa added that she and Elizabeth always turn heads while out in public in their matching clothes – but said the comments from strangers have always been kind.
She said: “Your children are part of your identity, and I wouldn’t dress Elizabeth up in something that I didn’t like.
“The clothes are ethical and organic, which is good for us and good for the planet.
“I can not only express my personality but I feel good knowing I’m supporting a positive working environment and sustainability for farmers and factory workers.
“It helps me feel connected to her, and when we’re out in public it’s like everyone knows we are together.
“She always stands out in a crowd full of children as well, which is great for me to spot her.
“It’s always so dreary here in winter, so I feel like we bring our own sunshine.
“When I’m wearing the same outfit as my child, and she is beaming with brightness and personality, I feel like I’m exuding that as well.
“We both really love it. It makes us feel special together.”
“We always attract a lot of stares when we’re out and about. People always say nice things when we’re out in public and that they love what we’re wearing.
“A lot of parents come up to me and say that they wish they’d have done something the same when their kids were young.
“I’d recommend for any parents to give it a try, even just it a go with pyjamas or something and see your child’s reaction.
“It’s all a bit of good fun and we really enjoy it.”