Have You Heard the Hottest New Fashion Trend? Mother-Daughter Matching Clothes!

You’ve seen it on ABC’s Good Morning America, you’ve heard

that Rosie O’Donnell from The View loves it, you’ve seen it

in fashion magazines – Mothers and daughters are showing

their pride in each other like never before by hitting the

town in matching and coordinating outfits. Why is this trend

so hot right now? Here’s why:

· Mothers are ‘younger’ and daughters are ‘older’. Moms

still read the same fashion magazines as they did before

they attained Mom status. Today’s Moms are often health

conscious and fit; they look and feel young and refuse to

abide by outdated societal fashion guides to ‘dress their

age’. Bombarded with mass-marketing fashion magazines and

the fashion attention their TV icons receive, young girls

are starting to attain a fashion consciousness at an earlier

and earlier age. This brings mothers and daughters closer

together on the spectrum of fashion trends more than ever

before. The boundaries between the generations have shifted

and overlapped, rendering everyone virtually the same age in

‘fashion’ years.

· Mothers are hip, stylish…cool. Where daughters in the past

may have shied away from anything remotely similar to their

mothers, rolling their eyes and proclaiming their moms

hopelessly fashion challenged, that is not the case today.

Many daughters look to their own mothers for their sense of

fashion, mimicking their style, so that Moms and daughters

today are often wearing the same styles! Proof of this can

be found in college blogs written by girls proclaiming their

fashion compatibility with their mothers and even attaching

photos of mother and daughter in matching dresses for the

world to view. Today’s Moms dress their babies, toddlers and

primary schoolers in designer ‘mini me’ versions of their

own clothes.

· Moms and daughters shop together….and enjoy it. This

tradition is certainly not new, but where mothers might have

had to drag their daughters kicking and screaming to the

malls to shop for clothes, this is not longer the case.

Shopping for clothes with Mom is a treat, a delight, a time

to be together and bond over something both are passionate

about. Proof can be seen nearly every week in paparazzi

photos of famous Moms shopping with their daughters. Even

Madonna and her daughter engage in elaborate mother-daughter

shopping trips to Harvey Nicks and Harods to foster their

posh fashion sense.

· Mothers and daughters LIKE each other. What Mom doesn’t

secretly love it when her little girl raids her closets,

trying on her dresses, jewelry and shoes exclaiming, “I want

to be like my Mommy!” Any Mom who is bursting over with

pride for her daughter enjoys showing her off and what

better way to say “Here she is and she’s mine!” than to

dress her in a matching outfit. The increased availability

of trend-following mini-me children’s wear make it easier

than ever before to follow seasonal and fashion trends for

mother and daughter.

Hippie Headbands: A Hippie Fashion Trend

The 1960’s gave rise to a hippie subculture which was originally a youth movement throughout the US. Not only did it spread to other countries, but it has had resurgence in recent years for young and old alike. Such shows as That 70s Show are no doubt partially responsible, but the fashion industry has taken note, and we are seeing hippie headbands, and fashion everywhere these days.

Both men and women in the hippie movement wore jeans and maintained long hair, wore sandals or went barefoot. Men frequently grew beards and women refused to wear makeup and bras. They wore brightly colored clothes in unusual styles which included bell bottom jeans, vests, tie dyed clothes, dashikis, peasant skirts and blouses, and those famous hippie headbands which they adopted from the Native Americans. Additionally they adopted styles from Asian, Indian, African and Latin American cultures.

Hippies were known for wearing handmade clothing because their beliefs included defying corporate culture. Because of this they not only learned to make clothes; they bought them from flea markets and second hand shops.

Many may not know that the hippie scene actually rose from the beatnik scene of the 1950s. The ideologies were originally the same as well as the values.

Hippie fashions and values completely changed our culture, influencing music, television, literature and the arts as well as morals and religious beliefs. As you might imagine, tons of hippie clothes, ideals and other aspects of hippie culture have become part of our mainstream culture today. From church movements to cultural diversity, the concepts have been accepted more and more over the last several decades.

The hippie music festivals is only one of the many celebratory ways we embrace the effects of the hippie culture in modern times.

At these festivals hippie symbols and iconography are everywhere including the peace sign which can be seen on peace clothing, tie dye clothing, hippie jewelry, other forms of hippie fashion, and even the occasional peace sign tattoos.

Girls are known to wear gypsy skirts, which are peasant skirts, or broomstick skirts, often tie dyed and hippie dresses of similar fashion. Hippie tapestries are often draped or cut and sewn into dashikis or dresses as well.

In particular there were a myriad designs of hippie headbands. These bohemian headbands were often braided out of leather or fabric of most any type. The chic headbands of the 1980s were a throwback to them, but the 60s headbands were not typically elastic like those of the 1980s. The fashion trend included the use of bandanas or a simple cord tied around the head in various styles. These boho headband accessories didn’t have to match an outfit in particular, and therefore often had personal meaning or were worn as either a statement or to commemorate something in many instances.

The sight of the hippie headband was a sure sign in the 60s that a hippie was in your presence. This often brought derision from those who withstood the morals of the hippie movement. Their hippie clothes and head wraps were then seen as the costumes of foolish youngsters. Now people want to know where they can find a hippie store!

The hippie bands at the festivals wear clothes and headbands often made more modern with some type of new fashion flair. The popular piercings add a new twist to the hippie look, as well as dreadlocks often sported by neo-hippies these days.

Fashion changes, but hippie headbands, fashion, clothes and music are here to stay!