A 38-year-old mum has started a hobby of dressing in the same clothes as her one-year-old daughter and has more than 60 matching outfits in her wardrobe.
Laura Hampson’s the fashion expert, 38, dresses her 13-month-old tot in outfits to match her own 60 so far, and counting. She is excited to share her look with her daughter, but insists their ʟᴏᴄᴋᴅᴏᴡɴ ʜᴏʙʙʏ started by accident. Laura said: “One day I dressed Darlene in a yellow jumpsuit and later thought I have something similar to this. I put my jumpsuit on and asked my partner Daryl to take a photo of us matching, just for a laugh. But the response I got online was so great and it was lovely to match with her so I started to wonder what other outfits we had that were similar.”
Laura has been with partner Daryl, 34, for 15 years and Darlene is their first child. The couple were elated to discover they were expecting a girl. Laura said: “I would have been happy either way but I was thrilled to know I was having a mini me. I didn’t buy too much before she was born, I wanted to wait and see what styles and colours would suit her, but I am making up for it now. She has a bursting wardrobe and if I see something in the sale, even if she can’t wear it for a few years I buy it and store it away. I love to dress her up, I absolutely love buying Darlene clothes and I buy more for her than for myself and that’s saying something. I have so much fun matching my outfits to hers or her clothes to mine and she pulls some great faces, her expressions are priceless. I am probably ᴇᴍʙᴀʀʀᴀssɪɴɢ her but she can’t tell me yet.”
Laura love to wear polka dots, animal prints etc and it’s really fun to match. She dye some of her clothes if she has something that’s a similar pattern but a different colour to somethine her own. Laura has no plans to stop – until Darlene tells her too. She said: ” I’m going to carry on until she is old enough to tell me she isn’t dressing the same anymore. I buy a lot of sale items and bargain preloved bits that she can grow into, so I am well stocked to match with her for years yet.” Laura and Darlene’s matching style has attracted lots of positive comments online and Laura is even stopped by strangers in the street. She said: “Obviously we don’t match all the time, Darlene has great outfits that I don’t have and I have clothes in styles that wouldn’t suit a baby but when people see us out they are ᴅɪsᴀᴘᴘᴏɪɴᴛᴇᴅ if we don’t look the same that day.”