A Modern Makeover for Mommy & Me Dressing

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Mom+D 3-7834-X3Mother’s Day is almost here and, with the sun shining and flowers blooming, it is prime season for family photographs – and matching outfits.

While many moms like the notion of “Mommy & Me” dressing in theory, they can’t find any matching dresses that they actually want to wear. If this sounds familiar, don’t give up.

At Wee Chic in Green Spring Station, owner Bridget Quinn Stickline understands the plight of mothers looking for modern, matching looks with their daughters – and she can help.

“You can be contemporary but still have fun coordinating,” she promises. She suggests forgoing the matching dresses for looks that fit together aesthetically but that play to the strengths of both mom and daughter.

Start with your look, advises Stickline. “Pick a look that is flattering and comfortable – something that you feel great in – and match your child to you,” she says. “Kids looks are easier.”

And don’t be afraid to ask for help, she says. “You can always bring your look in and let the team in the store help.”

This spring, Stickline partnered with other boutiques in Green Spring Station  to pull together mom-and-me ensembles that are fresh, modern and not the least bit cutesy. They incorporate current trends, from bright color-blocking to bohemian touches, and show off the personalities of the women and girls who wear them.

Here, Stickline offers tips about how to do matching looks the modern way, as demonstrated by local moms and daughters wearing six of Stickline’s favorite looks from Wee Chic and around Green Spring Station.

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Amy’s dress, with a big and bold floral pattern, is a good match for Hannah’s more delicate geometric design. The colors connect the two dresses, for a fun and lighthearted look.

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Amy is in an Annie Griffin dress from Panache ($275), Jack Rodgers shoes from Matava ($128) and pink tourmaline earrings by David Urso, from Bijoux ($225). Hannah is in a Maggie Breen dress from Wee Chic ($64).

Mix fun spring trends, like brights and florals. Amy’s color-blocked dress in blue and white picks up the blue flowers on Hannah’s Kate Spade romper.

Amy and Hannah love spending time together at the movies and going out to eat. Though they share a “bleeding heart” and a tendency to care about everyone around them, Amy is also teaching Hannah to enjoy life and not take things too seriously.

Amy is in an Elliat dress from Cupcake ($129) with pearl drop earrings by Oliver Weber ($68) and Patty Minkowski sterling silver bangles ($75), both from Bijoux. Her shoes are Jack Rodgers from Matava ($128). Hannah is in a Kate Spade dress ($88) and Scala hat ($30) from Wee Chic.
Amy is in an Elliat dress from Cupcake ($129) with pearl drop earrings by Oliver Weber ($68) and Patty Minkowski sterling silver bangles ($75), both from Bijoux. Her shoes are Jack Rodgers from Matava ($128). Hannah is in a Kate Spade romper ($88) and Scala hat ($30) from Wee Chic.

Don’t be afraid to mix youthful and sophisticated. A pretty coral color connects Jodi’s sleek look and Sasha’s flowy, floral frock. Jodi’s dress, with its modern layers, and her subtly metallic accessories give her a sophisticated sheen, while Sasha’s outfit is sweet and fun.

Jodi is in a Bailey 44 dress from Trillium ($198) with a Three Bishops necklace ($165) and Stefens bracelet ($120), also from Trillium. Her shoes are Peter Kaiser from Matava ($320). Sasha is in a Mayoral dress from Wee Chic ($54).
Jodi is in a Bailey 44 dress from Trillium ($198) with a Three Bishops necklace ($165) and Stefens bracelet ($120), also from Trillium. Her shoes are Peter Kaiser from Matava ($320). Sasha is in a Mayoral dress from Wee Chic ($54).

Think pink. Shades of pink are perfect for spring days. Sasha’s rosy dress with ruffles complements the pastel watercolor graphics of Jodi’s sheath. The dresses’ sunny colors shine like Jodi and Sasha’s naturally happy, upbeat personalities and smiling faces. It’s no surprise that the two love to celebrate ladies’ night at home, complete with dancing.

Jodi is in a Black Halo dress ($359) and Rachel Mulherin necklace ($200) from Cupcake ($359), a pyrite, opal and blue topaz cuff by David Urso from Bijoux ($1,875) and Peter Kaiser shoes from Matava ($320). Sasha is in a Appaman dress ($72) and shrug ($42) from Wee Chic.
Jodi is in a Black Halo dress ($359) and Rachel Mulherin necklace ($200) from Cupcake, a pyrite, opal and blue topaz cuff by David Urso from Bijoux ($1,875) and Peter Kaiser shoes from Matava ($320). Sasha is in a Appaman dress ($72) and shrug ($42) from Wee Chic.

Embrace your inner bohemian. In a patterned jumpsuit paired with an intricate vintage cuff, Sanam looks earthy, creative and gorgeous. Sophia’s sweet, solid dress coordinates in terms of color, emphasizing the femininity of Sanam’s look.

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Sanam is in a Charlie Jade jumpsuit from Cupcake ($195), a vintage 1950s cuff (designer unknown) from Bijoux ($450) and Claudia Ciuti shoes from Matava ($299). Sophia is in a Tea Collection dress from Wee Chic ($45).

Mix textures. Perfect for a formal event, Sanam’s bold pink and coral gown by Monique Lhuillier is a showstopper. Its smooth texture stands in contrast to Sophia’s delicate lace dress – a striking combination.

These two looks – bohemian and formal – capture the two sides of Sanam and Sophia’s personalities. They’re equally happy when they’re getting manicures or spending the day at Prigel Creamery, watching cows and having ice cream.

Sanam is in a Monique Lhuillier gown from Francesca's Atelier ($798) with Pelle Moda shoes from Matava ($160). Sophia is in a Mayoral dress from Wee Chic ($72).
Sanam is in a Monique Lhuillier gown from Francesca’s Atelier ($798) with Pelle Moda shoes from Matava ($160). Sophia is in a Mayoral dress from Wee Chic ($72).

For more ideas and inspiration, stop into Wee Chic Boutique, Green Spring Station, Lutherville. 410-878-7400. www.weechic.com  Images by Kakki Morrison Photography.



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