Matching red sweatshirts

About a week before we left for Europe, Hanes sent us a box of clothes.  Because they’re awesome like that.  And aside from the socks and underwear we’ve come to love, Hanes has a handful of clothes I really like.  T-shirts, sweatshirts, cute tops, shorts for the kids.

I packed a small selection in the kids suitcases, and didn’t think more of it until we had a layover in New York City on our way to Paris.


I changed the kids into pajamas and handed them each a red sweatshirt from their luggage for the long, chilly plane ride to Paris.

They wore the sweatshirts to Paris and then on to Warsaw.  They wore them all over Warsaw.

metal slide

And in the trains and train stations all over Eastern Europe.







royal palace

And back again to Warsaw.

I’ve never been one of those moms who loves dressing my children in matching clothes.  Anyway, when it comes to Precocious, dressing her has never been an option.  But I loved that each of them had one warm thing to wear, both a bright red that stood out in crowded cobblestone streets and busy train stations.  It simplified the laundry, the packing, the holding of hands in foreign countries.

If we’re being really honest, I love that they’re wearing timeless matching red sweatshirts, photographed endlessly all over Europe.

— What do you think of the matchy-matchy business?  Love? Hate?

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Rik :

    Completely adorable!

    I kind of hate matching clothes, but these are fantastic! It helps that their entire outfit isn’t matching. Seriously, cute kids.

    • Allison :

      Thank you. I agree, only having one matching piece helped. I think.

  2. Erin @ Brownie Bites :

    I usually dislike matchy-matchy, but in the photos it’s very cute (and timeless, like you said. You’ll look back and giggle about it years down the road!)

    • Allison :

      I hope we {they} giggle down the road.

  3. Zoe Rickenbach :

    I hate matching outfits in adults, but LOVE it in kids!!! You can tell from the photos that they love to be together.

    • Allison :

      Well, I didn’t show the ones where they were hitting each other.

  4. Andy :

    Love me a matchy set of children. My set is all girl, all match, most all of the time. I can’t help it. Bonus points for RED!

    • Allison :

      It kind of shows that it’s my favorite color, right? Oh well.

  5. suzieqw :

    Having twin girls we matched mostly as babies and toddlers but they are totally opposite when it comes to taste in clothes now. Love the idea of matching bright sweatshirts for traveling and in crowded places.

    • Allison :

      My husband mocked me at first, and then we were nothing but grateful when they were easy to spot in a crowd.

  6. Jenny :

    I match my kids when we go to places like Disneyland or on a plane or other really crowded places when I remember, so I know to look for red kids with fluffy blond hair in the sea of kid bodies. I think it helps tons and they aren’t even identical shirts, just the same color. I don’t know how moms have the energy to fight with their kids over clothing all the other days of the year.

    • Allison :

      I’m done fighting. I buy what I can that seems appropriate and cute and let them figure it out. I decided in Kindergarten I couldn’t take it anymore, and here we are.

  7. kelleyn :

    I have always dressed my boys the same, but boys are good that way. Sadly it has come to an end as my oldest has grown out of children clothes.

    • Allison :

      The growing up part makes me sad. Really sad.

  8. Nancy M :

    I don’t have an opinion about match-y, match-y but I wanted to say that these photos of M and the kids are awesome! And just looking at train platforms in Budapest and Vienna makes me so jealous!

    • Allison :

      If it makes you feel any better, it made me cry when I edited the photos. Really, I flat out cried. I want to go back rightthissecond and not come home.