Do your same sex twins have their "own" clothes?

Courtney - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Kind of an odd question I guess, but my identical twin girls are 2 and I haven't been able to keep their clothes separate all of the time. Now that they are older there are some clothes in which they choose which is theirs. They remember these clothes and I do too, but for most of the clothes they are interchangeable. Most are hand-me-downs and not specifically Macy's or Brynn's and I'm not sure how I would even keep them separate if I tried! But for some odd reason people keep asking me if they have their own clothes. Like I'm doing something wrong by not designating which is which. Do you get this question? Why would they even think to ask it? Do you keep them separate?

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Karina - posted on 08/14/2009

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My boys are 8 now and have wanted to wear different clothes since they were 5. They will interchange pants and shorts, but shirts definitely need to be different. They refuse to even buy the same pair of shoes even if we insist it's more economical for mommy and daddy especially if the shoe style is on sale. I do admit having the same outfits when they were under 5 was much easier to keep track of. My husband and I did decide once our boys decided to wear different clothes we would stop buying matching outfits.

Angela - posted on 08/14/2009

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I never have kept them separate. At 8, my boys just now have separate clothes, and that's only because for the first time my boys are now wearing different size pants.

Tanya - posted on 08/14/2009

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my kids use the same cloths bc there in the same size my twin boys are 2yrs old.

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My twin girls are 8. They are completely opposite in styles. So they have seperate drawers in the dresser. One is also almost 4 inches taller than the other, so that makes a big difference. They share socks and undies. But they will tell me whose is whose. So I have them put their own clothes away. And for hanging clothes they have to have color coded hangers. Sarah is pink, Katie is blue. When Katie grows out of her clothes they get passed down to Sarah. They have been doing this since I came into their lives at age 5. (I'm the stepmom, but I don't refer to them as my stepkids. They are my girls.)

Tamara - posted on 08/12/2009

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My twin girls are 7 (almost 8) and still don't care about their own clothes except for the things that are different. They remember down to the panties whose are whose if things are different, but matching stuff they don't care. As long as each gets one they are happy. They didn't show a preference for different clothes until around late age 6. They still don't mind dressing alike they just have different styles and fit for some things. Let your girls guide you...they will when it matters! :) That's what I did.

Sonja - posted on 08/12/2009

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I have 6 year old twins, boy and girl.... at 18 month of age my boy wanted to wear high heals and dresses. Today he is a typical boy... fishing and hunthing.... there is hope.

Loretta - posted on 08/12/2009

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My twins are 3 yrs old and they also have claimed certain items as their own. If they can keep track of which they feel is their own I have been fine with it. When we go shopping they tend to pick different items so it isn't to confusing. Alot of people have asked the same question to me and I don't know why its such a curious thing for people. Since my girls are happy with the clothing arrangement my system works for us, and if your system works for you then go with it.

Pamela - posted on 08/12/2009

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Honestly it would be next to impossible for me at least to keep there clothes seperate. I have bought double of everything when they were under 4 or similar clothes, but in preschool they started to want to individualize so i let them pick out their own clothes from then on. they are now 11 and I make them deal with their own laundry, i"ve showed them how to seperate, wash and dry their clothes and I find that if they want to look good they will even hang all their "outfits" up in the closet for the entire week (including underwear)

Sarah - posted on 08/11/2009

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My girls are 3 yrs and have their own clothes. This isn't something I chose to do, they did it on their own. They have different styles and it just worked out that way. They do share from time to time - but to help avoid battles I gave them their own drawers in the dressers. It also turns out that one girl is about 1 1/2 inches taller so she gets the bigger shoes and long pants and then hands them down to her sister. I say go with what works - if they want to share all the better. If they don't - they just have less clothes to choose from.

Courtney - posted on 08/11/2009

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I personally have made a point of dressing them differently. Just my choice and I don't question any other mom's stance on this. But they have so many clothes and to keep them straight would be a nightmare! I really like it when they choose an outfit and stick with that one and I actually let them choose their clothes every day, but most of the time one will pick a certain shirt one time and the next time the other twin will pick it. They don't seem to care in the least! As soon as they care I don't think it will be a problem. Whichever outfits they pick I'll just end up remembering whose is whose and then they can have their own drawers or dressers. But for now it just seems that I have enough to do with getting them fed and to bed and even just getting the clothes FOLDED and PUT AWAY, much less keeping track of whose is whose! Thanks for your thoughts ladies! It helps to talk to mom's of twins, instead of my other mom friends who just don't understand. Keep those comments coming!

Teresa - posted on 08/11/2009

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I always made a point of dressing my twins differently. We wanted to stress from the very beginning that they're individuals. At some point, one twin decided that he would only wear certain colors - black, blue, purple, and green. That made a big different, too. Jeans were interchangeable. Shirts they pretty much had their own.

Sandra - posted on 08/11/2009

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What odd people you meet! like it matters!! My boys wore colour coded clothes as we wanted to tell them apart (yep that similar), James was blue, Callum was green or red. That seems to have stuck and now they are nearly 9 they still tend to choose these kind of colours. What ever is easiest and best for you will work best for the girls, a more relaxed mum. At least you won't get asked in the supermarket if their willies are the same length, now that takes some beating!!!

Dawn - posted on 08/10/2009

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Not an odd question at all. When my boys were younger, they were always matchy-matchy. I didn't have much trouble finding the same outfits for both boys, but one of the boys has always been a little bigger (about a size), so in a way yes they did have their "own" clothes, because there was NO way Colby's clothes would fit Casey :P Now that they are older, even though I look sooo hard, for soo long, the best I can do is maybe find one matching shirt. If I am really lucky, I will find the same outfit in different colors for Easter, school pics etc. They still like the same things, so we will find t-shirt that have say.. Ironman on them, both t-shirts would be blue, but it would have the character in different positions on the shirt (one is flying the other just standing). I do let them pic out what they individually want at the store, but usually it's always the same thing, just slightly different. What's really sad is the fact that my husband fusses at me telling me that I shouldn't dress them alike. I don't, they do it themselves!!

Katrina - posted on 08/10/2009

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Do what is best and easiest for you and the girls. I haven't tried to keep my boys clothes separated. I have thought about it but I do not know how that would work. I am sure that when they are bigger and what it that way they will figure it out. People are curious and ask very silly questions all the time and with twins I have found that you just have to endure this : ) Blessings! You are doing great!

Monica - posted on 08/10/2009

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My 4 year old girls have a mix: We have clothes that are anyone's guess (t shirts, jeans, etc) and those that are preferred by one or the other. One girl is very pink, the other prefers purple. I keep similar outfits on either side of the drawers. One girl on the left, one on the right. Of course socks and undies are anyones guess - I refuse to sort them. When they were small people always bought them the same outfit ~ we've strayed from that. They each have their own personality, style, and taste. Besides, they are fraternal, and I don't think it is that cute. Their body style is so different what is flattering for one, usually isn't for the other.

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