For Alison Panzer, dressing is truly a family affair. She and her husband share clothes -- and even go shopping for T-shirts together. (It also helps that they wear the same size in jeans.) Then there's Kyley, their 14-month-old daughter. She already shows signs of adopting her parents' "modern bohemian" style, appearing in mismatched canvas sneakers, bold primaries and leggings. Says the 26-year-old Belcamp mother, "My philosophy is, 'Whatever you like, whenever you like it.'"
How has motherhood affected your wardrobe?
When I was pregnant, I ended up making a lot of my clothes -- empire waist dresses in cotton and rayon -- that I still wear. But people think once you have kids you change. I still like cool shoes and mod clothes.
I wear a lot of black and I like odd colors -- mustards, off greens. I don't want to look like everyone else. I can add a twist to a shirt and pair of jeans with a cinched belt. My favorite is a black leather I bought at the Salvation Army for 25 cents.
Do you see signs of your own style in your daughter's clothing?
Definitely. She does not dress like a typical baby. She wears leggings. The other morning my husband put her in a pair of purple tights, a red and yellow polka-dot dress and hot pink shoes. The same kind of thing I do for myself I'll do for her.
You and your husband really share clothes?
We like to be able to mix and match. Both of our tastes are similar, although he doesn't borrow from me as much as I borrow from him. A lot of times we'll go out and realize that we have practically the same thing on -- a purple T-shirt and black pair of jeans.
How do you organize your clothes?
Since I was in the eighth grade, I've had this obsession with color coordinating my closet. I have blacks in one place, whites in another and different colors of purple. I've even had friends ask ,, me to coordinate their closets.
What can you never have too many of?
Black socks -- I must have thirty pairs. But I haven't bought a shoe that wasn't black in probably eight years.
What wouldn't you be caught dead in?
Black hose and white pumps. You see a lot of that downtown. Bell bottoms. I hated them as a kid and I hate them now. I probably wouldn't wear anything Laura Ashley either.
And I won't wear wool. It's so unnatural feeling and stiff.
What do you wear when you're in a funk?
My bathrobe. I have one of those big terry-cloth robes that feels like a towel. It's olive green and gray. It's like still being in bed.
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