Doing things with your mini mes always makes them more fun, whether you’re taking a vacation with kids, dining out with the kids or going to a music festival with kids. It’s great to experience things on their level, and that can definitely include fashion. You might be having bad ‘80s flashbacks to mom-and-daughter puffy sleeved looks, but Kate Middleton and Doutzen Kroes recently showed that parents and kids can dress alike and still look stylish.

Trooping The Colour 2016

For the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, dressing appropriately for every single possible situation is a trademark. She clearly thinks about what she’s going to wear because the world will see it, and that transfers over to her daughter as well. They’re subtly matching here: Princess Charlotte’s pink dress picks up on the pink in Kate’s hat without being totally obvious and outrightly matching. Not surprising, of course!

Doutzen Kroes does it casually with her little boy, as well — they’re dressed in similar tones and patterns, but not exactly the same. Her son is wearing a slightly darker shade of blue stripe. It’s a trick of the eye — you know it’s pleasing and it goes together, but you’re not totally confronted with an explosion of the same print or color over and over again, head to toe.

Try it with your family: Stick to one color palette (blues are always easy), and spread the prints, patterns and color around. It works for any family picture situation, whether it’s a casual Instagram, or, you know, presenting yourself to millions of people worldwide.

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(Photos via Ben A. Pruchnie + Jeff Spicer/Getty)