Parents Perspective

Sharing Clothes With Your Kid: Cute or Creepy?

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Do you borrow clothes from your tween daughter? If the answer is "yes," you're not alone. One in 5 mothers raids her daughter's closet, according to a recent study from the money saving website Coupon Codes Pro. When I was younger, my mom and I swapped wardrobe items all the time. When it came time to pack for college, I found myself unsure which items were hers and which were mine. Our love for clothes -- specifically each other's -- turned into a way for us to keep our bond strong while I was away at school. Several years later, the first item to make it's way into my new home was a box of clothes from my mom to get me through the winter. Talk about Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants happening in real life. It's been fun to share clothes with my mom over the years, especially since she was pretty young when she had me and we sometimes felt more like friends than mother and daughter (which I guess could be a good and bad thing). But I do think there is a point when you take things too far.

When Bethenny Frankel decided to wear her 4-year-old daughter Bryn's pajamas, I thought that it was straight up creepy. I don't think middle-aged women should be wearing tiny Hello Kitty pajamas under any circumstances. I can't look at that picture without feeling uncomfortable. Was Bethenny trying to prove that she's the same size as a preschooler? Should we be worried? The former reality star fired back at haters through her Twitter account, saying it was a joke and she did it to make her daughter laugh. Either way, I'm not laughing.

Frankel is not the only one to wear her young daughter's clothing. Nicole Richie stepped out in 6-year-old daughter Harlow's shag coat last month and put up a picture on Instagram. Though it is a little strange, I feel better about this wardrobe steal. Perhaps because it is an oversized children's coat that looks normal on her petite frame. I would have never known this was a girl's jacket if Richie hadn't captioned her photo "Thanks for letting me borrow your jacket Harlow." Fans seem to approve of this look, too -- saying things like "so spot on" and "cute <3" -- whereas Frankel's look received a lot of hate.

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I think the lesson learned here is that you should only wear your daughter's clothing if it doesn't look like you are wearing your daughter's clothing. It should be age-appropriate and fit well with your existing wardrobe. Let's go ahead and say kids' Hello Kitty pajamas will always be a fashion don't. Am I right?

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Hannah Werthan is the assistant editor for Parents.com. She was raised to love a good sale and thinks the best clothing deals come from her mom's and friends' closets. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram

Mother and daughter image via Shutterstock. Image of Nicole Richie via her Instagram