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A Tale of Two Closets

At 46, I’ve lost nearly 100 pounds naturally. With this transformation, I have experienced many surprising wins and some not-so-welcome symptoms. I had never considered that I would share closets with my tween daughter, but alas, here I am. Welcome to my world of tween twinning, where the lines between wardrobes have blurred.

PRO: Easier on the Pocketbook

Sharing clothes with my daughter has its perks. Thankfully, she loves my good fashion sense (insert rolling eyes), so we don’t have to duplicate the more expensive brand names. Raiding each other’s closets is saving a fortune. Who needs new outfits when you can borrow from your mini-me?

CON: Fashion Showdowns

Yet, it’s not all sunshine and roses. We often disagree over who wears what and when. Our closets require a central sign-out database, not to mention the clothes that have entered the dark abyss of Never-Never-Seen-Again-Land.

PRO: Fashion Montages

We re-enact our fave movie moments, like the fashion montage scene from “The Sweetest Thing”, trying on ridiculous outfits, dancing around and doing our best catwalk. (Ok, maybe just I’m doing this, but it’s worth the “you’re so embarrassing, mom, moment” and giggles.) It’s like we’re Barbie and Skipper on a shopping spree!

CON: Wardrobe Malfunctions

They don’t call me ‘Janet like Jackson’ for any other reason… wardrobe malfunctions. I have experienced my share of “Bend and Snap” mishaps, because, well, let’s face it, I will never be built like a tween again in my life.

PRO: Keeping Up With the…

From Kardashian to Swift, we cover lots of fashion ground. Sharing keeps us trendy. Our wardrobe is enviable, from TikTok-inspired gear to my “vintage” ’90s throwbacks. We’re like the Plastics from Mean Girls, only with fewer heels and fewer Regina Georges.

CON: Shape Shifters

Despite wearing the same size, our shapes differ. What looks chic on her often resembles a sausage casing on me. One size definitely does not fit all.

From fashion montages to fashion faux pas, wish me luck as I navigate this unchartered territory with grace (or at least a good laugh).


Janet Smith is a proud mom of one daughter and a marketing professional who is grateful for her rural roots in the London area. Follow Janet’s funny and honest journey at IG & TT | @re.marketable.janet or FB | @janetsiddallsmith


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