the maynard-lao family uniform

It doesn’t have to be an actual uniform, but I was thinking that it might be nice for Linette, Clementine and me to have at least one matching set of clothes. The easiest thing, I suppose, would be to buy identical coveralls from a uniform supply place, and then maybe embellish them a bit with some patches or “accent colors.” (Maybe bright orange hazmat suits with some robin’s egg blue piping, minus the hoods, worn with neckerchiefs.)

Throughout my entire childhood, every day that my dad didn’t go off to work wearing a tie, he was staying home and working around the house in what can best be described as a one-piece, Army surplus jungle suit. I’m sure when I was really young that I thought it was cool, but it never crossed my mind to ask him how I could go about getting one for myself. And, it sure as hell never crossed my mind to suggest that he, my mom, my little sister and me all get them, and then go out in public. But, in spite of that, I have to say that I love the idea of doing it now with my family.

Actually, as much as I like the idea of matching flight-suits that say “team maynard-lao” across the back, I think that Linette would prefer something a little more low-key, like matching knitted sweater-vests that we could wear during the holidays… perhaps something with snowmen on them.

Remember that scene in “The Sound of Music” where Julie Andrews makes all the kids matching outfits out of curtains? Maybe that’s what’s responsible for this new obsession of mine. Or, maybe it’s Devo. Whatever it is, I can’t seem to get the idea out of my mind that we need at least one coordinated ensemble… Maybe I should just go out to the fabric store and pick up a bolt of satin and a bolt of velour and see what happens.

Anyway, if you have any suggestions, or words of warning, please leave a comment.

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  1. Ken
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Maybe y’all can wear matching dresses.

  2. mark
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Sketch something out and submit it, Ken. I’d love to see what you have in mind… The same goes for everyone else. If you’ve got ideas, send ’em in.

  3. mark
    Posted September 18, 2005 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    If I knew how, I could post the picture of you and Rebeccah dressed alike at 3yrs old. Aren’t you glad I’m computer illerate.

  4. mark
    Posted September 18, 2005 at 4:44 pm | Permalink


  5. mark
    Posted September 18, 2005 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    … I think those last two are from my dad… The last time I was at my parents’ house, I used their computer to leave comments here and it must think that he’s me… Sorry if that confuses anyone.

  6. Brian
    Posted September 19, 2005 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    I wanna enter! I’ll whip something up tomorrow! I need something to do.

  7. Posted September 19, 2005 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Have you considered matching baseball hats?

  8. Tony Buttons
    Posted September 19, 2005 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Or perhaps black robes with three gold stripes around each arm.

  9. mark
    Posted September 19, 2005 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    As of right now, I’m leaning toward Mexican wrestling masks… Or, something like this.

  10. Dick Cheney's Extending Taint
    Posted September 19, 2005 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    How about this for inspiration?

  11. mark
    Posted September 19, 2005 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    That is indeed an inspiration, Taint. One day I hope to have a harem like that myself.

  12. mark
    Posted September 28, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    New inspiration arrived today by way of this photo.

  13. Posted September 28, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I loved the URL omfgwtf… But seriously, that’s one of the most interesting family outfitting schemes I’ve ever seen… Beats track suits.

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