Alright. I hesitate to start this for a couple of reasons. But the number one reason is that taking pictures of kids standing still enough to show you their outfits is really, really hard! I have a newfound respect for professional photographers who make this stuff work. Because this little shoot was work! Fun work, of course.
But I thought I would start this little series with a few tips on buying children’s clothes that you (and they) will love… and NOT spending a fortune.
Tip number 1: As a rule, I almost never buy an article of children’s clothing at full price unless it is in the $10-or-under range. And I also refuse to spend more than $20 on a single article of clothing UNLESS it is for Milo, well-made, or a winter coat. Why for Milo, you ask? Well, because Milo’s clothes become Oliver’s clothes become Emil’s clothes. Since they are all exactly two years apart, all the clothing hand-me-downs are seasonally appropriate for the next little brother. Well-made clothing genuinely does last longer and that means buying fewer items for the next in line.
P.s.- They are looking at some roly-polies
Tip number 2: Consignment shops and second-hand stores offer some really great stuff. Especially for babies. Check, and check often. The little denim romper Emil is wearing above? $5 from a great local consignment store.
Tip number 3: Try to steer clear of clothing with a lot going on. I generally don’t buy the kids shirts with a store brand pasted all over the front or cutesy sayings. Not because I care that much about advertising for a store, but if you buy plain and simple clothing, you can mix and match, dress up and down, and layer much easier once fall and winter come around.
Tip number 4: Check the sale racks. This may seem really obvious to many of you, but I have run into far too many mamas who pay full price for an item for their kid and the next week it is on sale for half the price. Yikes. Come on. Kids grow super fast, and unless you have a disposable income, buying full-priced clothing will bleed you dry. I have gotten into the habit of not even looking at the new stuff, shielding my eyes as I head to the back of the store where the sale items always are.
Tip number 5: Buy out of season. You know your kid will need new pants in the fall, so in the spring, when all the winter stuff goes on sale for crazy cheap, buy a size up and be prepared. I know the urge to buy shorts and swimsuits in the spring and summer, but try to wait. You will be rewarded and feel good about it!
Now, for the details:
On Milo: Short-sleeved gingham shirt: Crewcuts (shop online sale, but wait for the promotion with an additional 30% off sale items, and you will spend a lot less for top-quality clothing); cut-off shorts: TeaCollection (pants from last season whose knees were mysteriously ripped out); boots: Livie & Luca (scored these for $15 at City Sprouts!)
Bicycle bow tie: Crewcuts
On Emil: Denim romper: Old Navy (thrifted); sandals: Janie & Jack (hand-me-downs… clearly).
Boots: Livie & Luca, City Sprouts
Hope you enjoyed this! I know I did!
P.s.- Andrew is going out of town for a few days, so wish me luck! With 5:30am wake-ups and no naps for the past two weeks, we have barely been surviving even with two parents. I am a little nervous, but I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve just in case!