Cute Clothes for Boys
I’m super jealous of the moms of little girls. Not in a creepy way, I swear. I don’t covet their daughters, I covet the wardrobe options they have for their daughters. Who decided that pirates, skateboards and superheroes were the only fashion options for little boys? Perhaps I suffer from a lack of perspective (I’ll never have to worry about princess overload like many moms of girls lament) but it seems to me like there are a lot more options for cute girl clothes than there are for cute boys clothes. I’ve always been preppy so I was dying to outfit Liam in cute prepster baby fashions only to find they are harder to come by than I expected and that the cute stuff is generally pretty pricey. After 15 months, I feel like I’m finally starting to get the boy shopping thing down and have found some reliable sources for good stuff:
- The Splurges (Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Boden, CrewCuts): I LOVE the clothes at these stores but could never outfit Liam entirely from them. I save my purchases here for the insanely adorable stuff that you just can’t find elsewhere.
- The Bargain Hunting Spots (Marshalls/TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Outlets): In the Boston area we’re lucky to have tons of awesome outlets and bargain hunting spots. They can be hit or miss and you definitely have to dig to find treasures but I’ve found some really awesome stuff for Liam at great prices.
- Online Bargains (Zulily, RueLaLa, Totsy): These online sale sites are great for getting boutique baby clothes (and toys) at huge discounts. Biggest negative? The best stuff typically sells out pretty fast which can be tough given that most sales start midday.
- The Basics (Target, Gap, Old Navy, Carters, Children’s Place, et al.): The ones everyone knows. Great for reasonably priced wardrobe staples.
- Hand-me-Downs: Thanks to generous family, friends and colleagues more than half of Liam’s wardrobe consists of hand-me-down clothes. When Liam was first born, I was less receptive to him wearing lots of hand my downs. I wanted to pick out his clothes. Then of course, I realized that most everything he wore as an infant would get spit up or pooped on and now as a toddler would get covered in food, dirt, paint or any other earthly substance Liam could find a way to spill on himself. Now I’m so thankful for the hand-me-downs for the much needed depth they add to his everyday-clothes wardrobe.
- Children’s Consignment Shops: I haven’t found a great one nearby for children’s clothes but I know lots of moms including Progressive Mom swear by them.
The most important thing I’ve come to realize is that shopping for Liam works pretty much the same way as shopping for myself. I tend to buy most of my basics from affordable standbys like Target, Old Navy, Gap, etc. and splurge on special pieces and pieces I’ll get lots of use out of from more expensive brands. My mom, an expert bargain shopper, always told me to splurge on things like bags and coats (the long wearing pieces that you’ll use all the time). For Liam that means everyday clothes (like the clothes he wears to child care) are either solid hand-me-downs or from basic stores but I’ll shell out a bit more for things he uses all the time like shoes and coats and a small number of super cute outfits for weekends, social events and special occasions.
What are your favorite spots for cute kids clothing?