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Cute Clothes for Boys

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?

9 comments

  1. lisa November 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I agree with all the places you suggested. I’ve always been a little disappointed that boys clothes sections are always smaller, but it’s actually more fun to shop than I thought! I’m obsessed with his clothes and I love picking out his outfits each day. I’ve also found a lot of great bargains (like Ralph Lauren) at thrift stores for really cheap!

  2. MediaMom November 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I am firmly in the hand-me-down category. Like you, I was also reluctant to get excited about hand me downs, until I realized how expensive it was going to be just to stock the basics. Plus, I get MUCH nicer stuff handed down than I could ever afford new. I’ve gotten most of my girl hand me downs from my sisters and my boy stuff from Green Mom. They, like all thoughtful hand-me-downers, have really passed on only the stuff that is still in great shape and good quality. It makes a big difference, and impacts the care I take with maintaining clothes and storing them for the next person I hand them down to.
    Last year was the first time I even had to buy my daughter a winter jacket — and we live in New England. It really makes you feel fortunate and happy to pay it forward.

    • John December 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      I usually shop via Amazon for most all our needs. I came across a site http://www.thechristeningcottage.com that has absolutely adorable outfits for boys and girls. They have really great pricing and everything is in stock. My wife and I place an order for a boys suit. It was very easy to place the order. Our suit arrived allot faster then I imagined and the quality is AWESOME! I have paid allot more money for a men’s suit that was half the quality of the suit I ordered form this site.

  3. Dana Owens November 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    These Boys Winter Clothes are really cute. I just bought the most adorable outfit for my five year old at Burlington Coat Factory (and then saw it at Macy’s for twice the price). I can’t wait to get some pictures of Jack in the new outfit.

  4. Jess December 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hi there! I do a lot of my boy shopping online at http://www.smockittomeonline.com they have a great variety of appliqued boy clothing!

  5. Maine January 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I do a lot of my boys shopping at amazon or ebay. Recently I found a great clothing site for my boys. They offer boys tuxedos and boys suits. All of their prices are so affordable. I highly suggest you check them out at http://www.blacknbianco.com

  6. Msbrooks October 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

    There’s this website called urbankidsoutfitters.com where a stylist selects an complete outfit for you, bought one for my 3yr old son and it was so so cute.

  7. John Coleman December 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I usually shop via Amazon for most all our needs. I came across a site http://www.thechristeningcottage.com that has absolutely adorable outfits for boys and girls. They have really great pricing and everything is in stock. My wife and I place an order for a boys suit. It was very easy to place the order. Our suit arrived allot faster then I imagined and the quality is AWESOME! I have paid allot more money for a men’s suit that was half the quality of the suit I ordered form this site.

  8. smartandformal August 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Kids grow out of clothes so quickly, feels like a waste splurging on designer names. I have bought some adorable boys suits at https://www.malcolmroyce.com

    The kids look awesome in them.

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