Each Friday I’m going to post a list of five of my favorite “somethings.” For this first edition, I’ve decided to list five of my favorite places to purchase clothes for my girls.
One of the pastimes I enjoy is shopping for cute clothes for our daughters. As I indicated in a post earlier today, in order to make the most of the money I have, I try to sign up for sales alerts and e-mail coupons from any stores that I frequent. Several of my “favorite five” can be rather expensive and I don’t believe I ever pay full price for any items. I also frequent consignment or thrift stores and am sometimes able to find items from the brands I like in great condition and can purchase them there at remarkable savings.
There are certain criteria I look for when purchasing my daughters’ clothes. As I mentioned yesterday, I am trying to teach my girls about modesty. We evaluate potential purchases based on the length of the item, whether or not it is loose-fitting enough, not too sheer and, if it is a sleeveless top, whether it fits closely enough around the arms or could be made okay to wear with a tank top underneath it. Needless to say, this simple evaluation eliminates many an option! Also, both of my girls are slim and many bottoms that are listed as their size will not stay up on their waist. Can I just tell you how much I love items with adjustable waists?!
Next, I want to be sure that the garment is age-appropriate. There could potentially be a piece of clothing that is modest, yet makes my daughter look too old. On the flip side, I also want to be careful that I allow them to dress in a style that doesn’t still make them look as if they’re a toddler. Finally, I want to make sure the garment is of good quality. Since I do have two girls, it’s a wonderful thing if both of them are able to get use out of a piece of clothing.
With all that being said, here are my favorite five clothing stores for girls.
- Mini Boden (Bodenusa.com). While I can only order these online, I think they have cute, stylish clothes that are age appropriate and hold up very well. Some of their items do have adjustable waists.
- The Children’s Place. Again, stylish, quality clothes. Lately they seem to have had a larger selection of dresses and skirts, which my girls love. They have great sales and often issue percent off coupons. I do have to check in frequently if there’s something in particular I’m watching, as they sell out of certain sizes pretty quickly.
- Lands End. Their basic knit dresses are a favorite of ours. They’re easy on and off and are appropriate for any number of occasions. I periodically receive e-mails for free shipping which helps out as I don’t find their things on sale as often. However, I have been fortunate to find several of their dresses at a local consignment store for a very fair price.
- Naartjie. This is another place I can only access online, but they have different looking items that are really cute for matching and layering.
- Belk. I find nice church dresses as well as other items at Belk department store. As I mentioned here, their end-of-season clearance sales offer great bargains.
I have always liked the cuteness factor of Gymboree clothes, but am often hit-or-miss with their sizing; not everything I’ve tried from there fits my girls well. I also occasionally see girls items from Gap that are very nice, but, even with sales, I can’t always find them at a reasonable price.
Do you enjoy shopping for clothes for your children? Let me know in the comments section if you have any recommendations for stores or any great tactics for saving money in this area.