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My Kid’s Clothing Strategy

What do we know about kids and their clothing?

  • They grow out of stuff in the blink of an eye.
  • They get their threads incredibly dirty.
  • They want to wear only their favorite ensembles.

With these facts in mind, here’s my quick & easy kid clothing strategy going forward:

  1. Buy a handful of gorgeous, high-quality outfits/separates for each of my daughters.
  2. Let them wear the crap out of ’em.
  3. Repeat.

Look how beautiful girl's clothing can be!

I’m so freakin’ tired of buying bags full of made-in-god-knows-where-by-god-knows-who shit from Target, Old Navy, Children’s Place, and the like.  These clothes are often cheaply manufactured (I mean, c’mon, some of those shirts cost like $5!), are hideously overdone with rainbows, sequins, and other gaudy, overtly girly bullshit, and have a miniscule color palette. And don’t even get me started on the goddamn peace signs.

Instead, I’m going to turn to the more ethically and/or domestically produced, and way more artistically designed clothing made and sold by Hanna Andersson, Mini Boden, Threadless (Muppet Alphabet shirt anyone? How ’bout an Electric Mayhem Reunion tee?) and Shirt Woot.  I’ll end up spending about the same, maybe a touch more, because I’m going to be buying less stuff overall which will work fine around here because I’m a laundry-doing machine.  My girls will always have their most favorite clothing combos at the ready in their closet and drawers, even though they may have only 4-6 outfits per season in total.

Another plus with this strategy: my girls won’t be rocking the exact same duds as every other kid at the playground.  Win.

*Top Right Photo: Mini Boden Back to School 2011 Collection.

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  1. How did I miss these Muppet shirts??!!!
    Good post too Jeff!

  2. We all know that boys and girls are different – at least if we’re parents and not Women’s Studies professors. So, with clothes it will also be different. Having two boys, it’s been easy.

    Once they became teens, they got a monthly clothing allowance. They buy their own clothes and budget accordingly. My younger one almost exclusively now buys his clothes either On Sale or at Target – or both!

    GREAT lessons…

  3. I pretty much agree with your strategy and the stores you name. Also worth giving a look to Naartjie. We like their stuff. Okaidi was kinda neat but now that we moved away from Boston we don’t go there because they don’t have an online store.

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