I am going to share with you my favorite stores to shop at, what I like to dress my son in, what I don't like to dress him in, and what age I shop at certain places. Now I am not trying to offend any of you Boy Mom's out there or your precious little men so I am sorry if what I say I like or don't like does. You have a choice: you don't have to put your son in Tshirts that say "Daddy's Little Slugger" to save money. You can have a little JCrew model without paying the price.
- One of my pet peeves on either boys or girls is dressing them in "real" clothes when they are in 0-3 months. Skinny jeans can't be comfortable for a 2 week old. There are plenty of sweet little onsies, comfy pant sets etc. so you don't have to torture your babies for fashions sake. Remember, they have the rest of their lives to dress like men.
- I think once they start sitting up it's ok to start dressing them a little older and in "real" clothes.
- Stores I like in this age group: Baby Gap (on sale), Gap Outlet, Old Navy, Carters (good basics), Target, TJMaxx
- I have a real aversion, at any age, to shirts with cartoonish animals on them or sayings involving mommy or daddy. This is just me (Although I have given in to tshirts with Curious George or Buzz Lightyear on them because he just loves them), obviously a baby doesn't care what he has on.
- This is were I struggled with not dressing him to old but then some of the baby stuff starts to get CHEESEY.
- After two years I also stopped with the smocking and rompers. If you live in the South this can be a controversial subject. This is just my personal opinion but I love these looks for holidays and in the summer.
- TShirts and shorts are easy in the summer along with those Tshirt onsies from Carters. When its cold I dressed him in cargo pants, thermals, tshirts etc.
- Stores: Baby Gap, Gap Outlet, Old Navy, Childrens Place, Carters, Target
2t-and on(this as far as I go for now)
- So here is were I decided to leave behind Carters, part of Childrens Place, and even Old Navy. I haven't been happy with any of these places lately for toddler sizes. This could change but no for now.
- It's now a little harder to find cute special things for boys that aren't outrageoulsy priced. Dressing a little baby is easier.
- I am wanting to splurge this winter on a cute belt, cute tennis shoes (another sore subject with me: boys shoes) and a good sweater.
- Stores: Gap, Gap Outlet, Target(particularly OshKosh and Cherokee), TJMaxx always has Ralph Lauren Polo's, H&M and Children's Place for basics.
I love Mini Boden, CrewCuts, Nordstrom and have you seen Peek? So cute! I don't want to pay those prices though. So I stalk the sales and find alternatives at the cheaper stores. For example, if you see a look you love from JCrew you really like and pick it apart a lot of the times they are basics put together in a cute way. It maybe colors you wouldn't pair together or a green belt that sets it off. I would never buy the basics at those stores but you don't often find a cute belt, shoes, or even a graphic tshirt that isn't cheese ball at your inexpensive stores. So I feel it's ok to splurge on those special things.
Here is Mason Disick, Kourtney Kardashian's son, in a plain T and ripped jeans. You can easily recreate this look without spending a lot. Places to splurge are the shoes. And Target has wayfarer knock offs.
These boys look adorable but are still in basics. Notice though the shoes are New Balance, a splurge, the belts look nice, and ties add a touch of geek chic which you may have to splurge on.
So there are my thoughts, written down mostly so I will remember for the next baby who I already think will be a boy, which I am ok with. BTW- I am not pregnant just thinking for the future.