Kids Clothes Shopping Tips

  
Parents may consider the wishes of their children when purchasing clothes, but
they should be strictly pay particular attention to the functionality of the clothes.
What else is important, you can learn below. 



 
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 17 Tips for Buying Kids Clothes



Tip 1. Stock up on play clothes – Kids will be kids and it’s inevitable that they will end up with anything from dirt to paint all over them. If your child has favourite tee, double up on it so one is for play and the other for outings.

2.  Layering – During the transitional seasons of autumn and spring invest in layering items that can be added or removed depending on the temperature. For girls a pinfore is a great item that offers longevity through the seasons, add tights and a long sleeve tee for the cold .and then just a simple tee underneath works for the warmer days. For boys long sleeves shirts work great over a tee or a singlet, or if ironing is not your thing try a hoodie or lightweight jumper. 

3. Invest in key pieces – Special items such as Christmas outfits and good denim pieces. It’s also good to invest where quality matters, such as in footwear and swimwear. Shoes are critically important to the way a child’s foot develops, a good thing to keep in mind when buying shoes, go for something that supports the foot and not just for fashion. 

4. For toddlers – We all know how quickly kids grow out of their clothes, so look for adjustable waists, pants need to pull on and off easily for toilet training. Toddlers are more active so stretch will assist with movement. Toddlers are likely to get dirtier than babies so expect to change a lot. Stock up on tees and knit dresses, leggings, knit shorts – items that are easy to wash and wear and don’t usually require ironing.

5. For babies – For new mum the one thing that will help when it comes to dressing your baby is easy access clothes especially when it comes to changing time. It’s also a good idea to choose garments that are fastened at the front so you don’t have to turn baby. Keep in mind that babies grows quickly and that in their first year they will most likely go through 3 – 4 size ranges so shop with this in mind, if you’re buying for future seasons, shop up in size.

6. Shop with your kids – As your kids get older they get more picky about what they are wearing. Save yourself the money by choosing clothes with them that they will actually wear. It’s all about letting them be their own stylist, it will also make the morning dressing routine that little bit easier.

7. At the end of the day – Don’t take it too seriously, have some fun and play around with prints, graphics and colours. At The Kidstore we believe that shopping for kids should be as much about fashion as about having fun and being imaginative. When we design our ranges we are constantly pushing the boundaries to come up with new ideas and surprises for our garments.

8. Think about What the Clothes Say to Your Child – Children often see things very differently to adults, and their thoughts and associations around clothes are so often innocent. For example my son likes running, football and athletics, he is thrilled by a visit to the sports shop and he likes the silky, air-wicking fabrics in bright colours. Unfortunately for me, this means he loves polyester football kits - which put me in mind of macho football culture, and I can’t bear polyester. We’ve had to compromise which has been good for both of us.

9. Take Their Preference into Consideration – Equally, we do not live in a world that’s as easy to navigate and joyful as a child’s mind. It’s normal to worry that children will be judged by other adults and their peers, not to mention our own fears of being judged as a parent. It’s hard to let go and let them go forth in their crazy outfit sometimes, but if they’re happy and you show them you’re relaxed, they’ll likely take it in their stride. If you are uncomfortable, deeply think about what you’re asking them to do by conforming to your expectations before you talk to them, and be sure you’re being reasonable.

10. Avoid Slogans and Significantly Gendered Styles – Let children define themselves, don’t let the high street tell them what their characteristics are with vacuous slogans or words. It’s odd for children to wear words they can’t even read. Sometimes boys want to wear dresses and tutus, and sometimes girls do, it’s usually adults who are judging whether that’s ok or not. But it’s also adults creating the garments, choosing the colours and persuading children how they need to conform to certain styles. Keep discussions open when kids choose gendered styles, and try not to define who they are with their clothes, clothes should be fun.

11. Patterns Hide the Dirt, Bright Colours Are Happy for Boys and Girls – Do you always choose blue and green for boys and pink and yellow for girls? At some level, we’ve all been taught that some colours are for girls and some are for boys. It’s reflected heavily in the shops too, on a recent trip to H&M boys, I was disappointed to find wall-to-wall navy, brown, blue and green. What is this saying to boys? That they must be serious, subdued? That they have no association to flowers or sunshine? Bright and happy shades are appropriate for all children, and patterns really do hide the dirt.

12. Check that Older Children Can Dress Themselves and Let Little Ones Practice – Look out for awkward buttons on the shoulder or sticky zips; children often get frustrated when they’re trying to get dressed and can’t do it themselves. Let younger children practice taking clothes off and putting them on again, although it’s exasperating when you just need to get them ready, it is great practice for when they hit nursery or school. In reception (the first year of formal schooling) kids are expected to be able to get changed for PE without help.

13. Consider the Season and the End Use – Ensure you’re buying the correct size for the correct season. A lot of friends bought summery clothes when I had a July baby, but a fair few of them were in size 6 months, so by the time they fitted, it was January!

14. Don’t Forget About Fabric – kids clothes are often made from natural fibers that won’t irritate skin, but wool can make skin itchy and linen is sometimes scratchy. Polyester, viscose and other man-made materials can keep kids too hot. Just have a feel of the clothes and imagine wearing them all day without being able to remove them yourself! It’s also important to think about the fabric in terms of the end use, if you’re buying things to be worn hard at nursery then choose tougher fabrics that will last through play and one million washing machine cycles.

15. Sizing is Different in Different Stores – If you can take something with you that’s a good fit, you can measure new garments against it (easier than asking a squirmy two year old to try on).

16. Check the Seams and Fastenings – Just have a gentle pull on a couple of seams and check there’s a bit of give for growth, but not so much that they’ll split on the first wear.

17. Check the Washing Instructions – Because every parent is under the tyranny of the washing machine.


Tips for Saving Money on Children's Clothes


Huh. Having kids is really costly! Because there is so much to buy, and the trouble with clothes is that kids grow so quickly – you buy them something new then, of course, the next thing that happens is that they have a growth spurt.  
Even if you are really disciplined and only buy basics they can soon add up – underwear, coats, t-shirts, trousers, dresses, school clothes – never mind if they need an outfit for a special occasion like a wedding.
  
Here are my 16 proven tactics for saving money on children’s clothing – these are all things that I have done and still do to save money on my own and my kids clothing, so I can promise that they are all thoroughly road-tested!

1. Buy Classic Basics

'Buy classic basics' is a piece of advice that you will read in every fashion magazine from Vogue to Elle to Look. And it is just as applicable to kids clothing as to your own wardrobe. Jeans, chinos, basic t-shirts and sweaters will be the mainstays of your kid’s wardrobe and mean that you get the maximum wear for your money. They will always have something they can wear with their new can’t-live-without-it t-shirt, trousers or skirt.

2. Accept All Donations of Baby Clothes.

It is inevitable that from the day you announce your pregnancy there will be somebody who will have a cupboard full of clothes they want to de-clutter! Accept all donations gratefully – you never know when the day will arrive when your kid grows seemingly overnight and has nothing that fits them, or the washing machine breaks down and you have nothing clean to put them in.

3. The Charity Shop is your Friend!
  
The biggest way of saving money when buying children’s clothing, is to opt in for the second-hand and the first place you should try is your local charity shop. Clothing in charity shops will, in general, have been checked over so that it should be in pretty good condition (no crusty lumps of food or worrying brown stains….).

It is also not unusual to find unworn items still with the tags on along with party dresses, wedding outfits and boys suits that have only been worn once. You may also find quality brands and designer kids clothing in excellent condition for a fraction of their original cost. Quality clothes that are made to last are always a good second-hand buy as they tend to wash better than cheap brands and will still look good enough to pass down to another child when they are outgrown.

Charity Shops are also good for dressing up costumes which will also have only been used maybe once so a visit before World Book Day is always a good idea!

4. Go Car Booting

Car Boot Sales are a uniquely British phenomenon; drive your car into a field at an unearthly hour of the morning to sell you unwanted items or root out bargains. The quality and condition of the goods can be variable so check everything well before handing over your cash. However you might be able to get a bumper bundle of kid’s clothes for next to nothing.

5. Jumble Sales

Jumble sales are another excellent source of second-hand clothing for children, if they still happen where you live (they are almost extinct where I live, but are still common in much of the UK). Like a car-boot sale, quality and cleanliness may be variable, so check all items carefully, and remember, a jumble sale is for charity, so no haggling OK?

6. eBay

eBay is always my go-to when I need a particular item, especially for a school play or themed costume day. I have also sold good quality outgrown items on there, which means that I can get back some of the money I’ve spent.

7. NTC Nearly New Sales
  
The NCT's Nearly New Sales are great for baby clothes as well as equipment and toys. Prices are a little higher but the condition of items tends to be higher than at a jumble sale or car boot as they are more selective about what they sell.

8. Look after Your Clothes

An excellent way to save money is to look after your clothes so that they last longer. Always follow the washing instructions, and wash clothes with spills or leaks on they immediately. Besides, finding a mouldy, crusty bib at the bottom of the wash basket is not nice…. (Been there, done that).

9. School Uniform Sales

If you are lucky enough to go to a school that sells used uniform items, snap them up. You usually have to move fast as items tend to go quite quickly in regular sizes, but if you have a particularly small child you could do really well.

10. Hit the Sales
  
Stocking up in the sales may be obvious, but it is possible to get brilliant bargains or waste a lot of money if you buy unnecessary stuff. Just use the same criteria that you would buying full price clothing – is there growing room, will it get lots of use, will it fit them in the correct season?

11. Buy Gender Neutral

Buying gender neutral clothing is a more long term plan. If you buy clothes in gender neutral colours such as navy, cream, white, red, green and yellow rather than overdosing on pink or baby blue, you will be able to use the clothes for future children and they will be useful to friends and family for future children of either gender.

12. Hire Clothes for Special Occasions

 If your kids will only need an outfit for one special occasion, consider hiring the outfit. This is pretty easy to find for ski-wear and boys wedding outfits but a bit more difficult for girl’s dresses. You can even hire a kilt, or if you need a costume most costume hire shops will have a collection of child sized garments.
  
13. Turn Trousers into Shorts

 If your child has a tendency to go through the knees of trouser (I have two boys, this happens a lot) those trousers can still have a long and useful life as a pair of shorts. Casual trousers such as jeans and sweatpants can be cut off above the damaged area and left un-hemmed if you are not handy with a needle.

Smarter styles can be cut off and hemmed by hand or machine whichever you prefer. Here is a good basic how-to for turning your trousers into shorts and there are lots of tutorials out there for adding decorative cuffs if you are feeling more adventurous.

14. Don’t Buy Shoes before They Can Walk

Children do not need shoes until they can walk confidently and are ready to walk out of doors.

OK, so I know they are really cute, but putting children in shoes before they can walk can even discourage them from walking and delay their development. Save your money by not buying them at all.

15. Ask for Clothing as Gifts
  
Babies don’t remember what presents they have been given and many kids get far more presents than they actually play with, so ask for gifts of clothing of anything they need.
  
Bonus points if you ask you family to buy second-hand where possible.

16. Learn to Polish Shoes

Now I don’t think it is a good idea to pass footwear down to other people, but looking after shoes to extend their life is a good idea. That way you don’t have to throw them out while they still fit at least! Cleaning up leather shoes and polishing them from time to time will keep them looking smart, waterproof and extend their life.

Finally, it is a good idea to stash any outgrown clothes that are still in good condition if you are planning to have more children. If not, donate them to your favourite charity shop, sell them or pass them on to other new parents who will be grateful to receive them.
  

12 Best Online Clothing Stores for Children


With your children growing right before your eyes, we know that clothe shopping is really a year-round, complicated duty. Moms have to deliver on their kids' changing fashion sensibilities, surfing the delicate balance between quality and quantity, and all while staying within a budget.
  
This school year, make shopping as stress-free as possible by frequenting these online clothing stores for kids.

ALEXANDALEXA

AlexAndAlexa is a one-stop shop for the label-conscious mom for whom quality is an absolute must. This site offers a great mix of luxurious children’s clothing from both contemporary brands as well as high-end labels such as Armani Jr., ChloĆ©, Dolce & Gabbana, Kenzo, and RalphLauren.

From your basics to casual wear to formal wear, the options are endless. While price points are a bit higher, you can take advantage of their seasonal sales offering up to 70% off. Price matching against competitors and worldwide shipping add to the site’s allure.

CHILDREN’S PLACE 

You’d be hard pressed to find a mom who doesn’t shop thisbrand. Where else can you get good quality graphic tees for under $5 a shirt? The store’s comfortable separates, $10 denim, rhinestone-studded sneakers and boots, and well-priced occasion wear make it a favorite for any mom shopping on a budget.

As if that weren’t enough, there always seems to be an online sale, along with coupons which can be used on sale and clearance items, rewards for points accumulated, and incredibly affordable shipping ($5 flat-rate). This is one site that you need to have on your must-shop list!

CREWCUTS

For the most stylish miniature human being, this J.Crew label offers the same classic and sophisticated aesthetic we’ve come to know and love in their adult designs for boys and girls. With plaid button-down shirts, cashmere sweaters, wool skirts, and sneakers, your kid is set to be best-dressed all year. They even have a uniform shop!

While prices may seem a bit steep, Crewcuts sure makes the cut in terms of quality. Shipping is always free on all Crewcuts orders, and the site regularly offers discounts on all final-sale styles.

GAP 

Founded in 1969, Gap is one of the leading global retailers with instantly recognizable brands (OldNavy and BananaRepublic) under its umbrella.

Gap clothing incorporates classic American styling and textiles: solid and printed cotton tees and tanks, button-down shirts, sweaters, dresses, khakis and, of course, denim. Tack on free shipping and returns on all purchases over $50, and you can understand why Gap remains a staple in kids’ closets.

H&M

H&M delivers on their promise to offer “style and quality at the best price” for the fashion-conscious mom on a budget. The clothing is fun, unique, and fashionable, all at price points that won’t make you do a double take: dresses start at $4.95, denim at $9.99, and specialty items like leather jackets, coats, and funky shoes are all at a bargain.

 Be sure to check out the brand’s Conscious collection for kids, which offers basics in textiles made from sustainable sources.
  
HANNAANDERSSON
  
Everything we love about HannaAndersson is stated in their motto: “Hannas let kids be kids.” The 30-year-old Swedish brand prides itself on providing quality merchandise made out of organic materials, which are tested using very stringent European certification standards.
  
Like most things Swedish, the design aesthetic is strong and the colors are vibrant. Prices are reasonable, shipping and delivery are worldwide, and with their unconditional guarantee on returns, you have nothing to lose by trying out this site.

 KIDPIK

Kidpik is a subscription box service for stylish girls sizes 4-16 (and the moms who keep them looking fly). After you sign up and tell the service about your child’s preference, a box of seven pieces—that’s three “head-to-toe mix & match coordinated outfits including shoes”—arrives at your door.
  
You have seven days to try before you buy. You can then pick and choose what you want to keep, and send what you don’t back. (And if you decide to keep the entire box, you’ll get 30% off.)
  
LANDS’ END KID 

Established in 1963, Lands’ End is an American retailer whose brand has become synonymous with quality, class, and relaxed style. Its kids’ line offers practical yet stylish clothing options for boys and girls of all ages.

Their collection showcases jeans in a variety of silhouettes, classic chambray shirts, and comfortable cotton separates. There are also many uniform options for kids with a dress code.

The brand’s Knit Kit for girls offers a suite of colorful and patterned dresses, skirts, and skorts that are affordable and easy to care for. Fall and winter options include boots and outerwear that are fashionable and durable.


MINI BODEN
  
Initially a British menswear company, Boden soon expanded its line to include children’s wear line Mini Boden. Their U.S. site launched in 2002 and has quickly become one of the Internet’s favorite destinations for kids’ clothing.

Catering to kids ages 18 months to 16 years, Mini Boden supplies very polished and casually styled clothing options. You’ll love Mini Boden for its range of age-appropriate colors, patterns, and designs. Shipping is worldwide and affordable at $10 per shipment.
  
PAPER CAPE 
  
Hand-me downs get a bad rep. PaperCape is all about elevating the next generation of passed-down clothes by creating “heirloom-quality clothing in classic styles that meet the needs of today’s parents.”

The clothes are incredibly soft, thanks to the company’s use of pima cotton, also known as the “cashmere of cotton” and can stand up to whatever the most active of kids throw its way. They also carry the most adorable and classically chic pajama sets you’ll ever see.

 PRIMARY
  
Have you ever wandered down a kids’ clothing aisle and wonder why everything had so much stuff on it? Sequins, puff paint slogans and weird/gendered sayings and catchphrases.

Primary is just the place for you and your little ones. The company sells an assortment of basics for babies to size 12 in a wide array of colors—so many colors, rainbows will be jealous—and a few graphic treatments (stars and stripes, only.) Primary’s clothes can provide a great base or be the whole outfit! (They even sell family PJs, so you and your family can stay cozy, cute, and coordinated.)

ZULILY
  
A carefully curate assortment of the cutest kids clothing, Zulily offers a fresh inventory of clothing options from top brands like Stride Rite, as well as niche companies like Candlesticks and Room Seven.

As a flash-sale site, inventory is limited, so you need to shop early and quickly to grab your favorites. You can shop their daily sales, and enjoy free shipping on qualifying orders.








  

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