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Since they grow so darn fast, here are three more tips for your “get the most use out of those little clothes” toolbox.

TOUQUES (OR BEANIES FOR YOU NON CANADIANS). That fit the entire family (this may not work for every family, or family member), buy a large kids size or an adult size that will fit smaller heads as well. Since they usually stretch pretty great, you can buy a ton and always have a good sharing rotation going on. TOUQUE: American Apparel

PEPLUM TOP OR EVEN A BABY DRESS. Is perfect all alone as a cute little top, but also great for layering over shirts, or under boyish tees. Also if you buy it a bit large she can wear it as a dress, until she slowly grows into wearing it as a top. A baby dress with a dropped hem would work just as well for these layering and peplum looks. PEPLUM TOP: Osh Kosh

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MAKE AN OLD BELT LAST LONGER, OR MAKE A WHOLE NEW ONE. Those cute little belts that come with jeans or dresses? They never really last that long, here is a quick little DIY to extend their life and make them even cooler. OR make your own toddler belt with this DIY, maybe from an old belt in Mom’s closet – or an under $5 one from that cheap and cheerful store. BELT: F21


· March 11, 2013 · in Daily,Styled to Last


It’s been a while, I know – but let’s just forget about how long it’s been since Styled To Last has posted and be happy it’s coming to lunch today. Here are 3 more items with lot’s more tips on how to style those little clothes to last. I just really love to suck every last wear out of clothes, what can I say. If you missed previous posts, here is a good place to catch up.

WEAR SHORTS ALL YEAR ROUND. Layer over tights in Winter, knee high or ankle socks in Fall or Spring, pair with boots or shoes for cool Summer days and of course sandals on dreamy hot Summer days. Hey, you might as well get some extra wear out of them, for many of us Summer is sadly too short – so make them an all season bottom. Denim Shorts: The Gap

THEY LITERALLY GO WITH EVERYTHING. Wear it as a jacket, under a jacket, as a cardigan, dressed up and belted, even under a sweater.  It’s a rare day when one of us (or all of us) are not wearing a hoodie. A plain basic hoodie in any color might be our most favorite article of clothing. Hoodie: American Apparel

FOR LITTLE GIRLS. Usually they are a little too wide or big, but a few little tricks will make a hand-me down or a tee from the boys section perfect for her too. Roll up the sleeves a little, tuck it in, layer it under a cardigan or dress, wear over a girly top, or go 90’s and tie a little knot when worn over a dress or a longer top. My favorite tees are usually from the boys section (much less glittery and glitzy), either Harlow get’s tees handed down to her or I shop directly in the boys section. Boys Tee: Zara

Get caught up on all the past Styled To Last posts.


· February 4, 2013 · in Daily,Styled to Last


kids style, style kids clothes to last, shop for kids hand me downs, little style, how to shop to extend clothing life In my humble opinion the best way the extend the life of kids clothes, is to hand them down when each kiddo is done with it. Pass them down to a sibling, a cousin or even a friend – being able to share clothes and pass them on, giving them a whole new life span is the ultimate way to extend the life of little clothes. We personally love hand me downs (giving and receiving), over half of my daughters closet is composed of items her brother once wore (or his adorable little friend). Generally when I shop, I keep the hand-me-down mentality in mind, which has helped me streeeeeeeetch my dollar and lower even more possible excess shopping. So I thought, heck why not share some of my cheapo, I mean frugal tips – how I shop for clothes that can be handed down.

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COATS When buying big ticket items like coats, I try to really stick with classic or more unisex styles. Since my son is older I buy him a coat in a style that his sister will also be able to wear in a year or two. When it comes to outerwear I always buy it a size or two too big, they can then grow into it as they wear it – and sometimes get a year or more of wear out of it (and then hand it down). And I always buy at end of season sales, winter coats are pricey so I try to avoid the wallet hit by buying on sale – generally most of my kids outerwear is a year old because I try to shop sales.


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TEES I think I naturally gravitate towards styles that work for both genders, mostly I stick to classic styles or prints that are timeless or unisex.  I often buy King tops from the boys section that I would have bought Harlow anyways, if it had come in her size. When the top fits a bit too big for little Harlow’s girly frame; I layer it, roll up the sleeves, or tuck it in – changing up how itvis worn is one way I try to make hand-me-downs new again.


kids style, little style, shop for kids shoes BOOTS and SHOES Buy unisex styles and colors, especially when it comes to winter boots. Those bad boys are not cheap, but if you can get a few kids to wear the same pair of boots, the price is not too bad. Sometimes, when Harlow gets a hold of King’s old boots, to make them new I sub the laces with a fun color OR I have been known to paint or dye shoes. Shoes are another item I like to buy larger and on sale, I rarely ever buy shoes that will fit them NOW (buying shoes they need now makes it hard to buy on sale) – I keep my eyes open for sale shoes and buy large so they always have shoes to grow into.


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PANTS Buy pants for boys from the girls section, as long as there is no girly stitching, embroidery or rhinestone action no one will be able to tell and sometimes they fit way better anyways. Then in a couple years (after you have extended their life) they can be handed down to a little girl (in our case little sister Harlow). Also when it comes to boys jeans (I have talked about this one before, here), they make the BEST brother jeans (my name for kiddo “boyfriend jeans”) when handed down to little girls. When it comes to buying jeans I stick to a couple stores, I find even in the land of kiddo jeans every store has a different fit that fits every little differently. So it may take some shopping around to find the right fit, then you can keep your eyes open for sales.


kids style, kids clothes, kids shirts, little style SHIRTS Button downs are the best for being handed down, you can extend the life pretty great for your boy and they also have so much versatility when handed down to little girls. A simple denim or chambray shirt, plaid or striped shirt are all so very classic and unisex to begin with it makes it an easy switch to take them from a little boys closet to a little girls. To make shirt hand-me-downs new, I like to belt them, layer them under sweaters, layer them under dresses, layer over slips, or roll up the sleeves a bit.


kids style, shop for kids accessories, little style ACCESSORIES Buy unisex when possible; backpacks, hats, touques, belts, cardigans, even ties and bow ties. My kids share hats, backpacks, belts, and suspenders – so I only have to buy ONE. Bow ties when they get too small, I have in the past cut them and turned them into little hair clips. Sometimes if an item is really boyish (especially when Harlow was a tiny baby), I added little embellishments to make them new for her; a simple bow, colorful stitching, or I just pair them with a girly item (like hot pink sneakers).


The first 11 months of King’s life I had not a thought in my head that his clothes would one day be handed down to a sibling, so at first I just got really lucky that I gravitated towards classic or unisex items. But once we learnt of a coming sibling I changed how I shopped, and literally started shopping for items that could be handed down later – of course I don’t apply this to every item but generally it is one of the first things I think of when looking at an item for my kids.

These tips will work if you have an older daughter and a younger son (buy her boys items, style them girly and hand them down later). Also even if your little has younger cousins or your friends have younger babies – everyone loves hand-me-downs!


· November 1, 2012 · in Daily Dose,Styled to Last


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It’s been a while since I shared some of my cheapskate tips, so it’s probably about time I shared a few more? You know those cute little cardigans, adorable baby headbands or your fav little jeans that got tooo short or a hole in the knee? Don’t pack them away – or maybe pull them out of storage if you already did!

I used to make Harlow baby headbands, so we have a ton – her head is way to big for them now (giant toddler brains) but she still wears them all the time (well not the newborn ones). She either steps in them and we pull it up like a pair of pants, or we pull it over her head – it’s stretchy so not restricting or uncomfy at all and super cute, right?  Or buy a couple new headbands and get double the use out of them right now.

The Big Bow Headband from the top . The leather headband on Harlow.

When a pair of jeans rips or just gets too short in the legs (too short for any of these tips even) but the waist still fits – I always try to cut the shorts as long as possible. Then we roll em up, so as they grow we can just keep unrolling and eventually they will fit like an actual cut off. Or when buying new shorts, I buy them a bit big – tighten the inside waist and roll them up!

The denim cutoffs from the top.

This cute little cardigan Harlow is wearing is actually a size 3-6 months, she is 29 months old. It used to fit like a long sleeve, perfect length cardy – now it’s a cute 3/4 length sleeve cropped cardigan. We do this a lot for some of her most adorable baby cardigans.

The snow leopard cardigan from the top.

Hopefully the next Styled To Last post won’t take so long for me to post! Which is your favorite tip from this edition?


· September 6, 2012 · in Daily Dose,Styled to Last


Harlow was given a denim shirt dress when she was about 5 months old, it has turned out to be one of the longest lasting items in her closet. With each little growth spurt we find a new way to wear it, and it’s a staple with every stage. Here are a few of the different ways I style the little denim shirt dress to last. READ THE FULL POST


· April 30, 2012 · in Daily Dose,Styled to Last


3 things my kids wear quite a lot, but can be difficult to find in stores. I’ve had many questions about; braces, knee-high socks and brother jeans (I call ‘boyfriend jeans’ brother jeans when they are for my little girl) I thought I’d share my tips on how to find and get the most wear out of them.

I love the braces that come with some little boys jeans, and was bummed every time King would grow out of a pair. Sewing 6 buttons on other pants he owns extends the life of the super cute braces. We buy trousers/jeans with braces from H&M, Zara and I have seen one pair at The Gap (a few months back).

I searched and searched for little girls or baby knee high socks and found nothing. So instead I bought Harlow socks a few sizes too large, and it worked like a charm! After a few months they fit like regular socks, huge bang for my buck! I buy most of Harlows socks from H&M.

Brother Jeans just sounds so much better when talking about the ‘boyfriend jean’ style for littles. Harlow is a skinny little thing, so most of the ‘skinny jeans’ I buy her that should fit, actually fit like loose brother jeans OR she wears a pair of her bro’s old jeans. Both ways ensure items we already own get double the wear/use. The best brother to skinny jeans I’ve bought have come from H&M.


· March 26, 2012 · in Daily Dose,Styled to Last


I know most (if not all) mom’s with boys use these styling tricks when your little guys shirts start getting a bit small..but just in case! We like to extend the life of clothes as much as we can, also I only buy items I love (I cannot stress that enough, only buy things you LOVE) so I have an extra hard time parting with them (lets face it it only makes us moms sad when our kids grow out of clothes).

The little boys shirt as a shirt dress, makes the best little dress. Add a belt to make it a bit more feminine (Harlow specially asked for a “pretty” on her waist, my girl knows!) and like I did a little slip/under dress (this also helps to add a bit of length if the shirt isn’t ‘dress length’).

*If your little girl doesn’t have an older brother to hand-her-down shirts, have a look in the little boys section for a cute top to style into a dress! This would be a great way for an older sister to have items to pass on to a little brother too!

A Boys Shirt as a Little Shirt Dress works better when the shirt is a bit slimmer fitting, The Best Stores for Slimmer Fitting Boys Shirts are:


· March 1, 2012 · in Daily Dose,Styled to Last


One of my favorite items that Harlow owns is this simple Mustard skater dress from American Apparel. Not only because I love the color and the style, but the crazy versatility and length of use (so far 3 seasons of wear) are what make it one of my faves!

Here are a few of my tips, and ways I have styled this simple Skater Dress to last! kids styling tips, tips to extend the life of your kids clothes, american apparel kids skater dress I bought Harlow this dress when she was 8 months old, she’s now 20 months and still wearing it all the time! I expect we will get at least another full spring and summers worth of wear, and maybe (if lucky) a bit of next fall and winter. I might go and grab one of the other colors (since it comes in others and even more for toddlers), since it’s been such a bargain, and a great wardrobe add on.

A couple other great dresses that would be great to use these same styling tips with and to get that extended wear:

Most little dresses can be worn way past their dress length, and worn as a tunic or top…some of them just work better then others.


· February 2, 2012 · in Daily Dose,Styled to Last