From time to time I get a few comments about; how big my kids’ wardrobe must be or how I must spend alot on their clothes. To be honest their little wardrobes are pretty small, and I probably don’t spend much more the the regular mom on their little clothes. We don’t really shop at any expensive stores or buy expensive brands, even though I would LOVE too! Boy would I love too!
I have a budget that I try my best to stick to, I wait until they need things (grown out of clothes, change of seasons or worn out with love) and then I buy. Writing this blog has helped me window shop enough, so when my kids need an item I usually already know where I want to get it or where a sale is.
A few things that I do that help keep me from buying every adorable item I see:
- Only buy things that I LOVE, and might wear myself or dress my husband in (but with a little more childlike fun and whimsy).
- It must have alot of versatility (if it’s a dress that will only be worn once, most likely I won’t be buying).
- Try to shop around deals and sales (buy whatever winter clothes you can at the end of the season even if it’s just mitts and a hat). An buy ahead if you can, if there is a great sale somewhere but they don’t have your kids current size, buy ahead (if their growth has slowed enough where you can predict).
- Only buy what you need (they are gonna grow out of stuff fast enough that you can shop again soon). I also have to say we have alot of really great gift givers, and stylish hand-me downers which has been amazing.
- If I fall in love with something that maybe costs more then I would usually spend, I find ways to style it to last (because let’s be honest as budget friendly as I try to be, I have my weak moments).
I thought it would be fun to share a few of my own personal tips about how I style items the kids own. Ways I style to get the most wear out of a clothing item I love (usually I just love it so much it always happens to find it’s way into several outfits) and get the last few wears as the kids grow out of it. I’m sure alot of you already do some of the things I might share, which means I’m not alone in extending the life out of little clothes. Maybe my tips might help some of you to pull out those packed away, much loved clothes you thought your kids had grown out of, or you mom’s to be hold onto those little clothes even longer.
My first ever Styled to Last post is about how I style our favorite kids’ skinny jeans to get those last few wears out of them… skinny jeans photo
Of course there are a ton of other things you can do, like chop them into cute cut-off shorts for summer, or other sewing friendly projects. I personally try to only, sew or create cut-offs out of pants when they have been worn out with love (knee holes from playing usually). Also these tips really only work if, your little one is growing out of the pants in length, if it’s in width there is not much you can do to extend their life (it’s not too comfy to wear pants that are too tight).
By far my most favorite skinny jeans for kids:
- for little boys are from H&M $12-$17 usually, they fit great and the denim is thick and durable.
- for little girls it’s GapKids, just keep an eye on the sales rack or the online sales and then they are EVEN better! I add in ‘fashion’ jeans from other places as well (little vida is having a sale right now)..when the price is right and I totally fall in love. I’m also dieing to try the skinny jeans from Mini Mioche.
I have a few more of these posts I’m working on and they will probably pop in now and again. Is there anything specific you have seen my kids wear that you are curious about how we style it? Or something you would like to see styled a bunch of ways?
PS. I forgot to add, I do love to buy vintage for the kids’ whenever I can also (but thrifting in Toronto, is bad!). So 3 ring circus, Salvage House, Liddle, Kyssa, and Kid Wonder are a few of the places I keep my eye on for great kids vintage.