I am mother to two girls — a job for which I am completely unqualified, by the way — so I think about kids’ clothes quite a lot. The stage we are in now has my younger daughter wearing her big sister’s old clothes and my older daughter mostly wearing things that are on the verge of being too small for her.
I think this will accurately describe the stage we are in for a number of years because I am very stingy when it comes to spending money on clothes for my girls.
Yes, yes, I am a terrible mother. I am aware.
But I know for which activities they wear these clothes. I’ve seen what happens to the cute dress and matching leggings. There are very few occasions in the lives of a three year old and a seven year old that do not have the opportunity for stains or tears. So I’ve made the choice to be very frugal when it comes to their clothes.
Any time we purchase clothes for ourselves or others we have to make the choice to spend or save, right? With my girls I rarely choose the “spend” option, but here are the things I will spend on:
- An outfit for my older daughter that she will get at least a year out of and will be in good shape to pass down to her sister.
- An outfit for my younger daughter that she will get a year or more out of.
- Shoes they can wear everyday and are good for their feet.
And really that’s about it.
I want my children to have a choice in what they wear, but I feel there are plenty of good options at Target or Old Navy or Gap (when they have a sale). It is a usually waste of money to pay for their clothes what I pay for mine.
I also feel that they need to be dressing like the age they are and not like teenagers or young adults. Here are some looks that I love: