Being a lifelong fiend for fashion, I took it hard when I found out that my first baby was going to be a boy.
And my second.
And now my third.
While I am over the moon to have two gorgeous sons and one on the way, I had high hopes that one day I could shop for and dress a little girl.
Every mom on earth, clothes fiend or not, knows that adorable girls’ clothes are way easier to come by than adorable boys clothes.
As my editor proclaimed, “You can find cute girls’ clothes anywhere.”
So where to do I find cute boys clothes to satisfy this fashionista’s more masculine models?
One of my very favorite places to shop for hip boys clothes that are durable and affordable is H & M. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my bank account), we don’t have a location here in Omaha. They don’t offer online purchases either – although there are serious rumors that an online store is coming. I try to hit up an H & M store whenever I’m traveling. Denver, Kansas City, and Chicago are the closest places to find one to date.
Another favorite is J.Crew. They have a line of children’s clothes called, “Crewcuts.” Their clothes are on the pricier side, but they also have great sales. I love their tees and their boys’ shoe selection the most. I tend to only buy Crewcuts for my oldest. He’s not as hard on his clothes, so I know that at least two of our boys will get use out of them – maybe all three.
I also visit Marshall’s and TJ Maxx often to scope out the clearance racks for Ralph Lauren Polo shirts and outerwear. While I tend to steer away from things that have brands or characters plastered all over the front, I do love that Ralph Lauren clothing is so durable and let’s face it, classic.
We have shirts in almost every color because they can be casual and also look nice if we are going out to dinner or to a party. And most of the time, my boys won’t object to wearing them like they do with button down shirts. I also buy quilted barn jackets from Ralph Lauren when I can find them. They are great transitional jackets for fall, warmer winter days and for early spring.
We shop often at Gap and Old Navy. There are great staples there and the sales are usually too good to pass up. Plus, I frequently get coupons through email for additional savings. Our favorites at both stores are the super soft 2-piece pajama sets. They are pricey when not on sale, so we keep an eye out for markdowns.
Janie and Jack also have great sales, if you keep an eye out. I shopped there more when my oldest was younger and didn’t have an opinion about what he wore. If you are into truly classic “little boy” clothes, this is the place for you. They are also well made and durable. Many items that have been through the rigors of two busy boys are in perfectly good condition for our next baby.
Gymboree is popular for boys. However, I’m not super crazy about the “themes” their outfits have. They do have a sister-brand however, called Crazy 8 that tends to be a little more “plain.” I love to get basics there. Tees, jeans, sweatshirts and specialty items like white oxford shirts for dress-up occasions. Crazy 8 has a good-sized store at Oakview Mall so you can still shop locally.
Children’s Place is another go-to store. We have plenty of great basics from that store too. Even their regular prices are affordable and the sales are amazing. The clothes last and it’s like the entire store coordinates. It’s also the perfect place to find outfits for family pictures or holidays at reasonable prices.
For babies, I love Carter’s clothing. Target also carries a lot of their soft cotton onesies, separates and sets. They don’t cost a fortune, they wash up nicely and they last forever.
It might be altogether possible that I spend a larger portion of my budget on my children’s clothing than most. I get that not everyone can and/or wants to go crazy with kids’ clothes. My advice, as always, is to spend the larger portion of your budget on items like outerwear and shoes. Items like these generally get passed down and having high quality brands that hold up to washes and wear will save you time and money in the long run.