I feel like since becoming a parent I am on email lists for every child-related product on the planet! One of the biggest product is clothes. I love oohing and ahhing over cute little girl clothes and shoes. But 17 months into this parenting gig, I absolutely will not stray from my tried and true brands for Miss H. I do not have the opportunity to do a lot of in-store shopping, and if I do, I don’t have time to do a lot of returns. So I absolutely have to know that what I’m going to buy Miss H to wear is going to fit her without a lot of fuss and back-and-forth on sizing. (Even though Mini Boden is about the cutest line of kids clothes ever!)
Gap & Old Navy Clothes
When Miss H was an infant she wore clothes from all over the place – there was no loyalty, only cuteness and convenience! But starting with her clothes for last fall up until now, 95% of Miss H’s wardrobe has been from Gap and Old Navy. I’ve stuck with these brands for the following reason:
- I’ve bought enough of their clothes to know that they will fit Miss H approximately within the designated date ranges (i.e. Miss H is 17 months and just started wearing size 18-24 months from these stores). Other stores tend to confuse me with their sizing – if it is size 18 month, is it for a child approximately 12-18 months or 18-24 months? I never know, and the time it would take to figure out sizing I could have just bought clothes I know will fit.
- I can walk to large Gap and Old Navy stores over my lunch break.
- I have a family member who works for Gap Inc, which means she can buy things for Miss H at a discount.
- With my Old Navy credit card, I am constantly earning rewards with the money I spend at any Gap, Inc store (i.e. Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime) – since I also shop a lot for myself in these stores, I feel like I always have a $10 coupon in my account.
- They are always having sales, often up to 40% off.
- Finally, their stuff is trendy and cute and the quality has stood the test of time in our household (or, you know, as long as an infant or toddler wears something before their grow out of it). I am particular about some items – I will only buy pajamas at Gap because I do not like the quality of Old Navy’s fabric (it has little stretch and is impossible to but on a squirmy LO with a big cloth diaper!). On the flip side, Old Navy’s leggings are a great deal and have held up well for us, along with their t-shirts.
Some of my favorites pieces for this fall include:
See Kai Run Shoes
I have become just as particular about Miss H’s shoes after buying some shoes for her last summer that I thought would fit her (based on size charts), only to find out that they were HUGE on her little feet. I sent back so many shoes until I bought a pair of See Kai Run shoes from their “Smaller” line (these to be exact. I think they’re sold out everywhere now, but they are just so cute!).
At the time Miss H was right around 5 months old and I bought size 0-6 mo in See Kai Run sizing and the shoe fit perfectly! Since that point I haven’t looked back and have exclusively bought See Kai Run shoes for Miss H (with the exception of a pair of TOMS that I’m pretty sure will never fit her well!). I don’t have to guess about sizing because when she outgrows one pair I know I can bump up to the next size. And while I have heard some negative reviews of their See Kai Run line (hard sole shoes for new walkers; the “Smaller” line is soft sole), we have not have any issues with them. They seem to move and bend well with Miss H.
At 17 months, Miss H is in a size 5/12-18 mo. We just moved up to this size for her fall/winter shoes. I love having the mystery removed from what size shoes to buy for her itty bitty feet!
To get Miss H ready for the colder weather, we’ve bought:
Both pairs are wonderful, and the boot is especially great – it’s not too clunky and easy to get Miss H’s foot in and out of it!
What kid brands are you loyal to? Do you find that brand loyalty has saved you time and money?