May 20, 2013

Toddler Clothing: Recommendations from an Experienced Shop-a-holic!

Do you have a shopping addiction?  I sure do!  Before I had my first child, Alivia, it was a handbag and shoe addiction.  Now that I have Alivia, it's an addiction to little girl's clothing!  The beautiful colors, enticing trims, fun prints, and soft fabrics always seem to call my name when I walk by.  And because Alivia loves clothing, shoes, and accessories just as much as me if not more makes it almost impossible to fight the urge to buy her pretty things!  Let me tell you how bad it's gotten.

TODDLER CLOTHING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM AN EXPERIENCED SHOP-A-HOLIC

In the past month, I must have purchased at least 30 outfits for her!  Maybe more, but I'm not certain.  Aside from the outfits, she has 5 new bathing suits, 6 pairs of shoes, and 5 hats for the Summer!  The worst part?  I don't even look at price tags anymore.  If I like it, I buy it.  Of course, that's not to say I don't cringe when I hear the cashier tell me the total.  Is it hot in here (that's what I think to myself).  No, it's just me sweating from the thought of spending all that money!  You'd think it would stop me, but NO!  Yep, I'm sick.  I know.

Here's the thing though.  I barely buy myself anything anymore.  My husband, God love him, barely needs or wants anything.  We work hard, have great credit, and pay our bills on time so why the heck not splurge every so often?  I think we deserve it!  Besides there's a lot worse things I could be addicted to!  

Luckily for everyone, I am a smart shopper!  You'll find my wallet busting at the seams from the massive amount of coupons I always seem to have.  I also look up stores on my computer in advance to see who is having sales and when I find something worth purchasing, I run a price comparison on my smart phone.  Of course there are times I do pay full price, but they are few and far between!  Need a phone application to help you do a price comparison?  Check out these great ones:

- Price Check by Amazon for Android and for iPhone 
- ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner for Android and for iPhone
- The Find for Android

And some great coupon websites and applications:

- Wow Coupons 
- Retail me Not 
- The Coupons App for Android and for iPhone

Today, I would say I'm a very experienced shopper!  I know which designers/stores make quality clothing (items that wash and wear well, are comfortable, and are made of durable fabrics).  With that said, I thought I'd share some of my favorite stores I like to shop in for Alivia!  They vary in price range whether you are looking for a deal or would like to splurge!

CLOTHING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR TOT

TODDLER CLOTHING RECOMMENDATIONS
Hanna Andersson
Price Range: $ - $$$

J.Crew
Price Range: $$ - $$$$

Catimini
Price Range: $$ - $$$$
Also sold on Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online boutiques such as BabyMe.cc, LaBella Flora, and Comfy Kid

Jelly the Pug
Price Range: $$
Also sold on Amazon and online boutiques such as Comfy Kid and Best Dressed Tot 

Tea Collection
Price Range: $$
Also sold at Nordstrom, Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Diapers.com

Mini Boden
Price Range: $$ - $$$
Also sold at Nordstrom

Garnet Hill (Moxie & Mabel)
Price Range: $$ - $$$$
Moxie & Mabel also sold on Amazon, and online boutiques such as Little Posh Princess, Everything But The Princess, and Little Fashions Boutique

SHOE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR TOT

SHOE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR TOT

See Kai Run
Price Range: $$ - $$$
Also sold at Nordstrom, Amazon, Piperlime, Zappos, etc.

Livie & Luca
Price Range: $$ - $$$
Also sold at Garnet Hill, Amazon, Zappos, Diapers.com, etc.

Clarks
Price Range: $$ - $$$

Okay, that's all I have for you today!  As if it wasn't enough, I know.  

Where do you shop for your little ones?  Any favorite stores?  I'd love to hear!  Feel free to drop me a comment.  

If you missed my previous post Intermittent Exotropia: Considering Surgery, I hope you'll check it out.  Need some great Father’s Day gift ideas?  Check out my Top 15 Men’s Gift Recommendations post!  On a final note, if you didn't notice my poll I have displayed at the top of my page in my sidebar to the right, have a look!  I'd really appreciate your vote!  Thanks so much!

12 comments :

  1. My husband always says thank goodness we have a son, if I had a daughter there would be no stopping me!! Boys clothes are just not as exciting as little girls, plus there are way more cute things to buy for girls. Luckily I have 4 nieces so still get my fill of buying girlie things.
    Thanks for all the great suggestions.

    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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  2. One shopaholic mama here! Ha! I love love dressing up my little girl so everytime I see cute dresses, I couldn't resist and I need to buy it. I love zulily.com, they have cute and pretty clothes too :)

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  3. All such great picks! I know what you are saying, I haven't bought myself any clothes in SO long. I just buy for my daughter. And I love that you have Hanna Anderson in your picks! Their clothes are awesome quality and so worth it. It is an addiction shopping for these little ones!!

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  4. Oh they are SO fun to buy for when they are small!!!

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  5. Oh goodness, if my husband new I saw this, and the simple fact that I am already filling up a cart in my mind for my girls, he would not be too happy, haha. I love all of these brands, and I LOVE having girls to put in all these cute clothes. It's funny, because I also have really stopped buying for myself, compared to how much I spend on my daughters. My husband had to force me to take a shopping trip for myself, and I still ended up coming home with 4 outfits for my oldest. Oops :)

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  6. So good to know! My little one just turned 1 - so this is great for us! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  7. o my word these are so damn cute! I love frills and floral on a little girl. Mine turns 1 next month :)

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  8. kids grow very quickly and favorite clothes are often outgrown long before they’re worn out. You can benefit from what other people have had to throw out... some items may still carry the original shop tag, indicating that they've never been worn.

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  11. I am a shopaholic too, but I spend mostly on second hand clothes. Kids outgrow their clothes so fast and buying brand new clothing is a no no for me. I sometimes ask from friends and relatives for a hand me down clothes just to save.
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  12. One of biggest advantages of buying clothes from online stores is that we get clothes at a much reduced rate compared to rates of physical retail stores. I bought Kim Rogers dress for my niece and I am happy that she loved it.

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