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Style for Little Girls: Doesn't have to cost a fortune

September 24, 2013

I'm spotlighting one of my favorite spots to buy clothes for Wells and Tagg: Old Navy.  It all started with a cute picture a friend posted yesterday of her adorable little girl getting ready for pre-school.   
 Full disclosure, this friend is my southern Sorority Sister from College of Charleston and her daughter had on skinny jeans and a peplum top.  I die.

Anyway, the conversation bounced around between the adorableness of little F and her wardrobe.  Both the cost and the practicality and how these things are different in various regions of the country. It was noted that Southern women tend to dress their children up more for preschool.  I'm not going to deny that because my news feed is typically full of little children in smocked outfits off on their way to the park and to school.  I'm not going to argue about that.  We do it some.  But to be honest, I'm amazed at how well some of our Lily shifts and shorter smocked dressed stay wrinkle free and hide stains better than the official playclothes.  I don't think most of us have the luxury of a separate set of "play clothes" for our kids.  They play in anything we put them in.  Even their jamma clothes. (As pajamas are called in our house).  So it's just all about getting them dressed.  And I find a lot of fun in that while Wells is still young enough to let me dress her.

So the discussion wasn't really about dresses v. pants for climbing a tree.  It was focused on style.  And affording or not affording style.  I say you can dress your children stylishly and practically at the same time.  It all goes in the same washing machine.  
I call the bluff on any mom who disagrees.  

I'm not asking you to find me clothes that are outrageously over my budget and are dry-clean only to prove me wrong.  I just want to show you affordable options that prove me right in the hopes that you can bump up  your kids style if you want.  IF YOU WANT.  That's right.  I'm not calling out a single mom for not dressing her kids cuter.  Lord knows, you can have a closet full of stylish and ironed options and they'll choose pajama shorts and a dirty tee shirt from yesterday every time.  And the one time you give in because it's not worth the fight is the time you will see at least three people you know at target.  So I get it.  Please don't feel like I'm judging.  I swear to you I'm not.  But I did spend an hour browsing the OLD NAVY site in search of stylish and cute girls clothes to see if you could play mini-fashionista on a budget and I loved what I saw.  The style and the prices.




  


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13 comments:

  1. I could not agree more! I spent way too much money on clothes for Sterling and I just am not doing that this time around. I have been way more selective. I absolutely love Old Navy and Gap for baby clothes and also Target there are some fab affordable options. Sadly all sterling wants to wear now are tee shirts or gasp his wife beater but you know what I don't care if it makes him happy it makes me happy and I keep telling myself I do have a baby girl coming I can dress as I please:)

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  2. Old Navy styles are great, but sadly I find the quality lacking. For kids clothing I need something that holds up to multiple washings so I'll gladly pay a premium to have clothing that doesn't unravel after 2 wearings. Thankfully, Crewcuts runs some fab sales during the year and I tend to stock up (especially for my 7 yr old daughter).

    Great post!

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  3. These clothes are adorable! So cute!

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  4. these are all so cute! I'm dying over that little leopard coat!

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  5. Sooo excited for this topic and to read the responses stemming from it! I've found that in the past few years Target, Old Navy and Carters have totally stepped up their game in the trend department. Crazy 8 can also have some adorable inexpensive goodies. We are lucky enough to have a GAP and a Crewcut outlet about an hour away and we go every season and stock up. My weakness is Matilda Jane and between eBay and several FB resale groups there is a great opportunity to get the pieces for much less than retail. I'm all about consignment stores when it comes to "fancier" or more expensive clothes. We have a closet chock full of smocked dresses but they are all consignment finds and can be worn for at least two seasons. And if they get stained at school I'm not out all sorts of money. Once she outgrows them, I then sell them and use the money for more clothes. I LOVE the way you dress your littles. Especially Tagg, it's so hard to find stylish pieces for boys!

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  6. We have the same taste, Julia. Good picks at ON. I have a problem with crewcuts though! I justify buying them for my 5 year old because they will pass down to her little sister.

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  7. I totally agree. Old Navy is one of my go-to's for Camille & Clyde. I love those heart flats for girls...I may have to pick those up for Camille.

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  8. Awesome finds!! I find old navy to be hit or miss for style and fit (but I only shop boys). I do have some items I just love from there, but I find myself going more towards gap bc of the sales (although honestly I haven't been loving their stuff lately). I'd love to see your boy finds!

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  9. Yes, please do a boy version. Thanks

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  10. They are killing it this year with their cuteness!!! I have been eyeing those leopard shinnies for baby girl, now I think I must buy them!!

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  11. Cutest stinkin clothes ever!! As long as i don't have to iron it my girl can wear it. And i'm dying over that fur coat-the ultimate in adorableness.

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  12. Bought the aqua and hot pink skinnies for my little girl last week! Loved all of it!

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  13. So many cute things! I saw leopard leggings in the girls' section at Target and am wishing that a) they came in my size and b) I could pull them off like a little girl could!

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