Navigating Kids Clothes

dress: vintage (was mine when I was her age), coat: The GAP, Shoes: Old Navy, hairband: H&M, bags: Herschel Supply

I love to dress my daughters in adorable outfits…like most moms of girls do. It’s funny how in this world of blogging and social media, I notice the pressure to dress your kids in the best of the best. When I had my first, I would see other moms only buying local, organic, premium brands for their littles. Their kids always looked so stylish and cool and perfectly put together. I love to buy both local and organic whenever I possibly can. Supporting local, ethical businesses is important to me.  Having said that, I also have a budget.

When I was pregnant with the twins, and I would have moms say to me…”I guess you’re starting fresh with all new clothes for your twins. The styles change so much in three years.” The age gap between my kids is three years, but WTF?  The styles change so much??? I have lovely, barely worn, baby clothes from my first daughter. Why on earth would I get rid of all those clothes and start over to keep up appearances?  Since money is an object when raising 3 kids in one of the most expensive cities in the world, moms don’t need the added pressure of keeping up with the latest and greatest.  Not to mention I also hate waste and try to reduce my footprint whenever I can.  So how have I navigated putting my kids in clothes I love while not breaking the bank? It’s all about the mix.

I do tend to buy more neutral items that I can mix and match.   I do find some kids stuff to be a bit obnoxious with a million colours, frills, bows, and anything else they can throw on there.  I really try not to over buy as well.  I am trying to keep my own closet more minimal, so why not take this approach with my kids too?

tee: West + Wind (my old shop), jeans: second hand from JBF Vancouver, belt: local label Monkey & Peanut, shoes: Michael Kors (gifted), backpack: Skip Hop

dress: Redrabbit Boutique  , vest: Birthday gift, shoes: Old Navy, head wrap: borrowed from Mom’s closet

On Lily (left): top: H&M, ruffle skirt leggings + headband: hand me downs from her sister;  On Sabrina (right): tunic: gift, leggings + headband: hand me downs from sister

I will be the first to admit, my kids wear hand me downs.  My twins are obviously wearing their big sister’s clothes, but we’ve also been lucky to have some friends share their previously loved items with us too.  Not everything is my taste, so those pieces get donated to local charities.  I also have a few cherished items from when I was a kid.  Madelyn has worn some of my vintage pieces, including the homemade yellow knit dress in the first picture above.  I buy a mixture of local made items, national brands, and second hand pieces.  Not all the second hand pieces are from friends.  I  like to shop the local JBF Vancouver kids consignment sale.  They have two sales per year and it’s an awesome way to stock your kids up for the next season with some adorable gear at a fraction of the price.  They also sell books, toys, maternity clothing, bedding, breast pumps, cribs, play mats, strollers, and anything else you will possibly need to raise a child. Definitely worth checking out!

Madelyn loves clothes!   She loves to play dress up and wears a dress almost every day.  Some days she picks out her own outfits and I love to see how she puts things together and what her eye is drawn to.  She does a pretty good job.  It isn’t always the combo I would first choose, but who’s it hurting if she rocks her rainbow leggings with her purple dress, and running shoes?  It’s funny because the day we were snapping these pics (below) I had thought, “Oh, I should change Maddie.  Her outfit isn’t really right for this pic.”  Then I stopped and thought about it.  Why would I tell her that the outfit she picked out wasn’t “good enough”.  Who cares?!?  She’s 3 and was so happy in this outfit.

dress: Old Navy (she has been wearing it for almost a year.  fits more like a tunic now), pants: gift, runners: Sketchers , hairband: H&M, stickers on dress: her own added flare: Babies are both wearing head to toe hand me downs, I’m wearing a locally made baby wrap: Beluga Baby

snowsuit + boots: JBF Vancouver, hat+gloves+scarf: H&M

pants + headband: VonBon Apparel, tee: West + Wind, shoes: Old Navy

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