I love shopping for clothes for my kids. When I make money taking photos, I spend most of that money on my kids’ clothes. Knowing that Maria’s clothes will be passed on to Alice and Charlotte is a good reason to buy clothes that I know will hold up — and those clothes usually cost a little more. Don’t get me wrong – for play clothes and jammers and jeans I definitely go the Old Navy, Costco (I love Costco kids clothes), Target route. Perfect for play clothes. But for school clothes and church clothes and Christmas and Easter and photos…I hit these up:
Shoes (for boys and girls):
Pediped. These are the best “just learning to walk” shoes. They are so cute and easy to put on. Alice had about 5 pair and my very favorite was a pair of sparkly silver shoes. Believe it or not, they went with everything.
See Kai Run. These come in little sizes and toddler sizes and I just love them. Jamie had a pair of brown ones that he wore just about every other day last year. They were super soft and comfy. Alice has a pair of black ones now that if I could find the missing shoe, she’d wear all the time, too.
I have a thing for crewcuts which is the kid version of J Crew. I love it. For little boys who aren’t the “trucks and cars and sports-wearing” kind of kids, crewcuts is perfect. I will admit that they are a little expensive, but they are the t-shirts I reach for most often in Jamie’s closet. He had a couple of the hooded long-sleeved quarter zip shirts that were my fave. Comfortable and cute. Looked adorable under their grey wool sweater (which Jamie hated, but I got him into it once or twice). They also have Sperry’s and Adidas — LOVE.
Naartjie. My mom discovered this store in Portland when Maria was a baby and I love it. They have the best clothes for baby boys. Jamie loves their pants (they are elastic waist and soft and comfy. their denim isn’t really denim). They have great prices, too, which is obviously a plus.
Peek…Arent You Curious?. I went to Santa Monica with Cenone last year and walked into this store. I fell in love with it. Totally our style. Laid-back surfer style but really really cute, too. And by our style, I mean what I want our style to be (because I’m not always a laid back surfer-type, I realize). Anyway, their clothes are the best. SO soft and comfy and they have tons of choices. You can go with the cute quote shirts or the preppy dresses. They also have “Peek Essentials” which feature “Little Peanut” pieces — plain, classic, solid pieces like shirts and dresses and pants. By far my favorite pieces that Charlotte owns.
[I was really happy that I had found a brand that few people in Lewiston purchased. I know it doesn’t really matter if there are lots of kids running around in the same clothes as yours, it totally doesn’t, but it’s fun to have a store that’s kinda yours, ya know? Well that party is over, Nordstrom started carrying Peek. So you can find it in Nordstrom, too.]
Tea Collection. Love love love.
Chasing Fireflies. I love this website and catalogue, and if I was made of money, I would place an order with them once a month (ooooh I wish). Their clothes are really expensive (overpriced for sure) but the one thing that I recommend every mother of a little girl splurge on is one their pettiskirts. Their pettiskirts really are the best — little girls get one on and just twirl and twirl and twirl. The best.
There you have it. Cute kids clothes.