Wednesday, March 6, 2013

How To Dress Boys…Cheap!

Six years ago, when I found out I was going to give birth to a bouncing baby boy, I was in shock to say the least. I grew up with all girls and I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with a little boy. As we shared the news with our family and friends, I consistently heard over and over again;
“Awe, they just don’t make any cute clothes for boys.”
I started checking out all those children’s clothing stores and realized that they were completely wrong. There were plenty of cute clothes out there for boys. The real problem was that his wardrobe was going to be worth more than mine. By the time I purchased the pants, shirt,sweater, socks, and possibly the shoes or a jacket, the whole outfit was about the cost of my junior year prom dress. Add to that the fact that they wear everything a total of 3.2 seconds before they out-grow it and I was in heart failure.  ..and as both of my son’s have gotten older, it’s gotten worse.
I decided there was only one thing to do in order to not take out a second mortgage to dress my boys cute….
Replicate the outfits with cheaper clothing.
I’ve done this for quite a few years now and I have great success. I constantly get compliments on how my boys are dressed and I even have people tell me they want to buy the clothes when my kids are done with them.  While I am flattered that they think my boys look so cute, I am always chuckling a little because they have no idea that they are signing up to buy second hand clothes that have mostly come from Wal-Mart, Target, and Kohl’s. The brand name stuff in this house comes far and few between.
I figured out a few rules to dressing boys with cheap clothes but making them have a brand name look, all while saving major dollars.
1. Layers, layers, layers.
You’ll notice that in almost all of those ads for the expensive children’s clothing stores, they have layered the clothes.
2. Compliment or match the colors so the outfit looks like it was meant to be together.
Once again, this is a big theme in the brand name stuff and how they get you to buy the shirt, pants, and matching socks.
3. Buy your clothing so it’s all interchangeable with each other.
If you love your son in teal blue and purchase a whole outfit centered around this color, why not buy a couple other pieces with that coordinating color too? Then you can change out the clothes and look like you have several different outfits with only 6 or 7 pieces of clothing.
 
This Spring I began purchasing some clothing for my boys and thought I would share what I bought and how I went about putting the outfits together.  I found some pretty cute models hanging out in the living room watching cartoons, so it seemed like it was meant to be.
 
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I purchased 4 shirts for these looks. Now, of course he can wear each shirt separately, but by coordinating all the shirts, I have exponentially increased the outfit possibilities.
blue polo
Target, $9.99
green henley
Target, $11.99
green sweatshirt
Target, $12.99
sunglasses
Kohl’s $7.50
I already had the khaki pants, but I thought I would offer a link to a similar item..
khaki
Target $16.99
So, for $42.47 I have the potential for at least 8 outfits.
Here is what I got for my youngest son..
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Now, I don’t want you to think I don’t buy my youngest son as much as my oldest son, but we do hand me downs in this house, so my little one doesn’t need as much as my oldest. That being said, I couldn’t resist getting a couple new things for my little munchkin.
black sweatshirt
Target, $12.00
gray t
Target, $5.00
white polo
Target, $7.00
I already had the jeans, but here is a link to a pretty cute pair..
jeans
Target, $14.99
 
I spent $24.00 and now I have the potential for at least 5 outfits.
Also, I wanted to add that I received free shipping from Target and Kohl’s!!
 
By showing you these casual outfits I hope to give you some ideas of how to mix and match these cheaper clothes to give them a whole new look. Obviously they look cute by themselves, but layered with coordinating pieces, they almost look downright expensive.
 
Happy Wednesday.
love,
Val
 
p.s. Target nor Kohl's paid me to say this! I just like their clothes.

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