I like to think that my kids have pretty good style and I generally let them dress themselves. I love how their individuality comes through and how they express themselves with their choice of shoes and accessories. But sometimes I have to step in. For instance, my oldest son goes through these crazy growth spurts. He can be wearing jeans that are dragging on the floor or rolled way up one day and then the next morning come out with them to his shins. Ok, it might not be THAT drastic but it’s so fast! In summer we just roll them up and say he looks European. In the winter, it just doesn’t cut it, even in California. One such growth spurt happened last week.
So Old Navy’s Kids and Baby Sale couldn’t have come at a better time. You just can’t beat jeans for $10-$15. And $5-$8 t-shirts? I mean…it is silly not to go. I’ve got two little boys and I sometimes get jealous of all the cute girls things I see in stores. I wouldn’t say shopping for boys is harder. If you are trying to dress them with a certain aesthetic though, you have to be a bit more choosey and creative with the options that are out there. Old Navy is one of my go-to spots for back to school and through the year when we need to round out our kid’s wardrobes.
Since I had no idea what size pants would fit my newly taller son, he and I planned a date with just the two of us. First, we stopped for lunch at one of his favorite places and then practically ran over to Old Navy to try on some new stuff.
He was over it pretty quickly. Partially because I grabbed all the wrong sizes to start and had to pretty much start all over…But he hung in there and we ended up with 3 pairs of skinny jeans, each on sale for $15! I was really bummed that the bright-colored denim was almost only available in larger sizes. They had one pair of red left but my son wasn’t having it. And I didn’t force it. Why get them home and have them sit in a drawer. So instead I bought red pants for my younger son at home. We have been wearing Old Navy jeans since the kids were babies. They are cut in a great shapes for growing bodies and are well made. They last really well and we’ve always been able to pass them along to our friend’s younger kids. There are 4 styles to choose from in several washes each, but we’re a slender family and the skinny jeans work best for my boys.
Old Navy has a great selection of inexpensive t-shirts, including licensed character shirts (on sale for $8-$12). My husband and I would love it if the kids only wanted to wear the super cool items we painstakingly pick out for them. It’s just not in the cards. I don’t want to take the fun out of being a kid so each boy has a small selection of these shirts in their rotations. Old Navy also has a great selection of solids and stripes too (some on sale for $5/each). A great way to save money is to mix these basics in to your kid’s wardrobe. Sometimes there isn’t anything cooler than a plain white t-shirt. Here is my oldest modeling a pair of his new skinny jeans and his new Ninjago tshirt. It was quite a struggle for him deciding between three different Lego shirts. I’m thinking he feels pretty confident in his choice.
No one has a ton of money to spend on kid’s clothes right now and I usually try to buy on the larger side to ensure that the kids can get a lot of use out of them. Rolled up pants are not only efficient but in style. So it totally works. :) I can’t get over how happy these red pants make me!! The younger kid’s version is more of a chino than a jean (on sale for $10). These pants will work with all kinds of tops and shoes but here we’ve paired it with just a plain sweatshirt (well, paired makes it sound like we put this outfit together on purpose. He already had that top on). I am also super excited to put it with some great woven shirts in his closet. And I may be heading back out for some of these pants in other colors.
And Old Navy is great about having items that can get you through those transitional seasons. While we did have a cold spell last month, our winters are pretty mild. So long sleeve t-shirts make a lot of sense for us. Both of my kids LOVE dancing so this shirt was a natural favorite. And the color combo is great. I really like how Old Navy uses color in their clothes and doesn’t just stick to standards. You can tell that their design team pays attention to trends but I wouldn’t say that their clothes are especially trendy, at least in the boy’s department. This too, allows us to get a lot of use out of the clothes. The store was well stocked, except for the colored denim and we easily found the items we were looking for.
Don’t miss the Old Navy‘s Kids and Baby Sale on now through February, 20, 2013! It is the perfect time to also stock up on shorts for spring!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.