I'm having a no spend July and all my blogging this month will be about managing the financial side of home life. I'm sharing what I'm learning and ideas about saving, spending wisely, and generally being responsible with our resources.
Today, I'm talking/typing about boys' clothing. My boys are wonderfully hard on their clothes. They frequently have holes and rips from climbing trees or grease stains from messing around with boats and vehicles with my husband.
I think their destructiveness on their wardrobe started around age 4 for each of them.
I remember sending Stephen to preschool in the cutest Honey Bee Tee, feeling like such a proud mama, dressing him so cute! He didn't wear his shirt two times before he took a pair of scissors and cut a huge hole in it.
It's pretty much been down hill from there.
So here is the most practical and economical way I've found to dress my boys during the summer months.
100% cotton, solid color tee from Walmart
shorts from Old Navy (toddler and big boy)
I buy solid tee's on sale from Old Navy and Gap, too, but the Walmart Fruit of the Loom ones are less than $3! And they have great colors. I'm a total stickler for 100% cotton, and I always check that before buying. Sometimes the manufacturers change on you and sneak a little polyester in there. Beware.
They have other random t-shirts from school or wherever, but if I'm buying I stick to this solid, boy-friendly uniform.
For shoes, we are loving Natives. They are a sneaker and a water shoe all in one, and they have held up really well.
In addition to being low-cost, I really like the way the solid t-shirt and shorts combo looks.
I love understated, simple clothes on children. No obnoxious sayings please!
I do think sewing something cool like their age or a robot would be so cute, and a fun way to personalize the shirt. Inspiration from Margo. Maybe I'll get around to that.
My boys really don't have an opinion (yet) about what they wear, so let's hope we can hold off on the sports wear as long as possible. I'm sure it's only a matter of time.
Do you have outfit formulas for your kids? Boys or girls?
How do you manage the costs of children's clothes?