This post is for all my fellow Boy Mamas (can I get an amen? This ish can be rough!!). Shopping for quality items that are DURARABLE, affordable and actually cute often seems impossible! When I was pregnant, we did not find out what the sex of our child would be, so my plan was to buy a couple of staple, neutral items that would work for either gender. I’ve kept with this approach even after our son was born! He’s got A LOT of Blacks, Greys and other dark neutrals going on!
The unfortunate reality is there are SO. MANY. great options for little girl clothing but not a lot for dudes. Since I’ve been navigating these waters for a couple of years now, I figured I would pass on a few strategies and some of my favorite brands with you.. sharing is caring!
1. Check out The Girls section – And not just with longing! (ha, ha). Seriously though, skinny jeans and leggings are not just for girls! The girls section always has awesome dark wash denim and solid color black and grey leggings. Staples in my little’s wardrobe.
2. Buy TWO or THREE sizes at a time- I know it may seem excessive, but kids grow SO FAST. I once purchased my son the most adorable leather jacket for $20 from Joe Fresh and have lived with regret ever since he grew out of it. I made the rookie mistake of not having the next two sizes up. LESSON LEARNED! Now, anytime I find a great staple like a puffy down vest or jacket, cute pair of jeans, nice chambray shirt, or neutral sweater I buy two or three of them. Classics never out date, and although you may be spending more initially, you wont have to be shopping ALL THE TIME. The same can go for shoes you find on sale. I’m pretty sure Bowen now has 5 pairs of the same shoe in multiple sizes.
3. Graphic T & Button- up Combo- This is on REPEAT over here. Beyond the fact that I’m obsessed with graphic tees, little kids are constantly moving and as such get overheated! When I put thicker sweaters on my son, he always wants them off. Inexpensive graphic tops with a reasonably priced plaid or chambray button up are warm in winter, but are also easily removed layers!
4. Shop Local Canadian Brands- I am super passionate about shopping local and supporting fellow mamas! I’ve managed to luck out with a few amazing clothing companies these past few years. I just keep buying their items and replacing what I’ve got! It’s nice to know that quality is there, and not only will they last until he grows out of them, but I can save for the next child… even if I don’t have another boy! Another benefit of buying from smaller Canadian companies is that when you shop online you don’t pay duties, there is no exchange rate and you receive your items SO MUCH FASTER! My Favorite Canadian brands are Vonbon Apparel out of Vancouver, Little and Lively in Abbotsford , NorthKinder in Edmonton and Portage and Main in Edmonton (both also be found at Refinery Clothing Co.)
5. Be Choosy With Your Big Box Shopping- It’s not always possible to shop small, but when you do turn to bigger retailers, some are better than others! I often find the best deals at The Gap (for staples, swim trunks, girls section etc), Zara (outerwear, skinny jeans, dress shirts), H&M (outerwear, swim trunks, Chambray Shirts), Joe Fresh ( Plaid shirts, Chambray Shirts), Kickee Pants (for Pajamas ) and Adam and YVE (Kickee pants and Adam and YVE can both be found at Refinery Clothing Co.)
Happy Boy- Moming!