Whether you’re shopping for your own children or those of friends or family, the task isn’t always easy. Some children’s clothing retailers have limited sizes and styles, while others can be overwhelming with so many choices. Here are some money-saving tips to help you find the right things for your little ones:
Choose soft fabrics over synthetic ones
You’ll want to choose soft fabrics over synthetic ones when buying children’s clothing. These soft fabrics will be more comfortable for your child to wear and better for the skin in general. Synthetic fabrics tend to irritate the skin and cause allergies, while natural materials are gentler on children and more likely to be breathable.
When choosing a fabric that will be suitable for a child’s clothes, remember that there is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to children’s apparel—you’ll need a variety of sizes depending on where you live and what climate you’re in. If this sounds overwhelming at first glance, have no fear! The internet has plenty of resources available online that can help guide your way through the process of finding just what suits everyone best.
Opt for simple designs
Simple designs, such as stripes and solid colors, are more durable. This makes them better for daily wear and tear (a pair of jeans with a worn-out knee is still usable). Simple designs also match well with other clothing—so if you have the same top in red and blue, your child will be able to wear both together without looking strange or mismatched.
A simple design also means that it’s easier to find coordinating items in different styles: dresses, skirts, and pants all look good when paired together—and so do tops and bottoms. If you buy pieces with the same silhouette but different patterns or colors, they will look nice when worn together but still give your kids plenty of room for creative expression.
Finally, simple designs are more comfortable than complicated ones because they don’t bunch up around the neckline or waistline (which would make them feel tight). They’re also easier to wash and dry because there aren’t any fancy stitches holding everything together; just put them into your regular load and everything else.
Go for clothing with durable parts
Durable parts, such as buttons and zippers, are necessary for children’s clothing. You don’t want to see your kid’s shirt falling off in the middle of school because the zipper is broken or missing. Durable buttons also ensure that their favorite sweater will be around for years to come without breaking in the wash too many times.
If you’re wondering how to spot durable parts while shopping, look out for these signs:
- The fabric seems thick and sturdy
- The seams are stitched tightly together
- The stitching looks like it won’t come loose easily
Buy several pairs of underwear and socks
The underwear and socks will get dirty when you go out of town. So, make sure you have several pairs of each. It’s also really easy to pack a few pairs of underwear and socks in your bag so that if you need them, they’re there for you!
Get gender-neutral clothing.
One of the best things you can do for your child’s clothing budget is to get them gender-neutral clothing. It may be tempting to buy pink clothes for a girl and blue for a boy, but you’ll spend more in the long run.
There are two reasons why getting kids’ clothes that aren’t just “for girls” or “for boys” can save you money: 1) because there’s less chance of your kid outgrowing their clothes before they wear them out, and 2) because gender-neutral styles can be worn by either sex, which means fewer items will go unused when it comes time to pass down hand-me-downs (or donate).
Plus, buying gender-neutral clothing reduces waste—a big plus if you’re concerned about being an environmentally friendly parent.
With the tips outlined above, buying children’s clothes should be a breeze. You can rest assured that your little one will look great in the latest styles and fashions while staying comfortable and healthy.