As with most things parenting-related, clothes shopping for kids is an evolution. When my babies were little and had no ability to object, they wore anything I put on them. I was in my element. I would spend hours at the mall, perusing the kids’ stores, watching for sales in all my favorite brands, dressing my little ones up like paper dolls. It was practically a full-time job, and one that I took very seriously.
But you know how it goes. They got older and developed opinions.
The little girls that used to happily wear smocked dresses and big grosgrain hair-bows now prefer the latest in leggings and sequins. The precious little boy who used to go to preschool decked out in hand-knit sweaters and wide-wale corduroys now goes to middle school wearing athletic apparel (that he may or may not have slept in.)
Shopping for their clothes has ceased to be a treasured pastime and instead has become another errand in the list of things that must be done.
Rather than spending hours at the mall, I tend to shop online or pick up their clothes when I’m doing other errands. The kids’ clothing section at Target, so conveniently located on my way to the household and beauty products, has become my go-to resource for basic wardrobe essentials. (Such as this Cherokee Girls’ Strappy Tank — I think both girls have one in every color!)
And with their reasonable price point, I don’t want to cry when my kids bust a hole in the knee of a pair of pants or dribble chocolate down the front of a brand new blouse.
As a Target Inner Circle member, I was invited to go on a shopping spree at Target for new spring kids’ clothes . . . and not a moment too soon! Now that winter is nearing its end (or so they say) my kids clothes are beginning to look tired and worn. Being kids, they do take a toll on their clothes. Everything is faded and stained; pants are getting too short, and shirts are getting too tight. We’re all eager to trade skinny jeans for maxi dresses and sweatshirts for short sleeves.
So one sunny Saturday last month, my older daughter and I set out for a “girls’ day out” and I let her pick out some fresh new clothes for spring.
At 10, clothes shopping is becoming more and more of a challenge. So many stores have resorted to flimsy materials and tacky graphics. While my daughter is often drawn to those looks, I can usually steer her in a direction that I can tolerate, and we both leave happy. SCORE!
I have heard complaints about quality and style at Target’s kids’ department in the older sizes, but I actually have pretty good luck there shopping for my 10-year-old. I particularly do well in the warmer months because my girls love dresses, and I find Target’s selection to be quite extensive. We also get a lot of tops there at all times of year, although their pants don’t fit us so well. The exception to that is their leggings. My younger daughter practically lives in those!
This year I was quite pleased with their selection in the bigger kid sizes. Like, look at this rack. I love these little skirts with the denim jackets.
I got one of these outfits for each of my daughters. They prefer to wear them with cardigans, although I thought the denim jackets were super cute.
My 10-year old is a dress girl, and she was in heaven in the Target Girls’ department.
Here are a few things we brought home on our shopping spree.
This little number is one of both of our favorites. She wore it for Easter with sheer hose and black patent pumps.
And she can’t wait to start wearing these maxi dresses. She lives in these types of dresses during the summer months.
(They don’t waste time coming up with clever names for their products, do they?? LOL!)
I stocked up on these basketball shorts for my son. He wears those to school and basically everywhere but church 10 months out of the year. When he’s not wearing those, he’s wearing a variation of these C9 by Champion athletic pants.
I do get him into khakis and a collared shirt for church, but otherwise he looks ready for the basketball court. Thank goodness for Target prices, because those pants take a beating.
Target is also my go-to store for kids’ swimwear. They always have cute styles and they wear quite well. We have several that have seen it through both my daughters’ for several years each. I picked up one for each of their Easter baskets this year.
They also make cute coverups!
I’m overall very pleased with the kids’ clothes we’ve bought at Target over the years. I think they do a good job at finding a good marriage of quality and price point. They lack some of the details of higher priced brands, but that is to be expected. They hold up to wash and wear, and they have styles that all of my kids (and I) can appreciate.
And now, Free Shipping!
I also love that Target now offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more. I didn’t used to order from Target online but they have been working hard at making their online shopping experience equal the ease and convenience of the in-store shopping experience that they’re so well known for.
Target PetitePARADE NYC Fashion Show
I had the opportunity to attend Target’s PetitePARADE NYC Fashion Show in New York City last month and unfortunately had to decline due to an already overpacked schedule, but I was able to have access to the photos and an interview with Jennifer Smith, a Target PetitePARADE Stylist. Here’s what she had to say:
What was your inspiration behind the styles at the Target and petitePARADE show?
- My first look at the Target spring and summer collection instantly brought back memories of those long summer days growing up in the 70s. From seersuckers and dip-dyes, to neons and florals, the clothes had me dreaming of everything from 4th of July parties to countless days spent at the beach.
If you could sum up this latest Target collection in three words, what would they be?
- BEST OF SUMMER
How do you/can parents encourage kids to celebrate their style?
- When I was growing up, my mom made most of the clothing choices for me and my siblings. These days, kids are much more expressive with their style and I always encourage them to have fun with fashion. I love setting my son free in Target to explore and challenge his personal expression through fashion. He puts together the most amazing outfits! With so many affordable, on-trend offerings at Target, we both always leave the store inspired.
Here are a few shots from the PetitePARADE that give you an idea what Target has in store for us for summer!
I think this outfit is totally cute and age appropriate. My 10-year-old is always asking me for scarves so I’m glad to see that Target is making some in kid sizes.
How cute is this little guy!?
I bet this little girl was thrilled to get to walk Bullseye the Target dog down the runway.
Win A $100 Shopping Spree to Target!
As a part of this latest Target Inner Circle activity, I get to give a $100 Gift Card to one lucky winner who will also get a Spring Shopping Spree at Target! WHOOP!
To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing why you’d like to win or what you’d buy if you win. That’s it! No optional entries, forms or extra hoops!!
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