Children’s wear is a huge industry and there are a lot of
options for parent to choose from when purchasing clothing for
their child. Children’s wear can be found at all price points,
from budget to designer. Here are some tips for getting the
best deals for your money.
Always buy off season if possible. Stores take big markdowns at
the end of every season. If you purchase clothing at these
times, you can save as much as 80 to 90% off their regular
price. Always buy a size or two up, so that you can be assured
of a good fit next year. Children grow fast, and it’s always
better to buy too big than too small. Pay higher prices only
for items that will be used year round or by several children
in your family.
If you live in an area where the weather is fairly moderate, it
might make sense to pay more for a jacket or pullover that can
be worn most of the year. If you have three girls, for example,
paying a higher price for a pretty holiday or party dress,
might make sense if you know you’ll be passing it down to all
three girls. Most kids don’t mind “hand me downs”, as long as
they are in good condition.
Better quality items are more likely to last longer. Shoe
purchases can eat up a large amount of your children’s wear
clothing budget. A child’s foot grows fast, so try to take
advantage of sales on shoes whenever possible. Sometimes your
child will only end up wearing a particular pair of shoes for
just a few months before they have another growth spurt. That
is why it’s better to buy cheaper, if possible.
All children need some basics in their wardrobes. Many stores
such as Target and Kohl’s have great basics for kids at very
reasonable prices. Items such as solid t-shirts, socks, khakis,
and jeans can be found fairly inexpensively.
The growing trend of more designer-based wear in children’s
clothing is something every parent has to deal with at some
time. The older the child, the more likely they are to want
particular pieces by particular designers. To keep this need
within your budget, only buy one or two designer pieces a
season, and mix and match them with lower priced goods. Good
choices are a jacket or cardigan that can be worn with several
different pieces, or a designer t-shirt that can be worn alone
or over other shirts. Off price stores such as TJ Maxx carry
designer labels at a fraction of the original price. No matter
what the season or trend, you can have a well dressed child for
little money, if you plan ahead and follow the tips above.
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