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Topic: Practicality, glam, ect... What do you Dress Your Kids In? SURVEY for designs  (Read 3866 times)
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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2008 07:06:27 AM »

I think the 3 outfits in the pic you posted are cute for girls.  However, the first thing i thought of was I would never buy my daughter a 1 piece outfit again.  She is 2.5 and we are smack dab in the middle of potty training.  Once they hit that age and they gotta "go", you need something that can be whipped off super fast. (And even then, sometimes that isnt fast enough!)  My daughter is also in the "I do it myself" phase.  I don't think she could undress herself (im guessing there are some sort of snap/button in the back). 

« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2008 03:01:19 PM »

I would have to agree on the one-piece outfits.  Once they get into pottytraining, you need something that is easy for them to take off - quickly!  They are cute for babies and work for them, though. 

I tend to veer towards outfits that are practical to play in but still cute.  I like swing tops with pants/shorts for my daughter.
« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2008 11:50:54 PM »

Practicality wins out, usually.  While it doesn't matter so much for very small infants, who outgrow clothes rather than wearing out clothes, I expect clothes for creepers and up to be sturdy, cotton or wool fabric (I'll suffer polyester in hand-me-downs, but I won't actually BUY the stuff), washable, and preferably something that doesn't require much, if any, ironing.  All fasteners should be on the front of the garment for convenience.  Snaps or velcro for under 2 years old, and buttons or zippers are OK for over 2 years old-- although pants should still have an all-elastic waist.  I like long dresses and bloomers for girls, because unless the dress is very fitted, it'll take longer for the girl to outgrow it than for a shirt.  Bloomers and pants should really be plain solid colors that will go with SEVERAL items in the kid's closet, so you don't have to worry about matching.

As to designs-- most kids under 3 don't really care what's on their clothes, as long as it's bright and "cool".  Fathers, on the other hand, DO care what their sons wear.  Again, they probably won't complain too much about hand-me-downs or yard sale finds, but if you're spending $50 for a new outfit for a baby boy, it pays to consider Papa's opinion.  Generally, men HATE pastels for boys, and certainly NO girly patterns like sheep, bunnies, bears, lambs, flowers, balloons, butterflies, alphabet blocks, bottles, etc.  It's preferable to have bold dark colors and to stick to "manly" design elements: motor vehicles, weapons, insects, reptiles/dinosaurs, etc.  I've never been too keen on pastels for girls, either.  I rather like darker colors with a busy enough pattern or print so that stains don't show very well.

My personal pet peeve, as a kid, was that I loved my dresses, but they never came with pockets.  Where is a girl supposed to keep her pocketknife and snail collection if her dress doesn't have pockets?
« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2008 07:40:01 AM »

My personal pet peeve, as a kid, was that I loved my dresses, but they never came with pockets.  Where is a girl supposed to keep her pocketknife and snail collection if her dress doesn't have pockets?

ROFL!!! I loved my Holly Hobby dress & pinafore because both the dress AND the pinafore had pockets! I still hate clothes without pockets Smiley
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2008 01:52:08 PM »

My best advice, as a mother of two little girls, is this: Find something that you would LIKE to wear, and scale it down to little girl's size. If there is a style that I like on myself, then I ADORE it on my children. They always wear every style better than me. Smiley

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