April 11, 2008

Shopping: Little Girl Clothes

I buy a lot of Elizabeth's clothes at The Children's Place. It fits Elizabeth well; most of it is made for play (the skirts are stretchy, and have attached shorts); and they use the same colors throughout so if you buy a dark pink shirt and a dark pink patterned skirt and dark pink socks, the dark pinks will all match---and it will be the same dark pink as in the shirt with a multicolored pink/blue/yellow/green flower on it. Mix-and-match = teh awesome.

ANYWAY. I like to wait until they have their "take an additional 30% off sale prices" end-of-season sales, and then I like to have a coupon, too. Which is why I keep my eye on pretty, pretty Mir, who has the scoop on coupons and free shipping deals: right now you get another 15% off if you use Mir's code.

Sale-waiting is always a gamble, and right now I'm wondering Why oh why didn't I buy this tiered skirt when I had the chance? I was too cheap to spend $9 (I wanted to wait for the additional 15%-off coupon), and now I bitterly, bitterly regret it! Now they only have it in 18 months and smaller. HEART SADNESS.
Well, into each life a little rain must fall.

Instead I bought these cute ruffle flare jeans, two pairs each of "pink" (they're blue denim, but with a pinkish tint) and grey, $4.75 a pair baby!



And these cute hair bows in green and in pink for $.88 per pair! Not that Elizabeth will let me put them in her hair! But at least I can BUY them!



And some $3-ish shirts such as these from the baby girls section, for her to wear this year:






And a bunch of $3.50ish shirts such as these from the big girls section, for her to wear next year (she's tall, so she's currently in the biggest shirt size in the baby girl sizes):






And finally---OMG could you DIE?---I bought her this smocked daisy dress for $7.73:


So I'm happy, and of course I'm already second-guessing: Should I have gotten the daisy dress in yellow instead? or in black? or in pink AND in yellow? Or should I have bought the gingham dress instead? Should I have bought more of those jeans in larger sizes? Should I have bought the yoga pants, even though she does not do yoga per se?

Well, nothing says there can't be a little rematch later on. If you buy anything, tell me what you get: I'm highly susceptible to your influence, and I think it's fun to match.

44 comments:

saly said...

Darn you for making me shop!!! CA has the ruffle jeans; I think I got them for $9 at the end of last season? I love them--stretchy and adjustable waste.

I thought of you on Tuesday as I squeezed her in to the crabby shirt for probably the last time.

Kristin.... said...

We have those jeans for the twins. Of course, even switching to a smaller size means they're too long for them. But they're cute. I LOVE the skirt. And it just so happens I have a $25 gift card there.....I sense a shopping trip.
Their clothes fit my son perfectly. My oldest is a different story~the pants are too tight in the bum and too long for her (even though she's 7, she wears a 14-tall girlie). Love love love the clothes there.
thanks for sharing!

caley said...

I currently have a big ol' cart full of sale things awaiting purchase at BOTH Children's Place and Old Navy (stuff-and-save!). They are duking it out to see which one can get me the biggest deal, and once I've declared a winner I'll let you know what I got.

(Although I will undoubtedly end up buying from both stores because I just can't pick one awesome deal over another- that's like asking me to choose between my kids!)

Also, Ilove the cute stuff you got for Elizabeth, and am a tiny bit jealous that I don't have any little girls to shop for!

Emily said...

Oh it's all so cute!

Tessie said...

I love the stretchy material all of TCP stuff is made of. It makes things fit so much better, for so much longer.

My daughter is going to be THIRTY before she has enough hair for one of those ponytail holders. WAH! WANT!

Natalie said...

Thanks for the Whatnot link! If weren't already in the poor house planning a trip, I'd shop!

We have a few of the items pictured. I LOVE the jeans. CP's clothes hammy down quiet nicely! Lila is now wearing Olivia's CP ruffled jeans. Another pair will fit her next Fall. To top it off, a friend gave me another pair! Yippee! I no longer have to buy much in the clothes department. Between grandparents, friends and hammy downs, I'm saving a ton!

When I do shop, it's mostly at CP during sales. Love love love their sales and their stretchy cotton is so wrinkle-resistant (I do NOT iron). Loved your post will add whatnot to my favorites.

Joanne said...

I bought my boy a bunch of stuff for summer a few weeks ago and they were pretty good deals, on tshirts and shorts. BUT I also bought this super cute argyle sweater, in white and blue and yellow and it was - wait for it - $20!! I don't know what in the hell I was thinking, but once I got it here and it was so super cute, I had to keep it. I don't think I've ever spent $20 on one piece of clothing for him, in three years!

Clarabella said...

The saddest thing: I got the code from Mir and went to TCP website and started filling a cart, and then started thinking what my son needs, and then realized that because of his zealous grandparents, he really doesn't need ANYTHING. AND his first birthday is in a few weeks, when I'm sure they will be even more zealous (first grandchild on both sides), so there is (sniff) NO NEED for me to buy any of those cute little, cheap little clothes.

Jess said...

I need a daughter. NEED. NOW.

Or, maybe I'll just shop for one now, even though there will not be a baby for quite some time and even then, it might be a boy.

Mrs. M said...

i'd get one extra pair of jeans for next year b/c you're going ot find great deals then too.

also get the gingham dress in a different color and one of those for next year.

totally get the yoga pants. probably a couple pair. those are great for lounging but they're not pj's. BUT can be used for pj's if you're out and suspect she'll fall asleep. they're cute with all those little shirts and a little hoodie too.

go! go now! shop!

Swistle said...

Caley- Ha! I have a cart at Old Navy, too! I especially like their boy stuff, and I like the stuff-and-save sale! I don't THINK I'm buying anything this time...but I'm still messing with the cart.

Joanne- The nice thing about routinely being a bargain shopper is that when you DO find something that's PERFECT, you can buy it!

Clarabella- OH SO SAD!

Mrs. M- You are so BAD! (Keep it up.)

SLynnRo said...

I don't have, or even want kids, and yet the little clothes? AH. SO CUTE.

jonniker said...

"... into each life, a little rain must fall"

Honest to God, I scared the crap out of my dog, I laughed so hard at that line.

drowninginlaundry said...

Just because that skirt is cute it would be sold out. So sad. I could check the childrens place outlet by my house for ya though... :)

JMC said...

LOVE those! I'll have to make a TCP run.

Eva said...

Curses on you. I have spent the last hour filling up my shopping cart, and will have to spend the next hour deleting some so that I don't actually spend 100's of dollars on clothes they will outgrow (at best) by September.

Alice said...

i have no kids, so this just makes me want to go shopping for mySELF.

H said...

awwwww I want a baby girl!!! you did well I love Childrens Place!! Great finds!!! I"m off to dream of positive pregnancy tests and PINK!

Kate said...

My 2.5 yo daughter apparently has grown significantly overnight because it seems everything is too small on her now. And of course, all the store have their spring/summer stuff out yet it is definitely NOT spring/summer weather here yet. So I've been in search of some new jeans for her, but only found one pair at Baby Gap.

So what I'm trying to say is that your post was a GODSEND. I got her 2 pair of jeans, a pair of khaki capris, 5 shirts, a dress and 3 t-shirts for my son for $62! I'm amazed. Usually I don't even bother looking at TCP because it can be a little spendy (even though I like their stuff and know it's good quality) so I'm thrilled to be able to buy a cartfull!

Thanks for the heads up on the sale!

Saly said...

Ok, somehow i just spent $147. BUT I got 38 items for 3 kids.

I am thrilled, but Hub is probably cursing you.

Jill said...

Should I have bought the yoga pants, even though she does not do yoga per se?

ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Oh, swistle. This is why I love you.

Swistle said...

Kate- I KNOW! I used to not even LOOK IN THE DOOR of TCP, because I thought of them as way too expensive. Then my friend Astarte kept telling me about her massive, awesome hauls, and I started paying attention to sales---and now I'm hooked. HOOKED. Yay on your haul! Which dress did you choose? I had a lot trouble deciding.

SaLy- YAY! Great deals! Bake a batch of cookies for the husband---that's what I do.

Eva- Get some in next year's sizes! That's what I do if I love, say, EIGHT shirts but don't need more than four. I buy four for this year, four for next year.

Tabitha said...

I love these clothes, my daughter is six and we love going girlie clothes shopping together.
She has had a growth spurt recently, so that is a good excuse for some more retail therapy.
I don't think that we have a Childrens Place in the UK, shame as I love all that stuff X

H said...

aww and thanks for the tip on pg tests..ordering now :)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Children's Place. Lately, though, a lot of the stuff I've got from there says "gentle wash" on the instructions. Huh? It's a cotton shirt, why does it need to washed on gentle?

Here is a totally unrelated question. My 2.5-year-old twin girls are wearing 4T tops now (also tall like Elizabeth) but 3T bottoms. Will 4T tops still fit them in the fall? I found a good deal at the local OshKosh outlet store ($2.99 warehouse sale!), but their shirts tend to run small, in my experience. So I got a couple shirts in size 5, thinking those would fit next fall, but they seem HUGE. After 4T, I get all confused about the sizing. Do I go for size 4? 4X? 5? Small?

Swistle said...

Anonymous- OH I KNOW! There are two things I "OH I KNOW!" Thing the first: the "gentle wash on cold" thing. AS IF! I've been continuing to wash on regular and warm. Thing the second: sizes after 4T. I am SO LOST. I THINK it goes 4T, 5T (if exists in that brand), and then size 4. Many companies have a sizing chart that shows the inches/weights certain sizes allow for, and that can be helpful. As to whether a size will fit this fall---I'm in the same boat. Elizabeth is in 4T now, but should I buy 4 for fall? or more 4T? What I mostly do is err on the side of too-large, figuring those will at least fit SOME year. I bought her some 4s for fall.

Michelle said...

How could you do this to me again? But the deals... the deals are unbeatable. And I know. I was just in the Children's Place last week.
I bought: henley babydoll top in hint (pink), embroidered babydoll top in ray (yellow, the cute lace-trimmed skirt in both seaweed plaid (green) and ray, the smocked daisy dress like Elizabeth's in yellow, faux-wrap knit dress in hint and striped polo dress in seaweed. I had one of the cute jean skirts on there too, but took it off because it made my total top $50. I think I like shopping for R so much because it's much cheaper for her to be fashionable than me.

desperate housewife said...

Ah, I just went crazy shopping for kids clothes at Kohls last night. So fun! I'll try to take pictures. Is it sad that I think shopping for kids' clothes is WAY more fun than for myself?

Erica said...

I was able to put Maddie's "Never Crabby" shirt on her this week. I've been waiting a YEAR for her to wear it!

Elizabeth said...

First candles and now girl clothes! Thanks so much! I bought both pairs of jeans, one size up, and the hairbows. I haven't purchased CP jeans before, but I'm pretty hopeful re: the fit in light of all the comments.

Erin said...

OH!! I love girl clothes! And I just have a stinky boy...boo! OK, he's not always stinky...and I guess I kind of like him. But girl clothes! Ruffles! Bows! Butterflies! So cute!

Ellen said...

I just bought that daisy dress for my 3 month old! It will fit her in the summer. I believe that "beyond adorable" were the words running through my mind...

caley said...

Ok, so, as predicted, I bought both from ON and TCP. The ON one was nowhere near as good a deal, I only went ahead and bought stuff from there because for some reason I seemed to have a hard time finding anything good for my oldest son (almost 3 wearing a size 2T to 3T right now) at TCP. So most of what I bought at ON is for him: nothing too exciting, mostly t-shirts, nothing more than $7. My favorite purchase was some 3-6 month size onesies for Oliver, that had better fit him... ;)

I did much better at TCP- 17 items for a total of $77, including adorable monster rain boots for $5.94, the twill newsboy cap for Oliver for $2.37 (so cute I COULD DIE), and a Valentine's graphic tee to fit Oliver next year, $1.78, as well as lots of onesies and rompers, none more than 5 bucks.

Oh, and I satisfied my jealousy of your cute little girl purchases by buying for my sister's baby (she was due today! but alas, no baby yet) (whom she'll be naming Myla, btw): the pink striped polo dress, $4.75, ruffled knit pants for $2.97, and a few of the lace trim henleys, also $2.97.

RainyPM said...

I really really wanted to buy that faux wrap knit dress in hint but they didn't have it in my daughter's size! She has this pair of boots that would have been so adorable with it.

Susiewearsthepants said...

I loved The Children's Place when my girls were little. I wonder if they carry clothes for older girls...say around 9?

Beth A. said...

Ooh, I'm jealous - I wanted one of those butterfly shirts but they didn't have anything bigger than 24 months the last time I checked.

I made out really well at a Children's Place recently - I got that same blue flowered shirt with a matching skort, a couple nice bodysuits (and just at the point when I had completely given up on finding bodysuits that still fit) and the lace-trimmed henley in red. I got a blue headband that stays on for about 4.3 minutes until it gets pulled down for playing peekaboo and then gets dropped on the floor. I guess it's a good thing I didn't spend much money on it.

I tried going into TCP several times last year and never found what I was looking for, so it was a bit of a surprise to find so much great stuff this time. But I was totally won over. The girl's clothes are generously cut and seem like they'll wear well. And of course, it doesn't hurt that they're so unbelievably CUTE. I have to wait a week before I can afford to buy anything more, but when I can, I'm going to do my best to complete K's summer wardrobe. They have a couple really cute dinosaur shirts in the boy's section I have my eye on.

Swistle said...

Susie- I think they do---or at least, my 9-year-old boy is wearing stuff from the boy side, still. He's in size 8-10 and L, and there's still 12, 14, and XL to go.

Meredith said...

For my 12 month old, I got a smocked plaid dress, green yoga pants, a ruffled henley top, and a pink striped polo-like dress. ALL FOR 30 BUCKS!

d e v a n said...

So much cute stuff. *sigh* I wonder if my nieces need any more clothes...

Jen said...

Not that I think you have a Problem, but more along the lines of I Just Finished Reading It: have you read Confessions of a Shopaholic? Your post made me smile and think of that book. =)

And also, I am going straightaway to the online store to see if I can get me some deals.

Astarte said...

Oh, that DRESS!!!! No, the pink is perfect. Yellow wouldn't show the flowers enough, and black is too grown-up. Oh, for the days when my two fit nicely into CP clothes. Their .99 sale is so amazing! Their boys' section is really small, though, and their big girl section rarely has good sales on things people actually want (however, cheetah fur-lined sleeveless jacket were there by the bucketloads - gee, I wonder why?!?!). I did splurge and get Chloe a black daisy-patterned skirt with that netting stuff poking out from under it and a pink sleeveless dress with white ribbon curly-q designs on it and matching shrug sweater. It's so hard to find nice dresses for pre-teens, I feel like I should snatch them up when I can!

Swistle said...

Astarte- I'm SO JEALOUS: we don't get the 99c sale at ours. It goes down to "additional 50% off sale prices" and then there's nothing left anyway.

I think I'm going to have to get the yellow dress also.

Kristin.... said...

THANK YOU! We hit CP today at the mall...... bought 21 articles of clothing (for the 4 kids) for $80....I had a $25 gift card, and bought EVERYTHING on sale, which was then additional marked down another 30%. Most I spent was $8.39.

SWEET!

saly said...

OK, that gorgeous skirt that they only have left in size 18-months.....was a gift given to one of my cousin's babies yesterday. I nearly died. I want it so badly!