Weird - I tried to post on this thread and it just loaded and loaded and never posted...annoying!
Here's my very condensed version of the posts that I lost.
- I think Robeez suck! Along those lines but far superior (imo!) are the cable knit moccasins from Nowalli. They breath, are easy to get on, don't come off (neither do Robeez), don't leave marks, cover ankles, are machine washable.
- Clothing sometimes can really depend on the shape of your kid (same with shoes!). Lots of cute stuff would not work on DC because it seems like a lot of brands are made for stout-er kids. Benneton worked really well for DC and was my favorite for ages 6month-4 years. Small Paul was another fave! For girls I'm also a fan of leggins and dresses over. DC always seemed really comfortable in that combo.
-Cute brands that I can think of are: Tea, Naartjie, Mary Kate and Ashley (I don't shop at Walmart but these can be found at thrift stores), Jaine & Jack, Garnet Hill, J Crew (way expensive but WAY cute!), American Apparel...lots more! Check out a local boutique or a store like Nordstroms for brands that you like.
-For good play clothes I like REI and Land's End (Sears) the best.
-Splurge on outerwear. I always have a pair of these in my kid's size: http://childrensneeds.com/mud_and_rain_children_s_overalls.html Patagonia buntings & hats are the best! DC gets a super nice jacket every 2 years. We also splurge on socks - either REI band (or similar) or Smartwool. They don't need to be washed as often so it ends up being a good investment.
-This doesn't help for registering but baby consignment stores are great and the younger the kid the better. For ages 6months-4 years clothing is often hardly worn and is sometimes super high quality. It's also an exposure to all kinds of interesting brands. It's also a way for you to have clothing from stores that you either boycott or couldn't otherwise afford.
-Have fun! DC was super sensitive to how clothing fit her, she was really tiny and out of diapers really early - we've had quite the road finding her clothing! The sewing machine is your friend. (just for taking in a waist or a hem)