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Where do you buy toddler boy clothes?

I am somewhat frustrated with the selection of boys/toddler apparel out there. I have shopped at Target, Gap, Jack & Jane, H&M. Options are much more limited for boys vs girls and styles just aren't great. Where do you buy stylish cool clothes for toddlers without breaking the bank?
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The Children's Place often has great sales, and their stuff is cute. It is annoying though how stores always seem to have lots more girl clothes than boy clothes.

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I am very selective about my toddler son's clothing. I like soft, rugged fabrics that are comfortable to move in, and classic, but modern style. No logos, no characters, no precocious styles. I seriously dislike toddler clothes that are styled like goofy adult male clothes, and find that the majority of clothes are styled this way.
I buy all second hand, and the brand that stands out for me is H and M. I like the bright colours, and they also do organic.
Also, their sizing is great for my son who is tall, lean in the hips and long in the torso. He has been comfortably wearing the 1.5 to 2 size from 17 months to now and still has room. The size 2-3 now fits too. Most other 2 T stuff is smaller and less propotionately well sized. It Canada, there is a brand called Joe that does nice basics too. Some Carters stuff is o.k too, although the quality can sometimes be very poor.

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Funny I have girls and boys and I'm more annoyed with the girls clothes than the boys. I guess because I'm pretty simple with my son. He wears jeans or shorts with tshirts and/or polo shirts and button ups. He likes it and they're comfortable cute and basic clothes. The girls clothes do have more options and are adorable but I find so much of it is indecent and too "grown up" to want my daughters running around in it. I've been looking at the Hanna Anderson clothes lately though (as I mentioned in another thread) and they seem to have cute decent clothes for boys or girls. I got good reviews on them too and the prices aren't bad at least not in their sales.

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The Children's Place often has great sales, and their stuff is cute. It is annoying though how stores always seem to have lots more girl clothes than boy clothes.
There's a Children's Place in my town and yes, sometimes I get lucky and find pieces that are descent quality, descent design and fairly priced (their sales are awesome I must admit.) But it's totally hit or miss. Most of the time, I walk out with another blue t-shirt with another stupid truck or whale imprinted on it. I think toddler boys clothing needs a revamp!
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Funny I have girls and boys and I'm more annoyed with the girls clothes than the boys. I guess because I'm pretty simple with my son. He wears jeans or shorts with tshirts and/or polo shirts and button ups. He likes it and they're comfortable cute and basic clothes. The girls clothes do have more options and are adorable but I find so much of it is indecent and too "grown up" to want my daughters running around in it. I've been looking at the Hanna Anderson clothes lately though (as I mentioned in another thread) and they seem to have cute decent clothes for boys or girls. I got good reviews on them too and the prices aren't bad at least not in their sales.
Thanks for the Hanna Anderson referral! Cute stuff. However, I'm not crazy about spending $20+ (that's the sale price) for a t-shirt that my lo is going to just romp around in dirt, mud, sand.

Question, do ever share clothes between your girls and boys? Or, do you have distinct wardrobe for each?
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I am very selective about my toddler son's clothing. I like soft, rugged fabrics that are comfortable to move in, and classic, but modern style. No logos, no characters, no precocious styles. I seriously dislike toddler clothes that are styled like goofy adult male clothes, and find that the majority of clothes are styled this way.
I buy all second hand, and the brand that stands out for me is H and M. I like the bright colours, and they also do organic.
Also, their sizing is great for my son who is tall, lean in the hips and long in the torso. He has been comfortably wearing the 1.5 to 2 size from 17 months to now and still has room. The size 2-3 now fits too. Most other 2 T stuff is smaller and less propotionately well sized. It Canada, there is a brand called Joe that does nice basics too. Some Carters stuff is o.k too, although the quality can sometimes be very poor.
I think you and I share the same style points! H&M is indeed a great option and at the moment it is my go-to. I never really thought about second hand clothes and will definitely try that out. I guess my ultimate pain point is that I am a working mom and just do not have the time or patience to troll around for clothes. I would like one trusted line of clothes that is durable, decently priced and takes me less than 20 minutes to check-in/out. Sorry for the rant!
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Thanks for the Hanna Anderson referral! Cute stuff. However, I'm not crazy about spending $20+ (that's the sale price) for a t-shirt that my lo is going to just romp around in dirt, mud, sand.

Question, do ever share clothes between your girls and boys? Or, do you have distinct wardrobe for each?
I don't usually share clothes between them with the older two because DD is very girly and doesn't want to wear "boy" clothes but lil DD will wear some of DS's old stuff especially around the house. For the most part I just try to get adjustable clothing to get more use out of them.

As for the thrift store clothes and not having time to run around finding them, I sometimes buy clothes from a lady on ebay that does custom lots. It's all used clothing in good condition and mostly name brand. She has different size lots that come out to about $4-5 per piece. She sends out a questionnaire you fill out with info on your kid, sizes for each item type (ex: sz 6 tops, sz 5 bottoms), favorite/preferred colors, colors you DON'T want, etc. You can definitely specify no logos, characters, writing, etc because I did. You also get to pick which type of item (shorts or pants, solid or striped tops etc) you want and she doesn't guarantee everything she does a very good job of trying to stick to the list. An example might be for a 12 pc lot - 1 denim jeans, 1 khaki pants, 1 striped shorts, 1 denim shorts, 1 other color solid shorts; 2 solid polo, 2 striped polo, 1 button up, 2 solid color tshirts. It's a pretty good deal and saves you having to shop and search. I don't have the greatest thrift store selection and it's really hit or miss here but she did an amazing job. I'd definitely buy from her again. I don't remember her name right off bat but I can pull it out of my ebay acct if you're interested.

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Kohls. They have Carter's stuff and tables of cute shirts, pants/shorts that you can mix and match
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Crazyms- that is a really innovative ebay seller! That seems like a great option. Is ebay easy to buy from, in terms of transactions and such? Never done it myself.

NuH- One second hand shopping tip I can offer is to shop for future items as well. You may only find one or two great things for now, but you can find great off season stuff for bigger sizes at the same time, thus saving shopping hours. I have my son's 2014/2015 fall and winter wardrobe pretty much complete already by shopping this way.

Have you tried online shopping, maybe at H+M where you know you already like the style and know the sizing?

Also, if craigslist is active in your area, you can put a Wanted add for the particular pieces you want. I have made connections with other Moms with similar taste that way, and that led to continued sales just by quick email and pickup/dropoff.
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Now that DS is staying in one size for longer, I really like Hanna Anderson. It is expensive, but the quality is excellent. If I know we're going to be doing something particularly messy, he wears thrift store stuff (or goes naked). But I like that with HA I know it will last for more than one kid. I purposely buy as gender neutral as possible so I could theoretically pass DS's clothes on to a potential future sister. I tend to buy very simple clothes - knit pants/shorts because DS HATES jeans, and solid or striped tee shirts. HA, H&M, and Target are my go-to's.



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Yeah, Hanna Anderson is great. I bought my son a couple of things from an outlet store of theirs once. One of the shirts I bought was a bit big for him, so he has been wearing it for almost two years, and it still looks good as new.

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It seems impossible to find good little boy dress pants but I found some today on etsy. Im thinking about getting some. Does any one have experience on easy? This is the link to the pants I want https://www.etsy.com/shop/TandEli?ref=shop_sugg They look so stinkin cute.
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I am somewhat frustrated with the selection of boys/toddler apparel out there. I have shopped at Target, Gap, Jack & Jane, H&M. Options are much more limited for boys vs girls and styles just aren't great. Where do you buy stylish cool clothes for toddlers without breaking the bank?
I buy good clothes and reuse, sell on ebay or at a resale shop, hand-me-down, and/or donate. I mostly buy Tea Collection, Mini Boden, Hanna Anderson, and fill in from Target, Gap, and American Apparel. I like really comfortable, easy-on, cotton, elastic-waisted, and soft clothing. No zippers, heavy fabrics, skinny legs, characters, etc.
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It seems impossible to find good little boy dress pants but I found some today on etsy. Im thinking about getting some. Does any one have experience on easy? This is the link to the pants I want https://www.etsy.com/shop/TandEli?ref=shop_sugg They look so stinkin cute.
Looks like the pants are tailored? I try to stick to cotton or something stretchy when I buy from Etsy so there's a bit more give. I wonder of the seller will accept returns/exchanges if it's not the right size?
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I also buy the clothes I really want (on sale!) and resell on Ebay, often getting nearly what I originally paid. I mostly stick with Hanna Andersson, Mini Boden, Tea Collection and Joules. I get some things from LL Bean, Gap, Carters and Etsy (we love Silk Oak, great silkscreened knit cotton pieces). And Hanna Andersson is pricey but it wears like nothing else and lasts for us for at least 2 years/sizes, unlike most other brands. This is also true of their outerwear (coats, snowsuits/snow pants).

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Oh, and Zutano. They have fun clothes too!

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I am somewhat frustrated with the selection of boys/toddler apparel out there. I have shopped at Target, Gap, Jack & Jane, H&M. Options are much more limited for boys vs girls and styles just aren't great. Where do you buy stylish cool clothes for toddlers without breaking the bank?
Yes. I feel you. I was overseas when my son was born and in an expat community of mostly European parents. Everyone had these beautiful linen and cashmere things on their newborns. Stuff I had never seen back home. I got annoyed when I tried to find similar styles on the US but with more research than I'd like to admit... i have a pretty damn sharp wardrobe for my toddler son and I paid very little for it.

I use Ebay and have searches for the brands I like so it's easy to check in quickly and see if there are deals. I have cleaned up when people put large lots of clothing up for auction.

I also use Zulily as they sometimes have good stuff usually categorised as "from France"

My fav brands I search for are:

Janie and Jack (i skip the overly cutsie themed t-shirts but love their linens)
Jojo Maman bebe (best quality cotton basics in sweet English seaside stripes etc)
Petit Bateau (pricy but lots comes up second hand)
Petit Nimes (just discovered this brand on Zuliy - very sweet.

I skim the sale racks at the Gap though I don't love their graphic Ts and cartoon stuff. They do have dapper little jackets and good sweaters.

When I want to splurge or just drool over things I really can't justify buying I play on the Chateau de Sable website. Le sigh.
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Hey, mama, check out Next Direct, you'll be happy with them.

Naartjie boys have excellent constant sales, sign up for their emails, the style will work for you probably.

And then cherry pick from Old Navy and Carters for the rest. Those are my resources!
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