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#1 of 10 Old 08-05-2008, 11:18 AM - Thread Starter
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We have a 16 month old boy. I am lucky to have received a ton of hand-me-downs so I am not too picky right now about what he wears.

That being said, I am SO OVER all the gendered clothes at all the kids' stores, dept. stores, etc. It's like there is a pink/blue line that SHALL NOT BE CROSSED. in these stores. More than color, it's the stupid appliques that really bother me. Who decided kids clothes have to either have things sewn onto them or be covered in writing (I don't even like my shirts to say stuff or advertise) If I see one more cute shortall set ruined by a bunch of balls embroidered on the front and the words "SPORTS" emblazoned down both straps, I'm gonna throw a hissy fit.

But the cute clothes I see online are all reeeaaaallly expensive. Tips, mommas?
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Have you tried ebay or consignment shops? You might be able to find the cute stuff there at a better price. I find Target and Children's Place have some boys clothes that aren't covered with trucks and sports stuff. Of course, they will likely have stripes OshKosh, LLBean, Lands End might be options too.

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I think places like target, K-mart and walmart have plain solid colored shorts and t-shirts. But they are still seperated by gender, ya know purple for girls , blue for boys ect. It REALLY bothers me too. And the ones I've found online are way too pricey.

We mostly shop at thrift stores which of course is a mixed bag.

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I got my DS a lot of spring and summer stuff from American Apparel. It is a bit pricier that what I would like to pay, but not totally outrageous, and I like that they have plain colored T-shirts, tank tops, and pants--all non-gendered. They just have simple styles of shirts and pants and you pick the color.

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I hear ya! And boys are even harder!! I go to garage sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, Goodwill to find stuff. Craiglist is great too. But any 2nd hand place takes time to go to sale after sale to find the things you like at the price you like.

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maybe this is one of the stores youre talking about mine is a girl and i think the gender neutral thing is easier with girls but i buy a lot at old navy. She has a lto more boy stuff from there than girl.

They seem to have simple cotton stuff that is plain and if it has something on it its usually an animal of some sort that could go both ways at least for baby stuff
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i got a bunch of plain white shirts from http://www.dharmatrading.com/ and then i decorate them myself with block prints of birds and animals and also freezer paper stencils. that might be to decorated for you tho?

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You can get american apparel stuff off of amazon for good prices ($5-8 for pants/shirts)


I do mostly thrift stores and try to buy things that are plain (no pictures no designs)

IF I buy new, I get it WAY too big so that ds can wear it for a while.

I also do like a plain shirt with pink striped pants to throw it all off kilter (sp?)

We have a no sports, no dinosaurs (well limited dinosaurs) no transportation, no licensed charcters (with the except of jack the pumpkin king) and certainly NO DISNEY rule when it comes to clothes. If ds gets it as a present, it gets returned or regifted.
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It is so hard. I've kinda accepted it and buy lots of Gyboree/Children's Place but I don't love it. Lately I feel especially irritated with Children's Place boys stuff which looks all like it is nothing but the faded football player look. I'd even be happy for some trucks or dinosaurs instead!

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