Today we’re answering: Where’d you get Lucy’s X, Y, Z? Our 2-year-old has a modest wardrobe that eliminates daily stress, and we’re sharing how we do it, where we shop and rounding up our favorite pieces!
It sounds funny to even consider that Lucy has ‘staples’ in her ‘closet,’ because really, it’s more like The Clothes That We Run Into the Ground, the teeny, tiny clothes that only need 1 neat fold to fit into her dresser drawers. I mean, she’s two! But I’ll admit, we do put thought into her clothing. We do. Because putting thought into Lucy’s clothing allows us to give it no thought at all on a daily basis. Here’s what I mean!
We Choose Clothing That Can Mix-n-Match Easily
As Lucy approached toddlerdom, we worked hard to get her clothing to a place that would require the least amount of effort. To do this, we were sure to stock only basic pants – jeans in every wash, dark leggings and cozy, neutral sweatpants. This gave us the freedom to have more fun with tops, since any top could be paired with any pant.
Do we have a thing or two that is wild in the cutest way possible? Of course, it’s hard to resist! But on the whole, Lucy’s drawers are filled modestly with less than 10 pairs of pants, 10 tops and tees, 10 sweaters or jackets, and a handful of pajamas at any given time. That’s it.
We Don’t Accept Every Last Hand-Me-Down
Does that sound harsh? It’s not meant to! But in reality, we know that choosing an outfit every day based on someone else’s preferences only adds one more step into our routine. Instead, we politely go through clothing that our friend no longer wants, we choose the pieces that we like (with Lucy’s help!), and we either return or donate the rest, based on our friend’s preference. We would rather someone find value in and wear the clothing, rather than accepting hand-me-downs out of guilt, rummaging past something we don’t love day after day.
We Purchase 3-5 New Pieces Each Season, and We Thrift the Rest
The thrill of the thrift, am I right? Thrifting for toddler clothes is so. much. more. fun that thrifting for myself (I’ve certainly lost the touch when it comes to my own closet), and we’re mindful to only make the purchase if we know it can fold seamlessly into her existing wardrobe. So rather than say, meh, it’s only $2! to a sweater that fits but we don’t love, we say, let’s save the $2 for something else. It’s a mindset that we use for more than just clothing; we put it into practice for groceries, dining out and, well, everything else!
Answering the Question: Where Did You Get That?
We hear this one a lot! The clothing we do buy almost always comes from Uniqlo, H&M, Primary (we love their jammies!), or Old Navy, to name a few. There are dozens of small shops that we adore and will spend a little more on from time to time, which we’re happy to do to not only support these businesses, but because we know the level of quality and care is unmatched. Below, I’m sharing the staples you’d find in Lucy’s closet – er, the clothes you’d find tucked into her dresser drawers!
Note: Because clothing is seasonal, I’m focusing on the places we frequent, what you may find in our shopping cart, and similar items we’ve thrifted.
1. logo t-shirt, $15 | 2. chambray button up, $23 | 3. Chicago sweatshirt, $30 | 4. pair of cotton tops, $15 | 5. denim overalls, $28 | 6. wide-leg capri pants, $12 | 7. Levi skinnies, $25 | 8. triangle print leggings, $8 | 9. velcro sneakers, $18 | 10. denim icon jacket (only complete with this patch), $34 | 11. empathy t-shirt, $22 | 12. pocket tank, $16 | 13. hip sunglasses, $20 | 14. Sesame Street socks (her favorite), $24 | 15. cotton shorts, $10 | 16. silver jellies, $20 | 17. 2-pc track suit, $38 | 18. 2-pc cotton sweats, $18
(A Little Bit) Dressy
19. plaid shirt dress, $15 | 20. chambray dress, $42 | 21. rainbow cardigan, $31 (sale) | 22. rainbow chambray dress, $58 | 23. easter tights, $24 | 24. quilted jacket, $20 | 25. 2-pack black leggings, $10 | 26. cotton sundress, $30 | 27. polka dot jumpsuit, $32 | 28. glitter Docs, $60
Where do you shop for your kids’ clothes?
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