Where to Shop for the Kids’ Holiday Outfits—Without Breaking the Bank
When it comes to outfitting kids, H&M hits a home run. Starting from the web shop’s home page, click Kids then New Arrivals to see a charming array of affordable fashions for the young set. There’s a red plaid dress with cap sleeves for $19.95, for example, and a cotton button-down shirt with spiffy bow-tie for $17.95. You’ll see both of these items and more on the pages linked from Dressed Up Girls and Dressed Up Boys. There’s even a classic blazer in black, blue or gray for $34.95, a welcome price for an item that will rarely leave the closet.
Gap Kids is also a longtime favorite among parents looking for high quality for decent prices. At Gap.com, you can select Boy, Girl, Toddler or Baby, and then “Shop Party Outfits” to see items pegged to the holiday season. We noticed an interesting deer print dress for toddler girls for $39.95, and a funny little Mountain Man romper for baby boys for $24.95 (You can get the classic white oxford button-down as a onesie as well, for $19.95.) To focus your browsing, consult the extensive menu running down the left hand side of the web page.
Things get a bit more funky at Zara Kids. Put your daughter in a furry pink vest for $39.95, perfectly paired with star-print leggings for $17.90. Boys can make a statement in Zara’s $35.90 reindeer sweater, a stylish twist on the conventional classic. Uniqlo is also selling a reindeer sweater (that’s less expensive at $29.90) and other basics such as smart khaki twill and corduroy pants in several predictable shades (and mustard yellow) for $19.90.
Of course, you could always try your luck with resale, where the big bargains are. The Moxie Jean upscale resale shop is loaded with holiday-appropriate inventory, from a wide range of designer labels, and every item is vetted for quality; only those that are deemed in like-new condition or still have tags attached are sold here, and for a fraction of the original retail price. Finding exactly what you want is another story, but with a little luck and perseverance—it’s worth signing up for Moxie’s email inventory alerts in sizes you need—you could score big. There’s a Special Occasions category listed under Shop Stylist’s Picks, while Christmas-themed garments have been grouped under their own Special Collection: one for boys, another for girls. Happy Shopping!