Kids’ clothes can be expensive especially since you have to get them new ones every 3 months or so (when they’re babies) and every 6 months (when they’re a little bit older as seasons change); and any practical tips that we can share to each other so we don’t have to buy as much clothes would really help, right? Which is why today, I am going to share with you what I usually do so I can get more use out of my daughter’s clothes.
Buy Clothes That Are A Size Bigger
First, I always buy clothes that are a size bigger. I usually compare the clothes in her current size and the next size to see what the difference is; most of the time, it’s the length. If that’s the case, I would always opt for the bigger size so she can wear them longer. This usually allows her to wear the clothes the current year and the next.
Resell Clothes On Facebook Groups
I buy clothes when they’re on sale; most of the time, I stock up on her next year’s set of clothes when they’re on clearance. Once she has already outgrown her clothes, except dresses (see below), I resell them on the different Facebook groups I am a part of. I don’t make a lot of money out of this though; the most I usually get is around $2-$3 per piece, which doesn’t really hurt me since I got a really great deal on them. And then I use the money I get from selling her stuff to buy her new sets of clothes.
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I absolutely encourage you to join Facebook Groups that allow you to resell your stuff (not just clothes) within your area. This has saved me tons of money as these Facebook Groups also lets you find things you are looking for and get them for a fraction of the price. In fact, I recently bought this toddler wagon for $40 (used but in good condition) when it’s being sold for over $100 (brand new) on Amazon.
Recycle Dresses As Tops
I recycle dresses that she has already outgrown as tops. Yes, you read that right? I let my daughter outgrow her dresses and have her wear them as tops when they’re already too short to be considered a dress.
I have a love-hate relationship with dresses; I love them because they’re always very cute and very feminine. But I hate them because they’re an outfit on their own; and you’ll have to change up the accessories to create different looks. And if you’re dressing up kids, there’s not much accessories you can get away with. Who’s with me here?
Recycling them into tops opened a lot of possibilities for me because I can easily pair it with different clothing pieces. What’s more practical is the fact that you can do this all year round, regardless of the season. And it’s also worth noting that you can pretty much do this with any cut of dresses except the dressier ones. How I wish we could do the same for my son though.
Summer and Spring
This is a 0-3 month dress that she got to wear until summer last year; she was able to wear this for 2 years. If you looked at the collage before this image, you’ll notice that she’s wearing it as a dress. She was 2 months when that picture was taken.
This is a dress that she started wearing when she was 3-month old and has outgrown it by the time she was 6 months. But she was able to use it until last summer; she was able to wear it for almost 2 years.
These 2 dresses are for 6-9 months that I bought online when she was 6-month old. I didn’t know at that time that the clothes from Children’s Place run small. When I got them, they wouldn’t fit her as dress anymore but they’re just too cute to return so I used them as top. It wasn’t such a waste anymore. She was still able to wear them last summer.
This is a dress that fits 9-12 months babies. She started using it around that age and last summer, she’s starting to outgrow it as a dress so I’ve been pairing it with shorts so she can still wear it as a top. It looks like she’d still be able to use it for this year too.
Fall and Winter
These are sweater dresses I got her when she was 6 months which she started wearing as soon as the weather got colder during her first year. Two years after, she still gets to use them as a top.
This is a 6-9 months sweater dress that she’s still able to 2 years after. She might still be able to wear it during the colder months this year.
This is a 12-18 month sweater dress that she started wearing as soon as the temperature dropped 2 years ago. This photo was taken last year; and as you can see, she’s still wearing it as a top. And looking at how it fitted her then, she might still be able to wear it again this year.
I’ve linked up some of my favorite dresses that you can definitely reuse as top when your daughter outgrows them.
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