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I don't want to sound like a prude... What I am looking for is clothing
for a kindergartener that is age-appropriate. She's on the tall side, and the
inexpensive clothing I've seen at Target, Sears and the like all seems
to be a bit too Brittney like for me. I don't have the time to haunt the
resale shops and the money to spend at Hanna Andersson. Does anyone have
I totally agree on the clothing situation, and will be
looking forward to hearing other shopping
recommendations. I have had some luck with Lands' End and
LL Bean. Their clothing is of good quality and (I feel)
appropriate for children. Both companies have overstock
and close out sales that are quite reasonable, and daily
updates to their website sale pages. Also, at Target,
the ''Circo'' brand, which is their own, tends to be a
little more basic/less sequin-infested than some of the
other stuff they carry. Good luck!
You are NOT a prude! You are wise! I find it very
distressing sometimes when looking for clothes for my tall
3.5 year old daughter. Lots of inappropriate sexy clothing
out there for a small child. Lets face it, they'll probably
get there on their own soon enough, so we may as well enjoy
them as ''unsexualized'' as possible for now. Anyway, some
suggestions. Lands End has an overstocks catalog. The
clothes are well made and basic. And the overstocks stuff
is well priced. They have a web site. And since you
mentioned Hannah Anderssen, they do have an ''attic'' with
very reduced prices on their website. I think Gymborree has
cute stuff too, but hit them during a sale. The sales can be
really good (70% off sometimes) but I'm not sure how big
their clothing runs. Lastly try one of the bigger Targets
(Target Greatland in San Ramon) because I have found plenty
clothes as well.
I agree with you completely about the appropriateness of
girls' clothing (and my daughter is only wearing 2T!) I have
had the best luck in Vacaville at the outlet malls.
Carter's, OshKosh, and the Gap outlet are all right next to
one another. I believe that there is also an Old Navy outlet
(although you may not find much there). I have found the
prices to be well below regular retail, and I believe that
they have clothing in sizes large enough for your daughter.
I, too, have a tall girl (4'4'' in first grade!). If you are
willing to shop online, I would check out http://
pleasemum.com. It is a Canadian store, but even with
shipping, the prices ends up being comparable to places like
Target. The clothes are consistently of good cotton, lots of
solids and stripes, with the odd 'cute' graphic that doesn't
seem at all Britney-esque. (Ok, there is an odd exception of
glitter denim shorts!)
At that age we leaned heavily towards Lands End
clothing. Good quality, attractive --some even
fashionable, and with excellent customer service/return
Three cheers for anti-Brittany clothes! My daughter is
also tall for her age and I try to check Old Navy and Gap
for sales (I just got her some T-shirts at Gap for $1.97
each, believe it or not). If you go ''between seasons'' they
are trying to unload stuff that is still very seasonally
appropriate and you can find pretty normal clothes.
Here's what I've found fits my also-tall daughter (70th
percentile height, 30th weight):
*Hanna Andersen (definitely check the web 'attic')and Gap
both run 'boxy', so that when long sleeves fit, the waist
will be way too big, falling off. I've given up on Gap for
lots of reasons. Hannas sometimes have too small of an
opening for the head, which makes pullovers actually
painful -- be sure the neck has buttons or another kind of
placket if your kid's melon is on the ripe side. But I've
been very happy with some Hanna outfits, like a
microfiber 'duster' coat she's worn for over one year now.
Short sleeves help buy you time. Leggings are better than
pants because there's more forgiveness in where the garment
ends on the leg: as long as it's below the knee, it
protects during climbing!
* Gymboree on sale -- definitely better than Hanna or Gap
for long legs and arms and a less big tummy. Also seems to
shrink less than Gap.
* Check out Children's Place (relatively new to SF, but my
sister in law in Chicago has had great luck at their sales
and has stocked up there several times. SF store is near
Union Sq). Washes well. Fit is similar to Gymboree, nice
and long without making her look like Kate Moss around the
neck and waist. Trendy but cute, not risque, styles.
*Old Navy has an outlet in San Leandro, right by the
freeway. We've had some luck finding REALLY CHEAP basics
(onesies, jeans, overalls, fleece for a couple bucks)
without logos or tacky 70's stuff on them. Some of the
waists seem bigger, too, but for denim overalls they can't
be beat, because the waist doesn't matter so much, and the
length is adjustable.
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