For months I have been promising people in DMs and comments that I would make this gigantic toddler shopping guide and today is that day.
I don’t talk a lot about clothing on Instagram or this blog, because I don’t want our memories to come off like clothing ads because they aren’t. That said, I completely relate with the yearning to know every cute childrens store ever because it’s SO FUN. It’s kind of a hobby, honestly. So let’s get into it….
Matching Outfits: I fully realize how silly all this is, but I’m not here to defend myself. I’m here to tell you where to shop. 🙂 I can sum this up pretty quickly! Our first outfit is from Thief & Bandit (adults/kids) they have a lot of cute matching prints in different styles. The sweaters are from Chicwish (adults/kids) size down if you get the adult one. The brown dresses in the second pic are from Rylee + Cru, which is one of my favorites! The plaid dresses are from Doen. The overalls are from Harlow Jade (I actually bought these for myself before we were even adopting because they are such a cute fit and it’s hard for find overalls with really big bell bottoms). They also sell the bodysuits for kids, which are really useful for toddler layering. Love this one.
Hats, Sunnies, Knee Socks, Shoes: I get so many questions about where we buy sunnies, but it’s difficult to answer because my answer really is “everywhere”. I have always loved kids sunnies and had quite a few stashed away before we began our adoption. Anyway! Here are places I have found cute sunnies (a lot of stores will have more options in the spring/summer, so stock up then)- Amazon, eBay, Gap, Old Navy, Zara, We Are Sons And Daughters, Urban Outfitters (Nova’s white cat eyes are actually adult size micro-sunglasses haha).
For hats, we really like any styles that have a strap around the chin (because she wears them longer). My favorite hat from this Etsy shop. The little deer hat she wears a lot is from this shop (it’s pricey, but one of the best quality kids shops). For the rest of Nova’s hats it’s honestly a lot of the same shops I listed for sunnies. Her hat from the photo above is from Amazon (sorry, I can’t find the link).
The swan dress above is from Rocky Raccoon Apparel (one of my favorite Etsy shops for dresses).
My favorite shop for Nova’s little t-strap shoes is Starry Knight Design on Etsy. She takes a LOT of breaks, so if you go there and the shop is closed just bookmark it and go back later. We have these in so many colors and they are extremely easy to get on and off, which is essential when your child takes their shoes AND socks off during every car ride. haha
Besides that I buy most of Nova’s shoes either in person (target, the mall etc where I can try them on her). She did get this pair of mini dr martens at our shower and they absolutely kill me.
Overalls and Jumpers: I love this look on toddlers. When we were matched with Nova the overalls from Harlow Jade were one of my first purchases (seen in the first and third photo above). I really love the rompers Rylee + Cru puts (second photo). And the pink velvet overalls are from Bailey’s Blossoms (one of the best sources for affordable toddler clothes that look like Coachella- haha).
Play Clothes + Basics: I consider these the MOST important pieces. You have to have pieces that are easy to wash and will stand up to a lot of washing. I have a couple favorite sources for these.
June & January I buy a lot of clothes from here. Nova’s little one piece (above), her Christmas jam jams, all of her diaper covers (which you never see in photos, but they are the best diaper covers, shorts, cute little peplum tops. She even has this cute little cardigan from them. Love & highly recommend.
Childhoods Clothing My go-to for cozy knit pieces, rompers, dresses and sweaters. I love their shorts too.
JellaBee We have a lot of knit dresses from here and they are so cute.
And kind of random, but I found this David Bowie dress at a boutique in Brooklyn while we were in the waiting period and it’s one of the most sentimental things I can put Nova in. I was going through a rough patch when I bought it and it so now when Nova wears it I feel like I am just bursting with gratitude.
Oh, and speaking of music icons- Nova’s Dolly t-shirt is from this Etsy.
Amazon: It’s crazy what you can find on Amazon these days. This little romper I found for her and spent a couple of tv nights stitching little stars to it (I’ve already washed it and the stars look even better now woohoo).
Here are some random things I have bought and loved from Amazon- this romper for $6.50, this beautiful Chinese dress (saving it for next CNY), this pink cowgirl hat, good quality tights, our bargain diaper bag, toddler Nirvana t-shirt.
Mall Stores: While I try to do most of my shopping with small brands and Etsy shops, I’m not going to pretend like I don’t love to shop at Baby Gap and Old Navy too. My biggest thing with these shops is to try to only shop during sales since they have so many. One of the best things I buy at these stores are shoes- these are my absolute favorites (pictured above). I got a couple sizes so she can wear them for longer. Also these cute sandals and these. I have learned that it’s way easier to buy most of your shoes from 1-2 places because the sizing can be obnoxiously different from store to store. I recently picked up this star jacket on sale and I know it will still fit her next fall. Shopping at the end of season for outerwear is a good call too. Major discounts.
The other thing I like to buy from mall stores in PJs. You can never really have too many. I picked up these roller skate print pjs at the mall last weekend and love them so much.
Custom Jacket: We get so many compliments on this jacket from Daily Disco. They are custom and handmade and it was one of the most amazing gifts we received at our baby shower. I’m already planning what to design for her next when she grows out of this.
Vintage: I love shopping vintage for Nova. Fortunately, my friend Sam owns Whurl and finds Nova the most amazing pieces (like this romper) when she is out hunting. For vintage I usually shop eBay and have found a lot of gems on there- it is time consuming but fun. I also shop Etsy when it’s for a special occasion, like I just picked up this dress for a 60s tiki party we are going to next month.
I hope this guide was helpful! If you have questions about any other specific pieces just comment on one of my newest IG posts and I’ll be sure to see it! xx