Easter is late this year, so I have only just begun thinking about Easter outfits for my kids. I often shop at the Gap, but this year I’ve been underwhelmed with the offerings, particularly in the Girls department. I love my new discovery, P.S. from Aeropostale for casual kids clothes, but I didn’t find much in the fancier dresses there either. So I put out an SOS on my Facebook page and asked people where they shop for their kids’ Easter outfits. I got a variety of responses… a lot of Kohl’s, some department stores such as Dillards and Lord & Taylor, as well as the smaller kid boutiques like Crew Cuts, Gymboree and Carter’s. Someone also reminded me to check Zulily.
My kids are all entering teen and tween territory at this point, and it gets exponentially harder to find cute and age appropriate dresses as they graduate from little kid to big kid sizes.
My son is easy, as all boys are. Khakis and a button-down shirt, and he’s good to go. I have my eye on this Chaps Gingham-Checked Button-Down in royal blue and these Flat Front Chino Pants, also by Chaps. I like Chaps. I find they’re a good value for boys’ clothes. They have classic styles, and the quality holds up fairly well. He will wear something like this Dexter Cap-Toe Oxford from Payless. I always get his dress shoes at Payless. I’ve found it’s the best bang for your buck when he’s only going to wear the shoes a few times before he outgrows them.
But the girls . . . that’s a whole other ballgame! Chaps also does a nice job for older girls, and you can find them at Kohl’s. I like this Striped Cross-Backed Dress. And this Bonnie Jean Striped Dress is darling, but I fear my girls would turn their nose up at this. I’m going to see if my older daughter who is 11 will wear this hot pink Eyelet Dress by Chaps. She’s all about the pink so I think this might pass the test. Chaps goes up to size 18. I peeked in the Junior section, and I didn’t care for what I saw there so I’m hoping to keep my daughter in the Girls sizes for as long as I can. These dresses are all available at Kohl’s.
Hi-Lo Dresses are evidently all the rage. I found a ton at Macy’s. These aren’t all what I’d consider traditional church attire, but I realize that churches vary widely these days as to how formal they are so there’s a bit of something for everyone in here.
Crewcuts definitely has some precious dresses. I admit I’ve never shopped there before. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this Rosalie Twisted Dress. I think it would be beyond precious on my 11-year old. But neither she nor her sister are taking the bait.
So far my girls aren’t really feeling any of these suggestions. I’m open to ideas before I brave the mall. Where do you shop for spring church and party outfits for kids?