Spring 2013 Kid Fashion at Target

As with most things parenting-related, clothes shopping for kids is an evolution. When my babies were little and had no ability to object, they wore anything I put on them. I was in my element. I would spend hours at the mall, perusing the kids’ stores, watching for sales in all my favorite brands, dressing my little ones up like paper dolls. It was practically a full-time job, and one that I took very seriously. 

But you know how it goes. They got older and developed opinions.

The little girls that used to happily wear smocked dresses and big grosgrain hair-bows now prefer the latest in leggings and sequins. The precious little boy who used to go to preschool decked out in hand-knit sweaters and wide-wale corduroys now goes to middle school wearing athletic apparel (that he may or may not have slept in.)

Shopping for their clothes has ceased to be a treasured pastime and instead has become another errand in the list of things that must be done.

Rather than spending hours at the mall, I tend to shop online or pick up their clothes when I’m doing other errands. The kids’ clothing section at Target, so conveniently located on my way to the household and beauty products, has become my go-to resource for basic wardrobe essentials. (Such as this Cherokee Girls’ Strappy Tank — I think both girls have one in every color!)

And with their reasonable price point, I don’t want to cry when my kids bust a hole in the knee of a pair of pants or dribble chocolate down the front of a brand new blouse.

As a Target Inner Circle member, I was invited to go on a shopping spree at Target for new spring kids’ clothes . . . and not a moment too soon! Now that winter is nearing its end (or so they say) my kids clothes are beginning to look tired and worn. Being kids, they do take a toll on their clothes. Everything is faded and stained; pants are getting too short, and shirts are getting too tight. We’re all eager to trade skinny jeans for maxi dresses and sweatshirts for short sleeves.

So one sunny Saturday last month, my older daughter and I set out for a “girls’ day out” and I let her pick out some fresh new clothes for spring.

At 10, clothes shopping is becoming more and more of a challenge. So many stores have resorted to flimsy materials and tacky graphics. While my daughter is often drawn to those looks, I can usually steer her in a direction that I can tolerate, and we both leave happy. SCORE!

I have heard complaints about quality and style at Target’s kids’ department in the older sizes, but I actually have pretty good luck there shopping for my 10-year-old. I particularly do well in the warmer months because my girls love dresses, and I find Target’s selection to be quite extensive. We also get a lot of tops there at all times of year, although their pants don’t fit us so well. The exception to that is their leggings. My younger daughter practically lives in those!

This year I was quite pleased with their selection in the bigger kid sizes. Like, look at this rack. I love these little skirts with the denim jackets.

I got one of these outfits for each of my daughters. They prefer to wear them with cardigans, although I thought the denim jackets were super cute.

My 10-year old is a dress girl, and she was in heaven in the Target Girls’ department.

Here are a few things we brought home on our shopping spree.

And she can’t wait to start wearing these maxi dresses. She lives in these types of dresses during the summer months.

We got quite a few other pieces too, but my little models soon tired of the fashion shoot.

I stocked up on basketball shorts for my son. He wears those to school and basically everywhere but church 10 months out of the year. When he’s not wearing those, he’s wearing a variation of these C9 by Champion athletic pants.

I do get him into khakis and a collared shirt for church, but otherwise he  looks ready for the basketball court. Thank goodness for Target prices, because those pants take a beating.

Target is also my go-to store for kids’ swimwear. They always have cute styles and they wear quite well. We have several that have seen it through both my daughters’ for several years each. I picked up one for each of their Easter baskets this year.

They also make cute coverups!

I’m overall very pleased with the kids’ clothes we’ve bought at Target over the years. I think they do a good job at finding a good marriage of quality and price point. They lack some of the details of higher priced brands, but that is to be expected. They hold up to wash and wear, and they have styles that all of my kids (and I) can appreciate.

This post is written in partnership with Target.