Bad Mom Advice: Non-Sucky Girl Clothing And Kids Peeing All Over The Place

largeWelcome to my weekly Bad Mom Advice column where I attempt to answer all of your parenting questions as only I know how — with zero degree in early childhood development, but with the experience of raising four kids and not having any of them in prison – yet! Plus, I back all my advice on numerous scientific research, which may or may not include me making fun of your dumb kid behind your back and drinking a bunch of wine! Welcome to Bad Mom Advice!

Dear Eve, 

I always shop at the Children’s place but did you see this? (Editorial note: I embedded the link for easy clicking)

I don’t want to shop there anymore but school is coming and I need to buy my daughter clothes and do you know places that I maybe don’t know? I know places like Gymboree and Jc penny and stuff. I want new places thank you!!!! 

Ahhh, the usual suspects, Gymboree and The Children’s Place, how every parent knows thee. I’ll admit it, on occasion I get totally sucked into the entire Gymboree trap, because how freakin’ cute is it that they have these lines of clothing where every damn thing coordinates, including socks and hair accessories and teensy tiny purses and shoes and all of that? CUTE!

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And even though they have sales and coupons Gymboree can be a bit expensive, and for me I haven’t had the best luck with the longevity and wearability of clothing from there. The Gap is always good for basics like jeans and cardigans, and I’m a huge J Crew fan, I admit it, I worship at the altar of Jenna Lyons and pretty much love their kid’s stuff, especially because it lasts forever and the quality is great. And they have good sales. I also love the UK based Boden, and shipping can be a bit longer, but their prices are very Gap-comprable and I have shirts that my eldest wore seven years ago that my youngest still wears today.

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(Image: Boden)  Zomg it’s a dress with teapots on it.

H&M is now offering online shopping, and since they recently signed the Bangladesh safety accord we can feel a bit better about shopping with them.

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(Image: H&M) It’s a sweatshirt. With a bunny on it. For five dollars.

Other places I love? Ollypop, for the occasional fancy dress item or really unique stuff, and it’s expensive so keep in mind I said occasional. Olive Juice, because they sell amazingly cute sort of old-school looking prim clothing which I find amazingly adorable.

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And Chasing Fireflies, which I’m sure every mom knows about, but it’s also a bit pricey. BUT, sometimes you wanna get your kid something super cute and  if you are careful and wash items on cold and line-dry them then buying a 50 dress can be rationalized by handing it down to another kid or wearing it for a long time.

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I’m sure our readers have favorite places they shop too and will weigh in with suggestions. I still haven’t really started my back to school shopping yet so I’m sure I’ll be doing that this weekend. Ugh. One thing I always always do is a quick web search to see if there is a coupon code when I am shopping online because there usually is and when you can save 15 or 20 percent, why not?

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  • Katja Yount

    I need that little Batman dress in grownup sizes.

    • Eve Vawter

      so do I :( I would wear it alllllll the time

    • Iwill Findu

      I normally don’t do matching dresses but the batman one is one that I would wear and not care that I totally matched my kid because I would buy one for her as well. And I think we need a link to that dress.

    • Eve Vawter
  • Ptownsteveschick

    $5 sweatshirt with a bunny on it!? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    • Eve Vawter

      They have boys stuff tooooooo and other $5 things. and some house stuff for $5! $4 pillow with a bunny on it what?

    • Ptownsteveschick

      OMG MOUNTAIN LION PILLOW I want it so much. I would silently attack my husband with it. We have a running joke about a mountain lion attacking him on the way home from work someday. Which is kinda a messed up joke considering it could totally happen. But if we had that pillow he could work on his reflexes!

    • Eve Vawter

      PLUS there is a storage basket for your pillow!

    • Ptownsteveschick


    • Eve Vawter

      True story, my eldest bought a few things online and I had left two of the deer ones in my shopping cart and he bought them by accident and they are like $6 each and I was kinda like “OH noes I did not want” but when they came they are AWESOME, really nice quality

    • Ptownsteveschick

      I wonder what I would have to do to convince the man to buy them for me…..

    • Eve Vawter

      NOT answering.

    • Rachel Sea

      OMG this H&M place is my new best friend. Linen sheets for $60?! I will never have to agonize over what to get my MIL for Christmas ever again. *swoon*

    • Eve Vawter

      CURTAINS. $29 for a two pack WHUT

    • Rachel Sea

      Be still my heart.

    • Rachelle

      :( stupid H&M and their stupid “mehhhhh online shopping not avaiiiiilable in your maaaaarket”….. grrrrr

    • allisonjayne

      Ack why do they not carry home stuff in Canada???

    • Tea

      I want the whole pillow zoo!

      Shep is going to hate me now.

  • Melissa

    I love Janie and Jack clothing, and I’ll sometimes even buy some if i can get it on clearance. It is adorable and well-made. I have a four-month-old son and have bought a few things, but if i ever have a daughter I’m going bankrupt there!

    • Eve Vawter

      Some of it is ridic amaze cute. The issues I have with stuff from there and Gymboree is that so much of it requires drycleaning or ironing, due to like ruffles or little embellishments etc. and I am LAZY

    • Justme

      I live in a super high income area with people that buy Janie and Jack FULL PRICE. So what do I, the lowly teacher married to another teacher, do? I go to the second-hand children’s store and buy all the gently used Janie and Jack clothes for a fraction of the price.

  • Fabel

    All those cute clothes make me want to impregnate myself with girls. Damn it!!

  • Veronica

    We have a store in our mall called Crazy 8, and I love it for my daughters clothes.They’re super cute and really reasonably priced.

    • Justme

      Yes! I do love Crazy 8, although sometimes they go the super “matchy matchy” route like Gymboree.

    • Eve Vawter

      Because they are owned by Gymboreee

    • Justme

      Aha. That explains so much.

  • Lindsey Sweet

    I haven’t even heard of most of these places! Going to check out H&M for sure!

  • Justme

    I frequent Zulily because it’s just so easy to click and buy…but the only problem is that it takes a few weeks for the product to arrive.

    The only thing I don’t like about Gymboree (besides the ridiculous prices) is that you buy OUTFITS. Things that only go with certain other matching things. For my daughter, I’m all about mixing and matching – a top that can go with multiple shorts, and vice versa. That’s why I like The Children’s Place is that there is more variety.

    Although let’s be honest…Target is pretty much my most favorite place on this planet.

    • Eve Vawter

      I do love me some Target, I just find some of the quality of stuff hit or miss. I hate buying anything that looks janky after two washes, no matter where it is from :(

    • Justme

      For summer I just always load up on their mix and match shirts and shorts. And they have really great winter fleece jackets for not a whole lot of money. (And in Texas, a good fleece is all you really need.) For whatever reason, I always tend to buy Carter’s clothes in the winter and Target clothes in the summer. Weird.

  • Crimson Wife

    Crazy 8′s is Gymboree’s more reasonably priced store (like Old Navy is Gap’s budget store). I cannot afford Gymboree even on clearance but we do get some sale stuff at Crazy 8′s.

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