It may be possible that I'm the only parent who didn't buy her children new clothes at the beginning of the school year. They each picked out a new outfit a few months ago and then we picked up a new long-sleeved shirt for each of them a few weeks ago but otherwise a lot of clothes from last year still fit and we've been hanging on to items until they come home from school trashed (think rips or non-washable paint) or the item is outgrown. They are in need of some replacements now though, especially pants.
Because the girls wear what are essentially play clothes to school, they don't have many "nice" items for this time of the year. Rich's family was having a family reunion the weekend after I was sick and I ended up embarking on a last minute journey to find something decent for them to wear. Normally, I don't obsess over their clothing - there are more important things in life to worry about - but there are some days when I want them to look nice.
I still wasn't feeling 100% but I headed off the outlets for what I hoped would be a quick excursion. My first stop was OshKosh, where I finally found jeggings that looked like they would fit in the waist. The girls have been wearing their size 5s from last year and you can kind of get away with them not looking like floods by wearing boots or just because they are fitted around the ankle. I picked up a few things at OshKosh and headed off to Gymboree, where I struck gold. I usually don't feel like I make out well at Gymboree, even the outlet store. Here and there you can find a bargain but it's usually on random items, like bathing suits. If you weren't aware - and I wasn't - the outlets now accept the regular store coupons. Luckily, I had one on my person. So, I walked out of there with four dresses and three pairs of tights for $60. I even told the sales clerk that I never do that well and she agreed that the sales were pretty good.
With their new clothes, my little fashionistas pulled together outfits for the family reunion.
To make this look like a real fashion blog, here are the outfit details:
Blue and white dress - Gymboree Outlet
Pink tights - Gymboree Outlet
White shoes - Gymboree Outlet (last year)
Blue sweater poncho - OshKosh Outlet
Pink velvet jeggings - OshKosh Outlet
Boots - Children's Place Outlet
Kitty ears headband - Crazy 8
Blue dress - Gymboree Outlet
Leopard tights - Gymboree Outlet
Sparkly shoes - Nordstrom (hand me down)