February 22, 2011 changed my world as I knew it forever. We were no longer a house of pink.
While I was certainly eager to be welcoming home Baby Pop, I suddenly found myself in an uncharted territory of motherhood. I was no longer just a mommy to girls. I now had a son.
Ummm. Okay,…so now what?
I had no clue.
Needless to say, Pop sent me down the fast track of mothering boys. I learned the hard way—more than once, I’m afraid—that diapering sessions must be quick and brief. He showered me (and himself!) on numerous occasions. He also taught me that boys, from birth and on up, are always hungry. His appetite (once we got it kick-started) has never slowed down.
Hollow legs must be a real issue.
However, one of the things that I used to struggle with the most was how to dress little boys.
What in the world could I put on him that is just stinkin’ adorable and cute?
You see, I was used to frills and lace. Hair bows, giant flower headbands, intricate braids and gorgeous ringlets. Doll babies and petite-sized pocket books. Poofy dresses, plastic jewelry and patent leather shoes.
But you know what?
I’ve fallen in love with the cargo jeans, workboots and matchbox cars. Newsboy caps, sweater vests and corded pants. And maybe a lone dinosaur. Denim jackets, plaid shirts and cowboy boots.
I thoroughly enjoy dressing my little boy everyday.
But then again, I am his mother. 😉
Fall Fashion for Little Boys: Denim and Boots
Here’s the rundown of how I stretched my dollars to dress my little guy.
- Old Navy Jean jacket– bought at a consignment sale for $5.00 (similar ….Old Navy would be cheaper, but they did not have any for boys online…other than this, secondhand is good too!)
- Gapkids orange long sleeve graphic t-shirt– online clearance for $2.00 (similar ….Pop has this one too… in blue. Gap has usually had tees for really good prices on Black Friday in years past. Only $5 I think? And they are excellent quality.)
- Gymboree khaki cargo pants– thrift store for $2.39 (similar ….Pop’s pants are more of a heavy material than these…chino perhaps? They just do not wrinkle which is every mom’s dream, I know.)
- Gapkids orange and white striped socks (not shown) – $0.69 (similar ….Pop also has these socks as well. They do not pill. I pick up socks for my children’s gift tubs when they are marked down to $0.99 with an additional 40% off + 10% Tuesday.)
- Faded Glory “cowboy” boots– a gift (same ….He loves these. I have to convince him to wear other shoes and to give these boots a break.)
There you have it. A casual outfit built with interchangeable, classic pieces for roughly $10 bucks—including shoes and outerwear.
How about you? How do you (or did you) dress your children without breaking the bank? Sales racks? Thrift stores? Sew your own? Ever struggle with dressing little boys in cute clothes? Leave a reply. I’d love to hear.