fashion friday: dressing kids on a budget

Thank you Old Navy for sponsoring my post today about baby and toddler styles. Old Navy is giving you 30% off everything in their baby and toddler summer collection, plus get an additional 15% off in-store.

I don’t know about you, but my kids burn through clothes. They don’t wear them out (usually) but mainly they just grow so darn fast! And, as I’ve shared before here on Girlymama, Old Navy is one of my go-to stores for my kids. Old Navy Kids clothes are cute, stylish and very affordable.  I end up here every season buying staples like jeans, t-shirts, tights, and jackets for my kids. Their stuff this season is too cute!

Hand-me-downs: My girls are out of the toddler department at this point. (Hold me.) But lucky for me I have three nieces that still are and they are benefiting from all of the hand-me-downs from my girls! Don’t be shy about accepting hand-me-downs. This spring, my friend Kelly gave me two huge bags of clothes for my son that her little one had outgrown (tons of Old Navy shorts, khakis and tees). And it was awesome!  Now I have to buy that much less for him this spring!

Transition the seasons: Every little girl needs a tutu and that’s a fact. (My Gracie has approximately 6, but she’s extremely girly.) Pair your little one’s tutu with a cute tshirt or tank and flip flops in the summer, then transition it into fall and winter by adding tights and a cardigan. Now she can wear it twice as long! The same goes for little sundresses. My Gracie wears her sundresses in winter with a long sleeves tshirt underneath and tights or leggings.

oh, the sweetness. makes me want to twirl.

The same goes for my little guy’s beloved graphic tees. In cooler weather, I just layer a long-sleeved tshirt underneath and change the cargo shorts for jeans!

we're huge superhero fans over here!!!

And finally, Shop the Sales! When that clearance rack is an additional 30% off, stock up for the next season! Browse the next size or two up and tuck it away for later. When Christmas is over, buy NEXT year’s Christmas dress for a fraction of the price. Check out this fashion haul I did a month or so ago when I hit that Old Navy clearance rack hard!!

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About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.


  1. 1

    Such a nice post! That pink tutu is too cute!

  2. 2

    I shop a lot of end of season sales for items for my kids to have the following year. It works great for saving money, especially on staples!

  3. 3
    melissa says:

    Exactly! I pick so much at those end of season sales!!!

  4. 4
    Julia says:

    They’re graphic T selection just keeps expanding, I wish I could get some of them in grown up size!

  5. 5
    Marina says:

    That twirly skirt is a dream come true!

  6. 6
    Marina says:

    the twirly skirt is a dream come true!

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    Melissa says:

    I agree, julia! those tees are just too cute!!!

  8. 8

    I have to tell you that I posted about this too. I was going to go shopping on-line right away. However, my indecision on what to get has held me hostage. I really need just pull the trigger b/c there are so many great things.

  9. 9

    I can’t decide what to get little one, so I sit here not purchasing anything. I hate when everything is so cute. I love ON.

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    Melissa says:

    Candice, you can’t go wrong with twirly skirts. My Gracie has like 4 and she wears them ALL THE TIME. With everything from blouses to throwing them over her jeans 🙂

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    Jamie says:

    I have two girls, 8 and 6, and I am a huge believer in the hand me down system! I also am the lucky recipient of hand me downs from my neighbor and one of my older daughter’s soccer teammates (who is an only child) had a ton of clothes that I was able to sort through before her mom donated them to Goodwill. We are SET on play clothes for the summer. Yea!

    p.s. Love that twirly skirt…adorable!

  12. 12

    Awesome… Such A Dazzle Article… I Love d Everything!

  13. 13
    Melissa says:

    testing no 4

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    Melissa says:

    one more


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