January 8, 2016

Shopping the little girls’ department

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Leopard print sweater

Well guys, it’s finally chilly here in Orlando!!! The ‘broken record’ that resides within me will be taking a small break regarding weather-related complaints so a sigh* of relief is much overdue, ha! Ok, well during xmas break, I did a little shopping (didn’t we all) for cozy, warm clothing and to be frank, I was underwhelmed. Everything was so blah and boring and nothing really was up to par with my excitement to wear cold weather clothing..until I hovered over to the girls’ department and found the cutest leopard sweater just calling my name. I swear to God, this is something I used to do so much when I was younger *ahem*, just shop my little butt off in the girls’ department whenever I would find nothing in the Ladies department, or grown-up land, if you must. So I want to share some tips I have garnered when shopping kids clothes for yourself (be it the boys’ or girls’ department).

  1. Consider the occasion you are shopping for. If you are looking for pieces to wear for work, it goes without saying to always look for prints that are not so obviously “kiddie” material. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a fun piece to spruce up a girl’s night out, the girls’ department is the best place to find cute glitter tops in pretty pastel colors you can combine with jeans and rockin’ pumps.
  2. Consider the cut: always, always try your clothes before buying. Many a times I have purchased a size ‘large’ top only to come home and have a snug fit in my arm area which is so not cute. Try before you buy.
  3. Some girl dresses can pass off as cute tops! If they are flowy, you can pair them with jeans or shorts (depending on the weather) and no one will ever know it’s a little girl’s dress (unless you wear it to a kid’s bday party and some other 7 year is rocking it, too. Turn around and leave..ha!)
  4. Check accessories too! Some headpieces like barrettes and hoodies, and other pieces like socks and belts can be a fun addition to your wardrobe when it needs a little life.
  5. Some skirts can also pass as cute tops! This is something my girlfriends and I used to do so much back in the day. The trick is to look for those skirts that are stretchy (think cotton and spandex at the top) and you can wear them belted (if the skirt is long), under a cute jacket or just by itself, with jeans or shorts.
  6. In the boys’ department, the cutest and best fitting shirts are to be found here. The colors and prints are always so dapper and polished and they always fit and flatter a woman’s body just right (in my opinion).
  7. Boys’ accessories are always good too (cute backpacks in muted colors, newsboy caps, even little bowties!).

Try looking in these departments when you can’t find anything in our grown-up world department. You’ll be surprised at all the fun stuff you’ll find to spruce your wardrobe up!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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