Yesterday afternoon, after we went to the bunk dinosaur exhibit at the convention center, I asked LG what she wanted to do. She wanted to go to Jus.tice. Huh?
But yes, I’d heard her correctly. My newly 8-year old child wanted to go shopping. For clothes. In a cute, trendy little store. So I told her we’d go take a look.
No ma’am! The clothes are cute (some of them) and very much on trend. They also cost way more than I am willing to shell out on clothes for someone who may not even be able to wear them in December she grows so fast. LG was particularly enchanted by a faux-fur vest, a crocheted sweater, and a pair of sparkly shoes. The vest was $40, the sweater was $38, and the shoes were $50. I’m not going to lie – I don’t spend that much on most of my clothes. iCant.
So I told LG that while I appreciate her forward fashion sense, most of the items in that particular store were outside of our budget. That we could replicate the looks for far less by shopping at Tarjhay and Chi.ldrens Place. We swung by those two stores and found similar items for much, much less – about 60-65% less. The colored jeans at Jus.tice that cost $40? $14 at Tarjhay.
She’s concerned that “all her friends” have clothes from Jus.tice and she does not. I told her I appreciated her concerns and I get them – I really do. But. We’re not living our lives to keep up with anyone else. My goal is to keep her cute and clothed – not to outfit her in a bunch of overpriced clothes that will be the color of Yazoo clay every day by the time I pick her up from aftercare.
I think she got it. But she’s 8. I know this will be a conversation we will have many, many more times. I can hardly wait…
Where do you stand when it comes to outfitting your littles? Designer down? Strictly budget? A mix? Do they have input? Are there certain stores in which you shop for them? As they get older – or if they’re already teens – do you spend more so they can have a particular brand or look that’s in? I’m not trying to count anybody’s money, I’d just like to know where you stand. Thanks!!