Let’s Go Shopping!

So if my number one question is “WHAT do I wear?” then I’d venture a guess that the second most asked question would be “WHERE do I shop for our outfits?”

Now, I’m a fairly practical shopper and I have a hard time spending more that $20 on anything that I wear on my body. The fact that most of my work out clothes cost more than $40 just about kills my budgetary soul. My main recomendation is to shop at places that you already frequent for a few reasons :

1 ) If you already know the store and the products they sell, then you will automatically be more comfortable with where to find things, what styles they may have, as well as the sizing of their clothing.

2) If you’re more comfortable with the shoping process, then you’ll be that much more relaxed and be able to find things more easily.

3) You’re more likely to buy clothes that you and your family members can wear again & incorporate into their wardrobes. Again with the budget part of me — buy things that can be worn more than once and get the worth out of those items!

A great example of shopping one store — thank you Old Navy!

A great example of shopping one store — thank you Old Navy!

When it comes to shopping for my kids, I REALLY love when I can go to one store that caters to all of their ages and sizes. Why? Well one because it’s more convenient and I don’t have time to drive all over the city finding the perfect shirt for a kid. Two because most stores will come out with their current clothing line and the colors and shades will match across the entire store. One year, I went to Old Navy and found a floral shirt for my daughter and was able to walk around the store with that one shirt and find shirts, sweaters, and pants for my three boys in toddler and big boy sections. Easy peasy, done!

For my kids, I love Old Navy and Carters — I can shop the whole store, it’s decent pricing, and I know that the clothes fit my kids’ body types. I’ve also found some good staple pieces at Target, Osh Kosh, and Children’s Place. Bonus points for Old Navy when I can find clothes for my husband and sometimes pieces for me as well!

Here’s another example of the shop one store approach — this is the floral shirt I found at Old Navy. I then walked around the store & found tops for the three boys that coordinated.

Here’s another example of the shop one store approach — this is the floral shirt I found at Old Navy. I then walked around the store & found tops for the three boys that coordinated.

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Outfit from Old Navy

Outfit from Old Navy

For my shopping, I tend to lean towards online shopping so that I can get dresses or tops that are a bit more unique. It does sometimes create a problem with sizing, but the reward tends to be pretty good overall. I’ll link my favorite online boutiques below so that you can spend all your money there — I mean, browse their shops responsibly.

For shopping in stores, I’m a fan of Old Navy - I like their styles and their clothes fit me pretty evenly across the styles, which makes shopping easier and less stressful.

Photo courtesy of Amy Rhodes Photography    Dress from Wren & Ivory

Photo courtesy of Amy Rhodes Photography

Dress from Wren & Ivory

www.wrenandivory.com (I’ve gotten most of my dresses from these guys, and they’re not too far away in Arizona, so shipping is fast)

www.thepinkdesert.com (these guys are local and you can even go in and shop their boutique if you want to try things on)

www.pinkblushmaternity.com (don’t worry, it’s not all maternity items, I promise!)

www.carlyjeanlosangles.com (I love their separates & their capsule wardrobe approach)

So let’s recap :

• Don’t blow the budget

• Shop where you’re comfortable

• If possible, shop at one store for all the kids

• Online shopping does have its perks when you find great stores!