See this smile on my face? Spring has officially sprouted!
I think that calls for a new outfit for my little man! Nothing too formal, just something crisp and new for Easter dinner and our spring egg hunt. I’ve had it up to here with buying kids’ clothes based on low price only to have them fade, shrink, and fall apart, so I turned to a new online shopping site to see if I could find some clothes that would truly be worth their price.
www.Hartstrings.com has a newly revamped website that’s really easy to navigate. I saw lots of dresses and cute girl things at first, but then quickly realized that I had to click on the Kitestrings tab in order to view all the little boys’ clothing collections. (Sidenote: I noticed they also carry brands like Puma and Timberland, which I totally bypassed. I much prefer the classic style of the Hartstrings and Kitestrings brands.) I was immediately drawn to the Sand Dunes collection, which reminded me of my childhood (I’m originally a Long Island girl, so it only took this one photo (below) to bring back memories of running on the beach as a little girl. )
In deciding on a spring outfit for my son, I wanted to make sure I chose something that would get a lot of wear. Sure, a more formal outfit would be really cute, but it would probably get worn once and then sit. If I’m going to spend any real money on toddler clothes, they have to be versatile enough to mix and match for maximum wear. So, we chose the striped polo shirt, above, and a cool pair of chino shorts that I knew could be dressed up or down as needed.
I had to stop myself at one outfit this time, but I found a few other things that are now on my Kitestrings “Wishlist.” How cute would this T-shirt be with the same shorts?! And I love these shoes for fall…
When our shipment arrived just a few days after ordering, I was a little worried when I took the shorts out of the bag. My son is on the skinny side, and he was swimming in the size 2T I ordered. That is, until I noticed the adjustable waistband tabs! LOVE that! I guess I didn’t notice that detail in the description. Once I adjusted them to fit, they were just fine and I’m even happier with my purchase now knowing that they will fit through this summer and the next.
The shirt is a 3T (a little big, but ordered with long-term wear in mind.) Just like the shorts, the quality is just what I had hoped for. The fabrics feel soft yet sturdy, they’re cut to fit really well, and it’s clear that these clothes were made to last.
Doesn’t he look like such a grown-up little man in his new spring outfit!? He was so proud of himself, I could hardly tear him away from the mirror.
Oh, and P.S….I couldn’t help but browse through the little girls’ things while I was shopping. I’m a sucker for cute little dresses! (Hartstrings even features coordinating brother/sister outfits!) I really hope someday I get the chance to shop for my own little girl, but until then, I’ll just daydream about these. Aren’t they adorable? I would think that dresses like this would be so cool, comfy and easy for a sunny spring day!
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Do you buy formal Easter/Spring outfits for your kids? Is long-term wear important to you when buying kids’ clothing? What do you think of Hartstrings.com clothing? I’d love to hear from you!