Children’s wardrobe staples

Now that it is Spring and I’ve had a clear out of the children’s wardrobes, I thought it was probably time to stock up on some of the things that they wear most often.

My son, in fact, had lots to wear (mostly from Landsend) so I haven’t bought anything new for him.  This T shirt doesn’t count as it was back ordered as part of a shop last month.  He had an anglerfish T shirt last year which is now miles too small – however, he still asks for it so here is its replacement.

Anglerfish T shirt

I bought a few things for my daughter.  She is still wearing age 2 leggings and some of them are starting to look a bit washed out.  So I got her a bunch of age 3 ones.

Leggings from Next

There are a lot of things that Next do that I don’t like – basically anything with writing on the front.  However, from time to time, they do some nice, basic stuff.  So that is what I bought.

Denim dress and white cotton top from Next

My daughter also really likes the short sleeved pointelle T shirts from Boden. I bought three of those in the sale.  I also bought a “skort”, which seems to be a skirt with shorts underneath.  She will either LOVE it or find it annoying.

Boden haul

Lastly, she appears to have lost a really thin fleece, which was a super useful bit of kit and which used to belong to my son.  I have looked and looked for it (and got quite ratty while doing so) and it was nowhere to be seen – it’s probably under a hedge.  So I ordered these.

Didriksons monte fleece

The dark lilac was available in height 100cm but they’d run out of the 110cm ones so I bought the pink billow in that size.  The 110 one is being returned – although it is quite pretty, my daughter will cover anything that pale in spaghetti sauce and it will spend its life in the wash.  When she needs it, I’ll get her a 110 cm one in a plain, dark colour.

Packable PrimaLoft Jacket from Landsend

The other day, I noticed that my son’s (non school) jacket was looking a bit short.  So I ordered another one in the next size up.

This one

It was £40, which does seem really expensive – I often think that somewhere other than Landsend must do something very similar for far less.  Maybe Uniqlo?  However, the thing is, this jacket is exactly right.  In the past, it has been listed on the website as suitable down to 5C, provided that it is worn with a typical winter wardrobe.  It is reasonably loose so my son can wear a fleece or jumper underneath.  Plus, he likes the colour.

Meh.  It’s the item of clothing that gets the most wear (apart from shoes and school uniform) so it’s worth getting the version that the boy likes.

I had a discount code so that I got a tenner off an orders over £40.  I ended up getting this henley top at the same time (so it was free, more or less).

My daughter also wears a girl’s version of this jacket – thankfully her jacket still fits her fine.

Landsend haul

The other day I went through my children’s clothes and pulled out a load of stuff that doesn’t fit them anymore (Spring cleaning).  It’s gone to Save the Children, leaving my son a bit short of shorts and T shirts.  So I ended up going to Landsend and buying these.

T shirt and polo shirts
T shirt and polo shirts

They may be a little too bright for my son’s taste but he isn’t really ALL THAT bothered and they’ll fade a bit in the wash.

Iron knee trousers, shorts and T shirt
Iron knee trousers, shorts and T shirt

I absolutely love the iron knee trousers that Landsend sell – they’re comfy and still look reasonably smart.  The shorts and T shirt were in the clearance section so were reasonably cheap.  I also had a discount code so got £10 off.

Speaking of discounts, Wild & Gorgeous (a shop I rarely buy from as it is so damn expensive) are having quite an exciting sale.  Their outlet section (so last season’s stock) is going for Next prices.  I’ve ordered my niece’s birthday present (a dress that was originally £75 but is now £22.50) and a few things for my daughter.

Spring

Today is Ash Wednesday but also – also! – it is 1 March.  The first day of Spring!    Hurrah!  I have no objection to winter (in fact I love it) but it is a good feeling when the days start getting lighter and warmer.

I’ve given some thoughts to the children’s clothes – I need to do another clear out, I’m sure they have lots that they aren’t going to wear again.  Perhaps I have the urge to spring clean?

A couple of weeks ago, LoveItLoveItLoveIt had a bit of a sale and I bought these for my daughter.

Shorts and a T shirt
Shorts and a T shirt – I don’t think either of these were reduced

I do like LoveItLoveItLoveIt – they specialise in Scandinavian children’s clothes and, even though they tend to be expensive, their stuff lasts for ages.  My daughter had a purple dress from them that she wore for about two years. It helps that I’ve stopped tumble drying the kids’ clothes.

This outfit will be super once it starts getting really warm.  A friend back in Brighton (where I grew up) mentioned Gay Pride (starts on 4 August) and, if we were going, it would be just the thing to wear.

Riding boots

My sister in law was wearing these marvellous riding boots at Christmas (she, unlike me, actually has a horse so they are Proper Ones).

Riding boots
Riding boots

I ended up googling them and then ordering them from a place called Satin Stitch Equestrian.  I ordered them on Boxing Day but hadn’t taken into account that this place is not Amazon so the boots only got dispatched on 8 January (meaning I wasn’t in the IoW to collect them).  All was well, however – my husband’s parents went and got them from the Post Office.

They are pretty comfy.  I have an old pair of brown leather boots which are meant to look like riding boots but which have entirely fallen apart around the heel so I hope these will be more long lasting.  I wore them for a long tramp around the grounds at Osborne House on their first day and they kept me warm.

Yet more new ski gear

After my audit of the ski gear, I’ve bought some of the things on my list.

These were from VikingKids
These were from VikingKids

I ended up buying two fleeces for the boy, both from VikingKids.  They have a super annoying website but are also having a really good sale.  Problem is, you only find out something isn’t in stock when you click “add to basket” so it took a while.

The red fleece was by Reima (Finnish) and was £17.50, reduced from £28.50.  The green fleece was by Isbjorn (Swedish) and was £24.50, reduced from £44.50.  The red is slightly thicker than the green but neither are as thick as the fleeces that came inside the Muddy Puddles coats (they don’t sell the ski jackets with the zip in fleeces any more, which is a pity).  However, I’m sure they’ll be fine for skiing.  I bought them for height 122cm (age 7), which I thought would mean that he had some growing room – however, he was measured at school on Friday and is 120cm tall so I wasn’t as prudent as I’d thought.

What else did I get?  Oh yes, snow boots, more ski socks and a snood for the boy.  I didn’t bother taking a photo of those.

New dresses for the girls

Question Everything have a pretty nice sale on right now.  They aren’t very well known but are similar to the way that Ilovegorgeous used to be (also quite expensive but I only buy in the sale).  I had a present to buy for B and M’s daughter so I picked up a dress for her.

Summer Girl's Dress - I didn't want to take it out of the wrapping
Summer Girl’s Dress – I didn’t want to take it out of the wrapping

I also picked up a couple for my daughter in age 4 to 5 (so a bit too big but will last a couple of years).  The first is cotton and the second is corduroy (so one for summer and one for winter).

Dakota Girl's Dress
Dakota Girl’s Dress – for summer
Layla Girl's Dress - for winter
Layla Girl’s Dress – for winter