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8 mistakes to avoid when shopping for boys clothing

Looking for trendy and stylish little boys clothes that will make your babe stand out in a crowd? untamed threads has got you covered mama! We know you're excited to finally find a shop that is all about boys fashion BUT, before you hit 'add to cart', it's important to know what  to avoid when buying kids' clothes. Keep reading these quick tips to save time and money. We'll share our expert opinion to help you make the best choices for your little boy's new wardrobe!

1. not having a budget and a plan

When it comes to shopping for little boys' clothes, it's easy to get carried away by the latest trendy outfits. However, without a plan and budget, you'll probably end up overspending and buying unnecessary items he may not get a lot of use out of. To avoid this mistake, make a list of the essentials your little guy needs. Then, add a few statement pieces to the list that are versatile and can be worn with many different outfits. Set a budget to avoid overspending and impulse buying. 

2. not washing clothes before wearing them

Okay, I admit I stole this one from my husband. Actually, I used to think he was really weird for this, but there are legitimate reasons to wash clothes before you wear them. New clothes may have residual chemicals or dyes that could irritate sensitive little skin. Plus, washing clothes before wearing them can help remove any loose threads or fibers from the manufacturing process. 

3. ignoring store's return policies

We always recommend reading the store's return policy before making a purchase. If you buy something that doesn't fit or doesn't meet your expectations, you want to make sure you can return it for a refund or exchange. Department stores typically have much longer return periods than small shops for a variety of reasons.

4. not following care instructions on clothes

I know, I know.. I hate laundry as much as the next person. But, different fabrics require different care instructions.

PRO TIP: If you really want to ensure you get the longest life out of your little boy's outfits so you can pass them from one kid to the next, we recommend washing inside out, using cold water, and laying flat to dry, This method will help avoid damaging fabric, shrinking clothes, and color fading. 

5. buying multiple colors of one style

While we are all for stocking up on the versatile basics, buying the same style of clothes in every color can quickly lead to a pretty boring wardrobe. Additionally, you may end up inadvertently buying more than you actually need. Instead, choose a few key pieces in different colors to mix and match with other items in your child's wardrobe. 

6. quantity over quality

It's easy to be swayed by low prices, but buying cheap clothes can often result in lower quality items that don't last as long. Investing in higher quality pieces that will last longer will save you money in the long run and allow you to pass them down to the next little in line. Do be weary though, price doesn't always equal quality! For this reason, we recommend shopping with brands you know, love, and trust.

7. not shopping for the season

It's important to shop for clothes appropriate for the season your child will be wearing them in. If you're shopping end of season sales, try buying these clothes in the sizes they'll likely be wearing the next time the season rolls around. 

8. buying the wrong size of clothing

Yes, there actually is a difference between 24 month and 2T clothing. Trust me when I say kids clothing sizes drive me absolutely nuts, but that's another blog for another day.

Because there is no universal size measurements for children's clothing, or adult clothing for that matter, sizes can vary between brands. Be sure to review size charts or product descriptions to get accurate sizes for your boys. When it doubt, I typically recommend sizing up. You know they aren't going to shrink, but my Costco cart is evidence those boys are growing like weeds! 

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can make sure that your little boy's wardrobe is not only trendy and stylish but also practical and functional. Now that we got that out of the way, click the link below to start styling your bro!

Happy shopping mama!

Erica