Dressing Fern is one of my favorite things.
Even though dressing myself isn't always the most fun these days with my post-baby body, dressing a cute baby girl is always fun.
But, just because I like to dress Fern in cute things doesn't mean I like to spend a ton of money on her wardrobe. I'm always trying to come up with ways to get more bang for my buck when it comes to baby clothes.
Here are some of my suggestions:
1. Stick to solids and simple patterns when choosing basics.
-When buying basics like onesies, socks, cardigans, etc., I like to choose gender neutral colors and simple patterns (like stripes), because they're easier to match with a variety of outfits and I'll be able to recycle them for Baby #2 one day if we end up having a boy. These are a good example of cute, simple onesies.
2. Try to buy things in a larger size.
-In the photo above, the "dress" Fern is wearing is actually a size 2T tank top. Sometimes buying a larger size just looks ridiculous, but the times when you can make it work are great, because you get more wear out of one item. When Fern is bigger she can wear this cute dress as a shirt. You can also do this with dresses as they can be worn as tunics with leggings later. And with pants, smaller pants can turn into capris and larger jeans can be cuffed before they're actually the proper length.
3. Have fun with accessories.
-One you have the basics for an outfit, all you have to do is layer up an exciting accessory and you're golden. Sometimes I add a cute scarf-style patterned bib to one of Fern's outfits to add interest. Both adorable and functional.
And, aside from suggestion #2 ("buy things in a larger size"), these work for dressing your grown-up self too :).