If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my pics of Iz’s outfits the past couple weeks. Boden offered to let me choose a few back to school items for Iz from their Mini Boden collection (fits kids 1.5 years to 12 years). I mixed and matched the items I picked out for her—well, she picked out one of them—into outfits that work for the warmer weather right now but will be great for the cooler weather down the road too.
- Mini Boden Cosy Vest ($38)
- Mini Boden Fun Knitted Dress ($64) - This is the item she picked out. Cat dress!
- H&M Ballet Flats ($10)
- Skip Hop Backpack ($20)
- Mini Boden Cord Fit Slim Jeans ($38)
- Old Navy Peplum Tank ($9)
- Old Navy Sandals ($12)
- Acacia Scarf (Made from scrap fabric!)
- Target Long-Sleeve Tee (Similar from Target, $5)
- Mini Boden Leggings ($18)
- H&M Ballet Flats
- Target Hat
- Mini Boden Pointelle Marl Shirt ($18)
- Old Navy Shorts ($10)
- Children’s Place Sneakers ($20)
I’ll be honest—I try and spend as little as possible on Isobel’s clothing. If I hadn’t received these clothes for free, they would not be in Isobel’s closet right now. Iz grows out of things so fast that it’s hard for me to justify expensive clothing or shoe purchases that I will turn around and donate or throw into a storage bin in a few months (or less). With that being said, I can see that Boden’s Mini Boden clothing is great quality. The fabric is softer and thicker than what I could find at Old Navy or Target. Will that sway my purchasing in the future? Not in a significant way, but I do see the value of investing a little more in kids items that will see much use/abuse—like leggings or outerwear. Iz’s Boden leggings still look like new after a few wash/dry cycles. Warm, high-quality outerwear (like the fuzzy vest) is something I’ll dress her in every day for the next several months. Like everything else with kids, it’s a balancing act.
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