How to Dress a Boy: French Toast Clothing

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My 10-year-old son does not care what he wears as long as he can get dressed once and never change his clothes again. Unfortunately for him he is growing very quickly, so that a shirt or a pair of shorts that fit him fine one day looks ridiculous on him the next. Yes, he grows overnight like the Hulk getting angry. On those days I have to send him back to his room to change and thus begins a terrible day.

In addition, being a physical child, he tends to but holes in his clothing. Even the khakis we keep on hand for him to wear to church and the occasional fancy occasion. I remember a certain pair of khakis he put on his body, wore to his first confession at church, and then promptly tore a hole in the knee while horsing around with a friend during the little reception in the church yard after the ceremony.

::facepalm:

Anyway, the point is that when I was invited to try out French Toast clothing for kids as part of the Back to School #ScoutBox program from Savvy Sassy Moms, I seized the opportunity to find some sturdy, good-looking clothing for this boy. French Toast makes school uniform clothing for kids, and even though my son’s school doesn’t require uniforms, I still found some classic styles, and colors I wanted to try for him.

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For shirts I chose a short-sleeved polo in his school color (red) and this beautiful baby blue interlock knit long-sleeved polo. The fabric is so soft it feels like he’s already worn it several times, but it looks great on him.

For pants I chose two colors of the same style: adjustable waist double-knee pant. It seems like the solution to my boys’ pants problems! Reinforced knees to prevent tears, and adjustable waist to allow for all of the growing! I thought I’d throw some maroon into the mix because I guess I didn’t get enough of that color when I wore my own uniforms in high school. But that’s another story.

Unfortunately for me this is the only picture from the photo shoot he so begrudgingly allowed that he will let me show you that includes the pants. But actually, I rather love it. Captures his personality perfectly:

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He hasn’t worn the clothing to a rough-housing session with his brother or friends, so I can’t yet report on the durability, but they do show promise. And if your kids wear uniform clothing to school, French Toast clothing is a great place to find quality pieces in all the traditional colors and sizes.

Spring Looks at The Children’s Place

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It’s spring for real, and here are some flowers to prove it, if you don’t believe it based on my recent garden updates! These flowers were spotted around the Lake Lindero neighborhood in Agoura Hills.

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It is the perfect time to stock up on kids’ clothes for spring, too. I checked out the newest looks for spring at The Children’s Place last week, and aside from leaving there wishing I had a little girl to dress (and also that they made floral jeggings for adult women) I was so happy with the fashions I found.

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Durability is the most important quality to me when I am shopping for clothes for my boys. If you asked them directly, though, they would say comfort and “coolness” are also very important. So I stick with elastic waistbands for pants, and “cool” prints and styles for shirts. The Children’s Place is where I often shop for them, because the durability to affordability ratio is right up my alley.

I snatched up adorable plaid shorts, polo shirts, and khaki’s for my boys and I couldn’t resist this adorable outfit for my niece.

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There’s always a great sale at The Children’s Place, so it’s one of my first stops¬† at the Oaks mall, and now there is a store on Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, too!

Happy spring! Here’s to not putting holes in the knees of the pants the first time they wear them…

I received store credit at The Children’s Place to facilitate this feature.