Summer is flying by, and we bet you’d prefer to savor one last day at the beach than haul your kids to the mall. And now you can. We quiz Taryn Mohrman, lifestyle editor of Parents magazine, on the best websites for A+ style.
Q: Which is the best site for fashionable finds for less?
Totsy.com. “It’s a great place to experiment with new labels and designers because the prices are so reasonable,” Mohrman says. One caveat: The site does not accept returns. Mohrman suggests two workarounds: Buy the brands and sizes you know will fit, or get a slightly larger size and wait patiently for your child to grow into your bargain.
Q: Which site offers clothes moms and daughters can agree on?
Garnethill.com. Polka-dotted flamenco skirts, jaunty striped tees and cardigans with ruffled trim deliver frilly thrills but are made in tomboy-tough fabrics. “They have really upped their designs this year,” Mohrman says. “Each piece is well-made and lovable, plus whatever you buy will make for very special hand-me-downs.”
Q: Which site has clothes that boys will actually wear?
Bodenusa.com. Graphic tees, lined skater trousers, comfy fleeces and lots and lots of cool camouflage make Boden a top source for teaching children that clothes shopping isn’t always boring. “Boys look at their clothes and think, ‘That’s cool, I want to wear that,’ ” Mohrman says.
Q: Who makes the best underpants?
Carters.com. Carter’s has been making affordable kids’ clothes since 1865 — and it knows a few things about underwear. Reviews of Carter’s underpants rate 5 out of 5 stars and describe them as “soft,” with “no itchy tags” and “elastic waistbands that hold up incredibly well.” Plus, “they have great options for school-age kids that aren’t cartoony or too cutesy,” Mohrman says.
Q Many kids dread shoe shopping. Which site makes it easy on everyone?
Zappos.com. “This site offers one-stop shoe shopping for preschooler to preteen,” Mohrman says. (A search pulled up 488 pairs of boys’ toddler sneakers in a size 6 and 725 pairs in a youth size 6.) And with free shipping and returns, it’s easier than taking kids to the store.
Q What is the go-to brand for back-to-school gear?
Landsend.com. For boots, jackets, lunch boxes, and backpacks that are going to survive rainy days at the bus stop and doing time in Lost and Found, Lands’ End outerwear takes the kind of beating only an elementary-school student can dish out. “They are known as a quality brand, but they are also on top of trends and offer spot-on looks each season, and they’ll monogram pretty much anything,” says Mohrman