I ran some stuff back to Neiman Marcus to exchange sizes last night--one of the grandmothers had been in town and had showered generous gifts on the child, who promptly had a meltdown that prevented any trying on in the store--and it was HORRIBLE. How they ever managed to find the few decent pieces of girl's clothes that they did is beyond me.
The whole rack of toddler clothes was an uninterrupted smear of rainbow sherbet. Every pair of jeans was encrusted with some junk. Every pair of pants had three tiers of ruffles and ribbons on the cuffs. Every shirt and dress was the same, only frillier. You know you're in trouble when Lilly Pulitzer starts to look sedate. [And Lilly's fine, but there aren't enough divots to be replaced between chukkers for her to wear all the Lilly she already has. As for everything else, it looked straight out of a Care Bears Gone Wild video.]
The boys' section, meanwhile, was an unrelenting row of rugby shirts. "I've never had anyone buy boy's clothes for a little girl," the saleswoman sniffed. No doubt.
Maybe it's just the sheer, style-free conventionality of suburban Washington, DC. Maybe other Neiman Marcus locations have for kids what I've always found for adult clothes: a reliable selection of high-end brands and solid, high-quality private label stuff. Maybe there are sophisticated, normal, goodlooking, urban-friendly clothes in every mall but Tyson's Corner.
Or maybe not. Here's what DT reader Robert just sent me:
Being an ’Äòolder’Äô dad’Ä¶ I am somewhat’Ä¶ eh, not exactly sickened, but not really too overwhelmingly stoked by the choices of kids clothing available for our soon-to-be-one-year-old-twins’Äîboy & girl’Ä¶Amen, brotha. When I asked the Neiman Marcus woman about black clothes, she actually made a face. "No, and when we had some once, all we heard was, 'Who would dress a child in black??'" She said to the dad standing in front of her in a navy sweater, grey t-shirt, and black pants.
I’Äôm wondering if there is anyplace to get clothes that don’Äôt ’Ä¶..well, look like brat clothes ?? no cute kitten/frog/Disney characters and no trendy adult-oriented themes such as ipods etc..
where can I get a simple pair of black pants and a black shirt for our kids?? Is there anything out there??
So. question: where's a guy gotta go to get his kids some nice clothes that don't make him cringe?