Summer Basics For Your Little Lady


If you are looking to top up your little lady’s closet with a few more basics, then this post is for you.  If you haven’t read my post about creating  basics wardrobe your your little, then head here.  But essentially its all about starting with basics that work together.  Choosing a similar colour palette really helps with this.  You can see the theme in Ruby’s closet is pink and grey with a little blue.

Here are the basics I have used in Ruby’s wardrobe.  Most of these she has and wears but a few are look alikes (where noted) because sizes seem to sell out so fast at The Gap/Old Navy.

And if you need some basics for your little man, check out this post including 10 mix and match summer basics from Gap/OldNavy.

1. Dotted T-Shirt Dress. The Gap | This T-shirt dress is on sale for $10 right now.  Yes its white and maybe not the most practical but it’s too cute.  Plus there is nothing oxy-clean won’t get out.

2. Blue Ruffle Sleeve Tee. The Gap | I love ruffle sleeve tees, they add a little something extra to a basic tee and they look really cute under overalls.

3. Blue Stripe Bubble Shorts.  The Gap.  These are on sale for $12.  We have these in a pink plaid and they fit really cute.  Also its one of those piece that are wearable for daycare but can be dressed up for a visit with the grammies too.

4.  Grey Ruffle Sleeve Tee With Wolf Graphic. The Gap | Love the little wolf graphic on this.  Only $12 with 50% off discount.

5. Pink Ruffle Hem Shorts.  The Gap | Love these too.  We don’t have them yet, but they are in my shopping cart.  And they are on sale for $13.

6. Green Peplum Tank.  The Gap | Ruby has a few of these peplum shirts because they go with everything and they are on sale right now for $10. Comes in grey too. And they are grat through the Fall with a cardi.

7. Denim Cut-Offs.  The Gap | We have these and they are a really nice stretchy denim, comfortable.  I love to twin with Ruby in these and they are only $15 on sale right now.

8.  Bunny Mesh Cap. | This hat was a bit of a splurge for me at $20 but it’s so cute and Ruby wears it almost everyday.  And it will definitely fit her for a few years.

9. Pom Pom Sandals.  The Gap | On sale for only $15.  Not for everyday wear but these are the cutest.  Ruby also has a wide foot and these actually fit her.

10.  Pink Chuck Taylors. Foot Locker | Ruby lives in these.  They are great for playing, super cute and washable.  If you sign up to VIP (email) at footlocker they will give you a $10 off coupon for a purchase of $50+.


11. Pink Denim Overalls.  The Gap | These are under $20 with discount code. The straps aren’t adjustable so you will want to size up.  Ruby usually a 2T and we ordered a 4T and they fit perfect.

12. Denim Overalls.  The Gap | These are a classic and the straps are adjustable so these should fit for a couple seasons.  I like to roll the cuff up on these and pair them with a girly ruffle sleeve tee. Around $20 with a discount code but there are only smaller sizes left.

13. Grey Peplum Tank.  The Gap.  On sale for only $7 and it comes in a few colours.  I love grey because it works with everything, especially pink, there is alot of pink in Ruby’s closet.

14. Grey Dotted Tank. The Gap | I love this shape for a tank because it still covers her shoulders.  And this is on sale for $8.

15. Coral Button Tie Tank.  Old Navy | I love these little tie front tanks with a pair of cut-offs.  It comes in a beautiful mint green as well.

Happy Shopping






Summer Basics For Your Little Man

I love buying clothes for my kids – an almost  3 year old girl, Ruby and almost 1 year old boy, Leo.  And yes, buying for Ruby is a little more fun, obviously.  But by the time my second came around my shopping habits had evolved.  And I got a little bit smarter.

It sort of happened by accident to be honest.  As my first went off to daycare, I wanted things she could wear that she could play in and spill on while still looking fashionable.  So I ended up building her a basics wardrobe and then we added some more special pieces for weekends.  It seems pretty obvious now as I write but it was such a different approach to shopping for me.  I used to buy pretty much everything that was cute and on sale but many things were barely worn.  I guess there are only so many shirtdresses, skinny jeans and strappy sandals a baby needs…..

Anyhow, the idea of a basics wardrobe is an approach I have started taking with both my kids and its  also something I am trying to do with my own wardrobe (struggling a bit with myself).

Lets start with boys because shopping for boys is always a little bit harder.  Especially since everything has dinosaurs and fire trucks and that’s just not our thing (at least for now when he doesn’t have an opinion on the matter).  Seriously why do all boys clothes have dinosaurs on them!!!

Here are some of the basics that I have used to build Leo’s wardrobe.  Everything is from The Gap or Old Navy.  I only buy when things when I have a discount code so watch your emails – usually 40% at The Gap, once in a while 50% (in fact right now The Gap is 50% off).  When buying I try to buy things that I can mix and match with the other items in his closet.  Sticking to a similar colour palette makes this easy.  We like greys and blues.   I also like fabrics that will wash well and have some stretch to them so they will last more than a couple months.

Stay tuned for a separate post on girls shortly.

summer basics for your little

1. Striped Pocket Tee.  The Gap | A basic striped tee works with pretty much everything. We don’t have this tee buts its in my cart and waiting for it to go on sale.

2.  Striped Tank. Old Navy | My little guy is sweaty, so sweaty, so I bought this tank moreso for the practicality of it.  But it actually looks super cute with these camo shorts.   It comes in a  bunch of other colours and its like $4 on sale.

3. Long Sleeve Raglan Tee.  The Gap | Leo had these in a few colours.  They are great for cooler days in the summer and will take your little right through winter.  These are also on sale for like $10 right now.

4.  Basic Blue Button Tee.  Old Navy.  This is also a fav at our house because it works with everything.  And its on sale right now for less than $10.

5. Tropical Print Tee. Old Navy | This is one of our favourites, its such a soft fabric and a  vneck is the cutest on a squishy little guy.   It comes in a few other patterns, but this one is the only one we really liked.

6. Cuffed Terry Shorts. Old Navy | Leo wears these all the time.   They come down just below the knee and are cuffed so they are perfect for a crawler.  They also come in a light grey stripes and are less than $10.

7. Camo Pocket Shorts.  The Gap | We have a few of these pairs of shorts.  And we have the pant version as well and the knit fabric is are knit so super comfortable.  And I love me some camo. They are a little less than $10 with a sale code.

8. Plaid Roll Cuff Shorts. The Gap | We don’t have these but have a similar pair of cuffed shorts.  These also come in lots of different colours but I like the blue because it goes with so many of the shirts we have – alot of blue.  These would also be cute dressed up with a pair of suspenders and a white button up shirt.

9. Red Dino Shorts.  The Gap | I know I said I wasn’t into dinosaurs, but for some reason I am okay with this print.  I think because its a more grown up fabric and the print is subtle – I don’t know – but I love these.

10. Distressed Denim.  Old Navy | I ordered an 18-24 and they fit just perfect – my guy is 11 months and 25 pounds.  Distressed skinny jeans on babies isn’t super practical, I know, but they are so cute.  And the distressing is ‘repaired’ which is functional for crawlers.  Cant wait for Fall for Leo to rock these with his kicks when the days get a little cooler.

Happy Shopping