These 5 Kids Brands Are The Best To Buy Secondhand
When it comes to buying kids’ clothes, it’s a lot like buying clothes for yourself! You take into consideration quality, fit, style, and brands that resonate with you. But the most important thing to consider when choosing looks for your little ones is the comfort factor. Not only are kids more sensitive to how clothes feel on their bodies, their endless activities require wearable options that can go from a party to a playground. From casual basics to Insta-worthy outfits (hello, mini Burberry trench coat), here are the five best kids’ brands to buy secondhand.
Janie and Jack
Known for their adorable mini-me ensembles, Janie and Jack is for when you need a dress-up moment. Special occasion outfits are their specialty and the cuteness factor is off the charts. Think California coast-inspired linen shirts, floral dresses, standout swimwear, and layette essentials. If you think fashion is sweeter together, look out for their limited-edition women’s collection—a breezy edit of dresses, tops, and tees inspired by the children’s line.
If you’re looking for quality baby basics, this is your brand. Come for their classic bodysuits, stay for their cardigans, rompers, and jammies at prices you can’t resist (especially at thredUP!). Carter’s was founded in 1865 and acquired by OshKosh B-Gosh in 2005. Dressing babes in Carter’s signature onesies has been a tradition for generations of families. Perfect for baby showers gifts and stocking up on much-needed newborn essentials.
babyGap and Gap Kids
A mainstay in pretty much every kid’s closet, Gap is a go-to brand for moms everywhere. Best known for their classic pieces (denim-on-denim, statement-making outerwear, basic tees and tanks, and of course, cozy sleepwear), Gap is also the brand to check out for trendy kids’ clothes. Each season, they launch a new collection inspired by the hits on the runway. Find rompers, cut-out details, ditsy florals, and sizzling stripes.
If you love designer kids’ clothes but not the designer price tags, go H&M! Their toddler clothes are bursting with style, offering unexpected pieces usually reserved for fashion-obsessed grown-ups—patterned harem pants, bib overall shorts, sequin dresses, and floral jumpsuits. With the wow-factor high, H&M outfits make awesome gifts, too. Worried about the effects of fast fashion? Buying H&M secondhand keeps clothing out of landfill and saves precious resources required to make new clothes. All the style, none of the guilt.
Mini Burberry styles inspire oohs and aahs at baby showers like nothing else. And for good reason. Not only is the iconic check pattern so recognizable and beloved, it stands for the finest quality. This luxury fashion house may be best known for its classic trench coat, but is worth checking out for girls’ and boys’ clothes inspired by the women’s and men’s Burberry collections. Think chic cashmere sweaters, cap-sleeve dresses, packaway jackets, and check cotton playsuits.
Clothes don’t grow, kids do. That’s why it’s only makes sense to shop secondhand for all your baby and kids’ clothing. Keeping in mind the resale value of a piece when purchasing new or used, helps to justify the cost of a higher quality item. When an outfit is outgrown, simply send it off to thredUP for a little cash, credit, or donation. The one-in, one-out closet cycle is key for kids’ ever-evolving wardrobes and your bank account.