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Can Baby/toddler Girl Wear Some Boys Clothes?

I have a 2 1/2 year old son and am expecting a girl at the end or December. I'm running out of room to store all the different sizes of my son's clothes. I have some unisex looking baby clothes (I want her to look/dress like a girl) but what I was really wondering about is whether I can keep my son's jeans and stuff... like 12+ months stuff. Things that don't scream 'boys clothes'. To me, jeans are jeans except for a few fancy girls jeans that have fancy applique on them. Are boys/girls sizes the same. I am totally looking forward to getting all the cute girlie clothes but when they grow so fast, I want to 'try' to make whatever I have go a second round if possible.

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Thanks for all the positive advice. I'll go thru all the clothes and keep anything that isn't super boy looking. And maybe I'll do some appliques and sew some lace at the bottom of the jeans. I'm an artist so I can even get fabric paint and do some really cute designs on the pant legs. It will be easier doing it to pants we already have opposed to brand new jeans. I think I can get pretty creative with some of his things!

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Absolutely! There's nothing wrong with wearing boys' jeans/tshirts/sweatshirts...even socks. Sometimes even the shoes look unisex.

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Yep as far as I know, they are the same size and whatnot. A few boys clothes such as jeans could definantly be reused for her. My mom did that with us (she had 9 kids, so clothes that looked unisex were definantly reused lol) and my nieces have worn some of their older brother's stuff when they were younger.

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Definately reuse them! You can always get hairbows or such to match the outfits for a spark of girliness.

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I dressed my little girl in some boys clothes if I liked the style and color. Cost was always an issue.

Heck, I still sometimes dress myself in men's t-shirts because I like the colors way better than the girlie pastels and prints available in women's clothes. But that's me.

I have yet to be hauled off by the fashion police.

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i think its so adorable when girls dress a litlte tomboy - with a bow of course. You can also post an ad on craigslist to trade boy for girl clothes.

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Absolutely! There's nothing wrong with wearing boys' jeans/tshirts/sweatshirts...even socks. Sometimes even the shoes look unisex.

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Yep as far as I know, they are the same size and whatnot. A few boys clothes such as jeans could definantly be reused for her. My mom did that with us (she had 9 kids, so clothes that looked unisex were definantly reused lol) and my nieces have worn some of their older brother's stuff when they were younger.

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Hi, T.:
Yes.
D.

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God I hope they can because my girl is! :)

I even have her in some boy clothes for the extra clothes at daycare if she has a blowout. The sizes are the same and they really don't care. I figure I can put something pink in the outfit to make her look girly or when she gets old enough to have pigtails I won't even have to worry about it. Clothes are soooo expensive and other than a couple onsies and pants, all the cute girly clothes that my daughter has are either MY hand-me-downs or gifts. My girl is only 3.5 months and really doesn't care what she is wearing, and luckily neither do my husband or I.

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Please use those unisex clothes! Might as well get some use out of them! Especially pants or overalls - great for protecting those little knees. My kids always had scratches or bruises if they weren't wearing something tough like Osh-kosh-B-gosh pants!

Your little girl doesn't have to be a girly-girl everyday, so just mix it up! It'll make her more well rounded!

D.

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Of course you can! You'll be GREEN and helping the environment! Save money and treat yourself!

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My opinion: It would be silly not to use those clothes if they will fit.

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Sure! Add a cute headband to an outfit, or handsew a touch of washable lace at a pantsleg hem. You don't even really have to do that if it's just playclothes. But little touches here and there will help your new daughter tell the world, "I'm a girl!"

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Yes you can reuse them... depending on the brand of clothes I have noticed that boy clothes can be a little bigger (like the head hole a little bigger, length of the shirt & pants a little longer), but not by much. I actaully got the "boy" jeans for my daughter because her legs were longer and the waist are better fitting for her. Use it if you want :)

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Definately reuse them! You can always get hairbows or such to match the outfits for a spark of girliness.

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Yep, go for it.
Unisex is unisex.

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YES definetely. Even when my kids were older than yours we would go to consignment stores (mostly because malls are always way ahead of our needs, displaying Easter dresses when we need snow pants, etc.) and my 2 girls would get black or blue snow pants, green and yellow and blue clothes, etc. It gets harder when they hit their teens since they get opinions about what is cool. I think the opposite is probably more difficult, dressing a boy in pink might not work since girl clothes are so frilly or have Hannah Montana on them. BUT having said that, one of my co-workers wears pink button down dress shirts and he does NOT look girlie at all. So: go for it!

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Absolutely use them! You can make almost any article of boy clothes, even shoes, into an awesome girlie out fit! Just pair it with something 'overly girlie' and your set!

Some of my daughter's cutest outfits this summer were made up of her brothers' old clothes...I paired an old Red Hot Chili Peppers T-shirt (that Auntie bought for my oldest son 6+ yrs ago) and a pair of Black Puma tennis shoes and a red skirt and she was adorable...another favorite is old Levis with her Hot Pink thongs and a coordinating tank top...soo cute! I think it's kind of fun to put the outfits together and it helps that I am still in the stage where I love 'doing' her hair!

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Yes. It doesn't matter, unless you are one of those moms who has to make sure her girl looks "pretty."

Anyway, my daughter, though gorgeous now, was not the prettiest baby. I could have her in a pink dress with a bow in her hair and people would refer to her as "he."

Absolutely! You'd be amazed at how everything turns girly when you add a bow and/or pigtails. :) Many baby clothes are very gender neutral. My daughter wears a lot of my sons old clothes. I kept all of his blue jeans and most of the neutral looking shorts and pants. My daughter wears several of my son's old t shirts too. A few are just plain colored tees and no one would notice they came from the little boys department. And some that you might notice, we use when we are doing something messy or for play clothes. My daughter wears my sons box briefs over her diaper as shorts for bedtime. For that matter, her monster pjs are her favorites and they were once her brother's jammies. Many of his socks, especially the ones under 12mths work for my daughter. She also wears a lot of his old shoes. His tennis shoes and rain boots are some of her favorite footwear. :)

I would say that if shirts are a neutral color like white,green or yellow. Onsies are good and a lot of times they are unisex. If the jeans have no design on them you should be good. I am sure if you have friends with kids they will give you some girl clothes if possible. You can also go to flea markets and the goodwill and buy second hand stuff pretty inexpensive. Once the first set of clothes get too small donate them to someone you know or somewhere if you are not planning on having any more children.get some space saver bags. You should be able to get the air out of them to save room once you put clothes in them and they are supposed to go flat. Good luck. It sounds like you are headed in the right direction. congrats on the new baby girl to be.

Yes, you can reuse a lot. I reused about half to a third of my son's stuff for my daughter. You might do better but I love the cute girl clothes. PJ's and play clothes are easy. The really boyish stuff went to my friends with 2 sons (I hope it makes it through both). At the moment I am getting ready to sew flowers and butterflies on a plain gray sweatsuit. It helps to pick a few girl things you use a lot like a coat, shoes or a favorite pair of jeans. I had one pair of fancy jeans for my daughter that I thought I was spending too much on but I put them her all the time (at least once every week) and got my money's worth. They were size 12 months and she wore them from age 9 months in the fall until July when she was 19 months.

Boy clothes tend to be cut a bit bigger for the same age/size. My son is just big for his age and my daughter is average height but slim (which I suppose will be easier on them both if it stays that way).

Little girls most certainly can get away with wearing boy's clothes!
(Not so much the other way around though.)
Really....who is going to look at a little girl and say, "Oh my, it looks like she has boy jeans on." ?
Levi's 501's are in the "male" department, but I know lots of women who wear them. It's totally fine.

I'll never forget the time my daughter was about 2 months old. It was December and I had a light blue jumper on her. A woman at the checkout stand in the store said, "Oh my....what a beautiful little boy!" I said, "Thank you, but she's a girl. Don't you see the big bow on her head?" She said, "Of course I do. It's darling. But it's blue so I assumed....."
Don't worry about it. You'll be really glad you hung on to the things you did.
My daughter was pretty girly, but I'll never forget the day she told me she was tired of me putting "knick knacks" on her everyday. Some days, she just wanted jeans and a plain t-shirt.

Best wishes and let us know when your baby arrives!

I found that the girls' jeans were cut to narrow for my chunky daughter so I specifically bought boy's pants for her from Old Navy. And she was my first. She also wore some really girly stuff but jeans and cordoroys came from Old Navy boys dept and were cheaper too.

Of course you can use them!!

K. Z.

I think it depends on your style. I have a little boy and 2 years later our daughter arrived. I had hoped to reuse some of the clothes from our son, more to save money than anything else! But once I actually put the clothes on our daughter, they had a boy-ish feel to them and I couldn't do it. I ended up buying the jeans with the goofy designs on them. I think girls clothes have a more tapered cut to them and anything less than that will look boyish. Good luck! I did reuse lots of t-shirts from my son and socks etc.

Sure! I saved all of our 4T jeans for our daughter (I have two boys, 8 and almost 5, we are adopting a 3yr old girl from Ukraine) and I cut the bottoms off and put girly ruffles on the bottoms, or appliqued the bottoms with flowers/etc, and then put something cute on a back pocket.

I think it's fine to use whatever unisex clothes you can, but I found that many of my nephew's jeans (passed down from my sister) had a very "boyish" cut to them. Girls jeans are cut differenlty and fit my daughters MUCH better than boys. I'm not saying I didn't use them for playclothes in our backyard, but they didn't look great on my girls. I used a lot of my nephews sweatshirts/pants, pj's, snowsuits, boots, etc...anything to save a litte $, because clothes can be so expensive!

You can absolutely use the boys clothes for your girls. Both of my daughters have worn their big brothers stuff. Not so much now that he is almost 10 but definitely all of his baby stuff. I have pictures of all 3 of them in many of the same outfits. I think it is cute.

Of course. My son is now 8 and my daughter is 6 and even now she likes to go through his clothes when he outgrows them before I give them away. One day she'll wear a frilly dress and the next it's jeans and a superman Tshirt!!!

I wore boys jeans and overalls on my girls, if they seemed to look a bit on the boy side I would just wear a really "girly" shirt like a bright pink with it. I always thought they looked really cute. Sometimes the sizes are a little different but they will work on the girl at some point. Congratulations and have fun!

I don't see a problem with it. heck, if you want to make them more girly, just get some cheap fabric and cut it in the shapes of flowers or hearts or something, and some iron-on backing, and voila! girl clothes! lol.

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