By Ruth Ferguson, NDG Editor
Over the last four years The Children’s Place has become a store I am very familiar with despite not having any children of my own. It is my go to spot to find adorable clothes for the kids in my life. More importantly, not only does the clothes look great, but they are incredibly affordable. I have never visited and not discovered a display boasting prices as low as $3.99 – and yes there is a solid selection from which to choose in that price range.
Therefore, I was delighted when a representative from the company invited me to visit so I could learn more about their back-to-school and fall season. I was surprised at how much I discovered about a store I thought I knew so well.
For example, The Children’s Place offers clothing and accessories for newborns to teens size 14. In each age range, parents (and their fashion forward kids) will like the accessories offered to cover the kid literally from head to toe. Adorable hats, scarfs, jewelry and even shoes are on display. Loved the fedora hats for the boys and sequined caps for girls.
Parents not wanting to shop around town can finish their lists with purses, colorful tennis shoes and boots. The children can also pick-up their backpack with patterns ranging from pink and red hearts to camouflage and sports themes. Just so little brothers and sisters will not feel left out, they have cute little backpacks for the preschool crowd too.
Of course right now every parent throughout DFW is focused on back-to-school shopping. The Children’s Place offers uniform options with khaki and navy shorts or pants for boys and girls, plus plaid skirts for the girls. They have plenty of shirts in red, white and blue for both genders – so pretty much any student will find something that fits their school colors.
The store displays demonstrate how students can remain within the boundaries of the dress code but allow a little personality to peek out by layering shirts, sweaters and jackets. And do not be surprised to see the girls showing off their sequined headbands and caps at pep rallies and football games.
While The Children’s Place proclaim they are “the place” for back-to-school, the brand offers a large selection for outside the classroom. Their fall season includes rugby and bohemian themes so kids can look stylish, but comfortable at the local football game or hanging with friends.
Parents looking to create the perfect “look” for family portraits or of course the proverbial Christmas card will find The Children’s Place offers one stop shopping again. They can avoid, the matchy-matchy look, which everyone will ridicule 20 years later, while still staying within the same color scheme. This gives Mom the ability to have a cohesive look, while allowing children to display their own personal style.
The Children’s Place provided a gift card and invited to me shop after I met with them at their Galleria store. I decided to shop later with two friends who have three boys ranging in age from 2 – 11 years old. We spent less than $90 and walked out of the Town East Mall location with two pairs of jeans for each boy and a few shirts thanks to the $10 jean sale going on last week. Plus all graphic tees were only $5. We are looking forward to visiting the outlet location at the Park Lane shopping center (across Central Expressway from North Park Mall) during tax-free weekend to find even more bargains.
When I spoke with one of my guests a few days later and asked for her impression, she pointed out how helpful the sales person was to both mothers. She shared that all too often when a store has a great sale on a busy Saturday afternoon, they will quickly dismiss questions with the comment “everything we have available is on display.” Instead, this young lady took the time to go to the back to find the items they each needed for their sons.
I heartily recommend parents – or aunts like me – put The Children’s Place at the top of your shopping list whatever the reason or season shopping for kids. I always enjoy the thrill of the hunt in finding clothes the children and their parents will love, at prices I can afford.