Adorable Baby Fashion that Won’t Break the Bank

What’s cuter than a fashionable baby? Really not much. After I had my fashion forward baby boy, I quickly learned that he was changing sizes faster than I could say his full name. But as a devotee to making my dude don the best duds, I wasn’t willing to settle for plain clothes for the little guy. So I learned a few baby fashion tricks, and I’m ready to share!

In addition to my own learnings, I asked some of my favorite moms to share their secrets, too! Enjoy these tips and the adorable pics they come with. Then, share your tips for adorable baby fashion, we’d love to hear it!

7 Tips for Baby Fashion that Won’t Break the Bank

1. Bandanas

Max Kafel

This tip comes from yours truly. My son is half-Polish and we spend a lot of time in his second hometown of Krakow. That’s where this tip comes from. In Krakow, the artist’s haven of Poland, babies and toddlers wear bandanas. Genius! Not only is it adorable (and like a chic baby scarf), it is also cheap, comes in a variety of colors, adds pizzazz to a plain onesie, and keeps your baby warm while catching their drool fest.

Get one in every color! Seen here is my little guy Max in a turquoise bandana.

2. Headbands from Etsy

This one comes from the best baby photographers you’ll ever find, Brittany Jonaitis who owns Juliana Leigh Photography (her work seen in the main image and below). Ever in a bad mood? Just visit her site and peruse the baby pics, you’ll instantly be revitalized! Have a baby? Then book her.

My plugs for her work aside, the woman knows how to find adorable baby gear, heck, it’s part of her job! Dressing up the little guys for their shoots, she knows where to look. “I find most of my newborn hats and headbands on Etsy. Some of my favorite vendors are: Sew Whimsy and Devoted Knits. My favorite line for little girls is Matilda Jane and I’m always looking for deals at Gap and Janie & Jack for little boys.”

3. TJ Maxx

Siena Beyer

“Nothing like scoring a good deal at TJ Maxx. Visit often to find the best of deals,” advises Susan Beyer, mother of the jaw-droppingly cute Siena seen above. “For my baby girl, I often find great deals for clothes at Target or TJ Maxx. They have some of the cutest skirts and dresses and you can’t go wrong with a little extra ruffle.”

4. Zulily

Lexi Lou

“I like Zulily  as it avoids looking like all the other kids at the park!” says JoEllen Elsing-Graber, mother of the adorable Lexi (seen above). “I buy dark colors and patterns as it hides everyday messes and like to buy cotton or cotton blends to avoid ironing. Lastly, I like to stick with a lot of basics that can be mixed and matched so that dressing on days when mom is not available is easier for dad!”

5. Man Clothes


Monal Patel knows how to make her already adorable baby Sanay catch even more eyes. She dresses him in little man clothes like baby suspenders. For cute clothes like these, try the sale section in Le Petit Kids.

6. Target

Eleanor Tessari

“We love to shop at Target for great deals on baby clothes, there is always a sale!” says Becky Tessari, mother of smiley Eleanor seen above. And I’ll second that, I’ve gotten adorable blazers, golf hats, and khakis at Target for my son for under three bucks!

7. Hand-me-downs

Alex Mills

Never underestimate the power of hand-me-downs. “After talking to a few women around the office, I was amazed to see how many were suddenly ready to rid themselves of adorable outfits now that they were done having kids. Works for me!” says Jordan Mills, mother to rugby-ready Alex seen below. Don’t know anyone with stuff to give? Then try Craigslist.

What’s your favorite budget baby fashion trick?