Monday, October 20, 2008

Tell Us What You Think - $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

We recently ran across the article below in The Davis Enterprise, a daily newspaper for Davis, CA. Since our motto is "dressing kids like kids" and so many of our customers let us know that they love our clothing because it is "age appropriate" for their kids, we found this take on dressing your age to be quite amusing.

It also got us thinking about the coordinates that we offer for Moms. We try to select outfits for mothers that they will feel good in, both fashionable and comfortable... and ones that will coordinate with their kids.

The question is "Are we hitting the mark?" We would LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. What items on our site would you like to wear if they were offered in a Mom's size?

Visit CWDkids.com. Then post a comment here (by 10/24/08) and tell us what item numbers you might like to see in your size. We will select one entry to Win a $100 Gift Certificate! Winner will be posted here on Monday October, 27, 2008.


I try to be fashion-forward in a fashion-reverse world
By Tanya Perez Enterprise columnist October 06, 2008 14:30

I saw a pretty skirt on this girl last week and thought, "How cute! That would look good on me!"

The thing is the girl was a 7-year-old at Birch Lane Elementary. (And, yes, I imagined the skirt would be a few sizes bigger. It would not look cute on me in size 6x.) It’s pretty weird that I am admiring a second-grader’s fashion sense.

But, who’s the weird one? The 43-year-old who wants to wear children’s clothes or the child who wears things a 43-year-old covets?

I’ve noticed this phenomenon more frequently in the last few years. In fact, as I gathered my last load of items to donate, I pulled a pile of shirts out of my closet that I haven’t worn in a while. At least half of the tops looked as if they could be made for my mom, judging by today’s fashion standards. When I bought them a few years ago, they seemed age-appropriate; but now, grandmotherly.

So, when do you know you’re dressing too young or old for your age? And, which is the greater crime? (Rhetorical question: I’m sure it’s dressing too young. We’ve all made fun of that 50-year-old woman wearing a belly-baring blouse and Daisy Duke shorts.) Collectively, we seem to have decided that 40 is the new 30, but does that mean that Liz Claiborne apparel is now replaced by Baby Gap duds?

Figuring out what store department to shop in is a huge conundrum. When I wander into Gottschalks, the adult women’s section has a range of shoppers between the ages of 30 and 90. This seems a bit broad as I try to zero in on my personal 40-something style. And, I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve put something back on the rack when another woman 20 years my senior picks up the same item.

But, I’m positive that the juniors section is not meant for me, either. I don’t have any tattoos, and I’m never going to wear cowboy boots with a tube top and mini skirt (again).

What I do know is that when I was a kid, children’s clothes were strictly for children. You’d never have seen my mom wearing my corduroy jumper with the bicycles all over it. (Man, that was a cool dress.)

My stylish mom suffers from this, too. She says that in the dressing room at the store, she’s sure she looks great. But, after wearing her new clothes to work, she develops doubts. If you see someone 25 years older or younger in the same sweater, it has to make you wonder.

Strangely, one of my favorite places to shop for clothes has become Forever 21. Yes, this might explain some of my confusion at dressing my age, but here’s the deal.

I had never stepped foot in the place until I was in my 40s. I avoided it because, well, I wasn’t 21. However, my fashionable friend convinced me to follow her in. Turns out, the average age of patrons in this store was about 40.5 years old (seriously, shoppers were between 11 and 70 years old). If I didn’t know for sure how to dress my age, at least I was in good company.

I am trying not to progress to even younger apparel than Forever 21, but I’ve seen myself slipping toward more juvenile clothes. Aside from the 7-year-old’s lovely skirt, recently I’ve regarded a 2-year-old’s pants as pretty wonderful.

My friend Nancy makes adorable little pants for her young daughters. When I saw these capris with the darling floral border cuffs, I begged her to make me a pair. Now, if I can just find a onesie to wear with my fancy pants.

Copyright © 2008 The Davis Enterprise. Used with permission.

38 comments:

quitecontrary1977 said...

The Ralp Lauren and plum pudding designs would look great as women's wear. The haven dress is gorgeous,too. Both the design and fabric of many of the others outfits would be too youthful and bold for me.

Emily said...

I agree that the lines have definitely blurred a lot recently. I especially notice little girls dressing like teenagers instead of toddlers and sometimes grandmothers dressing like teenagers, too. CWDkids has seemed to hold on to the idea of children continuing to dress like children, but I did see a few corduroy skirts (esp. the fringed one with the horizon stripes!) that I wouldn't mind having in my size!

Julie Marie said...

I love this #J206 and would love to have a matching set for my daughters & I.

Pat said...

I would like to see the Mock Neck Tee
Item# J244 in a Mom's size. That would be cute for mother & daughter.
pkildow(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I think the Embroidered Tunic Top
would look great on a adult. I also think the Scoop Neck Fairisle Cable Dress would look great on a adult as well.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

piece of me said...

I like the Ralph Lauren Anastasia Polo Dress. I would love to have a matching mother, daughter set.
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Jill said...

I think you have many items in your current catalog that could be adjusted for a mom. I like G623, J079 and J080. I love the color combinations of these. I love to dress my girls in matching outfits for each holiday and always try to coordinate mine with theirs. I can't wait to see what you have for Easter.

ShaunJoy said...

I would probably wear the Cord Skirt (G617) in my size. Also the Circle Print Pants (J444) I would LOVE to have for pajamas! :)

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Kristan said...

i love all of the anita g dresses - i need dresses.
andrewandkristan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Stacy said...

The Quilted Coat and the Antoinette jacket.

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JULIE said...

The Feeling Groovy dress is one I'd totally wear if it was in an adult size. The Ralph Lauren tartan dress would be very cute too if it had a few less ruffles around the neckline.

Heather said...

I have 2 little boys and love Mulberribush for its sweet and whimsical look. It's especially hard to find sweet things (without looking "babyish") in the 4+ size range, but this line always delivers. I'd love to coordinate with them and would happily wear almost any of their shirt offerings; I especially like the Mulberribush "out of this world" theme (like item J059) shirts, and so do my boys!

Anonymous said...

I love the mod outfit by KC Parker/Hartstrings (hot pink & black.) I would definitely wear this if it was in my size!

janetfaye said...

I would like to see phelia Polo Shirt and Embroidered Tunic Top in my
size.

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Tuesday Girl said...

I love teh barn coat and swim cover up, items G030 and J081

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Staci said...

The Plum Pudding dresses, like J356 (and the Long Cable Cardigan-J347) would be great in adult sizes. The yoga pants (Y015) in women's sizes would be great too. Who doesn't love to wear yoga pants? A lot of the Wes & Willy (like J156) line would be cute for the little one and hubby to wear.

I love that you offer some items for mothers and daughters, I'd love to see pj separates (like J294) in their too. I think it's be great to see some father/son items too, since I know how much my son and hubby enjoy dressing similarly. I think it'd be a huge hit since so few stores offer matching items for boys!

Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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Shelly said...

I think the Flap Happy holiday tees would be great - Item# J177 - adult holiday tees seem too prissy. These have great graphics

Anonymous said...

I simply adore CWDKids. It is always such a pleasant experience shopping with your company; not only is the clothing selection wonderful and the prices very affordable, but you have the best customer service and shopping experience of any company I've ordered with in many years. It's so refreshing to see so many age apropriate styles in one place. When my husband and I found out we'd be having a little girl we were worried about aome of the media and products (such as clothing and a certain line of dolls I won't name) that may send our daughter the wrong message. I can't tell you how relieved I was when my sister-in-law recommended your company. I do love the mother daughter outfits as well, and would like to see many of the items in styles and sizes for me, especially items J078 and J079 (The Knit Top and Cord Skirt Set), as well as the item J080, (The Plaid Jumper). Thank you again for just letting my little girl dress like a little girl!

dieMutti said...

I am new to CWDKids and as I was perusing the website, I found many things that would be great for my daughters! I appreciate the focus on modesty that permeates these clothes! I think that the Cord Skirt (item G617), the Print Bubble Sleeve Dress (item J353) and the Embroidered Tunic Top (item J343) would all be great in adult sizes.

sharronnie(at)hotmail(dot)com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

G739 is something I would wear, I would like a cute nightgown!

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Rhonda said...

I think J385 (Zebra Print Dress) would be really cute in a larger size. It would look really fun and trendy over a pair of black leggings!

lisalisa said...

I wish you offered a Mom nightgown in the "clad in Plaid" print. I am ordering the pj's for my kids for Christmas and wish I could match them!

There are lots of other things that I'd like in adult sizes but I'm focused on Christmas pj's tonight!

Mom Mom said...

What a neat idea. I'd wear Item# J135, Item# J433, Item# J015, Item# J024 and Item# J026, if they came in adult sizes.

Tamara said...

Item# J427 Bubble Dress would really be a sexy and cute dress for a party to wear for me.
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coriwestphal said...

Item# J275. Because who couldn't benefit from a silly monkey sweater!? Thanks for the great contest!

lisa said...

I'd wear the quilted coat if it was in my size.

Lindsey Caroon said...

I think my boys would love it if I chose to wear a Star Wars Junkfood tee on the weekend! lindsey.caroon(at)minotstateu(dot)edu

miss bliss said...

I would wear the zebra tee if it was in a shirt cut well for women! Long sleeve tees are always nice around here...almost all year.

michelleharrod at hotmail dot com

Krista said...

I have yet to find one of those mod dresses like Plum Pudding makes that looks good on me... if you could do it I'd love it! I like the print on J351, but I think I like the style of J345 better... :)
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Nikki said...

First, yes you're hitting the mark! We love your clothes!

Second, I'm a mom of two boys so it makes dressing alike a little weird...or at least more difficult :) My husband, though, would love to find more men's shirts that match little boys shirts. All 3 of my boys would wear J510 (the soccer long sleeve shirt) every Saturday if it came in men's sizes :) My husband is especially into matching jammies for Christmas morning so I'd think a J248 in mens size would be great! Thanks!

momofsixpack said...

I would wear item J166 in the same material if it were offered in my size and the Sweet Potatoes Kitty Jumper set with the tights....(just kidding on that jumper) It's cute for my daughter though.

I have shopped with CWD for almost 15 years now. I think what struck me about CWD from the first time I saw your catalog (1994)was the way you gave attention to showing real children in the so sute outfits. The inside of the cover of the catalog usually had something to say or there were customer comments sprinkled throughout. Before internet ordering, I would call in my orders and those taking orders were so friendly. I loved every order I received and since I had three boys first before having three girls, I was so appreciative of the boy outfits you offered. So many companies forget about the boys.

You have always hit the mark in my opinion in customer service which is personal and goes above and beyond expectations. When I stroll through the children's departments in even the finest stores, the offerings for girls especially seem to be just a miniature version of inappropriate teen clothing. However, when I open a CWD catalog, I can be sure that I will find well made, adorable, fashionable and age appropriate clothing for my children. Children's clothing, especially for girls should express the joy of childhood as CWD does. Too much of the clothing out there for young girls seems to make them look like teens dressed trying to get the attention of men. Thank you CWD for the commitment to service and the quality clothing.

noreen said...

Dot Dress

Item# J163
How fun to twirl in that dress

cathy said...

The Ralph Lauren Melonie barn jacket J027 is beautiful. I also think the Sequin Stripe dress J428 would look great for New Year's Eve!

Candes said...

Item# J159
Item# G104
Item# J164
Item# J161
Item# G766
Item# J163
Item# Y020
Item# Z108


Ok, I guess I better stop. LOL... This is making me want to go shopping. :)

Brooke said...

Plaid Jumper Item# J356!!! But there are so many others!

Beth said...

Dressing six kids can be a challenge at times. I appreciate the one-stop shopping I can do for all of them at CWD Kids. I have been hooked for years. I love coordinating with my daughters. I would like to see father/son matches. My boys love to immitate their dad and when we go out places they always ask me if they look like their dad. The striped rugby shirt (F525) would be great for fathers and sons.

Becky said...

My name is Becky and I am addicted to the funky, bold, beautiful prints of Pink Ginger! I would love to see adult coordinates for J345 (Feeling Groovy dress), J351 (Big Splendor dress), and J353 (Print Bubble Sleeve dress/Bold and Beautiful).

I loved the article you posted, but I don't think that the issue is simply that adults want to dress as if they were literally Forever 21. I think Moms want clothes that are energetic, exuberant, and have personality. We want color and playfulness. We don't want embarrass ourselves by dressing too young, but we don't want to dress like we're headed to the Early Bird special either. The Pink Ginger prints fit the bill perfectly! They also have a retro feel that reminds me of some of the more funky fashions grown ups wore during my childhood in the 1970s.

Too often, adults are expected to wear staid clothes with just handbags or scarves as accent pieces. A few years ago, I looked in my closet and saw way too many blacks, greys, and navys. I've been making an effort to pick up more color and patterns ever since.

What I think would be really great for adults would be either skirts or tops in one of these bold Pink Ginger prints, paired with a solid top or skirt.

I also love J428 (Flowers by Zoe Sequin Stripe dress), and would wear something like that for special occasion wear.

Thanks for carrying these fun brands. I'll keep buying them for my daughter...and imagining them on me!

paige irby said...

After dressing 3 girls from CWD for the last 3 years, I sometimes have found myself wishing some of the outfits were available in my size. Some of my picks are the Print Bubble Sleeve Dress, the Black Velvet Dress and the Bubble Dress which would be a great party dress.