Sometimes someone sends me a question and I have no idea what the answer is. Other times—like today—I get to feel like a rock star because I know the answer right away. Yay!
Want Not regular (and pretty lady) Kakaty writes:
Dear Super-shopper Mir,
I’m in need of help. I’m searching for size 4T cotton bike shorts for my daughter in solid colors for her to wear under skirts and dresses. She’s very much a skirt and dress girl but needs to wear something under those skirts and dresses all the time – her choice, not mine. Many skirts on the market have sewn in bloomers which turned her on to the idea of having “pants” under her skirt. Plus I make her several skirts and dresses each summer and while I can sew a simple skirt, I’m not talented enough to sew in bloomers. So, she’s got a wardrobe of perfectly acceptable summer-ish clothes that she refuses to wear (she wore these things all winter with leggings under them).
I’ve searched and searched and all I can find to meet my needs are the solid bike shorts at Hanna Andersson. And while I love me some Hanna’s I would like to get 4-5 pairs and just can’t justify spending $75+ on toddler bike shorts. Not even ones stitched from magical Swedish cotton. And I’ve looked for resales of HAs on ebay with no luck.
I’ve tried to look on-line but other then HA I can’t find what I want. My criteria are: cotton, solid colors, tight fitting (like leggings, only shorts) for under dresses or longer tops, $10 or less per pair. I figure if a master on-line shopper like you can’t find them, then they don’t exist.
Give me a second to adjust my cape… okay. Picture me making a swashbuckling move right here, please. The answer to your question is… Children’s Place. More specifically, these bike shorts at Children’s Place, which come in a veritable rainbow of colors, for just about $7 apiece. They just got these in stock, so if you looked there before and didn’t see them, don’t feel bad. But they’ve pretty much been carrying solid bike shorts for girls every Summer since forever, so I knew they’d have ’em. And yes, they’ll be cheaper at the end of the season, but $7 isn’t bad, and you can use coupon code C4A4A to save another 15% off your order. (Also note: I linked you to the “little girls” option, which goes up to 4T. For fifty cents more you can get them in “big girls” sizes, so when they go on sale later this season, you can go back and buy up a size for next year.)
Alternatively, a see a few cute discounted patterned options over at Crazy 8. But TCP is going to be your best bet, I think.