Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Matilda Jane-- Trendy Tot Tuesday

Linking up for Trendy Tot Tuesday again with Kelly, Lindsay, and Megan!
Around this house we love to try new brands. From talking with fellow clothing lovers various places online I've discovered there are people who love one look/brand and buy almost only that exclusively (only shop at Gymboree, only shop boutique, only like smocked, etc.) and then there are people like me who just love everything. I love experimenting with new brands and styles (and perhaps it's because my girls can look cute in absolutely everything ;-)
In the children's clothing world it's not long before you run into Matilda Jane. Their look is very distinct---they design their own exclusive fabrics---their items are supposed to have that "handmade" or "boutique" look. It's sold similar to the way Scentsy or Thirty-one is sold---people can host house parties and a "trunkkeeper" comes over with clothes and you buy from the party. However this seems to be very popular in southern states---Matilda Jane is much less common in other places (here in Iowa around me I don't think I've ever seen anyone in it personally). If you don't have a local trunkkeeper you can order through one through email and they are like your virtual trunkkeeper (I've never done this either). You can buy on ebay or facebook (resale is really HOT for Matilda Jane)....or, like I did most recently, you can buy directly from their website (only certain items are on the website) and they do occasionally have sales, like the recent one I bought from. There are also "Platinum" uploads that they do sporadically, of like one-of-a-kind pieces....and people stalk these for hours on end hoping to catch an upload and buy---and they often sell the pieces then on ebay for like $200 sometimes lol (yeah, let's just say we won't be buying any of that ;-)
That's about all I know! haha...I will say that I don't really care for the super handmade looking things (knot dresses/apron dresses/etc.), which really are popular and iconic to Matilda Jane ....but for us they are just so unpractical and since Matilda Jane isn't popular around here they would stick out like a sore thumb. (I love all the little southern children in their fancy MJ knot dresses though :-)
Personally I LOOOOOVE the knit pieces....this material is unlike anything else we have. Hard to explain but it's thick, super soft knit like, but also feels like it has some spandex or something in it. Anyways, I think it's great. :-)
First up, here is Brielle in the Luna dress and Duchess ruffles...both size 2 and both too big :-P Got these for next year---that pants are rolled twice at the waist. But we had to try it on anyways!

The duchess ruffles go with tons from this line, so I think I will need to find at least one more top/dress to wear with them. The great thing about Matilda Jane is that their stuff is so easy to get at least 2 years wear out of. These pants really look ok now when they are rolled, will look perfect as pants next year, and Raya could wear them as capris now---so that means we could theoretically get like 4 years wear of out them haha. The Luna dress would fit Raya as a top now too I'm sure.

Ok, here is Raya in the Peaches and Cream dress. We still need to find leggings for this one---I kinda want to find some blue ones to match the neck part of the dress. This is size 6.

When she twirls we definitely need some leggings hehe

Don't they look like little southern girls? hehe. Too cute.

And as a reminder, here were the other two Matilda Jane Emilia dresses we got, that I shared the other day.

And since I've had a couple people inquire, from what I've seen if you can get Matilda Jane for under $30 it's usually a good deal, and you will see your money back when you sell. So if you are looking on ebay and for sales that is sorta my sweet spot personally. Now certainly there are *many* matilda jane items that resell for $50-$100 no problem....but if you aren't familiar with the brand and the popular pieces you can kinda use the $30 mark as a guide in my opinion. And really, since I bought these dresses on sale I should see my money back on them---making them cheaper than a Walmart Garanimals shirt---crazy cool right?! :-)

***WARNING---Let me add my own personal thoughts here quickly on resale. There are many people I've encountered who *depend* on resale. They buy things way out of their price range and budget, depending on the money back when they resell. They have major anxiety about pieces being ruined and hurting the resale value, etc. I DON'T DO THIS---and wouldn't recommend it. In my opinion resale value is only an added bonus---if we wear and enjoy our clothing and can resell it at the end then awesome. However if it doesn't sell for some reason or is ruined, etc. it's not the end of the world. Nothing I buy is on credit or outside my budget. Thankfully I have all my little side businesses giving me fun money to play around with---and while I do hope to sell a majority of the girls' clothing when we are done I don't want to give my readers a false impression like you can buy a ton of expensive clothes and wear them for "free" and 100% get your money back. So consider yourself warned! :-P

And to end, here is a quick sample of items from their website currenly (There is NO SALE right now.)

These are examples of the "fussy" items I like seeing on other kids, but don't really buy for my own:

(I do think these are cute for professional pictures though :-)

And here are some items that I *would* buy----If I had unlimited funds and more days in the year to wear them haha

So what kind of shopper are YOU? Do you like to stick with one or two brands and be a diehard fan, or are you wishy washy and constantly trying new ones? :-)


  1. So so cute! I need to go check out Matilda Jane!

  2. I've never heard of a Matilda Jane trunk show, BUT I am in the Midwest. ;) I would say I stick to one or two brands, but I am trying to venture out more these days. :) BTW, I LOVE Brielle's outfit, soooo cute!

  3. the girls outfits are adorable. Matilda Jane has some of the cutest clothes.

  4. So cute!!! I have the Luna and Duchess and didn't even think about pairing them together because I was way to excited about another pair of ruffles I have for it (royals!). Love how you can mix and match and your girls look so cute (and Southern, hah!) in them.

    I couldn't agree more on the whole resell issue! It does typically resell for a decent amount - but their are no guarantees. Some of the ladies on those resell boards get so upset when they can't get all their money back or freak about something getting on their $200 platinum piece, but it's kids clothes. I told my husband that if I ever cried or got upset over a ruined outfit he can "call me out" on it and I would stop buying.

  5. Love both girls' outfits! What amazing finds.
    I don't really have a "brand." If i find cute boys clothes I buy it. :)

  6. LOVE MJ but I agree that it is crazy over priced and people are ridiculous about it! I try a lot of clothes. I like smocked, appliqued, monogrammed, and MJ but I need to go on a MJ break :/

  7. I absolutely LOVE Matilda Jane! I have a couple of dresses that I got Emma on Ebay. I can't make myself pay full price for their dresses. One of the dresses Emma has ia a knot/apron dress. I have to say, that is my favorite one! We can make it look dressy with tights and cute shoes, or we can tame it down with leggings and boots. She has got a ton of wear out of this dress that is now I think 3 years old. I love that they kind of grow with the kids!


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