Good ol’ American Clothes

August 29th, 2011

ready for school

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for JCPenney. Probably because I grew up there. It seemed like I spent half of my childhood hiding in the clothing racks and giving my mom a fright because she couldn’t find me. I know this dates me but I remember so clearly waiting in that catalogue book line at the back of the store and getting drinks from that noisy old drinking fountain that spewed ice water in an arc over my head onto the floor. JCPenney is a piece of my childhood and I’m so amazed and happy that they still exist!

goober swinging 1

When I was given the opportunity to review some clothing for Bug for back to school from their American Living line I was happy to. It was like getting a ticket back to my own childhood but for Bug just in time for school.

modeling with pink kitty

I love the classic styles. I think I had a jumper just like that when I went to kindergarten. It’s like the kindergarten uniform! Of course I’ll let Bug wear her Hello Kitty sequined t-shirts and her crazy Hannah Montana screen-printed socks but it makes me happy deep down when I see her wearing classic pieces like this. This is what little girls should wear. It makes me feel like maybe being an American isn’t so embarrassing after all.

Some things do stand the test of time. This could have been a picture of me if my eyes were as wide-set as Bug’s and my mom didn’t mind me wearing a temporary tattoo of a fairy on my bicep as big as my face. I love that.

studying her leaf book not really supposed to be standing up in a wagon

I love that she loves this jumper as much as I do. Maybe she’ll have adventures in it just like I had in mine. And her’s even has pockets! No fair!!

cheeky swinging 5

Just kidding. I’m not jealous of her pockets (well, maybe a little). I’m just happy in so many ways that Bug is getting to have a childhood just like I did. Here we are out in the sticks, she’s scootering around a cul-de-sac with kids from the neighborhood, she’s wearing clothes from JCPenney that look just like what I wore… I feel like I’m back in time. For a little while anyway.

let's go!

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33 Responses to “Good ol’ American Clothes”

  1. Julia Says:

    Back to school shopping will always be a favorite memory of mine! I hope my kids don’t try and pull one over on me with new backpacks every year like I HAD TO with my mom :)

  2. Melissa K. in Nebraska Says:

    Bug looks really cute in cargo pants and a polo shirt, a nice little change from tutus and other princess attire.

  3. SAJ Says:

    I know, right?!! She never wears pants. I’m hoping these make a regular rotation. Her pink tutu skirts are getting holes!

  4. Lisa V. Says:

    I have to say that I’ve always liked the American Living brand at JCP. Classic, a little preppy, flattering and modest without being matronly. Glad to hear they have a children’s line as well.

  5. Hope C Says:

    Super cute images. My favorite back-to-school clothes were granimals. So fun!

  6. silver Says:

    Cute clothes for little girls that look like what a 5-year-old should wear? (As opposed to the ones that look like a Bratz doll should wear it.) Whoo Hoo!

  7. Tina Says:

    She looks so cute! I always had fun wearing a NEW outfit on the first day of school. Now I have boys, and they don’t seem to care as much. I’ve not really gone back to school shopping for or with them, I just have a bin of clothes I buy on clearance and pull out as things start looking small…and now that I think of it, I’m kind of sad I don’t push for one nice outfit for the first day. But they’re boys. and just the fact that its clean means its nice in their mind! :)

  8. flyingbird Says:

    That jumper is adorable!

    I also shop at JCPenney–online! I can’t stand going clothes shopping, and it makes things a little easier to just point & click and get it delivered to my door. Their St. John’s Bay line is great for basic classic comfortable knit shirts in a rainbow of colors, plus they’re often on sale so I’m paying just $10 or $15 for a shirt…and they often have free shipping promotions. And after I get a box o’ clothes delivered at the house, if something doesn’t work out then returns are so easy, just zip into their catalog section at a store or mail it back.

  9. Beverley Says:

    Bug looks adorable in her new jumper! Hope she’s still having fun in school :) BTW – I LOVED that pic of her holding the Kindergarten sign! I saw something similar on Pinterest and thought it was a great idea.

  10. Ashley Says:

    I LOVE the jumper! And you can see the baby melting out of Bug’s face and she’s become quite a beautiful little girl. How is it that time flies so fast?!!

  11. Sam Says:

    That jumper is the coolest! I love stuff like that…she can wear it from summer to winter. Short sleeves and sandals and then tights and long sleeves…the possibilities are endless. My mom always swore by JCPenney, too, and I remember going back-to-school shopping there!

  12. Jill Says:

    I loved back to school shopping… and Bug looks so cute in these pictures. (Although, I thought that temporary tattoo was of an octopus at first!)

  13. Emily Says:

    I love that jumper; it reminds me of my old osh-kosh-bgosh ones.

  14. Becca Says:

    That jumper is adorable!

  15. Lisa Says:

    I agree with everyone else, that jumper is SO cute! You’ve convinced me to stop by JCPenney and check out this brand!

  16. Amy Says:

    Love the jumper. Bug is so adorable…she makes a great model!

  17. Nila Says:

    I can’t believe how grown up she looks. Tattoo and all. Love that jumper. I’d like one for me.

  18. OMSh Says:

    Well Brenda, you’ve been to our JCPenney, so you KNOW it has little to offer. BUT…other JCPenney’s I’ve liked. And Bug’s outfits are adorable, though I already marked my favorite on Flickr!

  19. Britt Says:

    So big!

    Big clothes memory from grade school is being jealous of my friend Kristi because she got to wear really awesome hand-me-downs from her cool five-year-older sister Nicci and I had to get my clothes new.

    She also had grey cherries in her lunches (home canned bings) and the cherries we had were bright red. Maybe Bug will turn awesome homemade lunches into a bigger trend than blue juice soon!

  20. a chris Says:

    Bug looks really smart (as in spiffy) in those outfits. I’d say “have you thought about getting her into acting or modeling” except I’d actually much rather see her in aeronautical engineering or architecture, down the line. Besides, she’s already moonlighting as a celebrity here.

    Childhood back-to-school memories? Standing at the end of the driveway waiting for the bus with my little brother, filled with anticipation and dread, in the rain. It always seemed to rain on the first day of school. Can still get a thrill of impending September when the weather’s a certain way.

  21. DeeJay Says:

    Back-To-School memories would be the excitement of wearing new clothes. Some store bought and some made by mom. New socks and tennis shoes, too. The smell of a new pack of paper just opened. The chance of making a great new friend. LOVED IT!

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  23. Ami Says:

    Well, I don’t have any particular childhood memories to share that would make your day (not that it was rotten, just unremarkable at the moment), but I will say that I used to work at JC Penney in high school, in the juniors department.
    I do think bug looks super cute in those items. The two-tone polos are tres chic.

  24. Janna Says:

    I have warm memories of JC Penney, too. The sound of plastic hangers clacking together on the round racks. I would hide inside them and pretend it was a jungle or a tower for Rapunzel or just plain hide from my mother who would make me try on oodles of pants and rompers I’d rarely wear because I wore a uniform to school. We did get school shoes there and days of the week panties, oh! and socks.

    I still love the weeks leading up to the start of a new school year…all the new school supplies, fun pens and paper, binders and lunch boxes and back packs.

    I still cannot believe that sweet bug of yours is in Kindergarten. I love her new digs for school, especially the romper. She is so very cute!

  25. Maya Says:

    I loved running around JC Penny as a kid. I haven’t shopped there in a while but Bug’s new clothes are so cute, perhaps I’ll have to check it out when my new little one gets bigger.

  26. Jenn S Says:

    Bug looks SO cute in these photos! they kind of make me wish i was having a girl instead of a boy this Sept. so i could dress her in clothes that were this cute (i feel like girls’ clothes are SO much cuter than a lot of the stuff that’s out there for boys!)

  27. Hannah Says:

    Love those little bi-color polos! And yes, that jumper is adorable. Looks like I might have to take my little one over to good ol’ JCP this weekend before she starts preschool! :)

  28. alex Says:

    Thanks for writing this post. People who’d like to help the less fortunate, can also go to Goodwill for some back-to-school shopping.

  29. Kuky Says:

    Huh…now that I think of it, I cannot remember us going school clothes shopping. I’m guessing my parents shopped from Chinatown or something. Yep. That’s probably it. Or maybe my mom didn’t have the time to bring us and just shopped without us. Yes. That might have been it too, crappy memory of mine.

    But anyhoo, Bug looks so cute. I like how the clothes are nice, simple, and classic like you said.

  30. kim Says:

    My favorite clothes were also granimals. If only dressing were still so easy.
    One of my favorite memories of childhood is summer nights running around the neighborhood, once it finally cooled off, with all of the neighbor kids. I’m nostalgic for mid-west summers, fresh cut grass, where no one questioned the political correctness of watering the lawn. (I’m ok with not watering, but dry grass just doesn’t feel the same on barefeet.) Lately, I’ve been reminiscing for outdoor pools – here in Seattle – they just aren’t as prevalent.

  31. carrien (she laughs at the days) Says:

    I love that jumper, and the photo on the wagon. I had an olive green corduroy jumper in elementary school that I loved.

  32. karen Says:

    even though the first days of school always gave me anxiety, I won’t ever forget waiting for the day that the JCPenney and Sears catalogs. I so wanted to look put together like the girls in the catalogs and I even circled the clothes I wanted. Funny memory. The clothes look adorable on Bug!

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