First things first: this is a sponsored post. I didn’t get paid for what I’m about to share with you, but I did receive a gift certificate to purchase some clothes for my kids. Now, hopefully you know me well enough to believe that I wouldn’t recommend a business to you if I didn’t sincerely like them, but just so everything’s understood: I got some free shit. Well, the boys did. As if they appreciate it, the jelly-smearing ingrates.

So, have you heard of Tea? They seem like a very cool little company with a unique approach to children’s wear. Apparently each year their designers visit a different part of the world to find inspiration for a particular collection, so they end up creating kids’ clothes that evoke things like street graffiti in Barcelona and vintage Mexican coffee bags. In fact, everyone at Tea receives an annual allowance to use toward international travel, which is a little factoid that makes me like them even more and may or may not have caused me to eyeball their Careers page. (Damn you, lack of marketable skills!)

Tea sounds like a groovy workplace and all that, but what I really like is their clothes. I suspect parents of girls have a much easier time finding attractive outfits for their kids than I do, because I sure notice a lot of cute girl stuff when I’m poking around Target or Old Navy or wherever, but I swear that once your boy is out of the young toddler stage clothes really start to suck. Hard. I mean, okay, Riley loves all those awful merchandising tie-in shirts festooned with LEGO Star Wars Spiderman Looney Tunes Etc, and both my kids are perfectly fine with the ugly-colored sports-themed crap, but sometimes I just want to dress them in something that doesn’t make them look like that scene from Pulp Fiction. You know the one.

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“Dorks. They look like a couple of dorks.”

Which is why I kind of fell in love with the Tea Collection boys clothes. Their girls’ outfits are quite nice as well, but can I get an amen for boyswear that not only isn’t hideous, it’s downright awesome? Plus, the prices are very decent—most of the shirts I picked out were around $13.00 or so.

Here’s Riley modeling a few of his new shirts:




I think his favorite is the orange diving tee, but mine is definitely the blue hoodie.


Dylan was less interested in being photographed, but here he’s sporting his new HORSE! shirt.



Hello, could this be more perfect for him? (I also got him this layered tee, because BULLSHIRT!)

Cute designs, seem like good quality, shipped in a timely manner, arrived in a nice package, placing a phone order was super easy and unusually pleasant, customer service was top notch. I am totally a new fan of Tea, and if you have kids to clothe I think you might like them too.

Tea would like to offer one of you lucky ducks a $75 gift certificate, so if you’d like a chance at the giveaway, go ahead and leave a comment (any comment is fine, just be sure and include your email address so I can get in touch if the random number thingamajigger picks you). I’ll post the winner . . . oh, let’s say by Monday morning, okay? The only bummer is that Tea doesn’t yet ship internationally (which is a bit ironic, don’t you think, Alanis?), so unfortunately this is limited to the U.S. for now.

Thanks for enduring all my clothing-related blather! I hope you have a great weekend coming up.

**Comments are now closed, and I’ll announce the winner in a separate post. Thanks for participating!**


584 Responses to “Cute clothes from Tea, and a potential freebie for you”

  1. Melissa on July 31st, 2011 12:16 pm

    Nothing like a contest to generate eleventy billion comments. Count me in. :)

  2. Elizabeth on July 31st, 2011 12:19 pm

    I totally agree about the boys’ clothes. Old Navy’s toddler section is full of adorable things; move to the boy section, and it’s just plain sad.

  3. Adrienne on July 31st, 2011 1:29 pm

    Love your blog!

  4. Anonymous on July 31st, 2011 2:03 pm

    Shopping is the only time I wished I had a girl. Love your blog!

  5. Emily on July 31st, 2011 2:24 pm

    Love Tea and have a second baby on the way. I would love a gift certificate to purchase some new cute duds for this child-to-be.

  6. Ali on July 31st, 2011 3:09 pm

    Dude, LOVE Tea! (Both drinkable and wearable). As for the clothes thing,girls clothes above 2T can suck just as hard! If I see one more stupid bright pink t-shirt with a ZhuZhu pet on the front, I might lose it.

  7. Alison on July 31st, 2011 3:49 pm

    Tea? Yes, please!

  8. Sarah on July 31st, 2011 4:17 pm

    I love their pajamas! Your boys look adorable in their new gear.

  9. kendra! on July 31st, 2011 4:31 pm

    I’m here for Riley in the blue hoodie. Oh, and for my dumplings who could use some new threads. Thanks!!

  10. Em on July 31st, 2011 5:33 pm

    Love the onesie I have from tea!

  11. Sabrina on July 31st, 2011 6:21 pm

    Gah, hope I’m not too late to enter.

  12. Kelly C. on July 31st, 2011 6:42 pm

    Very cute! Could def use some new tees and stuff for the boy! I haaaate those licensed tees.

  13. Annabelle on July 31st, 2011 7:26 pm

    I got a new tea catalog in the mail the day before I read your post. So, it goes without saying I have a few things already picked out. Thanks for the post, the boys are stylin’.

  14. Molly on July 31st, 2011 7:40 pm

    I have a girl (insert embarrassed shrug) so I do know about Tea, but I also have a will-be-2-this-week boy and am already tired of logoed tshirt options. Will definitely shop at Tea for him, even more so than her.

  15. H on July 31st, 2011 7:45 pm

    Please include me! Thanks!

  16. frannie on July 31st, 2011 7:48 pm

    I would love to win!!!! Thanks so much for the chance!

  17. Kelsey on July 31st, 2011 7:53 pm

    My mother-in-law watches the Tea website like a hawk and snaps up stuff for my daughter and son on sale…

    Given that you’ve over 500 comments, you’ve probably heard this already, but the problem w/ girls clothes (especially, in my experience, from less expensive stores, where I’d like to shop) is that once you get out of the 4-6x range 3/4 of the stuff looks like it is for little street walkers. Really, really frustrating. I don’t want to dress my children to a) advertise for the movie of the week or b) look like they are destined for stripper names.

    We love Tea clothes, they are comfortable and hold up well to many many washings!

  18. trope on July 31st, 2011 8:16 pm

    Mmmm, Tea. I’ll jump in!

  19. Kathy on July 31st, 2011 9:08 pm

    As if I didn’t love Tea enough for their cute clothes, now I want to work there. Thanks for the post – love that horse tee!

  20. Adrienne on July 31st, 2011 9:24 pm

    Pick me :)

  21. GHM on July 31st, 2011 9:27 pm

    Count me in – I love the fabric patterns.

  22. Amy on July 31st, 2011 11:59 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win! Am bookmarking your work release post.

  23. sam on August 1st, 2011 1:41 am

    I am so glad I have three boys-except when I face the ug that is most boys clothes.

  24. Gwen on August 1st, 2011 5:36 am

    Throwing my name in before it’s too late!

  25. Heather on August 1st, 2011 5:43 am

    Those are definitely cute without being stupid cute! Will check their website out for more options.

  26. Spinderella on August 1st, 2011 5:48 am

    We discovered tea last spring, and bought a mix and match set of dresses and leggings. My two year old loves them.

  27. Jessi on August 1st, 2011 5:58 am

    Oh, man, I’m entering that age where it’s hard to find something for my kid (who’s name happens to be from Pulp Fiction: Jules).

  28. kim hartman on August 1st, 2011 6:00 am

    I would love to win!

  29. Square Peaches on August 1st, 2011 6:05 am

    Also hoping it’s not too late to throw my hat in…I love free stuff, and cute free stuff is even better!

  30. kristin on August 1st, 2011 6:14 am

    Sign me up please! Woot woot!

  31. cassie on August 1st, 2011 6:25 am

    would love this for my daughter!

  32. Melissa on August 1st, 2011 6:25 am

    I’ll have to buy girl clothes if I win. So sign me up. I gotta say though, $13 for a shirt seems like a lot, when Target has whole mix and match outfits for that or less…but maybe it’s harder for boys. I don’t know.

  33. linsley on August 1st, 2011 6:50 am

    I just love, love Tea collection! Their stuff holds up so well!

  34. Stephanie on August 1st, 2011 7:13 am

    We got a Tea romper as a baby shower gift – and it was my favorite thing until he (too soon) grew out of it