This year, I wanted to buy a friend’s daughter athletic apparel for her Christmas gift. She’s a gymnast and this was something on her wishlist. I searched the mall but apparently athletic girls apparel (in the size range 7-16) is hard to come by! I had no trouble shopping for her brothers, but I guess the market for girls athletic apparel is much smaller.
I wanted to share where I was able to find success since it was a bit of a frustrating endeavor.
JC Penney was the most promising in store. They had a wide selection but only from their house brand Xersion. Besides that, they carried only 3 Nike apparel items. I ended up choosing a hoodie, tank top and yoga pants from the Xersion line for my gift. The hoodie was soft but I guess it remains to be seen how well the yoga pants hold up to wear. Online, the Nike selection is much wider and there are a few more Xersion items as well.
I was terribly disappointed in the abysmal selection at my local Macy’s. I’ve purchased (girls) Nike workout pants in store before, so I was expecting to see more than just 1-2 different Puma items. The online selection is much improved, with a full selection of t-shirts, pants and jackets for Puma and Nike. There are also Columbia and The North Face coats online.
In store I found a few Nike and Under Armour items but at full price they were a little out of my budget. Nordstrom.com has a lot bigger selection but most of it is full price. They also have Zella Girl online, which I didn’t see in store but its possible I could have just missed it since I’ve seen it in the past. They also have Patagonia and The North Face coats.
I found absolutely no girls athletic apparel at Fred Meyer! They have a small selection of Russell Athletic and Under Armour for Boys. Perhaps they have some in the spring/summer season but there wasn’t any when I shopped in December.
I didn’t get a chance to check out standalone sporting goods stores like REI and Sports Authority. I know that REI has technical wear all year round for babies, girls, boys and adults, however if I remember correctly, most of the kidswear is REI brand and is definitely functional vs. fashionable.
Perhaps it is due to seasonal priorities that athletic apparel isn’t well stocked at the mall this time of year, but it was a bit frustrating trying to find something cute that my friend’s daughter would love!