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It's a scenario that seemingly is played out every year. Parents buy clothes for their children only to outgrow it in a year or two. Good Housekeeping tested bargain priced clothing for shrinking, colorfastness, fading and fabric strength. The winner? The "girlfriend bootcut" girl's jeans from Old Navy received a good grade for its sturdy design.

"They really didn't change in appearance after all of the washings," said Good Housekeeping Research Institute's Kathleen Huddy.

For boys, the 550 relaxed fit jeans from Levis are virtually indestructible. But at just $10, you'll save big with Kmart's basic edition.

"We would recommend the Levi's if you're going to pass them down from sibling to sibling because they're very, very strong and durable," said Good Housekeeping Research Institute's Kathleen Huddy.

JC Penney's Arizona $20 girl's polo compared well to the $55 Lacoste striped polo. Neither brand shrank or lost color.

"I would recommend the Arizona Polo shirt over the Lacoste because even though it faded a little bit it's still less than half the cost," said Huddy.

And for about $10, boys can sport the Arizona t-shirt, the winner over 15 other brands. The only drawback is its shrinkage, so consider buying one size larger.

One other note, Good Housekeeping points out the Lacoste Polo for girls tends to run small, although it performed very well in tests.

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