Does your kids have a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear? With a little bit of planning and organization, your child can have a wardrobe that will produce the perfect outfit no matter what the occasion. Let’s take a look at what essentials should be in your child’s collection.
As American as apple pie, blue jeans are considered classic for a reason. They are timeless and durable, and will hold up to a lot of wear and tear. Even schools who have a uniform dress code occasionally have jeans day where these casual pants are permitted. They come in all styles, shapes and even colors, so there’s sure to be a pair or two out there that fits your child perfectly.
Solid Polos or Shirts
As much as your child may adore logo-wear, sporting their favorite cartoon character, there’s just something timeless about a solid-colored shirt. They come in both long and short sleeves, and are great for layering. Usually solid shirts are easy on the pocketbook as well, and you can buy plenty in assorted colors and styles that are perfect for everyday wear.
Depending on how often during the summer you hit the pool or beach, you may want to purchase more than one swimsuit. Others can get by with one good quality suit that should last you all summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
A Good Coat or Jacket
If you live where it gets cold in the winter, you will want to shell out some money on a durable coat that will last you through a few winters. If your climate is a bit milder, you can probably get by with purchasing a nice jacket at a fair price.
Socks and Undies
No one can ever have too many socks. Buy all of one kind, and you’ll be less likely to have mates go missing in the depths of the washer and dryer. All underwear should be able to last for a while. If you have more than one or two kids, consider labeling them to avoid confusion in the laundry room.
Every child should have at least one or two pairs of dress clothes for special occasions, and perhaps church services. Boys should have a white button-down and slacks (with a sweater, perhaps), and for the girls, a nice dress or two. If you buy the girls’ dresses a little long to start with, they can usually wear them for a longer period of time, even with growth spurts. Many times, nice dress clothes can be found at consignment or second-hand stores with little wear, and a lot lower price tag.
While your girls may prefer night gowns, most kids enjoy the comfort of two-piece pajamas. Pajama pants or sweats are perfect for even wearing around the house on lazy Saturdays. Make sure you buy them a little longer as well to avoid throwing out clothes during their growth periods.
Casual Dresses/Leggings (Girls)
Many girls enjoy wearing dresses because they’re more comfortable, and less restrictive than pants. Leggings are a great accessory to dresses, especially for rough-and-tumble little girls who are haven’t yet learned to act the lady when dressed like one.
Preparing your child’s wardrobe in advance to contain these staples will take the hassle out of the “what to wear” dilemma, and leave more time for the important things… like finding that missing shoe when it’s time to walk out the door.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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