With cooler weather comes a need for warmth, for comfort and for increased coverage. But - be careful! The need for warmer clothes sometimes means that your child may desire to live in sweats and sludgy clothes, especially those kids who are less than fashion conscious. Those types of outfits are fine when you are relaxing at home, but when you take your kids out, or send them to school, odds are - you want them to represent a little better. What's a mom to do?
1 - Get your kids some good, basic pants - Every kids needs, at the minimum, a pair of jeans and a pair of nicer pants. If you've got the funds and the room for the extra clothing, a dressier pair of jeans can often bridge the gap between "too casual" and "too formal". Corduroys are a welcome addition to the fall wardrobe - stylish as well as functional, cords in darker colors hide dirt and look great in almost every situation.
2 - And a few nice tops - Most kids have a drawer full of t shirts and causal choices, but take a few minutes to look at your children's tops. Do they have a sweater or long sleeve shirt that can work for both school and weekend activities? It's all very well and good to go to the soccer field in a hoodie, but less than appropriate when visiting Grandma.
3 - Accessories are not just for grown ups - Maybe not to the extent that an adult accessorizes, but even a small child looks super cute when a necklace is paired with a turtleneck. This isn't a great idea for the very young, but the preteens will feel like a million dollars when you add a long necklace or some bangle bracelets. Scarves can dress up a plain shirt, and even boys can get into the thick of fashion with hats.
4 - Shoes can make the outfit - If your kids are anything like mine, they lived in flip flops and sandals for the warmer months. Moving to a closed toe shoe can sometimes be a difficult concept, especially for younger kids. Make the transition as painless as possible for your girls with a cute pair of boots she can wear with dresses or pants. Your boy might like a fresh new pair of high top sneakers - and don't forget new, colorful laces to jazz ‘em up even further!
5 - Pull it together with a jacket - The colder weather means that your child will need a jacket , so why not let her pick out one that's both stylish and affordable? Look for a jacket that is waterproof, for those unexpected fall showers, and if it has a detachable hood, that's a bonus for the days when the wind howls. The right jacket can make a so-so outfit better, and help a good outfit climb the ladder to amazing!
What are some of your best ways to help your children stay cute when the weather gets colder?