Spring is here, but there are some days when the thermometer just hasn’t caught up.
Or maybe the mornings and evenings are still cool, but the afternoon leaves kids shedding layers.
Here are a few ideas for what to wear when the temperatures are as erratic as their moods:
Little kids are always on the go. They need comfortable clothing and lots of layers, whether they spend the day in and out of the car with mom or commuting too and from daycare. For both boys and girls, cotton tees as a base layer and some kind of lightweight jacket is key. Pair those with long-sleeved shirts or layer leggings under cute skirts to keep arms and legs toasty for outdoor play.
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For middle school kids, commuting and after school activities may also keep them in and out of fluctuating temps. Their days tend to be longer than those of their littler-kid counterparts so comfort is their main prerequisite. Again, cotton layers underneath are best. They are breathable when kids get sweaty and easy to change in and out of when P.E. or sports practice is part of the daily program. Comfortable sneakers or cute flip-flops are always big with kids as are sweats and sweatshirts.
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School kids of all ages are going in an out of doors all day long. Some wait at the bus stops in the early morning, and older kids may have after school activities that keep them out after dark. The most important part of your teen’s wardrobe is probably more about fashion preference and less about practicality.
Why not both? For boys, deconstructed jeans, music or sports-themed sweats and tees, and the always-in Converse Sneakers are a few ways to accomplish a laid-back, layered style.
For girls, knit dresses in stripes are everywhere and can be dressed up or down. Denim jackets in traditional blue, white and more poppy hues are the perfect layer for just about any ensemble. Toms® wedges make calves look cute and the peep toe lends itself to warmer weather while still providing plenty of coverage for cooler temperatures. Jeans are always popular for girls too, and “skimmer” styles are the perfect cross between regular lengths and capris – and that makes them perfect for early spring!
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When in doubt, layer, layer, layer. Kids can always remove layers when they are hot and add when it gets chilly.
Jeans, cotton tees and comfortable shoes will be economical staples all year long. Choosing transitional jackets, hoodies and cardigan sweaters will easily stretch your children’s wardrobe to meet their seasonal needs.
Amy Grace is married with two children. You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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