Anyone out there with primary aged kids knows just how much time they spend in their school uniform, so buying winter clothes is annoying. But this year it’s been weird. And I can’t be the only one who’s a bit stuck right now.
When that first Winter breeze hits, parents everywhere find themselves with perfectly good Summer clothes hanging in the wardrobe, and a bunch of last year’s Winter gear that are nowhere near fitting your child. AND to make things more complicated, school is going back, but it’s also kind of not, and we have all just been having an existential crisis in our PJ’s for the past two months.
So I thought it may be helpful to share this article I wrote for Westfield last year in the hope you can transition some of their Summer clothing, into the Winter months.
Here are the five items to put on your shopping list to update your child’s Summer wardrobe items into snug, layered outfits.
Plain, long-sleeved tees
Layering fresh long-sleeved tees under lighter clothes not only creates another layer of warmth, but it can also help you get more wear out of those Summer items that are still in good condition. A Summer slip dress or t-shirt automatically turns into a funky Winter option with this simple addition. Layered clothing brings all the 90’s vibes and it also means they are stuck in their warmer layers which is great for those freezing days of you have a kid who is constantly peeling off their clothing. Why do they do that?
Stocking and long socks
The world of children’s fashion is all about socks and sandals right now, and for anyone trying to get as much wear out of their kids’ clothing as possible (that’s everyone) this is great news. Thick tights or ribbed knee-highs are on trend and widely available. As long as it’s not a rainy day, they make it possible to rock the sandals all year round.
Boots or hightop sneakers
I think we can all agree, kids wearing boots is the actual best. And you can add them to basically any Summer outfit to give it a winter vibe. Little legs sticking out of boots or hightops, is a look that is hard to beat. For at least half of Australia, Winter is quite mild so the addition of some snug footwear and a jacket can be enough to keep the chill out.
Wearing lighter fabrics in Winter can be tricky, jumpers and overcoats don’t always pair well with them and often, those cute items can end up unworn. But for girls especially, the addition of a denim jacket to a Summer dress is all sorts of cute. Paired with a long-sleeved tee underneath, you can take most Summer items well into winter.
Let’s be honest, most of Australia has very mild Winters, for the majority of areas, woollies aren’t a necessity. But who wants to go through a Winter without seeing their kids in beanies and scarves? No one, that’s who!