Summer is yawning to a close – it’s time to change out of that swimsuit, and once again ask toes to enter sock hibernation (sorry, guys). Kids stop waiting for ice cream trucks and start waiting for school buses. Their thoughts will turn to serious, scholarly pursuits. They’ll perfect the ABC’s, and the finer points of shoe-tying, using laser-like focus to soak up any other important information along the way. Your kids should dress for success during the school year, to prepare them for dressing for success the rest of their lives.
Think of the possibilities! Now that the temperatures have taken a dip, you can expand your kids’ wardrobe to include a wider range of fabrics and lengths. This is the season of layering. They can still wear their favorite girl’s dressesand boy’s short-sleeved shirts, simply paired with a light jacket or a blazer for formal occasions. Buy a dress with a matching jacket, and use the jacket to Fall-proof a bunch of other outfits.
For the first day back to school, get the year started on the right foot with a sharp outfit. A full suit might be over-the-top, but consider sending your son off in a short sleeve shirt with a collar. (It’s still a good idea to check out some boy’s suits to accommodate how much he’s grown over the summer.) If you live somewhere that’s already pretty chilly, your daughter can wear a sweater dress with a warm pair of leggings.
If it’s still too cool for a sleeveless dress, pair some of sweet little boleros with girl’s dresses. Short, poofy sleeves on a bolero are a cute, non-stifling addition. With a casual dress, you’ll have a pulled-together look for a church or family event. Once there’s a definite nip in the air, make sure your little girl doesn’t leave the house without a cardigan. It’s a practical, snuggly addition to any outfit.
If you’re looking for something more formal, check out a cold-weather girl’s dress that comes with a long-sleeve shrug. Or check out a lightweight dress paired with a long-sleeve girl’s jacket. Either works well for formal school and church occasions.
Girl’s dresses contrast with an opaque, pastel-colored tight, or a sequin legging, for an even more colorful outfit. Closed-toed shoes come with the advantage of an extra frill around the ankles – get as many pairs of girls’ and boys’ cute socks as you can stuff in the drawer.