It’s a fact: kids grow, and they grow fast. How can you help your kids get more out of their wardrobe– and keep up with the ever-changing trends– without breaking the bank? Here are three tips.
1. Layer and accessorize.
Just because two outfits start out with the same shirt or pair of pants, it doesn’t mean they can’t be radically different!
Use a belt, scarf, or necklace to completely change the look. Adding a jacket or cardigan can easily take an outfit from casual to sophisticated, from lounging to dinner out.
Shoes are another big deal– slipping out of flats and into sandals or boots can be as easy as pie and really change up an outfit.
“Tuck, Tuck”–not to be confused with the Tuk Tuk mode of informal transportation in some countries. Rather, you can tuck in or untuck the same shirt to switch from formal to casual, or tie it at the waist for an unexpected, hipster look.
Add printed or solid tights or leggings under a long shirt, skirt, or dress, or use a belt to convert a dress into a tunic. Cuff a pair of pants for a new cropped look!
2. Get crafty.
Make something new out of clothes that your kids have outgrown. Let them help! Hints: too-short dresses can often become tunics when paired with leggings, too-short pants can often become cropped pants, and old jeans that are too long can be cut into shorts. Buy fabric paint and let them customize pockets or hems.
3. Shop for mixable pieces.
When buying new school clothes, shop for items that will go with things they already own. Ask whether the color or print goes with at least two or three things they own already– they can always mix it up with an accessory like a scarf, a belt, or a necklace. Look for items that are versatile, convertible, or reversible so they get more options for how to wear it.
Even after you’ve gone shopping, think of new ways to mix and match. Experiment! Sometimes things that may not seem like they coordinate look awesome once you actually try them on. Bonus: have them invite friends over and turn it into a party.
And don’t forget these tips work for moms too!
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About Shannon Tennyson
Shannon Tennyson is a mom of a tween and young teen in North Carolina who loves adventure. Three years ago Shannon and her family packed their belongings, rented their home, and moved to Paris for a one year grand adventure, returning in late 2014. Shannon is also the founder of CALZICO, a globally-inspired, versatile clothing brand for tweens launching on Kickstarter at bit.ly/calkickstarter. To see what she’s up to, visit her at calzico.com or on FB and Instagram @calzico.