Kid’s Fashion: What do your children need?

Many brands have recently heavily promoted kid's fashion lines, resulting in a diverse selection of not only clothes but also other fashion accessories. However, did you know that kid's fashion has only grown in a short period of time, and that in the past, children had to wear resized adult clothes?

Fashion is very important in our lives. Fashion allows us to express our personalities while also communicating our interests and tastes. Your clothing choice can reveal a lot about who you are to others. That is correct for adults, but what about children? Let's learn everything there is to know about children's clothing with Yvette LIBBY; maybe you'll want to buy something for your little one right away.

Quality is the first priority

Because children's skin is extremely sensitive, the first priority when selecting clothing for them should be safety and comfort. Choose clothes made of absorbent and breathable materials to allow body moisture to evaporate easily. Softness and elasticity are also required for these fabrics. Children are bothered by rough or scratchy fabrics. Cotton, linen, bamboo, silk, and other airy fabrics with antibacterial properties should be used.

Also, avoid buying clothes that are too small or a few sizes too big for your child. Make certain that the child can move freely, run, jump, and bend while wearing the clothes.

Yvette LIBBY's kid's outerwear "QUOTIDIEN GILET 002" is an excellent choice in terms of both aesthetics and quality.

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Confidence and Style

When we wear a certain type of clothing, we always feel confident. Even children should wear fashionable clothing. Beautiful clothes that fit their preferences and allow them to move freely will give them a sense of joy and confidence.

Should children be allowed to select their own clothes?

Everyone has their own taste, which varies according to their personality and preferences. Children are no exception. They have distinct tastes and always know what they want to wear. Clothing selection is part of the process by which children develop their own tastes. Choosing patterns, textures, colors, and so on for clothing will encourage children's creativity. Allowing children to choose what they want encourages them to believe in their abilities and builds confidence. Furthermore, allowing children to select their favorite items is a huge benefit because you can be certain that they will wear those clothes and nothing will be left in the closet. This is not to say that you should grant your child's every wish. Instead of imposing your viewpoint, you could suggest some viable alternatives. For example, you may choose clothes that are appropriate for the weather and occasion, but you may allow your child to choose the color and style that they prefer.

Allow your children to make their own combinations as they grow older. You can teach children how to balance what they wear and how to dress appropriately for various situations. If you are unhappy with the style or color that your child has chosen, inquire as to why they want to match them. Make concessions to assist children in developing their own fashion sense, mastering themselves, and making sound decisions.

QUOTIDIEN GILET 005 - one of the iconic features for kid's fashion at Yvette LIBBY

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Choose durable clothing

Designer clothing for children can be as expensive as clothing for adults because the manufacturing costs are roughly the same. Designer clothes, on the other hand, have numerous advantages and are well worth your money. They are not, as previously stated, harmful to children's skin. Furthermore, some items, such as jeans, jumpsuits, and other well-kept clothing, can be passed on to other family members or donated when the child outgrows them. After many washes, good quality clothes are not damaged or discolored. The important thing to remember is that some basic fashion pieces will always be in style and popular over time.

After all, children do not require an excessive amount of clothing. Just a few essentials that can be combined into various styles and worn until children are old enough to wear them. Clothing in classic shapes will allow you to make more combinations than clothing in unusual shapes and patterns. If your child enjoys it, you can dress him or her in simple clothes with funky patterns.

With a minimalist design and optimal durability, the kids jumpsuit "WRIGHT FLYER - COCO" will allow children to easily "change" with a variety of other fashion accessories.

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Should children dress like adults

Many people agree that we should not allow children to wear clothes that are inappropriate for their age, no matter how cute they look in them.

Children are exposed to fashion through a variety of media outlets, and they may be more aware of current trends than we are. We can still dress our children fashionably but appropriately for their age. Children's clothing should be comfortable so that they can move freely, run around, and play (sometimes dirty), which is difficult when the child is dressed as a miniature version of an adult fashionista.

You should not allow girls to wear skirts that are too short or clothing that is too revealing. This is done for both aesthetic reasons and to keep children safe. Not every adult fashion item is appropriate for children. Allow them to enjoy their childhood and not "grow up" too quickly.

As a result of Yvette LIBBY's tips on selecting the right clothes for young children, don't forget to consider all aspects of appearance, comfort, quality, and context when looking for a suitable outfit for children.

How to Dress Your Kids for the Outdoors

A comfortable kid outdoors is a happy kid outdoors. One key to keeping them comfortable is making sure they’re dressed appropriately for the conditions. But knowing how to outfit your child for the outdoors, where the weather can quickly change from hot and sunny to cold and wet, isn’t always simple, especially given that a child may not be able to tell you if they are hot or cold. That said, there are some guidelines and tips that should help set your child up for a successful outdoor experience. (Oh, and snacks. Don’t forget the snacks.)

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Choose Synthetics or Wool Fabrics

For a casual outing on a pleasant, dry summer day, cotton clothing can be okay. But for active adventures or if the forecast calls for rain and/or cold temperatures, dressing your kids in clothing made from synthetics or wool is the way to go. These fabrics wick moisture and dry quickly, keeping your child more comfortable if they’re working up a sweat or getting wet from rain or snow. Here’s a quick primer on common fabric choices (to learn more, see our article What to Wear Hiking):

Wool: Basic wool clothing can sometimes be itchy, but wool items designed for the outdoors often use soft, ultra-fine merino wool that’s itch-free, breathable, moisture-wicking, fast-drying and odor-resistant.

Synthetics (polyester and nylon): Clothing made from synthetics like polyester and nylon tends to be good at wicking moisture and very fast-drying. It’s also usually more affordable than wool. However, synthetics often hold onto odors more than wool.

Cotton: Cotton is comfortable next to skin but should typically be avoided for active outings. It takes a very long time to dry and is a poor insulator, so if you get wet from sweat or rain, it can leave you shivering for hours.

Dress Your Kids in Layers

Your kids can benefit from the same outdoor strategy you use—mixing and matching layers to adapt as conditions change. Simply put, add layers if your child is cold and shed them when they heat up. You can learn more about layers in our article, Layering Basics, but here’s the gist of it:

Wear a base layer. This is your underwear layer that wicks sweat off of skin. In cold conditions, this layer can be a synthetic or wool wicking long-underwear base layer that provides warmth and keeps skin dry. In warm weather, a base layer can be synthetic or wool underwear and a T-shirt.

This is your underwear layer that wicks sweat off of skin. In cold conditions, this layer can be a synthetic or wool wicking long-underwear base layer that provides warmth and keeps skin dry. In warm weather, a base layer can be synthetic or wool underwear and a T-shirt. Wear a middle layer. This layer retains body heat to protect against cold. Things like fleece jackets and puffy insulated jackets are common middle layer pieces. In general, thicker (or puffier) indicates more warmth. How warm you plan for your middle layer depends mostly on the weather you anticipate encountering.

This layer retains body heat to protect against cold. Things like fleece jackets and puffy insulated jackets are common middle layer pieces. In general, thicker (or puffier) indicates more warmth. How warm you plan for your middle layer depends mostly on the weather you anticipate encountering. Wear an outer layer. This is the layer that provides a shield against wind, rain and snow. An outer shell is an important piece because when wind and water get into middle layers and base layers, that can leave your child seriously chilled. A shell that is not only waterproof but also breathable is essential for keeping an active kid comfortable; non-breathable shells (such as rain ponchos and plastic slickers) can leave them wet from the inside out because moisture from sweat can’t escape.

Exactly what your child needs to wear outside depends on lots of factors, including age, activity level, personal metabolism, outside temperature, wind speed and more. The examples below are for an average kid old enough to head down the trail under the power of their own two feet. (A note about infants: Babies don’t move around as much as older kids and adults, so they can’t generate as much heat. Be sure to consider this when dressing them for outdoor adventures. In general, infants need to wear one more layer than you do.)

Cold-weather layers for kids:

Midweight polyester or wool long underwear top and bottom

A midweight fleece jacket or insulated (synthetic or down) jacket

Midweight fleece pants

Waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants (or snow jacket and snow pants)

Rainy-weather layers for kids:

Lightweight polyester or wool long underwear top and bottom

Lightweight fleece jacket

Synthetic hiking pants

Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants

Hot-weather layers for kids:

Synthetic or merino wool regular underwear and short-sleeve T-shirt

Convertible quick-dry nylon hiking pants

Long-sleeve quick-dry sun shirt and/or lightweight wind jacket

Get the Right Fit

To keep your kids hiking, running, climbing, jumping around and having all sorts of fun outdoors, it’s important to get clothes that fit them well. Ill-fitting clothes can be uncomfortable and perhaps even dangerous; you don’t want your little ones tripping over pants that are too long. The first step in finding clothes that fit well is to understand kids’ size charts.

How kids’ size charts work: Kids’ clothing manufacturers often have slightly different ways of handling sizing, which can make it very confusing. Here are some pointers to help you decipher these charts:

Baby sizing is based on age. You’ll typically find clothes for babies between ages 0 and 24 months. Some include an age range, like 3 – 6 months. If you don’t see a range, it’s safe to assume that the number listed is the maximum age that the piece is designed for and will likely fit kids up to 3 months younger than that. But since all babies are a little different, buying clothes solely based on age can be misleading. When shopping, it’s helpful to find a brand-specific size chart that includes weight ranges and measurements.

You’ll typically find clothes for babies between ages 0 and 24 months. Some include an age range, like 3 – 6 months. If you don’t see a range, it’s safe to assume that the number listed is the maximum age that the piece is designed for and will likely fit kids up to 3 months younger than that. But since all babies are a little different, buying clothes solely based on age can be misleading. When shopping, it’s helpful to find a brand-specific size chart that includes weight ranges and measurements. Toddler sizing includes a T. When you see a T next to the size number (e.g., 2T), you know that’s a toddler size. Many manufacturers make three toddler sizes: 2T, 3T and 4T. But, sometimes you’ll see 5T.

When you see a T next to the size number (e.g., 2T), you know that’s a toddler size. Many manufacturers make three toddler sizes: 2T, 3T and 4T. But, sometimes you’ll see 5T. Kid sizing starts at 4. The overlap of kid sizing and toddler sizing can be confusing for many parents. Should you buy a 4 or 4T? To know, it’s important to look at a brand-specific size chart so you can understand the differences. With some brands, 4 and 4T are exactly the same. With others, toddler sizing has more room in the seat of the pants to accommodate a diaper. Still others design size 4 for taller kids than 4T.

For reference, here’s the REI Co-op size chart for babies and toddlers, and below that, the size chart for kids:

REI Co-op Baby Clothing Size Chart

3 Months 6 Months 12 Months 18 Months 2T 3T 4T Height Range* 24 27 30.5 33 35 38 41 Weight Range 6–10 lbs. 10–15 lbs. 15–20 lbs. 20–25 lbs. 28–32 lbs. 32–35 lbs. 35–40 lbs. Chest 17 18 19 19.75 20.5 21 22 Waist 17.5 18.5 19.5 20.25 21.5 22 22.5 Hip 17.5 18.5 19.5 20.25 21 22 23 Inseam 8.5 10 12 13.5 14 15.75 17

*all measurements in inches

REI Co-op Kids’ Clothing Size Chart

XXS (4–5) XS (6–7) S (8) M (10–12) L (14–16) XL (18) Numerical Size 4–5 6–7 8 10–12 14–16 18 Height Range* 41–44 46.5–50.5 52 55.5–58.5 62.5–64 67 Chest 22–23 24–25.5 26.5 27.5–28.5 30.5–32 33.5 Waist 22–22.5 23–23.5 24.5 25.5–26.5 28–30 32 Hip 23–24 24–27.5 28.5 30–32 34–36 38

*all measurements in inches

Shop for Durability

Quality kids’ clothing that’s designed for outdoor use often has built-in features that ensure you get lots of use. This includes things like reinforced seats and knees and quality fabrics that won’t tear easily. Purchasing durable products not only ensures the gear will keep up with the child you bought it for, but it also will very likely last long enough to be passed down to a sibling, or sold or donated.

Be Thrifty

Outdoor brands understand that you can’t afford to buy the priciest tech, like 900-fill-power down jackets or Gore-Tex® shells every season for your child, so they aid the cause by including quality, nonbranded technologies that perform perfectly fine. Here are a few budgetary tips you can also employ:

Hunt for hand-me-downs. Siblings, extended family, friends and neighbors are all fair game. Look at consignment shops or online resellers, too. Even saving a few dollars on a cap or pair of mittens can help.

Siblings, extended family, friends and neighbors are all fair game. Look at consignment shops or online resellers, too. Even saving a few dollars on a cap or pair of mittens can help. Double-purpose other apparel. Synthetic pajamas can serve as a base layer; thick wool socks can serve as crude mitts for infants or toddlers; old fleece outerwear can be cut up for use as a neck gaiter.

Synthetic pajamas can serve as a base layer; thick wool socks can serve as crude mitts for infants or toddlers; old fleece outerwear can be cut up for use as a neck gaiter. Look for features that help hold onto gear. Glove leashes that clip mittens or gloves to a jacket sleeve are one example. And built-in ID labels are a feature that can spare you a futile trip to the lost and found closet at school or daycare. (Add your own if a garment doesn’t come with one.)

Get Clothes That Are Easy to Put On

Dressing a wiggly kid who can’t wait to get outside can be a struggle. When shopping for kids’ clothing, look for features that make getting the items on easier. Things like elastic cuffs, waists and hems help seal in warmth but don’t require you to fuss with adjusting waist cinches or cuff tabs. For infants and toddlers in diapers, you’ll want to also consider how easy it is to get to the diaper. Clothes with strategically placed snaps and/or zippers help.

Plan for Growth

Quality clothing items are going to be durably built, so your kids will outgrow them before they wear them out. Here are a few fit strategies to avoid reinvesting in an entirely new set of winter outerwear each year:

Look for extendable sleeves and cuffs. Brands have their own names for a feature that allows you to add 1.5 to 2 inches to the arms or legs on a garment, which can buy another season of use. You see this in toddler-size products, as well as older kids’ outerwear, and primarily in insulated pieces or snowsports items rather than rainwear, fleece or down jackets.

Brands have their own names for a feature that allows you to add 1.5 to 2 inches to the arms or legs on a garment, which can buy another season of use. You see this in toddler-size products, as well as older kids’ outerwear, and primarily in insulated pieces or snowsports items rather than rainwear, fleece or down jackets. Buy items slightly larger. A half or even a full size can work for a middle or outer layer. Don’t get carried away, though, because items that are way too big won’t keep kids very warm and can get in the way while your child is running around outdoors. And don’t buy base layers that fit too loosely because they need to be in contact with skin in order to wick sweat.

Buy Clothing for Sun Protection

Kids have thinner, more sensitive skin than adults, so it’s important to think about their exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays any time you’re outdoors. Clothing is a very effective way to add protection, and buying clothes that have an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating assures you of the protection it’s providing.

Wearing UPF-rated clothing can be used along with other methods, such as wearing sunglasses and a sun hat and applying sunscreen.

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Find Reflective Accents for Better Visibility

When days get shorter and darkness sneaks into morning and evening hours, reflectivity becomes more important. With today’s technology, all it takes is a little reflective logo or piping on a jacket to make it very visible when a pair of headlights sweeps across it.

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Get the Right Footwear

For hikes, toddlers don’t need boots (sneakers will be fine) but bring extra socks to change into if there are puddles. Older kids, though, can really benefit from a quality pair of hiking shoes or boots. Think about how much pounding a kid can do while tromping on the trail, chasing friends and jumping off rocks. A good pair of hiking-specific boots or shoes will give them the support and traction that they need. And they won’t be just a pair of shrunken adult shoes; they’ll be built specifically for the anatomy of little feet. For cold weather, find a pair of warm snow boots that will keep your kids’ toes cozy.

Look for Snow Features

You can get your little shredder snow pants and jackets with many of the same features as adult gear: snow gaiters, reinforced cuffs, snow pass holders and more. For the occasional sled run or snowball free-for-all, standard insulated outerwear should work fine.

Accessorize the Extremities

Don’t forget key items like gloves, mittens, hats and warm socks, especially on cold days.

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Deck Your Kids Out This Spring in These Popular Fashions

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When it comes to kids’ spring fashion, most parents and grandparents will agree that cute and comfortable are the biggest must-haves. Because temperatures can still fluctuate early in the season, it’s also essential to stock a child’s spring wardrobe with layered pieces. That way, they can easily add or remove items as the temperature rises and falls.

Spring fashion trends for children include breathable fabric like cotton in neutral and bright colors. Girls’ dresses, tops, and bottoms may also feature pretty floral patterns, ruffles, or a bit of lace. Boys’ clothing lines include casual khaki shorts, a lightweight spring jacket, and dapper short sleeve button-downs that are excellent for school and play. Take a look at these kids’ spring fashion ideas for 2022.

Your little girl will look adorable in this classic Casual Crewneck A-Line Dress with Ruffles. It’s perfect for a school party, birthday party, or any family gathering. The dress falls just at the knee, is fully lined, and is made from 98% cotton and 2% polyester. Ruffled cap sleeves complete the festive look, and it comes in solid black and four different pastel shades.

Carter’s has been dressing babies, toddlers, and kids in their irresistible clothing since 1865. Mini fashionistas will melt hearts in these adorable Toddler and Baby Girls’ Dresses from the iconic brand. This cute set of two infant tunic-style t-shirt dresses with matching diaper covers are in soft pink and gray shades with sweet floral and butterfly patterns. The 100% cotton outfits pull on for easy dressing and changing and are machine washable.

Darling appliques of flowers, unicorns, rainbows, and more dress these Casual Cotton Spring Tunic Dresses up. Your little girl will love wearing the bright, springy colors, flouncy skirt, and cute cartoons. These pull-on dresses are pretty enough for a party yet durable enough for active play.

Little girls love to play dress-up, and nothing is more fitting for a “princess” than a dress covered in embroidered lace. APRIL GIRL offers up the perfect Flower Girl Dress in lace, with 3/4 sleeves. The dress comes in a wide array of beautiful colors that complement bridesmaids’ dresses on a walk down the aisle. They are also fantastic for fancy occasions like a formal holiday gathering, a piano recital, a birthday party, and more.

Floral prints are all the rage in spring fashions 2022 for girls and women of all ages. YIIJODM presents this beautiful, ankle-length Girls’ Floral Maxie Dress. The polyester fabric is soft against her delicate skin. The long skirt and 3/4 sleeves are also perfect for an outdoor party on a cooler spring day.

Your little girl will love the way the skirt swings when she spins in this Long or Short Sleeve Floral Pleated Maxi Dress from GOSOPIN. The comfy cotton dress has two slash pockets on the side, and it comes in a wide array of colors and floral prints. She’ll feel confident and cute for a playdate at the park or a trip to the mall.

Your darling baby boy will look dapper and ready for warmer weather in any of these cute Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt & Shorts Set perfect for this spring. The shirts feature cute dinosaur, animal, sailboat, or nature prints with shorts in coordinating colors. A couple of sets even come with an adorable bow tie accessory.

Your soccer player needs a proper jacket to block the wind at his next practice. This lightweight Boys' Tiro Windbreaker from Adidas will protect him from wind and rain on and off the field this spring. The two-tone styling accompanies long sleeve elastic cuffs that will help hold his sleeves in place.

Champion has provided comfortable activewear for people of all ages for over a century. This Boys Youth Heritage Fleece Pull-On Hoody celebrates that history with a classic black, red, and white design. The pullover sweatshirt provides excellent protection against a cool spring breeze during outdoor activities like running, soccer, basketball, skateboarding, and more.

When he can’t wait to get outside and scamper around in the spring sunshine, these classic Pull-on Cargo Shorts from The Children’s Place are a must-have grab-and-go clothing staple. The durable, elastic waist will stretch and bend for every adventure. The timeless style comes in assorted colors to match with a coordinating tee.

Whatever spring fashions you choose, these picks set your active children on their way in style!

Maryan Barbara
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