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Dressing Your Children: A Handy Guide

A guide for clothing decisions regarding your kids
A guide for clothing decisions regarding your kids
Looking for guidance for dressing your kids? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Photo via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0.

Raising children is never easy. Being responsible for the health and well-being of a human being, with seemingly different needs every few weeks as they grow and mature is arguably one of the most difficult undertakings in the world. Compared with that, even maneuvering a busy kitchen service with no formal Chef training seems like a walk in the park.

Dressing a child can be one of these difficult responsibilities that are important to get right. Their school uniform mitigates your worry when it comes to dressing them for their education, but taking them out publicly requires a whole different set of dress needs.

If you’re not particularly fashion conscious yourself, it might seem overwhelming. No one wants to have their children look scruffy or unkempt, so it falls to you to make sure you understand a few dressing basics that you should implement in your child’s wardrobe.

This guide is here to help you. For the purposes of this article, we’ll assume that your child is between the ages of  5 – 12.


First, you want to be sure that your child is warm enough. It’s usual that more than one layer is required during a normal outside venture. Children’s bodies aren’t adapted to fluctuations in cold as well as an adults are, so it’s likely you’ll need to dress them in an undervest to keep them warm. Make sure that all of their clothing is weather appropriate.

Children’s jackets, cardigans, small zip-up hoodies and smart trousers will all be available at reputable kids clothing stores. Be sure that the clothing is comfortable for them over all, and is easy for them to remove to provide convenience for their bathroom visits.


This is the age where cute t-shirt slogans or funny phrases aren’t considered distasteful. Child appropriate messages like ‘world’s messiest monster’ or ‘I’m Daddy’s favorite’ are usually looked upon with a smile. Just be sure the clothing is in good taste. A ‘time for the pub?’ t-shirt is probably not acceptable for a 6-year-old.


Try and match their eye color, and dress the rest of them accordingly. Children aren’t particularly held to the same fashion standards as an adult on a date, so just be sure the colors aren’t clashing and they work with your child’s outfit and your little one will look fantastic. It’s also more than fine to dress like-gender siblings in the same way, provided it’s not every single outfit you do this with.


The single most important piece of advice for a child’s clothing is that they are in good condition. It might be tempting to bestow their older siblings hand-me-down clothing that’s been through 4 other siblings on the way down, but by that stage, the item in question is likely worse for wear.

Purchase new clothes when you can, because not only does it look better, it’s just purely hygienic. You’re sure to have one of the most stylish children around if you conform to these dressing standards.

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