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Kids’ Fashion Classics

by Sabrina James


Kids’ Fashion Classics

These trend-proof style basics for boys and girls are covet-worthy and practical

In this economy, we’re all trying to get the most bang for our buck. These wardrobe staples go with everything, have timeless appeal, and will look as cute on your youngest as they did on your oldest.

The Cardigan

Ah, the grandpa cardigan. Made popular once again by L.A. hipsters, adding one to any outfit ensures your kid a coveted best-dressed nod. Select one in a unisex color — like this teal green — to get the most wear out of it.

American Apparel Rib Cardigan, $26

Jeans

Up his cool points with the perfect wash of denim. Jeans go with everything and can be worn through several kids so the perfect fit is ultra important and easily achieved with this laid-back pair.

Mini Boden Vintage Jeans, $34

Nautical-Inspired Piece

The preppy stripey look never loses its appeal — that’s why this sporty frock will be a favorite for as long as it fits.

Navy Stripe Sleeveless Dancing Ruffles Dress, $74

Top-Siders

You might be able to forgo the bribes to get him out of his tennies and into dress shoes with these Sperrys. The high-quality leather keeps the shoes looking good, while the hook-and-loop design has enough cool-factor for your boy.

Sperry Top-Sider Cutter H&L, $50

Cargo Shorts

Who says you can’t look cool when it’s hot? These shorts are lightweight and soft; dress them up with a button-down or keep it casual with a tee and sneaks.

Chasing Fireflies Linen Cargo Shorts, $50

Mary Janes

Shirley Temple would go gaga over these shiny shoes. The quilted mary-janes are pretty enough to pair with a party dress and comfy enough to wear with jeans.

Pediped Naomi, $44

Party Dress

Pint-size fashionistas will fawn over this vintage-cool party dress. The retro-looking capelet is an added bonus, easily thrown over tanks and tees, adding flair to the rest of her wardrobe.

Pink Stardust Two-Piece Cape with Dress by applesaucedesigns-etsy.com, $55

Jean Jacket

The ideal layering piece for chilly nights and air-conditioned rooms, this perfectly destructed denim jacket looks worn-in but not sloppy.

Gap Denim Jacket, $29.99

Chuck Taylors

There’s no denying the everlasting appeal of “chucks.” Casual and comfy with a touch of tough kid credibility, Converse shoes look good with just about any style of clothing and come in an assortment of hot colors.

Converse Kids Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox, $30

Bloomers

A look only a baby can pull off, bloomers look sweet peeking out from under a dress — or just on their own (shirt optional!)

A.Bird Ayla Linen Bloomers, $60

Denim Skirt

Put your little casual cutie in a mini-skirt in lieu of shorts and add leggings or tights to update the look from season to season.

Gap Denim Miniskirt, $25

Leggings

They serve as an extra layer in cold weater, and funk up dresses (and keep undies from showing) in warm.

Hanna Andersson Opposite Stripe Loose Leggings, $18

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