For girls, try layering some shorts under school skirts. They'll keep her warmer at the bus stop and allow her to move around freely without worrying about "ladylike" postures. Of course, not all short styles will work, but one or two pairs might get some extra usage. Another option is to wear the shorts with a sweater and some thick leggings for a modern layered look.
The best use for shorts in the winter is to turn the elastic waist styles into pajamas. Paired with a fuzzy sweatshirt and some fun socks, these make comfortable sleeping attire. Children's pajamas are so expensive, this option not only gets more wear from previous garments but also allows parents to save money on sleepwear.
Some children remain warm and snug under winter covers. If this is your child, consider having him/her sleep in a tank top and lounge pants or even shorts. Other children snuggle under the covers in cooler homes that set the heat lower in the evenings. Try layering a tank as an undershirt beneath pajamas to create extra body heat.
Tank tops are also useful for the sick child. When chest rubs can stain pajamas, use a tank top underneath to catch the transfer. The layers can also come in handy when a fever approaches, allowing for the addition or subtraction of layers quickly.
While sandals and swimsuits may have to say goodbye once the leaves begin to fall, other garments can find some winter use.
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Saving Money on Winter Clothing
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Layering works well and seems to be the style. Take a short sleeved Summer Tee and put under a long sleeved button down shirt but leave the shirt open....or put a short sleeved button down shirt over a long sleeved top or turtleneck. You can also put a short sleeved tee over a long sleeved tee and you get extra use out of the summer tee, yet the child's arms aren't exposed. Some dresses can be worn with leggings.
Also when my son's summer tee's are getting a little shrimply on him but still in good shape, I transfer to his underwear drawer and he can wear in the winter as undershirts rather than buying the white kind....who cares if they are underneath another top. If the neck might show a little, then I match it in color to the outer top he'll be wearing.
I let my 10 yr old daughter wear tank tops as undershirts in the Winter. I always want my kids to wear an undershirt in the Winter.
Sun dresses also make good sleep wear, as well as slips beneath more "wintry" skirts and dresses.
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