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Winter Life for Summer Children's Clothes

Kelly Ann Butterbaugh

As summer comes to a close many delve into closets to wake the warmer clothing from its summer hibernation. Yet, while adults can pack away summer clothes for next year, children often outgrow their summer clothes before another summer season arrives. How can one get the most wear from summer clothing that isn't outgrown yet? Create frugal yet fun styles.



Whether it's a vacation souvenir or a classic slogan tee, t-shirts fill children's dresser drawers. When the cold weather comes knocking, create a layered look for your child and get some more wear out of the t-shirts. Invest in a few cheap, long-sleeve t-shirts to put underneath the summer tees. Turtlenecks can be worn as well. By purchasing a few basic black, white, navy, or gray long-sleeve shirts, a variety of top tees can be worn without looking like the same outfit each week. This eliminates the need for many of the more expensive long-sleeved shirts as well. The look works well for both boys and girls.


Shorts are a bit trickier to work into the winter wardrobe. If the child is involved in an indoor winter sport such as indoor soccer or basketball, the shorts and t-shirts can easily be put to use. However, in everyday fashion, shorts aren't practical.


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.


For girls and boys alike, finding a second use for tank tops isn't difficult in the winter. Layered under sweaters, the tanks provide an itch barrier. Wear them under button up shirts for a nice look and extra warmth. Added to some thinner long-sleeved shirts, they provide extra layers in the winter months.


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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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

Sun dresses also make good sleep wear, as well as slips beneath more "wintry" skirts and dresses.

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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