Back-to-School Basics to Buy the Kids

As the summer comes to an end and the fall season begins, you might be thinking about doing some back-to-school shopping for the kids. If you are on a tight budget, you will need to just pick up the basics for now. Get an idea of what kind of apparel you should buy before your kids return to school for the year.

T-Shirts

This is among the most common type of apparel parents buy. That’s because kids t-shirts have so many uses. The plain kind can be perfect for layering, and since they are inexpensive, they make great play clothes. You can choose between thin single jersey t-shirts and heavier double layer options, depending on the weather and the purpose of the shirt.

You can stick to plain white t-shirts or choose a few different colours for the clothing your kids will wear. Of course, you can also take advantage of the popularity of graphic design for t-shirts and get some fashionable prints your child will love. For instance, you can get his or her favourite cartoon character printed on a shirt, or have his or her name embroidered onto it. Your options for customising t-shirts are pretty much endless.

Sportswear

Whether your kids are part of a sport after school or just have an exercise class, they will need clothing that is comfortable for them to move around in. For example, look for shirts made of polyester, spandex or similar materials with fabric that wicks away moisture. When it’s cold out, you should browse shops for long-sleeved shirts that can easily fit underneath larger t-shirts and jerseys.

Track pants are perfect for outdoor activities, since they are easy to move in and are even considered windproof. Any shorts you buy your kids for sports should have an elastic waistband with a drawcord tucked inside, along with mesh inserts. As you shop for sports apparel, look for extra features that are nice, like pockets or reflective materials.

Outerwear

Of course, part of your job as a parent is making sure your child has the right clothes for the weather so he or she can stay warm and dry. Luckily, there are plenty of types of apparel that can help with this task without sacrificing fashion. For those windy, rainy days, make sure you buy at least one windproof, waterproof jacket. You can even buy matching trousers made of the same material if you’d like. Hoodies are perfect for when the weather doesn’t call for rain, but it might still be cold. When it’s going to be very cold out, a cozy fleece jacket should suffice. Don’t forget to buy matching hats, earmuffs and scarves when the weather calls for such warm apparel.

You can buy all of these outerwear clothing options plain and in basic colours, or you can choose to get them customised for your child. The latter is best if he or she will likely be using the clothing for a few years and does not want to lose it at school, since having his or her name or favourite characters on the apparel can keep it from getting mixed up with the other kids’ outerwear.

If you are ready to start shopping for clothes for your child, check out our extensive Childrens wear section today!

References:

http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1296

http://www.familytime.com/showarticle.aspx?articleid=294

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