Clothing that is comfortable for your kids means you will get a lot more wear from their wardrobe. A comfortable and straightforward, coordinated wardrobe also helps to empower your kids to dress themselves.
Comfort is king when it comes to kids’ clothing, and designing a simple, high-quality, coordinated capsule wardrobe is the way to go to keep your kids on the right track when it comes to picking out their own clothes. This is especially important to bear in mind for children with special needs who may have sensory processing issues. You may need to look for tagless clothing made of specific soft materials to best suit a child with autism or other sensory sensitivities.
The best kids' clothes should be durable, easy to get in and out of, and easy to care for. In this post, we'll go over some of our top tips for building a functional wardrobe for everyday wear that will last your kids for years to come and be easy for them to interact with their own closet.
PJs All Day And Forever
With more days at home with our kids in 2020, there is an even greater need for comfy clothes and less need for special occasion outfits. It's still good practice for your kids to get dressed for school every day, but having designated pajama days will help you save on laundry and save you from buying the same amount of children's clothes as you have in recent years for your kids.
Assess The Most Comfortable Materials
Super Soft and Durable Organic Bamboo — Bamboo is durable and comfortable. It can oftentimes feel like a mix of silk and cotton blended together. It also contains natural UV protection and is antibacterial and breathable.
High-quality fabrics like bamboo are an excellent choice for wardrobe staple items as they will outlast many other fibers. Everything from pants to socks to t-shirts is made of refined fibers these days.
Organic Hemp — Hemp is inherently organic, and it actually gets softer over time without completely breaking down like organic cotton. This makes it great for kids who struggle with hypersensitivity or other sensory issues. Hemp fibers are much longer than other natural fibers. These fibers are more durable and don't break, rip, or tear as easily as others on the market do.
Hemp is a fantastically sustainable fiber. Facts about hemp production:
- Hemp yields more crops and uses less land.
- Hemp growing is healthier for the farmer because it involves absolutely no pesticides.
- Hemp requires minimal weeding because of the nature of how the plants grow.
- Hemp growth and production use half the amount of water needed to grow the same amount of fiber for cotton.
- Hemp fabric is comfortable and durable.
Fabric Made From Recycled Materials
Recycled materials have come a long way since the early 1990s. Nowadays, recycled materials are manufactured with comfort in mind and usually go toe to toe with some of the softest natural materials on the market, especially when it comes to activewear.
Another great special feature of recycled materials is that they are usually stink-resistant, making them way more comfortable than cotton because they don't harbor bacteria, and your kiddos can wear their outfits for longer.
Stick With A Theme
Themes are the most straightforward way to plan your kids' outfits and wardrobe. You can even stick with a theme with gender-neutral clothes to make it easier. If your kid loves blue and trucks, plan their entire wardrobe around trucks and highlight the color blue. Blue pairs well with black, gray, and brown, and even off-white making it easy to create a theme for a wardrobe off of a single color
Don't Over Complicate
Keep your kids' entire wardrobe under 20 pieces. A good example of keeping things simple is thinking about dressing your newborn. Newborns grow so quickly that their baby clothes have to be focused on function.
It's the same concept for the bigger kids. Leggings will get more wear, match with more tops, and be more durable than a pair of corduroy pants. Graphic tees can be worn on their own or layered over a long sleeve shirt or under a cardigan when temperatures get colder.
Don't Over Buy
Kids don't need a lot of variety when it comes to their wardrobe. Kids grow so quickly that often there are things in their closet they never get to wear. Taking a minimalist approach to your kids' wardrobe increases their clothes' functionality and helps keep waste down and your budget flush.
Trust us when we say your kids would be happy to wear their favorite dress or hoodie every day. Kids are creatures of habit, and they like to feel safe and comfortable. Clothes help kids feel this way.
Parents and grandparents can have the best of intentions when it comes to purchasing outfits and clothes for their little ones, but just because it's in their closet doesn't mean they will wear it.
While it is not exactly feasible or healthy to let them wear the same outfit every day, you can invest in several similar pieces that your kids can cycle through in rotation. This keeps your kiddos happy and still keeps things simple for mom and dad.
Buy Clothes With Similar Washing Instructions
You definitely want to steer clear of dry clean only items! These items may be cute, but they will be cute from the closet as they will rarely be worn.
This is our clothing mantra:
"If there is no easy way to care for an item, then there is no easy way to wear an item."
Steer Clear Of Trends And Focus On Classic And Quality
Trends come and go. The newest "got to have trend" in children's clothing is over as quickly as it starts. Most pieces created around these trends are built to be thrown away, so it’s best to skip them altogether to avoid wasting money and time.
Avoid the endless cycle of buying into trends and instead focus on classic and quality pieces your kids can wear as the seasons change and progress.
More downtime at home means more time to get creative together. Get your kids involved in refreshing their wardrobe.
Some fun ways to refresh your kids' wardrobe include:
- Tie-dye last season's favorite t-shirts to breathe new life into a comfortable classic.
- Refresh their denim and create new coordinates with a dye bath. Now their denim jacket will match their favorite jeans.
- Turn old socks that are missing their match into sock puppets. Rainy days are great days for a puppet show, and we all know about the basket of lonely socks in the laundry room. It's time to pull those sad little socks out and turn them into new best friends with googly eyes and pipe cleaner hair!
- Upcycle old sweaters into leg warmers and a vest to wear over a button-up or to layer with their favorite fall dress.
- Turn dad's old dress shirts into a new dress, vest, or skirt. Men's dress shirts are great project garments, and the possibilities for upcycling them are endless. They also make great aprons for completing other messy DIY projects together!
Uncomplicate And Make Every Day A Play Date
Comfortability doesn't have to be complicated. Kids want to feel good, and they want to explore, play, and have fun. Putting comfort and durability at the forefront of children's clothing choices prioritizes play and learning over trends and materialism.
This behavior rubs off on our kids and helps set them up for independent and creative thought as they grow up and begin making their own clothing choices. Keeping things simple and coordinated makes it easier for them to make choices independently and takes some of the burdens off of mom and dad.
You may still need to check that they are wearing clean underwear and matching socks as that seems to be a skill that even teenagers lack despite good rearing and encouragement!