5 Basics Every Stylish Kid Should Have

toddler fashionThe toddler years are a fabulous time for fashion conscious moms. Why? Well, before long, your kid will be insisting on picking out her own clothes -- and there's no telling what will end up on her back. (Chances are, you won't like it.)

That's why it's so important to instill a basic fashion sense now, while you still can. With any luck, once she gets that green mohawk phase out of her system, she'll go back to the classics she was raised wearing.

Here are the essential pieces every stylish toddler needs in her closet ...

1. A well-fitting pair of jeans.

Right? The perfect pair of jeans is like the Holy Grail of the modern wardrobe, and with good reason. Awesome jeans can be dressed down or up, worn all year-round, and also happen to be sturdier than most pieces of clothing. Plus, when they do finally start to rip, they'll look even cooler!

2. A jacket.

I'm not talking about that puffy thing you zip up on snowy days -- boys and girls alike all need the One Cool Jacket that pulls any look together. Whether it's a modified blazer (cute with the aforementioned jeans!), an army-inspired jacket, or a little bomber, this crucial piece of outerwear tells the world your tot has it going on.

3. A simple white top.

The sooner in life she figures out which version of this staple works best on her, the better. I'll let you in on a little secret: The feel is everything when it comes to the classic white top. Never stiff, always breathable -- comfort and ease is key.

4. Cotton t-shirts.

Actually, the secret I just told you applies big-time to cotton t-shirts, too. A soft tee is like an old familiar friend ... the last thing you want to subject your toddler to is one of those thick, scratchy tees that needs about 100 rounds in the washing machine to be broken in. Another tip: Here's one area where you can get a little funky. A retro logo or pattern under that blazer is trendy without being too much.

5. Socks.

Of course a kid needs socks, you're thinking. Yes, but more than that, a kid needs the right socks. It's crucial that socks fit well -- too big or too small and your toddler will be very unhappy -- and to be perfectly honest, you need lots and lots of them. Stock up on a supply of basic colors (this way, when you lose one sock, you'll have another that matches it somewhere), but don't forget to have some fun, too. Like t-shirts, socks are a great place to get crazy -- a fun pattern peeking out from underneath those jeans says, "Hey, I'm a kid who likes to have some fun."

What basics are in your toddler's closet?


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penny... pennycandy

Luckily my twins haven't out grown many of their clothes from the last shopping trip we made. I only need to get a couple more pairs of jeans, some solid color leggings and of course the required new school dress.

dirti... dirtiekittie

my 3 year old lives in ballerina tutus and princessy dresses. we do keep the staples on hand for going out though, leggings and tunic tops, shorts and tanks, etc. but your suggestion of 'a basic white tee'... on a toddler?!? it'll stay white for all of 3 seconds! LOL

Robin Meloncon

That's exactly what I thought kittie! HA! 

The jacket is a smart thing though. Toddlers in little jackets are so cute!

Ashleigh Munson

I don't put white on my toddler. For OBVIOUS reasons. And I've never seen a toddler in jeans long enough to rip them. I have clothes from every age range in the closet with tags still on them because they outgrew them.

Meli5... Meli55aG2001

My daughters have all of that and plus some. I'm glad I have two of the same gender so that the clothes get worn more than just a few times. I can see why you think a white shirt is essential but it's not practical in a child's wardrobe. How many children do you know that can keep a white shirt spotless? I'm 29 and even that is a hard for me.

Wish2Be Wish2Be

White is not part of our waredrobe. I dont even know why white is soo popular for babies and toddlers. LOL !

These are great ideas though !

jenny... jenny08_1015

Those are the items I wear, but I'm far from stylish!  I don't think toddlers know what the word "stylish" even means, nor would they care.

Dmitry Ipatov

IMHO the child should know what colors look stylish together and matching parts of clothes doesn't matter (in our days they match swimsuits with furcoats)).

Lauren Mausshardt

white??? jackets??? jeans??? do you have kids...seriously? my daughter lives in dresses/tunics, leggings, shorts and t-shirts. easy to deal with, mix and match.


This made me laugh. Sorry but I just don't think this much about dressing a toddler.  lol

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