I did a post this past fall about a warm winter wardrobe for kids, detailing the list of clothing that I acquire for my children each fall. It got some great responses and I was asked to do a follow up with a summer wardrobe as well.
I try to keep pretty exactly one week’s worth of clothing for each child in the house, year round. I always inventory just before time for the seasons to change. I’ve developed the following list to use as a guideline when making sure the kids have enough clothing every year, without having too much or spending a fortune.
Each child should have:
1 Lightweight Sweater or Jacket
7 Shorts or 3-4 Wool Shorties (if still diapered)
4-5 Short Sleeve T Shirts
4-5 Tank Tops (for girls) in light weight fabric or Button Up Cotton Shirts (for boys)
2-4 Sundresses and Coordinating Bloomers for girls
7-10 Pair Underpants
2 Pair Jeans for cool days
5-7 Pair Pajamas, several being cotton nightgowns for hotter nights
1 Pair Rain Boots, optional
1 Pair Sandals – You could have a nice pair for away from home times and a pair for at home play, but my children tend to be barefoot at home.
1 Bathing Suit – even if you don’t foresee being at a pool, this is handy for the sprinkler, or an unexpected invitation to go swimming.
To keep the costs low, I tend to buy fairly gender neutral clothing, and save it for the smaller children. Walter tends to be 1 size behind Sofi, so he often ends up with her clothes from the year before. I make most of Sofi’s sundresses and I try to make them sized so that they will last 2 years. They sometimes get extra life as longer shirts after she has outgrown them as dresses.
I try to pick a palette to work from that all of the clothing works with. At this point, the kids have got favorite colors that they tend to build around anyway. I aim for basic pieces without a lot of logos or pictures. That way, most shirts will match most pants, and our odds of having crazy toddler outfits is pretty low.