7 Ideas for Dressing Kids for School

When dressing kids for school, it's best to choose comfortable, flexible, loose-fitting, and easy to wash clothes. Learn more.
7 Ideas for Dressing Kids for School
Marcela Alejandra Caffulli

Written and verified by the pediatrician Marcela Alejandra Caffulli.

Last update: 10 October, 2022

How their children will be dressed for school is one of the priorities for parents when a new school year begins. Just like school supplies, clothing is a must and has to be included in the family budget. In this article, we’ll give you some ideas for dressing kids for school.

If it’s a school where a specific uniform is established, it’ll be easier for you because you don’t have much to choose from, you have to follow the standard attire, and most of the institutions offer the clothes or tell you where to buy them. However, a uniform implies an extra economic expense depending on the school, as you can find yourself facing very high costs.

But when a particular uniform isn’t established, it’s you as a mother who will choose your child’s clothes, and you must choose well so that they provide the child comfort and freedom of movement to perform their daily activities. Take note of some considerations in this regard!

Ideas for dressing kids to go to school

Dressing kids to go to school is a way to ensure comfort and well-being during their daily activities so that they can jump and run without being limited by their clothes. Here are some ideas to help you choose the ideal outfit.

1. Make a list of the clothes the child will need

A good idea to dress the children for school is, first of all, to make a list of the clothes they’ll need at the beginning of the school year and those that can be reused from other years. There are fabrics that last a long time and it’s likely that some t-shirts or pants that you already have will be useful. On the other hand, there are other garments, such as winter clothes, that you can buy little by little, as the child needs them. Don’t forget to include socks, underwear, and sportswear in the list.

A mother taking a t-shirt out of her child's closet.
Going through your child’s drawers or closet to see what clothes can be reused for school is a good cost-saving measure. Then, the best thing to do is to make a list of the clothes that need to be purchased.

2. Choose comfortable and flexible clothes

Children like to play, have fun, jump and run during their playtime at school, so you should choose comfortable and flexible clothes that are loose-fitting so that your little one has freedom of movement and at the same time can wear the clothes much longer. Remember that children grow very fast, and if you buy small clothes, they won’t fit in a few months.

3. Look for fresh and easy-to-clean fabrics

Cotton T-shirts are perfect for dressing children for school, as the fabric is very soft and adapts easily to the body. Cotton is a hypoallergenic, breathable material that wicks moisture away from the body, which is ideal for hot weather. It also provides comfort when exercising, so it’s ideal for sportswear, which the child will wear once or twice a week, every time they take sports or physical education classes.

Also, make sure that the fabrics you choose for school clothes are easy to clean and remove stains, as children tend to get paint and food on their clothes,

4. Go for dark pants

Pants tend to stain a lot, so choose dark colors such as blue, which camouflages small stains that may be generated when the child plays or sits on the floor.

5. Choose shoes without shoelaces

Children find shoelaces to be an obstacle because they don’t know how to tie them and the teacher has to do it every time they come untied. It’s best to choose athletic-type shoes with elastic or Velcro closures.

A father tying his sons shoes before he leaves for school.
Younger children don’t know how to tie their shoelaces yet, which means their teacher has to assist them as often as necessary. For this reason, it’s best to opt for shoes with elastic or Velcro fasteners.

6. Buy winter attire

Winter clothing shouldn’t be forgotten in the school wardrobe: Coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, pants, and socks to keep the child covered from the cold when the temperatures drop. It’s important that children dress in layers and that they themselves are the ones who regulate their temperature. Zippered sweatshirts are very versatile.

7. Exchange or borrow some garments

To dress children for school, you also have the option of trading with or borrowing from family members or classmates who share the same style of uniform. You don’t always have the money to buy all the clothes you need for the classroom. This is why swapping or borrowing some clothes is a common practice among parents or family members who have worn similar outfits.

Comfort and style when going to school

As we’ve already mentioned, one of the most important things to emphasize when looking for school clothes is that they should be comfortable. But also that they’re attractive, that the child likes to wear them, and that they meet the school’s dress code, whether or not that includes a uniform. Follow these tips and you’ll find the perfect outfit for your child to attend classes with joy and good spirits.

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