Kids’ Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Kids’ Summer Wardrobe Essentials

With the summer season just around the corner (hurray!), you might be looking for some new wardrobe essentials for your kids. Children grow up so quickly, so chances are, last year’s summer pieces might not fit them anymore. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a kids’ summer clothing checklist, full of wardrobe essentials they’ll need for the sunny season ahead.

Back to Basics

Every wardrobe begins with basics. We’re talking tops, tees and pants. Kids are always on the go, so it’s important to have a variety of go-to summer tops and bottoms they can wear on rotation all season long.
Basics don’t have to be boring! Girls want comfortable summer tops that don’t compromise on style. Graphic t-shirts and tank tops are the building blocks for any outfit and can be worn with many different types of bottoms, meaning they’re super versatile. Our Callaway Tee in Grey Marble is a great example. Its soft knit cotton fabric means she’ll be comfortable all day long, and the colorful animal graphic makes the outfit playful. Pair with her favorite denim shorts or skirt and she’s set for the summer.
Boys can never go wrong with a short-sleeve shirt when it’s hot out. Dress them up with a smart blazer and suit pants for a summer wedding or keep it casual with beach pants and his favorite sneakers. We love the tropical print of this boys’ Day Party Shirt in Sage Palms.
Boys t-shirts are another summer essential. Let a statement tee do all the talking and team with a simple pair of sweatpant or chino shorts.

One-Piece Wonders

We get it, sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the morning to pick out an outfit. That’s where one-piece outfits and matching sets come in. Not only do they look stylish and put together, rompersjumpsuits and dresses are often less restrictive and clingy than shorts and tops, especially when the temperatures really start to rise.


Summer dresses are always a wardrobe essential this time of year. Opt for flowy, light fabrics to keep your girl cool. Our rayon-blend Slouchy Pockets Patio Dress is a beautiful choice; the strappy design and smocked bodice let her move freely, while the flowy maxi skirt scores extra points for style.

Keep your toddler cool in our Vivienne Cotton Gauze Romper. The classic white color screams summer, while the soft cotton gauze fabric and smocking detail mean she’ll stay comfortable all day long. An instant outfit! Older girls and teens will love the Eyelet Romper. Its “grown-up”, off-the-shoulder detailing and bell sleeves are super on-trend, while the elasticized waist keeps her comfy. If only it came in adult sizing, too!  

Boys outfit sets are just as easy as one-piece outfits – they take the thinking out of what top to pair with those pants you can never find. A handsome option for boys, the Munchkin Woven 2-Pc. Set in sunshine yellow is perfect for playdates or beach days. For a sportier look, check out the Candy Cabana Terry Knit or Rocky Road Knit sets. They come in so many fun summer colors and have comfort at their core.


Kids’ Summer Swimwear Essentials 

Whether you’re heading to the beach, pool, or going on vacation, kids’ swimwear is a must for all their underwater adventures. Looking for swimwear with good sun protection? Our Girls and boys rash guards are constructed from a UPF50 fabric, protecting them from up to 98% of rays. Not to mention, they’re great for any water sports or cooler waters they might venture into.

Girls can make a splash wherever they go in bikinis and tankinis! Nothing too skimpy here, these 2-piece swim sets provide good coverage and come in a variety of bold, bright colors. Don’t forget to check out our full range of girls’ swimwear for more adorable styles.


 Boys can enjoy colorful designs too with our fun swim trunks. Our boys’ swimwear is made with comfort in mind, featuring elasticized waistbands and not-too-baggy styles. If you’re out and about all day, our hybrid shorts are a great option. Go from water to land with ease – your boy will be ready wherever the day takes him.


Summer Accessories

Children’s summer hats not only provide that all-important sun protection but can also be the focal point of their outfit. We love the Prism Hat; its wide brim offers shade and the statement shape will complement any summer look. Boys will look oh-so cool sporting the Day Party Fedora. You can never go wrong with a straw hat, and the classic fedora shape is sure to smarten up any of his summertime outfits. Don’t forget to add a cool pair of sunglasses for even more sun protection.

Straw bags are a classic summer accessory, and the Angela Straw Shoulder Bag is no exception. The cross-body strap means it’s super kid-friendly, while the drawstring closure will keep everything nice and secure. The Nadeen Floral Purse is also a stunning option for a summer evening look or to dress-up an everyday outfit.


Whatever you and your little ones have planned this summer, we hope we’ve helped you check off some things on your kids’ summer clothing list!
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