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Fun and affordable kids’ beach wear

Suzi Milovanovic has been a mother of all kinds: stay at home mom, work from home mom, and go-the-office working mom. She blends all these perspectives in her contributions to various local and national print and online publications, tel...

Get ready for the beach

This summer is definitely not short on fashion for your little ones. The summer trends seem to a mix of bold colors and muted grey and whites, with hot pink standing out in the crowd for the girls. Tank dresses, tank tops, short shorts and babydolls are all the rage.

Summer beach clothes

Graphics designs ranging from guitar inspired collections to Betty Boop are sure to please. Moms and dads can find their favorite bands recycled into some of the coolest clothes, such as bands like Nirvana, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel and more! Terry cloth dresses in blue and white are great for covering up after the beach or pool - or just wearing on those super hot days.

Even the most uber-chic parent can feel confident that their kids look the part, whether in the Hamptons or Hawaii, at surprisingly affordable prices!

Swimsuits

Swimsuits are the staple of summer season and display fun, bold colors. Complement with coordinating cover ups and rash guards!

Swimwear

For boys:
Sporty Rashguard - $14.99, Gap.com
Tropical Swim Trunks - $19.50, Gap.com

For girls:
Angel Beach 2-Piece - $24, Nordstrom.com
Girls Smocked Swim Cover-Up - $8.99, OldNavy.com

Footwear

Kids' shoes for the summer should be comfortable and practical. These select styles fuse both into an affordable must-have!

Flipflops

For boys: Classic Flip-Flops - $3, OldNavy.com
For girls: Glitter Jelly Sandals - $7, OldNavy.com

Hats

Protection from the sun never looked so cute!

Hats

For boys: Kids' Sun Life Hat - $14.50, LandsEnd.com
For girls: Girls Bucket Hat - $14.95, Kinkerkaboodle.com

 

Towels and bags

Complete the look of the season with some personality in their towels and totes!   

Kids beach

For boys: Kids' Beach Towel - $13.99, LandsEnd.com
For girls: Critter Tote - $24.50, JCrew.com

 

Sunglasses

Think Robert Pattinson and Nicole Richie – on a smaller scale!

Kids' sunglasses

For boys: Wayfarers - $5, ChildrensPlace.com
For girls: Metal Aviators - $9.50, Gap.com

 

UV protection

It is possible to get stylish UV sun-protective clothing and helping you make sure that your kids look great on the beach while being safe in the sun!

Shirts

For boys: Boys Graphic Rashguard - $10
For girls: Girls Graphic Rashguard - $10

 

What about color?

The hottest colors new for 2009 are yellow and leaf green (think Michelle Obama's inauguration dress). Other popular colors are natural earth colors such as beachy greens and blues, peach, white and black. Jewel-tones are still popping up as well, as are the neon brights and metallics.

Think green!

You may be saving some green this season, but to think green is rapidly becoming vogue among tyke fashions as you find great organic cotton items sure to please fishes on every beach!

This summer is all about comfort, practicality and sensibility. Let your kids choose, even if it doesn't match -- it just may be a trend!

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