When mixing and matching, it's important to have a "base" of solids – such as gray, black, khaki or denim "bottoms" that can coordinate with various shirts with patterns, style or adornments. You don't have to go monochrome, through! If your child is wearing solid pants/shorts, let him/her express his/her style with a fun shirt. Pair a solid shirt with patterned or adorned "bottoms."
Head to consignment, thrift and discount stores to stock up on budget-friendly basics such as jeans and khakis and t-shirts, tanks and long-sleeve shirts than can be easily interchanged.
Clothing that is purchased as a set and meant to go together is tough to mix and match, so when you are doing your back-to-school shopping, take that into consideration. If neither part of the "set" can be worn with another bottom or top, it might not get as much use as you intended.
Many clothing lines – particularly for young kids – are designed to mix and match with other items in the collection. Be selective when shopping and stick with a mix and match line so any way your child combines an outfit, it'll work!
Mixing and matching is ideal when it comes to dressing for the transitional seasons. You can easily pair shorts and a t-shirt with a light cardigan for crsip morning walks to the bus stop. Think layers!
There is nothing like a little accessorizing to make an outfit look entirely different. A fun necklace, a neat pin, or a cute hat could be just the thing to make a mix and match outfit look new again!
Let your children express their individuality when it comes to their personal style. Just because you may think something doesn't match, doesn't mean your child feels the same way. Your child could just be on the cutting edge of a new mix-and-match trend. Mixing and matching should be fun, so don't take it too seriously – and your kids won't either! Giving them choices on what to wear teaches them responsibility and it puts them in charge of their style. They'll love picking out the perfect outfit just as much as you do.
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