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5 Classic wardrobe choices for busy mornings

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

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The start of the school year means busy mornings for already busy moms. The last thing you have time for is fighting with your kids about what they’re going to wear, so stick with classic wardrobe choices that are sure to keep everyone happy.

1. Leggings

Leggings are the perfect wardrobe staple for girls of any age. Buy them in several colors to mix and match with her entire wardrobe. Leggings are great in the fall with flats and a long shirt or tunic. In the winter, throw them on with a sweater and a pair of chunky boots. They can even take the place of tights under skirts and dresses. Carry leggings into spring by pairing flats with a light and airy top. Choose subdued shades, like black and grey, for a girl who likes to be understated. If you have a wild child on your hands, choose bright colors and fun patterns.

2. Plaid button-up shirts

These can carry your little man through the whole school year. He can wear them alone with jeans or cargos, or put a solid shirt underneath for a pop of color. When the weather turns cooler, add a quilted vest or a fleece jacket for a layered look he'll love. If you need to dress it up a bit, pair that same shirt with a pair of dress pants and nice shoes.

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3. Cardigans

No girl's wardrobe is complete without a cardigan or two. She can throw them on over nearly any outfit to add another layer of warmth or a pop of color. Buy them in short and long, belted and buttoned, solid and striped. They come plain and with ruffles, with long sleeves, short sleeves and three-quarter sleeves. They're great for carrying a fall outfit into winter, or for layering up on a chilly morning. No matter what her style, you'll find plenty of cardis your daughter will adore.

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4. Polos

It doesn't get much more classic than subdued, solid-color polos for boys. For a change, he can go for those with a modern twist of bright hues and funky designs. Either way, these shirts are comfy and easy to pair with just about any pants he pulls from his closet. Tuck them in for a dressed-up look, or leave them out to be more casual. When the weather gets cold, add a long-sleeve shirt underneath or layer them under heavier clothes.

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5. Denim

No wardrobe is complete without a few great pairs of jeans. Boys or girls, young or old -- they all need jeans. Jeans can be dressed up or down, and match almost any shirt you can find. Buy a few pairs in your child's favorite cut and wash, and then mix it up by adding a pair or two in bright colors.

When shopping, look for mix-and-match outfits. Knowing everything matches makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier.

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