We had a pretty low key weekend, and to tell you the truth, it was exactly what we needed. It gave me some time to think about the kid’s wardrobes and whether they’ll be ready for the cooler months. The Seasonal calendar has just changed, and lately I’ve been feeling that autumn is upon us.
There’s something about the crisp autumn air and cool breeze in the early mornings that has me super excited about what’s to come. We’ve had an amazing summer in Cape Town and, as much as I’m going to miss the warm days, I’m ready to welcome the change in season. Layering, boots and knits are definitely not far off.
The change in season means I get to do what I love – shop! As much as I love dressing my home with beautiful things, I love dressing my boys even more. Don’t get my love for shopping wrong, I only buy what is necessary after doing a full inventory of the kids cupboards (including underwear, socks, shoes and clothing).
When updating the kids’ gear, I tend to look for pieces that can be used for both autumn and winter – and it’s a score if I can use it all year round. One of my key pieces for Josh is leggings and treggings. Yes, my 2 year old son rocks leggings like a Boss. They can be worn barefoot or with open shoes during summer and with a sneaker or boot during winter.
In planning my shopping I tend to first look online, because 1 – I’m a lazy shopper (I’m not a fan of walking aimlessly through shops with no direction and an overwhelming amount of options) and 2 – I can lie on my couch and do this, this option will always win.
Today I’ll share my autumn essentials and must haves for the upcoming cooler months and a few new pieces I’ve discovered.
My eldest sucks at telling me when his underpants start fitting snug around his waist, so he was definitely in need of some underwear. And with the little one starting potty training, this will be the first year I’ll be getting him some briefs.
I’m an old-school Mom and still believe that my little ones should wear vests, especially in winter.
While you’re in this section, add a few pairs of socks to your purchase (if your boys are anything like mine who leave home with 2 but only come home with 1 sock in their school bags, you’ll be needing these).
I keep Joshy’s school clothes basic, essentially plain t-shirts (short and long) and plain bottoms. It just makes life so much easier. The plain goodies are much more cost effective and can be dressed both up and down. Boys might be easier with this than little girls.
Here’s where Spiderman, Superman, Dora, Frozen, and any other character pops up. I personally don’t buy lots of character prints for my kids, but that’s just a personal decision. I’m not saying they don’t own a few Spidey t-shirts, but the handful they have is enough.
My boys are not big denim fans, which kills me as they could look so adorable. Comfort is key to both of them, so they live in joggers, treggings and cargo pants. Fleece joggers have become my go to for the colder months; they’re easy, affordable, keep them warm and can be dressed both up and down. But if you do want to spend a little extra, it’s worth checking out the Cotton On Kids playground approved denim range.
A great investment for every kid is a nice winter jacket. You should choose something that you wouldn’t mind them wearing to school, and that won’t leave you heartbroken if it somehow grows legs and runs away. I must admit my boys have 2, one for school and one more formal occasions which their Aunt and Uncle purchased for them (thanks guys). My go-to shop has always been Jet when it comes to warm school-friendly jackets and this year I will definitely be going back.
This is a very sore topic at the moment as BOTH kids currently only have 2 pairs of shoes that fit them. Seriously, their bodies don’t grow but their feet are another story. So I’m on the hunt for comfortable kids shoes which will withstand a day at crèche, not be clunky and bulky on their precious growing feet and WON’T leave us eating dry bread all month. I am looking forward to winter though as my kids LOVE their Wellies.
Now for the gorgeous autumn outfits you can put together from our local brands!
The boys outfits are just as awesome for a change!!
The Kids Style File – FASHION FIND
Josh owns 4 pairs of Tiny Tribe Kids Leggings and I must say that they have become a staple in his cupboard. The fit is perfect on his petite frame and super comfortable. The designs are so on trend at the moment; I can assure you your little fashionista will be the talk of the playground. New designs have launched for Autumn / Winter so I will definitely be placing an order soon. Best of all, it’s a proudly South African company (even more so it’s a completely local Capetonian Momma).
Remember to always budget before doing a BIG kiddie shop, split it over the months and hit those sales!
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