If you have a kid who loves getting dressed up for special occasions, congratulations. You’ve won the parental lottery. But for the rest of us, we deal with a good bit of squirming, whining, non-existent napkin usage leading to ever-present stickiness and maybe a full-blown tantrum mixed in just for LOLZ. But we get it. Fancy kids clothes are usually itchy, uncomfortable and get in the way of their little rough-and-tumble lives. So let us lend a helping hand (because yours are too busy trying to cram a little foot into a tiny dress shoe) with these holiday kids’ fashion tips on how to shop top clothing stores to score kids’ styles with minimal fuss. Bonus: All these styles come with Cash Back at Ebates!
Choosing a holiday dress for your little princess should involve some compromise. There are a lot of glitter and tulle styles out there but in our experience, tulle rips way too easily and glitter–well, at least you’ll be able to retrace her little steps because she will leave a trail of it wherever she goes. Instead, opt for something a little more simple. This tiered dress has a crew neck and short sleeves that won’t get in the way. And while the skirt is full, it’s not too dramatic.
If you have visions of a little three-piece suit dancing in your head but your little dude is a wiggle worm, we’ve got just the compromise. A sweater vest set not only comes pre-coordinated, but the comfort level is way higher. Plus, having layers is always convenient when Jr. decides to go full-throttle into a game of tag with the cousins and gets a little overheated.
Even if your holiday event isn’t on the casual side, it’s always a good idea to pack a comfy alternative outfit. As mentioned, we just love sets and this penguin sweater and legging combo is just adorable and can be easily dressed up with the right accessories.
For little gents, a sweater and cords are still a step up from his normal tee and jeans combo (which I’m sure features some variety of super awesome fictional character, but let’s just give the fan boy stuff a rest for today, shall we?)
Shoes and Accessories
When it comes to kids’ shoes, there are definitely styles that incorporate both cuteness and comfort. These ankle-strap flats will not only stay on, but will not blister the backs of their ankles like other flats. And that bit of sparkle is always a nice touch, even if her outfit is a little less formal.
Any opportunity to avoid laces should be taken immediately. These boys’ dress shoes easily slip on with some thin dress socks and will look amazing with little slacks, cords or even his favorite jeans.
Add just a touch of sparkle to both formal and casual looks with some super cute butterfly and bow hair clips! While a big head band will, guaranteed, be ripped off and hurled across the room after five minutes, she won’t even notice these little dazzlers keeping the hair out of her face.
If you are feeling ambitious and want to try adding a tie to your son’s look, here’s a hack that will save you time and sanity. An adjustable tie with Velcro closure will go on in seconds and come off just as easily when picture time is over and play time begins.
Regardless of what your son or daughter may be wearing for holiday parties and dinners, fashionable outerwear is a must. If you haven’t noticed, combos are kind of our jam, putting coat and hat bundles at the top of our shopping lists. How cute is this swing coat with matching beret? This piece looks sensational with skirts and pants alike.
A boys’ peacoat really is a winter must-have and is just a bit more formal than a bomber jacket. This piece is made from ultra-warm fleece and comes with a simple yet stylish cap that will keep them warm and toasty. What we love most is the variety of color that makes this selection very easy to fit into his little wardrobe.
All of us at Ebates wish you a happy and fashionable holiday with your family and friends!
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Briana is a shopaholic whose newest obsession is matching top-and-skirt sets (but she also can’t resist a good jumpsuit). She loves rock music, horror movies and is an all-around pop culture junkie. She is, without fail, always down for karaoke. Her blog, Mamafierce, is a chronicle of personal fashion, body positivity and the adventures of motherhood. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three-year-old son and tortoiseshell cat, Divvy.