Stretch Your Child’s Wardrobe the Way Savvy Consumers Do

Savvy Consumers and Wardrobe Staples

If you pick up any magazine geared towards career women, you’ll occasionally see a feature on wardrobe staples — those essential core clothing pieces that you just can’t do without. This career wardrobe advice is great for savvy consumers who want to get the most bang for their buck. However, it wasn’t until I was a parent that I realized this advice applies to virtually everyone — not just females in the workplace.

The Shopaholic

From time to time, I find myself getting carried away with buying items for next year at the end-of-season clearance sales at my local department store. “Just because an item is on sale doesn’t mean you need to buy it,” is what my husband always tells me. I buy so much, that by the time the next season rolls around my kids don’t even have time to wear all of the clothes.

It’s at this point that I realized I may be a shopaholic and that’s when I decided to incorporate “key clothing staples” into my kids’ wardrobes and not just my own. Savvy consumers focus on a limited number of key clothing pieces when it comes to infant clothing.


For infants, you’ll need to have between five and seven one-piece bodysuits, three to five receiving blankets, three long piece footed sleepers for nighttime and three to five cute but comfortable coordinated outfits. You’ll also need some additional seasonal items depending on where you live, and a dressy outfit for special occasions.


Most savvy consumers have found that kids are surprisingly easy to shop for. Stick with two pairs of jeans, one pair of khaki pants and a few sweat suits. Girls also benefit from having one tan and one denim jumper.

Jumpers are one of my personal favorites because they are so versatile. They can be paired with any shirt underneath, or your daughter can wear a sweater over the jumper to simulate a skirt.


I won’t lie. Teens are difficult to shop for, but just because you have teens doesn’t mean you can’t be a savvy consumer. Do what most savvy consumers do and agree to buy your teens the basics and let them buy the rest.

I recommend three pairs of jeans in varying shades of blue, one pair of black denim jeans, and three pairs of khaki pants in varying shades of tan. For girls two cardigan sweater sets, a few sweatshirts and t-shirts, and four button-down blouses are sufficient.

A child’s wardrobe can (and will) break you if you’re not careful. By following these savvy consumer wardrobe tips you can make sure your kids have the clothes they need while you still have money for the things you want.