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Best dressed kids: Autumn and winter essentials for little ones

From sunny autumn days to icy winter nights, this calls for versatile layers, practical playground accessories and fabrics that feel like a soft warm hug when our littles ones refuse to go inside.

From sweater vests and weatherproof wellies, to merino wool beanies and socks with matching jellies. These essentials will keep your little one’s snug in the cooler months.

Versatile layers

Layers are a parent’s solution to unpredictable weather patterns and temperamental clothing tantrums. With everyday staples in neutral tones like cotton graphic tees, sweater vests, zip-up hoodies and an oversized puffer jacket for those wet weather episodes, autumn’s fickle mood will be no match for your little one’s wardrobe.

Shop now at Cotton On Kids, Bonds, Ollie's Place, Kmart, Myer.


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Matching sweats

You might think of a full-on tracksuit as more appropriate for winter, but invest early and you’ll get double the wear. On days the sun is shining, pair the jumper with leggings and a t-shirt, or the bottoms with a lightweight top. On cold days, dress them in the coordinating set, add shoes, and you’re both good to go.

Check out the super-cute sets at Cotton On Kids, Best & Less, Platypus Shoes and Bonds.


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Playground-proof bottoms

Enter durable fleece-lined leggings. The ultimate cold weather wardrobe essential, these seemingly indestructible leg-huggers often come with knee patches for added protection against slide-burns and scooter tumbles. Whether worn under skirts or as pants, these bottoms are designed to reduce your child’s likelihood of burning through clothes.

Shop now at Cotton On Kids, Ollie's Place, Target, Kmart and Big W.


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Wellies and socks with jellies

Whether trailblazing through piles of leaves or splashing around in murky puddles, kids love to get messy with their feet. The best way to protect their toes is to designate a pair of weatherproof wellington boots for the wetter seasons. For statement pieces (that are easier to spot at the park), opt for a floral or camo print and style with neutral autumn shades.

Looking for something more tea-party-appropriate? Your little one can never go wrong with a pair of jelly sandals and frilly ankle-high socks.

Shop now at Cotton On Kids, Big W, Kmart, Target, Spendless Shoes.


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Sturdy sneakers

You’ve got the gumboots sorted, but you’ll still need a pair of durable sneakers to keep them snug. Steer clear of styles that feature mesh panels, or are made from fabrics that aren’t weatherproof like canvas – a light drizzle will do them in. Go for chunky soles (a good sign they’ll last), and don’t forget to Scotchgard them.

You can’t go wrong with Skechers, Platypus Shoes, Sportsco, Williams, Mathers, and Rebel.


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If the glove fits?

When running around outside, kids tend to register seasonal change once they’re already shivering or wet. The answer: removable accessories that dress your little ones up or down. For cooler days, we’d go for a matching merino wool scarf, beanie and glove trio in light greys or baby blues. On warmer ones, keep light cotton gloves and a beanie on-hand for outdoor play, come what may.

Shop now at Ollie's Place, Cotton On Kids, Myer, Big W, Target, Kmart.


Image source: David Jones

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