Winners

As a busy mom of two young kids, I ask that my clothes be fun to wear and flattering, as well as practical.

Here are time-tested items I’ve been glad to own, which I greet happily in my closet after many washings and wearings:

FOR WARM WEATHER:

Light graphic T-Shirt by Ojai Clothing (this design was available at Title Nine for Spring/Summer 2011. If you can’t find it anymore at Title Nine, check the manufacturer’s web site for similar styles.)

Ojai T Shirt at Title Nine

Airy, cute and comfortable – and it hides stains! What could be better for looking fresh all day?

FOR COOLER WEATHER:

The Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket

Patagonia Better Sweater at Zappos

Fleece but not frumpy: this Patagonia light jacket is soft, comfy, flattering, and stands up to playground abuse.

I have been living in this light jacket/zip up sweater since I got it for Christmas in 2010. It’s flattering, not too bulky and just adds that right amount of soft warmth. My only gripe is that after about 6 months of wear, it’s starting to pill a little, despite my air-drying after machine washing. On the plus side, it comes in many different colors and goes on sale for about $65-$80 depending on the season.

2. Jag Donovan pants

Finally, pants that fit my curvy figure off the rack!

I couldn’t find pants that fit my hip-y body type for the longest time – then lucked out after I bought these pants on Amazon. I remember wearing this brand in junior high school, and somehow it has survived (or has been resurrected) in an affordable, well fitting and comfortable pants. No I won’t win the most fashionable rear end contest but I am just so grateful to find a pair of pants that I don’t have to alter. Oh and did I mention, they are affordable – you can often find them for about $60 full price or under $50 on sale.

3. Merrell waterproof ankle boots

I never hesitate to plod through wet grass or light puddles in these boots

These boots just seem to get better with age ! After one year of wear, they fit like second skin but after many playground outings, started to look faded around the toes. I paid $8 to have them professional polished for and they look good as new- I am so glad they will hold up for another year, and hopefully well beyond. I purchased them at REI in 2010 and they did carry them in 2011, not sure about 2012.

I love shopping tips – please leave a comment with your favorite kid-compatible item below!

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