With their perfect skin, beautiful lithe limbs and/or adorably chunky bits, kids can rock so many looks we adults can only dream of pulling off. But summer hols mean traveling light & dressing right. So here's our pick for a capsule summer wardrobe that'll see them from beach to campsite to BBQ in comfort and class.
Of course a sun hat is crucial, and there are loads to choose from, but we particularly rate Little Hotdog Watson's The Cub Baseball Hat. It's styled with roll-down neck protection, cute ears and a soft peak, in fabric that gives UPF50+ sun protection and adapts to keep your sunbather's head at the perfect temperature. It even has built in mosquito repellent. Clever stuff. The Ki ET LA Kapel Sun Hat is reversible for two different looks, is quick drying and has an adjustable strapo, so it doesn't fly off while they're playing.
To us, nothing creates the Swallows & Amazons vibe better than dungarees. Dotty Dungarees' brushed denim version has a cotton jersey lining, so they're comfy to wear and easy to move in, adjustable straps and stylish turn ups. The Cotton Short Dungarees version are ideal to pop over trunks or a swimsuit, if you're hitting the beach, but they can be paired with tights so you get spring and autumn wear out of them too.
Summer hasn't arrived till you've dug out your jellies and KIDLY Label's Jelly Sandals have it all - they're foot friendly, with a cushioned insole and have velcro ankle straps for snug fits and swift getaways. Liewood's Bre Jelly Sandals are as also as cool as they get. Made from lightweight BPA-free PVC, it's flexible and comfortable, with a cute panda sole to leave imprints on the sand.
A cover-up or poncho
For playing around the pool and days on the beach, a cover-up will definitely earn its keep. The Liewood Roomie Poncho keeps them shaded and looking suitably relaaaaaaxed. Made from soft organic cotton, the striped design's a classic, easy to pull over their head to protect them from the sun or get them all comfy for a little alfresco nap. Zzzzzzzzzzz.
When days are longer and you're doing more walking than usual, cool summer trainers make all the difference to hot little feet. Lightweight, comfy and sustainably made, Natural World's Velcro Canvas Trainers are a perfect pick. Made from 100% organic cotton, the natural rubber sole offers plenty of flexibility and the simple velcro straps make getting the right fit a doddle.
Just like ours, young eyes can get damaged in the sun, so you need to kit them out with a good pair of sunnies. The Babiators Blue Series Navigator Sunglasses are designed to fit like a dream, in a style that doesn't pinch the temples or nose. The flexible rubber frames are virtually indestructible, so they can pull and twist them and they won't break. The lenses are shatter-resistant too, and give 100% UV protection from strong sun. Plus they come with a slim felt case to keep them looking shiny and new. Lots to smile about there.