Summer Clothes for Kids

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Selecting summer clothes for adults and summer clothes for kids is an entirely different ball game. Children’s skin is much more sensitive to UV rays from the sun and too hot conditions during the day. It is, therefore, more important that they receive clothing that will provide the maximum protection from the sun, without taking away from them the fun of playing on the beach or throwing a ball in the park.

A previous blog entitled ‘Summer Hats for Kids‘ covered the need for appropriate headwear, but this blog will concentrate on all other clothing types except for shoes. The clothing items covered for kids include jackets, shirts, t-shirts, blouses, pants, shorts, and swimwear.

I had four children each only two years apart, so there was a time when we were very busy protecting them from the heat and burning rays of the sun. It was important to also make their time on the beach as much fun as possible. For these reasons were careful to do our research on cloth fabrics and to find the best clothes for our kids as well as for ourselves.

The most important aspect of clothing for kids is that the fabric be one that will protect the child from the sun, keep the kids from overheating, and allow them maximum freedom of movement. The properties of various fabrics have already been discussed in two previous blogs Tropical Island Clothing – The clothes you choose for your vacation‘ and Hot Weather Clothes for Women. It is advised that you review these blogs before selecting hot weather clothes for your kids.

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From our research and our experience, the best fabric for kids is cotton and linen, which is lightweight, soft, breathable and can be washed and dried by machine. Synthetic fabrics like polyester and spandex do not breathe well, increase body heat, cause a lot of sweating, and can be damaged from hot water washes and heat from dryers. There are also many fabric blends on the market that use blends of fabrics, such as a 65% cotton and 35% polyester blend. This is a good compromise that will still provide the kids with cooler, breathable clothes and can still be machine washed and dried at cool temperatures.

Be careful to also look for clothing that has been treated with UV sun protection.

Our Top Picks for Summer Clothes for Kids

Based on our own experience and internet research information will be provided on the top picks for summer clothes for kids. When you click on the picture of an item, it will take you to Amazon where you will have a greater selection to choose from.

  1. Jackets
  2. Shirts and Blouses
  3. T-Shirts
  4. Hoodies
  5. Pants
  6. Dresses
  7. Shorts
  8. Swimwear

 

Jackets

1.  Kids Rain Jacket Hooded Lined Rubber RainCoats for Girls Boys Waterproof Windproof Size 5-14 Years – Brand: Solocote Store

This waterproof jacket has an outer shell made of 100% Polyester with PU coating, and a body and hoodie lining of 100% Cotton, and a sleeve lining of 100% Polyester. Girl’s versions have an all-over floral printed cotton body and hood lining making it very pretty. Zipper closure in the front as well as two large pockets with snap flaps, and a ventilation flap at the back. Sizes from 5-6 years old to 13-14 years old, and it comes in 6 colors.

This jacket has reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 510 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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2. Lightweight Kids Waterproof Poncho Jacket – Brand: Saphi Rose Store

This waterproof eco-friendly poncho is made of 100% Polyester, quick-drying. It has a pull-up closure in the front and a hood at the neck. Children’s sizes range from medium to XX-large, and it comes in 5 plain colors and 12 with children’s favorite cartoon characters. Four of the ponchos have a small pouch in the front of the poncho.

This poncho has reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,166 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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3.  Boys Girls Waterproof Hooded Jackets with Cotton Lining – Brand: Hiheart Store

This waterproof jacket has a shell made of 100% Polyester and an inner lining made of 100% cotton. The fabric is water-resistant, breathable and warm. It has a zipper and Velcro tabs for extra protection on the front, and two pockets with a Velcro flap at the front.  The hood has a drawstring and the arms have elastic cuffs.

This jacket has reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,448 global reviews as of 2 June 2021.

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Shirts and Blouses

1.  Boys Short Sleeve Button Down Summer Beach Shirt – Brand: Body Glove Store

This boy’s short sleeve shirt is 100% Cotton and is breathable, soft and comfortable. The fabric is light and good for warm weather. Button-down closure in the front, with a standard collar. Washes well by machine and can be used in the dryer. Good for outdoor and indoor activities.

It comes in 4 colors and boy‘s sizes range from 8-10, 12-14 and XL /(16).

This shirt has reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 116 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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2.  Little & Big Boy’s Short Sleeve Shirts with Cool Cartoon or Aloha Prints – Brand: Ahegao Store

This boy’s short sleeve shirt is made of a skin-friendly fabric from polyester and cotton. It is breathable, comfortable, wrinkle-free and can be machine or hand washed in cold water and hung to dry. Do not use bleach.  The shirt comes in sizes from 7 to 14 years. If your child likes it loose, you are advised to buy one size bigger.  There are 3 plain colors and 20 amazing and colorful designs that boys will love.

  • Ideal casual wear for the beach, school, parties, sports, outdoor activities, camping, vacation, etc. Good gifts for your boys 7-14 years old.

This t-shirt has reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars from 938 global reviews as of 2 June 2021.

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3.  Girls 3/4 Sleeve Twist Tie Front Shirt Top T-Shirt – Brand: Mirawise Store

This girl’s 3/4 sleeve twist tie t-shirt/ blouse is made of 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex, making it soft, breathable, stretchy and comfortable. The shirt is a tie knot in the front, riffles sleeves and a round neck. Looks great with dresses, leggings, pants or shorts. Washes well by machine and can be used in the dryer. It comes in 9 colors and girl’s sizes range from 3 to 14 years.

This t-shirt has reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars from 338 global reviews as of 2 June 2021.

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4.  Girls White Cotton Blouse Ruffle Long Sleeve Button Down Shirts for Spring and Summer 3-14Y – Brand: Solocote Store

This pretty girl’s cotton long sleeve shirt is made of 100% Cotton and is breathable, soft and comfortable. The fabric is light and good for warm weather. Button-down closure in the front, with a ruffle decorated collar, placket and cuffs. Can be worn with many other dresses and pants. Washes well by machine and can be used in the dryer. It comes in 9 colors and girl’s sizes range from 3 to 14 years.

This blouse has reviews of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 692 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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T-Shirts

1.   Boys Short Sleeve Logo Tee Shirt – Brand: Champion Store

This boy’s t-shirt is 80% Cotton and 20% Polyester and is breathable, a little stretchable and comfortable. This is authentic Champion kid’s athletic apparel, no imitation. It has a comfortable crew neck with short sleeves. Perfect for outdoor game sports, playing at the beach or wearing at home. It comes in 50 colors and boys sizes range small to XX-large.

This t-shirt has reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,153 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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2. Big Boys Tagless Long Sleeve Tee Shirt (Pack of 3) – Brand: Hanes Store

This boy’s long sleeve t-shirt is made of 100% preshrunk Cotton. It is soft, breathable, very comfortable and machine washable. The t-shirt also has a double-needle cover-seamed neck and shoulder-to-shoulder tape inside.  The t-shirt is sold in packets of three and comes in 6 colors and boys’ sizes range X small to X large.

This long sleeve t-shirt has reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,216 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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3.  Girls Color Casual Loose Summer Short Sleeve Tee Shirts – Brand: Asvivid Store

This girl’s t-shirt is made of high-quality 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex.  It is soft, breathable, comfortable and has a loose fit. The t-shirt has a round neck and short sleeves, and it is recommended to be washed by hand. It comes in 11 plain colors, 3 tie-dye patterns and 10 other colored patterns. Sizes range from 4 to 13-year-olds. Ideal for sports, school events, parties or daily wear.

This t-shirt has reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 142 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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4. Girls Casual Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve Loose T-Shirt Size – Brand: Ecokauer Store

This fashionable t-shirt is made of good quality, breathable and stretchable fabric that is soft and comfortable to wear. The shirt comes in long sleeves and short sleeves. a round neck and side button decoration. Wash in cold water and hang dry do not use bleach. Ideal for all occasions, fun on the beach or in a park, at school or parties or just for casual wear around the house. The t-shirt comes in 3 styles, with 15 tye-die colors, 13 plain colors, 5 layered patterns, 1 floral pattern and 2 checkered patterns. Sizes range from 4 to 13 year olds.

This t-shirt has reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 800 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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5.  Toddler Baby Girl Basic Plain Ruffle Sleeve Cotton T Shirts Tops Tee Clothes – Brand: Mubineo Store

This cute baby girl cotton t-shirt is soft, breathable and comfortable for your baby. The t-shirt comes in a simple yet fashionable double ruffle design and is machine washable, but hand washing is recommended. Sizes range from 6 months to 6 years, and they come in 15 colors.

This toddler’s shirt has reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,396 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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Hoodies

1.  Kids’ Hooded Youth Sweatshirt – Brand: Gildan Store

This unisex hoodie is made of 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester, making it soft, breathable and machine washable. It has a double-lined hood, double-needle cuffs, waistband for extra durability, and a pouch pocket at the front for extra carry.

This t-shirt has reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 13,515 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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2.  Kids’ Unisex Full Zip Hooded Youth Sweatshirt – Brand: Gildan Store

This sweatshirt with hoodie is made of 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester, which makes it soft, breathable, very comfortable and durable.  There is a full-length zipper in the front, an unlined hood with drawstring, double-needle cuffs and waistband, and two packets in the front. The hoodie is fully washable and dryable by machine. Sizes from boys small to X large, and it comes in black and grey colors.

This hooded sweatshirt has reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,605 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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Pants

1.  Boys and Girls Toddler Cotton Pull on Jogger Pants – Brand: Ijin Uhb Store

These toddler pants are made of 80% Cotton and 20% Polyester, a good blend that is breathable, soft on the skin, and can be machine washed. The pants have an elastic band on the waist and a drawstring. Good for kids from age 2 to 6 years. Sold in 4 packets of 2 pants and 5 colors. Good for everyday use, running and playing.

These pants have reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 552 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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2.  Capri Girls Cotton Leggings in Plain Colours – Brand: Futuro Fashion Store

These 3/4 length leggings are made of 95% Cotton and 5% Elastine, which are stretchy, breathable, soft on the skin, very comfortable and can be machine washed. The pants have an elastic band on the waist and a drawstring. Comes in 15 plain colors, and is good for kids from age 1 to 15 years old.  Good for everyday use, or for activities such as dance, sports playground and parties.

These leggings have reviews of 3.7 out of 5 stars from 427 global reviews as of 2 June 2021.

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Dresses

1.   Little Girls Sleeveless Cotton Casual Summer Sundress – Brand: Hileelang Store

This girl’s casual sleeveless dress is made of 100% Cotton with button-down closure. It is soft, lightweight and comfortable with durable stitching. Good for all occasions from playing on the beach, playing in the park, going to parties or playing in your back yard. The dress comes in 19 beautiful colors and designs and sizes to fit ages 1 to 10 years old.

Thus dress has reviews of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 785 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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2.   Girl’s Floral Sleeveless One Piece Sundress – Brand: Ahegao Store

This sleeveless sundress is made of a lightweight polyester-cotton blend that is breathable, soft and elastic. It has a high waist, a round neck and falls just below the knees. This dress should be washed by hand and hung dry. A perfect dress for any occasion indoors or outdoors. The dress comes in 43 beautiful colors and designs and sizes to fit ages 4 to 13 years old.

This dress has reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,476 global reviews as of 2 June 2021.

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Shorts

1.   Boys Pull-on Cargo Shorts – Brand: The Children’s Place  Store

These boys’ knee-length cargo shorts are made of 100% cotton, making them soft, breathable and machine washable. The waist has an elastic band, and there are 5 pockets, one small pocket at the back, two pockets at the front and a flapped cargo pocket on the side of each leg.  The shorts come in 3 colors and in sizes from 4 to 16.

These shorts have reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 5,189 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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2.  Teen Girls Cotton Comfy Drawstring Summer Beach Shorts with Pockets – Brand: Nimin Store

These colorful summer shorts are made of 97% cotton and 3% spandex, making the shorts soft, skin-friendly, breathable, stretchy, and comfortable to wear indoors/outdoors. The waist has an elastic band and a drawstring closure, and there are two pockets in the front. Great for any casual occasion from fun on the beach to parties with friends to working out. Wash by hand or by machine in cold water and hang dry. Do Not Bleach.

The shorts come in 4 plain colors, and in girls sizes from small to XX-large.

These shorts have reviews of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 27 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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3.  Unisex Baby Cotton Bodysuit, Shorts and Shoe Set – Brand: Hudson Baby  Store

This cute baby outfit is made of 100% Cotton. It is very soft, breathable and comfortable for the baby. The bodysuit has snap closures at the bottom, and the shorts have an elastic waistline. It can be machine washed and dried. This outfit is suited for infants to 18 months old, and it comes in 25 different cute colors and prints.

This very popular unisex set has reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 6,556 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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4.  Girl Clothes Little Kids Cotton Short Sets – Brand: Seyouag  Store

The shirt and pants from this cute outfit are made of cotton. The shirt has a unique design with a short front and a long back, and the shorts are denim. Both can be washed machine or by hand wash. Ideal for daily wearing, birthday party, school clothes, traveling and photography. Comes in 13 color combinations for ages 2 to 8 years old.

This girls set has reviews of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 741 global reviews as of 20 May 2021.

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Swimwear

1.  Toddler Girls’ Hooded Terry Swim Cover Up – Brand: Pink Platinum Store

This short sleeve swim cover-up suit is made of 80% Cotton and 20% Polyester. It is breathable, lightweight, soft and comfortable, and has a zip-up front closure and a hood with a drawstring. It also has UV protection to protect your child from the harmful rays of the sun.  Washes well by machine and can be used in the dryer on low heat. Good for the beach or at poolside.

It comes in 6 colors and sizes range from 2 to 16 years old.

This swim cover-up has reviews 4.7 out of 5 stars from 616 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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2.  Four Piece Girls Mermaid Swimsuit with Tails for Swimming – Brand: Newland Store

This awesome mermaid swimsuit is made of very elastic polyamide polyester and cotton and is very comfortable to wear.  The suit comes with a bikini top and bottom, a mermaid tail, and a flower headband. The swim set comes in 13 different amazing colors and patterns, for ages 3 to 12 years old. It makes the best gift for little girls and toddler girls who have a mermaid dream. The swim set should be gently hand washed and hung dry. Good for the beach or at poolside.

This mermaid swimsuit has reviews 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,367 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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3.  Boys 3-Piece Swim Set with UPF 50+ Sun Protection – Brand: UV Skinz Store

This swimwear is made of high-quality breathable fabric, which is chlorine and saltwater resistant and dries quickly. The fabric is protected by UPF 50+ which blocks out 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. The swimwear set includes a short-sleeved shirt, swimming shorts and a reversible bucket hat. The shorts have a drawstring closure. It should be washed by hand or on a machine in cold water wash and then hung dry. Only 3 different outfits remain, and sizes range from 12 months to 8 years old.

This popular toddler swim outfit has reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars from 647 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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4.   Boys’ Echo Quick Dry UPF 50+ Beach Swim Trunks – Brand: Kanu Surf Store

These swim trunks are made of 100% Polyester and have UPF 50+ sun protection They are lightweight, durable and comfortable, and have two side seam pockets and a side cargo pocket on the leg. Sizes range from small to XX-large for ages from 2 to 20 years, and come in 35 amazing colors and patterns. Can be machine washed in cold water and hung to dry.

These swim trunks have reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 6,109 global reviews as of 1 June 2021.

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