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Dressing Kids for a Southern Winter

Dressing for winter on the Gulf Coast means one thing: layers.

Living directly on the Gulf of Mexico gifts us with the occasional winter day in the 80′s (“Quick! Slip on your sandals and let’s go for a walk on the beach!”) directly followed by a wickedly bracing day in the 40′s (“Put on a hoodie under that jacket. The weather is smirking at us but I’m not.”). And very occasionally epic swings all on the same day.

For kids, it can be very confusing.

Layers solve most of the morning “Is this good? What do you want, woman?!” rush before school, leaving the kids with the tools to build up or strip down as the day proceeds.

My core winter layers item for my daughter is tights. Or leggings. When the weather starts to cool, I go down fighting in defense of summer dresses, and my weapon of choice is leggings. We keep plopping on our summer A-lines for as long as added leggings and cardigans can ward off the side-eye “What was her mom thinking?” glances.

After that, it’s just a matter of building with style, whether with jeans or hoodies or a pair of kicky boots.

Nail your layers and you are downright toddler hipster. Before it was cool in elementary school.

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  • Layers keep you confident while you brave the big world. 1 of 10
    Layers keep you confident while you brave the big world.
  • When standing out from the crowd is vital. 2 of 10
    When standing out from the crowd is vital.
  • You are pulled together. Unexpectedly cozy. 3 of 10
    You are pulled together. Unexpectedly cozy.
  • And you have adventures to consider. 4 of 10
    And you have adventures to consider.
  • People to make smile. 5 of 10
    People to make smile.
  • Creativity to discover. 6 of 10
    Creativity to discover.
  • Leave all your options open. 7 of 10
    Leave all your options open.
  • For when you need to change direction. 8 of 10
    For when you need to change direction.
  • Or challenge expectations. 9 of 10
    Or challenge expectations.
  • Because there is so much more to you than meets the eye. 10 of 10
    Because there is so much more to you than meets the eye.
 

Armed with the right pair of kicky boots, you can take on anything. Come rain or shine. Though, if it snows, y’all Yankees will probably need a coat.

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What are your favorite layering pieces?

A big thanks to Target for sponsoring this campaign. Every piece in the above photos is from Target. They have a particularly awesome variety of tights right now and they are killer with Cherokee boots or jeans on those really cold days. Click here to see more of the discussion on kid style during the holidays.

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More of Megan on Threadbare Theory:

Living in Our Pajamas for the Holidays
Science of Perception: School Style Edition
(or how to avoid the “nerd” label)
Ghost Hunting Moms: Haunted Law Firm
(watch our first episode)

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