New threads for little kids: the best between-seasons fashion for under $50

Before summer becomes a distant memory and the autumn/winter clothing ranges come in, here are some great buys under $50 to keep your toddler as comfy as Goldilocks: not too hot, not too cold.

As nights become cooler, a familiar anxiety sets in. Long sleeve or short sleeve pyjamas at night? How many blankets? Hoodie or t-shirt? Welcome to every parent’s trans-seasonal nightmare.

Luckily, with online shopping services like Shipster (where you get free shipping on eligible purchases over $25 from over 50 retailers) it’s easy to curate the best in toddler fashion from the likes of Cotton On, Myer and Target without overspending to meet free shipping minimums¹.

With some clever buying, you’ll find plenty of adaptable clothing options for your little tyke, without the risk of them outgrowing their clothes too quickly.

Cotton basics to mix, match and layer

Breathable fabrics like cotton are easy to wash, comfortable and versatile. Basics in unisex colours can be worn year-round, with hand-me-down longevity for younger siblings.


Take a look at new Melbourne label Andie Kids for their Aussie-made unisex basics, or a bright yellow Adidas Originals tee or this hooded grey Bonds hoodie tee for starters.

Printed tracksuit pants are always a good idea. For fun graphics, check out the range at Cotton On, including the boys’ Lewis trackpant that comes in 17 (yes, 17!) different colours and the girls’ Kikki trackpant in 10 colours.

A button down shirt can be left open and layered over a tee or singlet – case in point, the St Goliath Cooper hooded shirt from Surfstitch. Pair it with some denim shorts for the ultimate surfie dude look.

When it comes to girls, don’t worry about storing away summer dresses. Long-sleeve dresses in darker colours pair well with tights, giving maximum wearability during the colder seasons.

Dresses like this Milkshake striped floral embroidered dress, this fluted sleeve chambray dress or this on-trend black and white gingham dress can all be bought in a size up and worn year-round.


Jackets for the cool kids

When it comes to jackets, you’ll still want your toddler to be able to run around the kinder playground with ease; so go for generous sizing, stretchy fabrics and big zips that they can navigate easily.

Throw a cute puffer vest over a t-shirt for those confusing weather days - the Dino puffer vest or reversible puffer vest are both warm and stylish. On rainy days, a light, waterproof rain jacket in vibrant styles like camo or pink will keep them dry without overheating.

Classic denim jackets are virtually everywhere at the moment (see Target, Cotton On and Myer for starters), which you can always personalise with adorable iron-on patches of their favourite characters.

Cozy bedtime PJs

Characters and animals are popular kids’ sleepwear options. Is your daughter Miffy mad? Try this fluffy Miffy-inspired hooded gown to layer over summer pyjamas or a gorgeous long sleeve nightie for an in-between option. Got a roarsome little lad? The soft and stretchy Spike a Saurus PJ set or novelty slipper boots will delight the most discerning dino lover.

Cool kicks

It may be time to retire the sandals, but we’re certainly not ready for gumboots, so save stomping in muddy puddles for winter.

Hi-top sneakers and canvas slip-ons are a safe footwear bet. Take a look at the Vans metallic heart sk8 hi-zip sneakers, the signature Vans checked classic slip on shoe, or Walnut’s adorably fruity canvas shoes.

If in doubt, a sparkling white pair of leather sneakers are perennial favourite. These unisex Adidas Superstar sneakers seal the deal, and are currently on sale at Platypus (just squeezing in under $50!)

Please note all prices listed were correct at the time of writing. All items were in stock at the time of writing. Please check the merchant site for full details when you purchase.

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