These Adorable Kid Basics Are All Under $20

by Rachel Gariepy
Rachel Gariepy is an experienced Editorial Director for a variety of digital publications including LittleThings and Purple Clover. She has written for, edited and managed teams across multiple lifestyle properties, including sites for celebrity clientele including, but not limited to Jenni (JWOWW) Farley, NeNe Leakes, and Vanessa Hudgens. Rachel has experience wearing many fun and fanciful hats including content strategist, creator, editor and project manager. She, like Mitch Hedberg before her, sometimes wrestles with the idea of wearing a beret. She also enjoys hiking, reading and hanging out with dogs.

Shopping for growing children can be a daunting task. Your kids are growing a mile a minute, and they show no signs of stopping.

Why would you want to spend much more than $20 per article of clothing when you know your child won’t even be able to fit into it within a matter of months? The thing is, you still need to keep your child outfitted in the necessities, and honestly, even the basics can get pricey, depending on where you shop. Kid basics should be cute, comfortable, and, most importantly, affordable!

We’ve picked out some of the cutest kid basics so you can fill up your cart guilt-free.

And when your kiddo does inevitably grow out of these pieces, you can hand them down to younger siblings, cousins, or neighbors. You can even resell your kids’ clothing online at shops like Kidizen.

Essential Crewneck Sweatshirt

Essential Crewneck Sweatshirt

Perfect for crisp fall days and nights, this essential crewneck sweatshirt is a must-have for any active child. It’s available in six different color options for ages 3 all the way up to 13. You can’t go wrong with this classic.

Shop the Essential Crewneck Sweatshirt ($14.90).

Denim Trucker Jacket

denim trucker

A denim jacket has been an essential clothing item since it became popular with cowboys and engineers in the 1880s. We especially love the shearling trim on this dark wash version. Now it’s an essential for your little one!

Shop the Denim Trucker ($19.98).

OshKosh B'Gosh Denim Overalls

OshKosh B'Gosh Denim Overalls

A pair of OshKosh B’Gosh denim overalls never goes out of style. We love this adorable version with a sweet floral allover print. Just remember, little girls need pockets just as much as little boys!

Shop the Denim Overalls ($16.99).

Fluffy Fleece Jacket

Fluffy Fleece Jacket

Adding a fluffy fleece jacket to your child’s wardrobe is a safe bet. You’ll love that it keeps them warm as the cool months draw nearer. They’ll love the fun texture and fleecy softness of the shaggy fabric.

Shop the Fleece Jacket ($19.90).

Hanes Thermal Waffle Set With FreshIQ

hanes thermal set

Not only will this Hanes Thermal Waffle PJ or Underwear Set keep your kiddo comfortable at night, but it actually responds intelligently to changes in their environment to keep kids at their preferred temperature.

Shop the Hanes Thermal Set ($13.97).

Stretch Denim Joggers

denim joggers

Finding denim that kids will happily wear without complaining of discomfort isn’t always easy. These soft joggers have an elastic waist and cuffs and will move with your kids instead of against them!

Shop the Denim Joggers ($19.90).

Jumping Beans Softest Fleece Hoodie

Jumping Beans Softest Fleece Hoodie

The perfect hoodie is hard to come by. The Jumping Beans Softest Fleece Hoodie is essential for any kid during fall and winter, and this classic style hoodie features front kangaroo pockets, front zipper, ribbed trim, and a fleece-lined body and sleeves.

Shop the Softest Fleece Hoodie ($12).

Girls Ribbed Legging With Side Slit

uniqlo ribbed leggings

How many pairs of leggings does your daughter go through in a week? Probably just about as many as you do! These adorable ribbed leggings are durable and come in three different colors. Available for ages 3 to 13.

Shop Ribbed Leggings ($7.90).

Route 66 Denim Jacket

girls denim jacket

A lightweight denim jacket is a great basic to throw on over a cute school outfit, a Halloween costume, or even pajamas for transporting a grumpy kid home from a sleepover that didn’t quite work out.

Shop the Route 66 Denim Jacket ($9.99).

Set of 2 Classic Ankle Socks

ankle socks

The sheer tonnage of children’s missing socks could probably be the start of a brand-new island off the Caribbean. The good thing is, you can buy two-packs of cute ankle socks on the cheap, and you’ll always have an extra pair lying around!

Shop the Classic Ankle Socks ($5.90).