Summer Clothes Checklist

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Summer Clothes Checklist
Swimwear is a summer-essential clothing item for the whole family. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Summer is a time for family vacations, fun in the sun and a variety of outdoor activities such as going to the pool or beach. Choose clothing for the whole family that keeps them cool and comfortable in these warm-weather months with a summer clothes checklist. Summer essentials are mostly the same for infants up to adults, such as T-shirts, shorts and sandals with a few variations in between.


Select summer tops in a lightweight material, such as cotton, and in summer-inspired colours like pastels and vibrant jewel tones. Summer weather staples for the whole family include T-shirts and tank tops and babies will be the most comfortable in one-piece outfits such as cotton rompers. Other options for women are halter tops and tube tops and men can wear a collared polo shirt for a classic look. Women and teen girls should opt to purchase a bra with adjustable straps that can be converted to wear under a variety of summer top styles such strapless under a halter top.


Choose shorts, capri pants and lightweight cotton trousers in the summer. Avoid heavy fabrics and long jeans outdoors to prevent excessive sweating and overheating. Women of all ages can wear skirts in the summer months to keep cool. However, younger girls should wear bike shorts underneath for modesty, especially when on the playground or running around outdoors.


From infants to grown women, dresses are an ideal summer outfit. Choose a lightweight cotton material and styles such as sundresses and halter-top dresses. Dresses are especially ideal for pregnant women in summer months to keep cool and comfortable and without a waistline to restrict their growing belly. Young girls, wearing knee-length or above dresses, should wear shorts underneath to prevent accidental exposure.


A classic warm-weather shoe is flip-flops, which come in sizes from infant to adult and in a variety of bright summer colours. Other shoe options, for indoor and out, are sandals and lightweight sneakers such as boat shoes or ones made from canvas material. For trips to the pool, children should have a pair of pool shoes to prevent slipping on wet surfaces.


Swimwear is an obvious clothing item needed for summer months. Men can choose shorts and women have a variety of choices and styles from one-piece suits to bikinis and should select a style that fits both body shape and age. The whole family can help shield their skin at the beach and pool by wearing a cover-up, such as a lightweight long-sleeve shirt or tunic over their swimsuit, especially in the afternoon when the sun is the hottest.


Summer essential accessories are hats and sunglasses. Hat options for the whole family include bucket hats, baseball caps and sun visors and women can opt for floppy sun hats to shield their faces from the sun. Hats for infants should include chin straps to prevent them from falling off. Choose sunglasses, from infants to adults, that block 100-percent of the sun's harmful UV rays and wear in the summer, even on cloudy days, for optimal eye protection.

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