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23 summer buys for kids for under £25

Sartorial standards slipping? (My god, yes). At least our children can look snappy with my edit of corona cash friendly buys for little ones

Caught yourself trying to winch your four-year-old into last summer’s size three shorts or wrestling your son into his sister’s hand-me-down pink cossie for playtime in the paddling pool?

Street cred might not exist at the moment, but you can give your kids a bit of an at-home style update with our edit of the best lockdown budget friendly new buys for little ones, all under £25 and that can be bought online from the safety of your sofa.

By order of the Peaky Blinders!

A bit of Brummie humour for you! Punks and Chancers’ tees and sweats have been screen printed in Birmingham using waterbased vegan inks and are eco-friendly, ethical and unisex. Order online from MiniMiniKids stores in Solihull and Harborne, Birmingham or direct from the designers.

£18

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Go bright or go home

It’s Hawaiian vibes all the way with this playful coral cotton skirt and matching top from Marlow-based Angel & Rocket. Girls will love the fun pineapple print and so do we!

Top £10, Skirt £14

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FEELING FOXY

Unisex kidswear is still the rage, and this vegan sweatshirt ups the cool stakes even higher with fabric made from upcycled cotton old drinking bottles. Great value too at 50% off. Available at Wildchild London.

£10.

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Zoom!

British brand Fred and Noah, stocked by Warwickshire independent, Molly’s Cotton Tails in Alcester, have carefully selected fabrics to ensure they are kind to babies skin and gorgeously soft and comfortable for little legs. They also have some rather fetching patterns like these grey spitfire design which would have been great for lockdown VE Day! Other patterns include blue or pink clouds, tartan and sharks! Author, blogger and CBeebies TV presenter on The Baby Club, Gi Fletcher, is a fan too. Available for ages 0-6

£16

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colour cool

You’re going to spot seersucker fabric everywhere this summer and these funky striped shorts are a great way to incorporate the trend for children. Find them online at cool organic kids brand We Love Frugi and for added cute factor, buy the matching cap.

From £20

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ROARING SUCCESS

Running out of ideas for homeschool lessons? This dinosaur t-shirt will go down well with the little monsters and is educational too, so you can tick history lesson off the to-do list. 

£15

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Feel-good fashion

Joules is great for kidswear and the brand has come up with an inspired idea during lockdown with a budget-friendly Rainbow range, which gives all profits to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. Your kids will look good and you’ll feel good, so we’d consider that a win. 

£8.95

Little critters

M&S has teamed up with Roald Dahl™ and The Natural History Museum this spring to create the Extraordinary Explorers collection for pint-sized pioneers. Some of Dahl’s best-loved characters are celebrated in sartorial style on pyjamas, tops, dresses and leggings. It’s impossible to pick just one outfit, but we’re rather taken with this bug-covered dress, complete with cute little caterpillar peeping out the pocket. 

£9

One piece wonder

Comfortable, yet chic. Isn’t that how we all aspire to look during lockdown? We’ve nailed the comfort side of things, so let’s leave it to the kids to pull off the chic, with cute offerings like these twill dungarees with a pretty cross-over straps from Zara, that they can just pull on and look instantly sweet.

£19.99

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Fly Away

Fairies aren’t subject to normal lockdown rules. This lovely set of wings comes courtesy of Mimi & Lula, available from Amersham-based boutique Iris.

£15

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Holiday at home

We might not be jetting off on our hols this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring some summery style into your house. And anyway, the new collab between H&M and British Illustrator Emma Jayne is too good to miss. Maybe just buy one size up so your little one can wear it on the beach next year too (*crosses fingers*). 

£14.99

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Bear necessities

If your children are hooked on Disney+ (that counts as homeschooling, right?) they might as well look the part. Swedish brand Polarn O Pyret has a sale on some of their Limited Edition items, so you can snap up cute sweatshirts and PJs like this Jungle Book number for half the pre-lockdown price. 

£20

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Double duty

We could all do with getting bit more for our money at the mo, which is why we love these reversible shorts from organic, ethical British brand Frugi that have this fun print on one side and aqua spots on the other side. The good news is that no-one will know your child is wearing the same shorts for multiple days running too!

£24

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Just like magic

Got a Potter nerd in your fold? If they dream of taking the train from Platform 3/4 to Hogwarts in September (presuming it’s not still closed) then they’ll love this clever t-shirt from Mini Boden with sequins that change colour depending on which way you rub it. Just like magic, you could say. 

£20

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Dress to mess

Kidunk is a British brand that specialises in outdoor clothing for kids who like to get muddy or go to Forest School. If you’re incorporating some mud kitchen time into your homeschooling schedule then you’ll love this lightweight summer top that has UVP 50+ protection, so you don’t have to pin down the kids to get sun cream on them. 

£21

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Over the rainbow

Who says you can’t get all dressed up for yet another day at home. Delight your little princess with this pretty pastel-hued bow from Angel’s Face that’ll finish off that home haircut to perfection. Yes, little princess you shall you to the err… hall? 

£8

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Mad hatter

It’s almost impossible to get kids to keep hats on when it’s sunny. There’ll be no tantrums over this cute teddy bear straw hat from Joules though that can be worn by both girls and boys. Now we just need to be able to go to the beach…

£16.96

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Tasty tee

Think your little one looks good enough to eat? They will in this super soft appliqué strawberry t-shirt from Kite Clothing, a sustainable kids clothing brand based in Dorset. 

£16

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Rock lobster

Toby Tiger is another sustainable kids’ clothing brand that’s full of vibrant prints, making it hard to choose one piece from the vast collection – also available at Alcester-based Molly’s Cotton Tails. We settled on this nautical lobster applique t-shirt though – and there’s matching shorts (£13). Made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, it feels soft against the skin and co-ordinates with most things. It’s available up to six years

£16

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Eye Spy

Want to protect young eyes from this gorgeous spring sun we’re enjoying? M&S Kids has a great range of sunnies for small ones, but these cool wayfarers get our vote. Now, do they do them in adult size? 

£5

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Smart guy

Little boys in polo shirts always look cute as a button, and this chic offering from Mini Boden’s new range is sure to make you melt. Just be prepared to have some ice lollies on hand to bribe him into it. 

£18

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Cap it off

The rainbow is fast becoming the symbol of spring/summer 20, so let your kids’ clothes do the talking with this cute cap from John Lewis. 

£8

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Killer kicks

Got a little monster in your midst? Give them something to smile about with some fanged footwear from Next Kids. 

£15 – 17

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