Silver Ridge II Convertible PantsThese smart rip-nylon pants have zippers that allow you to transform them into shorts: two pairs for the price of one.
To buy: $25, sierratradingpost.com.
Cable VestAdd instant polish to a little man outfit with a machine-washable cotton vest. Available in three colors.
To buy: $18, dillards.com.
Canvas SneakerThe dark color and Velcro close make these sneakers seem a bit dressier, but they’ll work just as well for everyday shoes. Also available in plaid.To buy: $12, target.com.
Van Buren Gingham ShirtPrewashed and preshrunk, J. Crew’s soft cotton button-down comes in a purplish shade that smacks of spring.
To buy: $39.50, jcrew.com.
Solid Pique PoloFor more relaxed occasions, you can’t beat the comfort of a classic cotton polo shirt. Available in seven colors.
To buy: $14, kohls.com.
Gapshield Flat Front Khakis Dress them up or dress them down, cotton khakis work in pretty much any situation. These are treated to repel spills and stains. Available in four colors.
To buy: $26.50, gap.com.
Carlsbad Slip-On CoreAs cushy as sneakers, these leather slip-ons will stand up to even the most active youngster. Available in two colors.
To buy: $43, zappos.com.
Union Pant Quiksilver’s take on chinos offers a comfortable fit in a cotton-and-polyester blend. Available in three colors.
To buy: $36, quiksilver.com.
Long Sleeve Blue Striped ShirtA pocketed cotton-poplin button-down has buttoned cuffs for a finished look.
To buy: $15, aeropostale.com.
Argyle V-Neck Sweater This lightweight machine-washable V-neck comes in six breath-of-fresh-air colors.
To buy: $20, oldnavy.gap.com.
2 Tone Canvas AuthenticLow-top canvas shoes from the storied Vans manage to skate the line between practical and stylish. Available in nine color combinations.
To buy: $42, shop.vans.com.
Pink Eyelet DressA ribbon waist is the finishing touch on a sweet cotton-blend eyelet dress.
To buy: $28, jcpenney.com.
Yellow Butterfly DressA dress as sunshiny as a May day is spotted with white polka dots, a trend for spring. Fully lined, the polyester dress ties in the back.To buy: $20, target.com.
Tomi Shoe Soft leather Mary Janes with sturdy rubber soles are designed to give growing feet the structure and protection they need. Also in pink.
To buy: $42, seekairun.com.
Florbella DressSoft cotton keeps a drawstring-waist dress comfy, but a “corsage” at its neck gives it an air of dress-up. Available in three colors.
To buy: $45, jcrew.com.
Sun Fun DressSmocked and ruffled, this cotton-poplin frock can do a quick presto-chango and become a maxi skirt. Available in three prints.
To buy: $29, hannaandersson.com.
Sun-San Sweetheart SandalStrappy sandals in orange, the hot color of the season, can go anywhere, from sidewalk to lawn to beach: The leather uppers are made to be worn in water. Available in 11 colors.To buy: $34.50, zappos.com.
AE Striped Tube DressCotton jersey flows softly from a strapless bodice and flares to a calf-length skirt. Available in three colors.
To buy: $34.50, ae.com.
Printed DressOn cooler spring days, top this lined cotton sundress with a little cardigan. Available in two prints.
To buy: $50, bodenusa.com.
Overdyed Cotton Mary Jane FlatVibrant cotton Mary Janes with rubber soles aren’t built for the long haul, it’s true, but at $20 for two pairs, they’re affordable fun.To buy: $14 for one pair or $20 for two pairs, urbanoutfitters.com.