Some of my kids (okay, just Elizabeth) like to wear outfits that coordinate with holidays. But it turns out that a shirt that says “Happy Valentine’s Day!” only works one day a year. So my favorite way to handle things is to buy clothing that can be used for the holiday—but doesn’t necessarily look holidayish after the day has passed. There are plenty of little-girl clothing items with hearts on them, so if I get heart tights and a shirt with a heart on it and a pink or red skirt, she’s dressed for the Valentine’s Day party but can still use those pieces on other days with other clothes.
Same with 4th of July: I like flag shirts TOO, but a “July 4th 2012!” flag shirt is not quite as fully wonderful on July 5th. Red shirt + blue skirt + anything with a star or stripe on it = sensible things that can go into regular rotation afterward.
For example, the Boden red/white/blue floral shirt (photo from BodenUSA.com). On July 4th or Memorial Day with other red/white/blue clothes, this is going to look patriotic as heck. On July 5th with jeans, it’s just a cute summer shirt.
Or how about this:
Blue-and-white headband, red ruffle tank, blue skirt with white stars, and silver sequin sneakers (photos from OldNavy.com).
Striped boy shirt and plain navy shorts (photos from Gymboree.com).
Red sunglasses, sparkle (like stars!) blue tank, and red skort (photos from ChildrensPlace.com).
Red-striped polo (thanks for putting a SKULL on it, Children’s Place! nothing like DEATH themes for kid clothing!), plain navy shorts, and red socks (photos from ChildrensPlace.com).
Blue hair clips, sparkle star tank, red ribbon canvas shorts, and red ribbon shoes (photos from Crazy8.com).
Or, you know—blue shorts, white t-shirt, call it a day.