Back to School Essentials
March 12, 2022
It’s that time of year again! Once the end of summer rolls around, everyone is asking what they should buy for back to school clothes for their child. Shopping during this time may seem overwhelming, but back-to-school clothes are easy to find when you know what you're looking for. Check out our tips and tricks for an A+ back to school shopping experience!
It is important that you find clothing items that are comfortable for all day wear, as well as stylish for the perfect photo op! The easiest outfit to put together is an apparel set. Back-to-school tops go perfectly with matching bottoms, and it’s an easy, but effective way to make sure your child looks put together for their first day back. Apparel sets are a breeze to assemble and perfect for busy mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to spend on picking out an outfit. From neutrals to pops of colors, and prints and patterns galore, there are so many styles of matching sets available!
Clothing with fun patterns and prints are the perfect back to school essential and are great for showcasing your little ones unique personality. Trending prints such as leopard, florals, fruit motifs, and rainbows are great patterns for little girl’s back-to-school wardrobes. These patterns can be in apparel sets, dresses or even tops that pair perfectly with basic leggings or jeans (two must-have wardrobe staples). Plaid, camo and adventure motifs such as automobiles, animals, and sports are sure to get top scores for your little boys this back-to-school season! School themed items with appliques and prints that include apples, pencils, rulers, a school bus and more will make for a great first day of school outfit. Don’t forget the monogram! Monogrammed back-to-school clothes are perfect for first impressions and those first day school photos.
When choosing back to school bottoms to add to your little ones wardrobes, having a few staple options is key. For girls, we recommend an assortment of leggings, jeans and shorts in both denim and classic cotton versions. These pieces can be worn with a variety of back to school tops and sweaters. For boys, a variety of jeans and shorts, specifically khaki, navy and athletic varieties are key! This list is fool proof and easily paired with various shirts and tees.
Complete your kiddo’s back-to-school closet with a dress! A casual and lightweight sundress is perfect for the warmer weather in August. A sundress over a pair of leggings is a great outfit to style for comfort and play, and also perfect for taking your kid’s clothing from season to season.
Dresses are easy to put together and another great option for when you don’t have a lot of time to spend on coordinating a look for a day at school. Be sure to select options that showoff your child’s personality, with so many different patterns, designs and colors to choose from. We recommend choosing dress options with thicker straps, nothing that can be easily untied or fall off the shoulders, and even items with coordinating bloomers for when it’s time for a playground break!
Incorporating accessories into your kid’s back-to-school shopping is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Bows, hair ties and headbands are a great way of dressing up your little one’s look, and gives you a great excuse for showing off those new hairstyles you perfected over the break! Another important element of back to school clothes are the shoes children wear. Having comfortable shoes is essential for long days at school, including running around on the playground and walking from class to class. Make sure the shoes your child is wearing are supportive for their active lifestyle, and can include pair of sneakers (with either tradition laces or hook and loop closures), slip ons, flats and comfortable sandals with easy to clasp straps. Next on our list of must-have back-to-school essentials is a backpack! Who doesn’t love selecting the perfect backpack to carry on the first day of school? With so many varieties, colors, patterns and appliques available on backpacks, it’s never been easier to select a tote your child is sure to love! Adjustable straps are a great feature to have to ensure a perfect fit. A bag with an easy zipper or magnetic button clasp will make it easy for your little one to open and close when at school.
When the clothes have been purchased, and the accessories secured, what better way to celebrate the first day of school then with back-to-school gifts? Books, puzzles, plush pals and playsets are great for imaginary play and prepping for a successful day at school! Loveys, teethers rattles and paci clips are the perfect gifts for the little ones headed to pre-school, and small enough items to fit in their backpacks. Heading to the classroom after a summer filled with vacations and adventure can seem like something your child may dread, but creating a moment to intentionally celebrate all that back-to-school fun can be is crucial for success! Get rid of those back to school jitters by dressing your little one in new pajamas and reading a bedtime story the night before. Wake them up with a hearty breakfast and gift basket full of must-have goodies and toys. This is such a great way to celebrate the season, recognize your big kid heading to school and starting the year off on a positive note!