Fashion Tips for your Little Scholar’s First Day Back to School

Posted by Ginessa

Mommy confession #673… “Back to School” shopping almost always sneaks up on me!

You would think that as an educator myself, I would have this thing down to a science by now…but *sigh*…I confess that the past couple of years have been a bit of a scramble to the end of the summer finish line. As parents I feel like we can help make the best contributions to ensure our young children are as best prepared as they possibly can be for the new school year.

Although I can’t hold their hand throughout their school day, I can provide them with the clothing and supplies they need in order to help them perform at their very best physically and mentally. So this year, I decided to come up with a game plan of sorts…one that would be a win-win for both me and my kiddos.

I know at the end of the day, my children are going to want clothes that they feel good in and love to wear, so shopping at The Avenue is a must for us!

From my mother-teacher heart to yours…here are 3 simple ways to help make your “Back to School” shopping a successful one:


1) Make a Plan

Take inventory of what you have, what still fits, and what you need! Start with a list (I know, I know…I’m horrible with lists but they save me and my pocketbook every. single. time.)

Also, get an idea of your budget, and if possible map out your route. I love how all of our go-to children’s stores at The Avenue are conveniently located on the east-end making it easy to shop for the best deals. I have affectionately dubbed this portion of the outdoor children stores “kid row.” There you can walk seamlessly between shops preventing major meltdowns and keep even your whiniest little shoppers happy! Score!


2) Make good investments

The key for me to “Back to School” shopping is getting as much mileage out of each piece as I possibly can. Allow your child to pick out that one special outfit that will help them feel really special on the 1st day and then try and stick to great layering basics with the rest. Our oldest son wears a uniform so quality khakis, navy’s and polo shirts it is.

We found a really great selection of quality school uniform pieces at The Children’s Place that not only fit his school criteria but my budget comfortably. He loved getting to choose the colors of his shirts and I love the sturdy feel of the fabrics and waist adjusters in the shorts and pants that allow the clothing to grow with my child. The Children’s Place not only has uniform staples but fun graphic tees, backpacks, socks, belts, hoodies, and shoes at very affordable prices. Not to mention, the more you buy at The Children’s Place, the more you save…so make sure to sign up for their free myRewards program and stack your coupons and deals as you stock up on everything you need.


3) Make it fun

It goes without saying, the older my kids get, the more opinionated they are about choosing their own supplies and clothing for school. I personally love it, but I have learned over the years how to choose my battles and roll on with the rest. Because my oldest son’s options are fairly limited when it comes to his school uniform, I allow him to choose a fun pair of new sneakers that he really loves. At Stride Rite I can be confident that they will not only have a great selection and amazing customer service, but that my little guy can find a great pair of shoes that will stand the test of recess, P.E. and after-school activities. I love that Stride Rite likes to give back too! They have partnered with Soles4Souls to provide you with an extra 5% off your new shoe purchase for every pair of shoes you bring in and donate. Love this!


Last but not least, what would school shopping be without a treat to reward our little shopper’s positive attitude in the end. My son’s choice this go-around was The Cookie Store! Between munching on his large, chocolate fudge cookie and resting his little feet at the fountain in The Avenue’s Central Park, we were able to double-check our lists and make sure we had made all of our stops for the day. I would have to say that the “sweet treat” for me was when he leaned over and said, “Mom, I’m having fun on our “mother/son date.” Y’all! This kid really knows how to make my heart swoon! Not only was my 7 yr-old expressing that it was a pleasant shopping experience for him, but we got everything we needed, stuck to our budget, and had fun doing it.

Mission accomplished!

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