I have an 11 year old daughter who has strong opinions about her wardrobe (don’t all 11 year old girls?). Her opinion and mine are vastly different when it comes to school clothes. This back-to-school season I decided I was done arguing about her clothes every morning. She and I went to Starbucks and had a “fashion meeting”.
Truth is I want her to show her individuality in her wardrobe. I’m glad she isn’t uber obsessed with fashion (I couldn’t afford it!). At our “fashion meeting” I explained to her that I am concerned about things fitting properly, being age appropriate and not unisex (I insist she wear ‘girls’ clothing, not sports wear that are for gals and guys…at least to school). She agreed and we developed our school-clothes rules.
- Things must fit (not too small and not too big)
- Be cool, trendy (whatever that definition is in her 11 year old world)
- Not look like she is wearing her old-mom’s clothes. Her clothing must be age appropriate.
- Must not be uni-sex. Must be clothing for girls.
Based on our new agreement (or fashion rules), I then decided that we should choose a style for her. She got to tell me what her personality was through her clothes. She showed me things online she liked, and we went to the mall and she pointed out things in stores she thought was cool.
Some of today’s trends in kids clothes make me take pause when I consider what our kids clothes are saying about their personality. But, we as responsible parents, need to know what is fashionable (or what “all the kids are wearing”) so when we have these conversations with our teens and pre-teens about wardrobe choices, we are doing so from an educated viewpoint.And of course, to show our kids that we are still cool (*wink*).
Here are 2 big trends in kids clothing this fall. Or in other words – the stuff your kids are going to be begging for…if they haven’t already!
This can be a tricky one because pieces that kids like are EXPENSIVE! Try this: get a great hoodie, denim jacket, or puffy vest from your local Goodwill store. Then put on your “crafty” hat and DIY! This tutorial shows you how to get in on this trend in just 5 easy steps.
Camo and skulls are still big in kids fashion. Camo has been around a while, look for it this season in bright trendy colors. For some of us, the camo thing can be a little much for little ones. Consider a DIY Camo sweatshirt!
I would love to hear how you’ve calmed the ‘school clothes’ battle in your home! Any suggestions for the rest of us?
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It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close, but our children will be heading back to school in no time flat. The month before school is always such a busy season of preparations as we stock up on our school supplies, pick our cool character backpacks, get our new school shoes, and select our school uniforms for the year.
Goodwill might not be the first place you think of when you are doing your school shopping, but if you are a family on a budget, it can be a fantastic resource for families during this expensive season in our lives.
I hope this entry gives you just a few fun ideas to begin saving for the back-to-school season with Goodwill. Be sure to take advantage of their wonderful sales and find new ways to save at your store today!