We have about 5 weeks left of summer vacation. Which means that I am slowly beginning my back to school shopping. I don’t buy a whole new wardrobe for my boys but I do like to pick up some new things to get the year started off fashionably. I’ve shared my favorite items over on the Rockin’ Boys Club blog so head over there to see my fave t-shirts, coolest shoes and adorable accessories. But here I am sharing my tips for heading back to school in style.
While I don’t stick to a budget, per se, I certainly set out to not spend a fortune. You will rarely find my kids in designer clothes. We are really lucky to have friends that work at some skate companies which does save us on shoes and sometimes clothes. So I look for inexpensive basics to be part of their overall wardrobe.
From Target, I buy a 5 pack (boy do I love it when they throw in 2 for free!) of Fruit of the Loom white tees. There is nothing more classic than a plain white t-shirt with jeans or shorts. They end up being about $1-$2 a shirt which makes it super easy to throw them out when they get stained (because they will). They are also awesome to have on hand to customize (which my kids really like to do). And from time to time, you can find these t-shirt packs in a variety of other colors like black, grey and navy green. My 7 year old is really skinny and tall so pants and shorts can be a problem for us. We have done really well with the shorts by Shaun White. They are pretty well made (decent fabrics that wear well) and are pretty darn cool. I usually will browse the Shaun White shirts also but the graphics do not appeal to me so we usually skip those. The woven shirts, striped tees and polos are all pretty nice looking. I enjoy his hoodies and make sure we pick up at least one to get the year started off. I generally watch for the Shaun White collection to go on sale (saves a few dollars) before I buy it which is really easy to do since I am at Target about once a week.
H&M is pretty reasonably priced and has some great trendy pieces. I often like their shoes, socks and woven shirts as well as their colored denim. They also usually have solid black hoodies which are great for the fall months. Their sales are infrequent but they do happen. In fact, I got a coupon for a percentage off my total kid’s purchase through the end of August just the other day in the mail.
Old Navy has sales pretty regularly and they are a go-to for jeans. Once in a while you can find a t-shirt that is cool. They have tons of licensed shirts to choose from (which I try to steer clear of) and often inexpensive solid and striped t-shirts. I buy my son’s their coats from Old Navy every year during their half off coat sale (in the fall). Being in California, we don’t need something really heavy and they usually have at least one style that is somewhat military inspired in good colors.
The rest of my shopping is done at smaller stores. I lumped Cotton On in with these shops because although it is a chain, there aren’t too many actual stores in the United States. I have to say that their stores are way better than their online shop. I buy a ton of t-shirts from them throughout the year as well as denim and colorful, obnoxious socks for my younger son. They have sales often and I only buy items here when they are on sale otherwise this store can get a bit pricey.
Little Dudes Only is an online shop that can be shopped in a number of ways. Browse by looks (rocker dude, skater dude, vintage dude…) brands, etc. They carry tons of great brands and accessories and if you are on their email list, you find out about sales they have from time to time.
Mini and Maximus is one of our favorites. I buy the boys a t-shirt for their birthday each year and maybe one around Christmas. These clothes tend to be on the pricier side but I think the graphics and how unique they are make it worth it once in a while. I will pick up another shirt or two when they have 40% sales throughout the year.
Tiny Whales has a really small selection but these are shirts that are completely unique and cool and you can’t find anywhere else. And the pricing is pretty reasonable.
Black Wagon is a place I like to browse to see what the cool new brands are. I don’t buy a lot from here but it is a great place to find gift items, shoes, and rad clothes all in one place.
And if I had little girls I would for sure be shopping at Lately Lily.