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What did we actually buy for Back to School shopping this year? I’ll tell you! And although I haven’t been blessed with a girl, I don’t discriminate so find girl looks at the bottom of this post! 😉 So here’s what they wanted to wear to show the internet!Hayes – Zara tee / H&M jeans / Nikes /// Cal – Cotton On Tee / Cut off shorts (DIY) / Natives
Strategy: Like most of you I go through the boys closets and figure out exactly what they need before we shop. Donate whatever they can’t use, and write down what holes we need to fill. Hayes being the oldest almost always needs to start from scratch each season. He is growing like a weed! Cal has yet to show much care toward clothes and is more than happy with Hayes’ old clothing, but he doesn’t like the same shoes, so he picks his favorites out and we get him a few fresh shirts he likes!Also I don’t go shopping with them. (Gasp!) They don’t value it or enjoy it yet, so I’d rather spend that time doing something we all have fun with and shopping in store always means they’re asking for something I don’t want to buy. Sorry Minion hat. So it’s all online and I show them a handful of options and let them pick from those. My kid fashion motto is “They won’t want the light up shoes if you don’t take them down the light up shoe aisle.” It sounds like I take it a lot more seriously than I do, but the gist is that you have more control than you think you do!My favorites are H&M for jeans (their two packs pictured on Hayes are such a good deal!), Cotton On for graphic t-shirts (2 for $20 deals like this!) and Zara for graphic tops and basics (their basics are so cheap but the best quality!) Old Navy does pretty good with basic tees, too! Zara tops last FOREVER and Cotton On’s aren’t as good but their price point is great and I die over the designs. These two were in our haul, so cute!Zappos for shoes. Their return policy is too good, they price match, and being a VIP (just ask them, that’s how I got to be one, ha!) means they come next day so it feels just as exciting for them as going shopping. Nearly instant gratification. Here are their picks:
Natives // Tanjun (I bought these for $37 so look out for deals!) // Natives for Cal, his fave! We’ll obviously need something more substantial for cold weather but this will be great until October!Quick fam pic!! What am I gonna do when they’re gone? Oh yeah, catch up on mountains of work. Work from home mom ain’t easy man! New Ergo OMNI 360 you can see it here!
We have seen some seriously cool packs this year but they died over Parkland MFG. and they were so nice to gift them. They have a ton of different shapes and sizes, from small packs, to duffle bags and weekenders. They are sturdy and look great! I’m just glad they didn’t ask for Pokemon themed this year, praise!!Here are some other styles of Parkland I am loving! // Tie Dye // Orange with Blue Straps // Mustard // Gator Print //
Also snapped this after we finished shooting these pics. I choked up at the sight. I hope they always walk into school side by side. Man they fight a lot but they’re also the silliest, most chatty brothers around. They’ll be at the same elementary this year which is so fun!
AND for the GIRLS!!
Here’s what I’d put her in, if I had one. (Random popcorn pencil case here!)
SHOES: Ultra feminine ballet flats with jeans // Adidas in a neutral gray and pop of color ($40 down from $65!) // Lace up ankle boots for dresses and skirts //
DRESSES: Easy dresses for warm Fall days like this sleeveless button down dress // Gingham long sleeve // Fall plaid with a fluted sleeve// A floral pleated skirt // This tulle covered patched up dress
PANTS: This burgundy color trouser is perfection with a perfect velvet bow detail // Jumpsuit ($12!) to keep her covered with all those cartwheels and hanging upside down on bars! // Jeans of course, these have fun detailing and the elastic waist so they should be more comfortable for sitting all day! //
TOPS: Stripes forever! Sweater with multi colored sleeves // Stripe jersey tee with tipped sleeves and pocket detailing ($7!) // Lace detail frilly sleeve top // This tie waist long sleeve comes in 5 colors and is such a great basic, not boring, just basic! // Another great detail on an everyday tee, this peplum top, and that orangey red is so good.