The back-to-school season is a great time to update your child’s wardrobe. Whether they’re heading back to the classroom or doing home study, new clothes can get them ready to conquer the school year in style. Here are some ideas for putting together a versatile school wardrobe:
Jeans are a wardrobe staple for kids of all ages—and adults, too. If you’re looking for girls' jeans, there are lots of styles and colors from which to choose. Skinny jeans are a good choice because they’re comfortable and work well with tunics, sweaters, and other top styles. The hint of stretch ensures your child stays comfortable and looks trendy at the same time. For maximum durability, choose jeans with features such as Iron Knees® technology to prevent wear and tear.
Another option that’s always in style is leggings. Whether your child is in preschool, elementary school, or high school, you can’t go wrong with a pair in a versatile hue like black or navy. Leggings are made from soft, sturdy fabrics and have plenty of stretch. They’re good for a day in class or after-school activities. Pair them with long T-shirts, tunic tops, hoodies, and sweaters for comfort. They can be worn with all kinds of footwear, from ballet flats to boots.
You might also want to update your child’s school wardrobe with one or more pairs of jeggings. These bottoms have the look and finish of her favorite jeans, with the softness and stretch of leggings. Jeggings for girls come in many of the same colors as jeans, such as black, gray, and an array of blue denim washes. They can be worn the same way as skinny jeans and leggings—with long tops and sweaters. You could even go for a ’90s-inspired look by layering a short dress over a pair of jeggings or leggings, then finishing the look with boots.
The preppy look was a hallmark of the ’80s and never really fell out of fashion. This style is easy to recreate with a boys’ or girls’ polo shirt. These collared shirts come in short-sleeve and long-sleeve styles, and they’re available in a rainbow of colors. For boys, consider a breathable cotton mesh polo or one crafted from durable, easy-care polyester. Both fabrics are machine washable and fade-resistant for lasting vibrancy. Details like a self-collar and reinforced shoulders add a tailored look and extra sturdiness to this classic shirt style.
Girls' polos also come in an array of styles. These shirts are made from the same high-performance fabrics as boys’ and adults’ polo shirts—choose from lightweight cotton or soft, sturdy polyester. When it comes to colors, there are plenty of options. Choose from versatile neutrals, soft pastels, and bright primary hues.
Sweaters are another wardrobe must-have for the new school year. They can be worn on their own or layered over a favorite tank top or T-shirt. Cardigans and crew-neck sweaters also look great with polo shirts underneath. There are girls’ sweaters in various lengths, including open-front chenille cardigans that go past the hips. Regardless of what style sweater you or your child like best, you’ll find plenty of color options.
When it comes to boys' sweaters, there are long-sleeve sweaters and sweater vests for a classroom-ready look. They can be worn with jeans, chinos or cargo pants for a look that’s not overly casual or dressy. Look for soft, durable fabrics—such as a cotton/modal blend. Modal is a plant-derived fabric that’s soft, strong, and resistant to pilling and shrinking.
If your child is the sporty type, pick them up some athleisure outfits for school and play. The sporty look is a trend that shows no sign of going anywhere, and it’s easy to put together. You can opt for matching sweatshirts and sweatpants or go for contrasting tops and bottoms with a vibrant look. Graphic T-shirts go well with athletic pants, also. They come in all kinds of styles, so you can find one or more that your child will love. Top the look with a zippered jacket or a pullover hoodie for an extra layer of warmth.
Accessories are also important when shopping for school. Make sure your child has plenty of room to carry their books and other essentials with a spacious backpack made from tough, rip-resistant polyester. These backpacks come in sizes to suit every age and grade; there are solid colors and fun prints from which to choose. Look for kids’ backpacks with compartments and pockets for the most storage. There are even rolling backpacks that make it easy to carry heavy loads. You might also want to pick up a coordinating lunch bag and water bottle, which fits easily inside any backpack.