Round Out the Back-to-School Wardrobe

Now that school's in session, make sure the kids have the clothes they need.

By FamilyTime


Now that school is in full swing, it's time to return to the mall and get the few things your kids still need.

The sooner you tackle this shopping trip, the better the selection will be. You and the kids will be happy about this.

  1. Buy Only What's Needed
    Concentrate on the clothes your children really need: jeans, shirts, socks, underwear. Your daughter or son may have very different ideas about what they need now than they had in August. 
    You may have delyed buying a "special" outfit, and now that your child is back in class it may be time for this, if you can afford it.
  2. Don't Shun Brand Names
    While you want to teach your children that clothes are nothing more than outer, superficial trappings and that it's what's inside that counts, there are times when a brand name is appropriate.
    If a certain brand is popular at your son or daughter's school and he or she begs you for it, give in if you can afford it. No need to go overboard or cave into every request, but wearing the "right" clothes might mean a lot to your child's self esteem.
  3. Teach Budgeting
    If your children are old enough, they should understand that money is an issue when buying clothes. Tell them how much you have budgeted for their wardrobe and then let them select attire in that range.
    Certainly middle and high schoolers will understand this concept. Teaching them to budget for themselves when choosing clothes will teach them valuable lessons.
  4. Make Life Easier
    You'll want to stock up on socks, underwear, and t-shirts for your kids. Trouble is, these items often look alike and get lost or confused in the laundry.
    Buy socks in different colors and patterns - as wild as your child will permit. This way they will be easy to match.
    Different brands of underwear often have different colored stripes or other markings, making them easy to sort after laundering.
    Color code your children's everyday wardrobes. Maybe Susie's t-shirts will always be pink and yellow, Debbie's blue and lavender, and Billy's green and brown.
    Buy extras of all these workhorse items of clothing. Prices are generally low during back-to-school shopping season.
  5. 5. Be Aware of Dress Codes
    Some schools have dress codes. Be sure you understand them before your shop.
    Many schools forbid writing on t-shirts; others don't allow hats, sandals, midriff-baring or crop tops, and short skirts.

You can also make your own dress rules and enforce them. What better time than during a back-to-school shopping spree?

Finally, label every piece of clothing that will be taken off or put on at school: jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens, gym clothes. It's easier to locate them in the lost-and-found! 

Wash the clothes before your children wear them. Some fabrics are treated with chemicals that could irritate young skin or even smell unpleasant.

Keep these shopping trips reasonably short, if you can, and above all, try to have fun with your kids.