So, by now I am sure you have familiarized yourself with the 7 New Rules of Back to School Shopping. (And by shopping, I mean clothes, because, let’s face it, school supplies are the easy part.) And, if you have a young guy at home, you have hopefully checked out my thoroughly researched and comprehensive guide to a back to school wardrobe for the boys. Complete with the required hoodie. And a pair of brand name sneaks, which are the only item priced above $50. And now, the moment you have been waiting for has arrived. Or, at least, the moment I’ve been waiting for. Clothes for girls. What could be better?
Again, I hit the sales and did my due diligence (that’s lawyer speak for hours of online shopping), and here, as I see it, is a breakdown of a core wardrobe for your school-aged girl(s). Note: Don’t feel limited by this list, of course. Think of it as a jumping off point. 😉 Just think of me as a shopping enabler. And to further enable, here’s your list:
2 party dresses: A sweet little shift that is totally worth the splurge from Chasing-Fireflies, and a scalloped floral dress from Macy’s.
5 casual dresses: Easy, throw-on styles that look pretty with no effort.
5 short sleeved shirts: 3 solids, 1 embellished tee, 1 printed top
2 long sleeved shirts (including a cool sweatshirt – tres trendy, and a lace-covered top)
3 pairs of pants: black, khaki and denim
1 pair of shorts: denim. Dress-code length.
2 skirts: a tulle one (of course) and a printed one. Could also add a denim or neutral.
1 coat (a trench): Pink, naturally, which is the accent color for this collection. Could switch this for a heavier coat, depending on your climate.
1 cardigan: Gray with lace trim
1 light jacket: A military style jacket is trendy and makes everything look cool, but you could also replace it with a denim jacket or a windbreaker.
1 pair of boots
2 sparkly shoes: a sparkly shoe with a sneaker sole, and a metallic flat. I skipped sandals and flip flops since I don’t love them for school. I don’t want their feet getting injured or dirty.
I used mostly neutrals with a pop of a single accent color, hot pink, because hey, it’s my collection. I would probably use aqua for Lola. I tied the color in with a pair of shoes and the coat. Shoes, a coat, and other frequently worn items are a great way to add color and fun to basics.
Now I am not suggesting you buy this entire wardrobe as is, although, if you did, you would be a very smart and stylish shopper. Substitute these items with ones that fit your climate, your budget and your style – and most importantly, your daughter’s style. And for the details on everything on this list, check out this board. Happy shopping!
Nelly Haddad says
Love everything!! I’m just mad we already have their first day of school outfits picked out. But they still need second day of school outfits. And third and fourth… 🙂