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!