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Back To School Outfits

Back To School Outfits

Heading back to school comes with a unique set of challenges. Though it may seem like all you have to do is get up and go, there are a ton of things that you have to get right in order to be comfortable in your own skin and to meet the requirements of the school that you are attending. There are a few different ways to get off to a good start and something you can do before you even set foot in school is get the perfect back to school outfits in order.

Young Girls

The first day of school outfit can be very important for anyone that wants to make a good first impression or that is not all that sure of what the school year will bring. Young girls are incredibly impressionable and as such their outfits are particularly important. Now a great way to get your first day of school outfits together is to pick one item that really says what you are all about. This can be something like a shirt, a skirt, a pair of pants, a pair of shoes, or any other piece that is unique and that really speaks to you. If your school has uniforms or a strict dress code your creative options can be a bit limited. However, choosing one piece is a great way to start an outfit. A great sparkly top or a cute pair of shoes is a great way to get young girls into the back to school outfit mood.

Pair this with a practical pair of pants or a bottom that is going to be useful for other outfits and you have a great outfit. Paring a great shirt that is a bit out there with a more subdued pair of pants can let people know that you are fun but also practical and that you are ready to be part of school no matter what. This is a great way to get little girls involved in their own outfits without letting them go to school dressed as princesses.

Young Boys

Young boys are notorious for not giving a hoot about what they look like as long as you steer away from things like sparkles, pink, and other girly items. There are some ways that you can get your little fella involved in picking out his first day of school outfit and that means using something like a great pair of shoes that he has been waiting for or a shirt that has their favorite superhero on it. When it comes to dressing boys, using simple, single colored items paired with more daring pieces is the best way to get a great outfit that has some personality but that is not full of holes or covered in mud.

It is always easier to get boys involved if you give them incentive. Let them pick their own shirt, their own socks, or even their own underwear to get them involved. Boys are going to be far less likely to fight back what you pick if you give them a bit of say in the matter. Boys tend to be a bit more adaptive than girls and you can basically get them to wear whatever you want if you give them a little push in the right direction.

Middle School Girls

Now is the time when kids are starting to get what they want and when they are starting to get a bit more independent. Again, if you involve a child in the process they are far more likely to go along with what you tell them than if you simply say they are going to do this or that. Middle school girls are just starting to get into their own and often times they will want to follow the fads that are popular at the time. You however, may not want them to follow the fads. A simple rule of thumb is if the fad is not harmful or if it does not feature items or looks that are wholly against what you see as appropriate, it does not hurt to let them go along with it.

If your middle school outfits tend to be a bit trend heavy, try to encourage your girl or guy for that matter to branch out and make their own way and customize the trends that they think are so great. Though it may seem like all they want to do is wear clothes that everyone else is wearing, you can encourage them to add their own spin to things and make popular trends their own. If your little girl for instance is caught up in a particular movie, try to encourage her to dress the way she wants as it follows the trend rather than just dressing the way everyone else dresses.

Middle School Boys

This is the time when boys are even more apathetic than they are the rest of the time that you are trying to dress them. In this case, you can often just let your boy do what he wants and you will be safe. Boys at this age are less caught up in trends and following what other kids are doing than their female counterparts. The main goal at this time of life is just to make sure they are clean and don’t smell funky when they go to school.

In this case, you should opt for letting your little dude pick out items that make him happy and that are appropriate for school. You can let him pick out his own shirt or other pieces and pair them with practical pieces that are going to work all year round.

High School Girls

High school outfits for girls are every parent’s nightmare. More parents than not are concerned with every piece of clothing that their high school student decides to pick up. High school can be tough and as a result students will conform to help prevent bullying and other scrutiny. You should take the time to really watch what you kid is picking out, what they are interested in, and what trends are popular. Though it may seem like you are going to end up being the uncool parent, if you feel your child is not dressing appropriately take the time to address the issue before it becomes a huge problem.

The main issue when it comes to high school age girls is covering up. More often than not girls at this age are coming into their own when it comes to their bodies and their physical form is more of a focus than it should likely be. Make sure your girl is covered up and that she feels good in what she ultimately picks. If that means standing in her room for hours while she tries on every piece of clothing she owns, let her do it.

High School Boys

This is a time when boys are most likely to lash out by wearing sagging pants, tshirts with vulgar sayings, and focusing more on their tennis shoes than their grades. With teenage boys you need to teach them that their clothes not only help people make estimations and first impressions of them, but that these impressions can be lasting and harmful.

Let your boys express themselves but also let them know what you will accept and what is not acceptable. You should take the time to make sure if you hate a trend or fad you address it from the get go rather than letting them do it for a while then change your mind and try to remedy it. Boys are likely to let you tell them what you are going to accept without much fight.


The easiest way to get a back to school outfit together is to just pair up basics. Get one or two good pairs of pants that will work all year round and use that as the base of your outfit. After that, choose a shirt or top that reflects what you or your child want people to see and what interests your child. Pairing plain pants with a great shirt is a practical way to let a child express themselves without their outfit being too over the top. After that you can pair with the shoes that they love most, ones that match, or whatever you happen to find when the bus pulls up at the last minute.

It is not hard to get a back to school outfit together in those instances where uniforms are a factor it is even easier. In those cases you can customize your outfit with things like hair barrettes, watches, shoes, back packs and more. When all else fails, let your little one tell you what they want to wear. What good are parents that spend their time squashing the creative side of any child for the sake of being normal or practical. Back to school outfits are a chance for kids to show their class mates what they are all about and to make an impression that will follow them for years to come.

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