This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx on behalf of Justice.
Let’s be honest, back to school shopping for girls can be tough. From trying to find the proper length of shorts to comply with school rules, to working within a fixed budget for what can be an expensive month, the challenges can seem daunting. But would back to school shopping with tweens be easier or more difficult?
I recall with fondness the fun I had shopping for that first day of school kindergarten outfit. Little pleated skirt with plaid red and purple hues. White matching shirt. Black mary jane shoes.
While my tween might not be wearing those types of outfits anymore, I actually find myself enjoying this stage. Back to school shopping with tweens isn’t as bad as you might think (in fact, it’s pretty awesome), and I’ve got some tips that will help you both navigate it.
Back to School Shopping with Tweens 101
Get Some Basic Input Beforehand
Some kids love fashion and adore shopping.
My tween? Well, she’s not much of a shopper and has over the years liked to delegate that responsibility to me. That has made things easier for me as a mom. What I’ve discovered recently is that even if your child isn’t much of a shopper, these tween years bring about some definite opinions – so it’s best to get their input on what they’ll be wearing.
My daughter has a few set rules about what she doesn’t like, and I keep those in mind as the summer shopping months go by.
Take Inventory, Measurements, and Make a List
If your tween is anything like mine, growth spurts are happening! With everything from feet to legs growing, there wasn’t a chance that she’d fit into any old shorts, shirts, or shoes this summer.
Go through the closet and drawers and take inventory of what is left after trying everything on.
TIP: I don’t get rid of shorter shorts or shirts right away. I tuck them away in a “play clothes drawer” so she knows not to wear them to school, but we still get some good wear out of them around the house.
Write down what sizes you should be looking for (sometimes different for each brand) and what types of clothing (and color) is needed.
TIP: Get a professional updated measurement of feet. Around this age, if not sooner, you’ll often find kids switching to adult sizes and stores for shoes. My daughter and I are officially wearing the same size shoes this summer. Sigh.
Whether it’s budget or fashion choices, make sure you let your tween know what expectations are BEFORE you head to the store.
You would much rather discuss why a certain type of girls clothing isn’t appropriate in your opinion, or why $200 shoes aren’t in the budget, ahead of time and without a crowd (or other kids) around.
Don’t Shop on an Empty Stomach
This goes for adults too, right? With growing tweens I find it just as important. Make sure your shopping time is built for success with plenty of fluids and snacks ahead of time so that no one is extra grumpy or whiny (especially when he or she might be trying on a lot of clothes).
Allow Her Personality to Shine
While it doesn’t have to be with everything, have at least a couple of areas where you give your tween a bit of independence.
My daughter isn’t normally a clothes shopper, so I especially take notice when she seems interested in a shirt or dress. Since it’s so rare for her, I tend to purchase those items, and plan that into our back to school budget.
If you aren’t comfortable letting your tween pick out clothes just yet, maybe you could allow her to show off her personality with accessories, like this Shimmery Ombre Dots zippered pencil case from Justice.
Whether it’s bright colors, shimmery effects, lots of sequence, characters, or black/white, give your tween some room to show off her creative side. And Justice is just the right place to try it out. From the latest fashion and basic clothing staples, to back to school accessories, Justice has what your tween needs.
Here’s what I love about Justice when it comes to our daughters:
At Justice, our mission is to empower tween girls by building confidence through fashion that celebrates her individuality, products that reflect her lifestyle, and creating community for her to have a voice. We believe every girl is awesome, every day–she is the inspiration behind everything we do.
Backpacks are a necessity these days for back to school, and also one thing I tend to replace each and every year.
I discovered that Justice has the most fun and stylish girls backpacks. Not only that, but you can find matching accessories – love it!
From pencil cases and lunchboxes to wristlets and water bottles, you’ll find just what your tween needs. I know I did.
We fell in love (yes, both mom and tween!) with the Shimmery Ombre Dots collection found at Justice. With monogrammed initials (available in 13 initials in stores and from A to Z at ShopJustice.com), and shimmery sequins on almost everything, the girl who loves sparkles might just fall in love.
The Shimmery Ombre Dots girls backpack is extra comfortable due to the padded back straps, and matching water bottle fits easily inside the side pocket (so smart!)!
Of course, who could resist the matching lunchbox?
Both the backpack and lunchbox have a cute pompom for extra flair. The lunchbox is rather large (larger than our lunchbox from last year) and holds quite a bit, including the dishes I often send to school filled with leftovers. The soft pencil case I showed you earlier? It has holes on the side to fit inside a binder – love it!
Shimmery Ombre Dots isn’t the only collection of backpacks and accessories that Justice is carrying this year. In fact, there were so many cute ones, it’ll be hard to choose! Match everything or mix and match for fun. Your tween has lots of options.
Other collections like “It’s Owl Good”, “Pink Perfection” and “Calling All Unicorns” are popular, but there are so many choices.
We are ready for back to school!
It wasn’t as challenging as I thought. It was fun. Best of all, we didn’t break the bank thanks to at Justice! Head there now to see all the choices they have, then either bring your tween over to the computer to look together or visit your local store soon using my back to school shopping with tweens tips!
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