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It’s time to shop for school clothes.
Shopping for school clothes with your daughter (or son!) doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience.
Don’t dread this activity you can turn it into a fun experience you’ll remember from years to come.
Three rules for you … the parent ~
1) Pick your battles. Some things are just not worth arguing over. I like to use this rule all the way around.
2) Don’t force your daughter into your style. We know it’s difficult but you should also not be trying your daughter’s style on you!
3) Be present. Put the phone away! Plan for a full day of dedication to your kids and shopping!
Start planning your shopping trip ~
#1 HELP HER START PLANNING
- Evaluate and clean out her closet – Evaluate your daughter’s closet with her, and determine what she’ll need for the school year. This is a great moment to help her learn this important skill.
- Start an idea board – Now that she knows what she needs, have your daughter start looking through magazines or on Pinterest, and start putting together ideas or styles that she likes.
#2 SET GROUND RULES
- Establish a budget – It’s never too early to learn to be responsible with finances. So, give your daughter a budget beforehand so she can start getting an idea of what she should buy to maximize her budget.
- Establish a dress code – Your daughter’s school likely has a dress code, and you may have certain expectations based on your family’s values. Make sure you address these with your daughter before your shopping trip.
#3 MAKE IT SPECIAL
This is by far the most important step. Show your daughter that this shopping trip is important to you, and make it into a fun day out with each other.
- Set a date – Pick a day where you’ll both have plenty of time to shop without being rushed.
- Add an activity – There’s no reason to limit this trip to just shopping. Make it a date and go see a movie or sit down for lunch or dinner at her favorite restaurant.
- Give her a special piece of jewelry – Make her feel special by giving her a necklace with her initials, or a piece that reminds you of her. Make sure to tell her why you chose what you did.
#4 HELP HER PICK OUT HER CLOTHES
Time for the big day! As you shop, be helpful to her, and keep the following things in mind.
- Let her be herself – The more she feels like she is expressing herself, the happier she will be about what she is wearing.
- Let her make mistakes – If she’s insistent about buying something that you know she won’t wear/will regret, you may want to let her make that mistake (as long as it’s within the bounds you’ve set) and learn from it.
- Find teaching moments – As she’s making decisions, find moments to teach about how to shop (i.e., make sure she has her wardrobe staples, make sure she buys clothes that are good quality and will last, etc.)
#5 HELP HER ACCESSORIZE
This is a big one! Unlike clothes, jewelry can truly last a lifetime, so be sure to help her make good choices for her accessories.
- Teach her the importance of basics – Make sure she has pieces that she can wear every day that go with most of her wardrobe.
- Help her complete the look – Teach her how to use a piece of jewelry to tie an outfit together (this is especially helpful for you if you aren’t loving the outfit, and can help it with an accessory).
We’ve all been there before: You have tons of clothes, but you don’t feel like you have anything to wear! In the spirit of spring-cleaning, use these helpful tips to part ways with some of your oldies but not-so-goodies!
- Ask questions / Grade your closet
- Think about your current style and ask yourself, “Is this even ‘me’ anymore?” If you are classic and preppy, it might be time to trade in your alma mater hoodies for a more polished look.
- The first step toward a clutter-free closet filled with clothes you love is to try everything on. This will help you analyze how you look in the garment, not just how it looks on the hanger. Do the color, fabric and cut express your style or if it’s a trendy piece does it just really need to go?
- Make a Rule / Store Sentimental Items / Determine what should Go
- If you haven’t worn something in two or three years, make the rule and get rid of it! Unless it is a wedding dress, a black-tie gown or your most favorite leather coat it needs to find a new home.
- If it’s an heirloom piece with sentimental value that you feel could be passed down, keep it but take it out of your closet and place it in a storage bin somewhere safe.
- If it’s ‘pilling’, worn, torn, missing buttons or broken zippers and you haven’t made effort to repair it then it’s time to let it go.
- Also, if it still has tags on it and you’ve never worn it, you never will!
- At this point, you’ll know which items you wear most often and feel confident in.
- Arrange with ease / Place like with like / Clean with a friend
- Now that you know which types of clothing flatter you and make you feel your best, it’s time to take inventory of exactly what you have. Placing like with like items. For instance, put all pants together, all tops together, all dresses together, and then in order of color, light to dark.
- Organizing will add structure and ultimately will help you build your outfits when its time to dress.
- Then, create best-of lists for each category of clothing. Pick your top 10 of each item—pants, tops, skirts, and dresses. Most likely if it’s not a top pick, you’ll probably never wear the rest. Let them go.
- There’s nothing like third-party perspective to shed light on the cleaning process. Plus, a good friend will be brutally honest.
- See What you Wear / Shop Your Closet
- Some people really may not have an afternoon to go through the purging process so I recommend: Flip all of your hangers one direction and as you wear pieces, turn the hanger around. At the end of 30 days, remove pieces that are facing the original direction.
- As you categorize your clothing options take time to discover new possibilities. Check that you have a top that goes with each of your basic bottoms, in terms of color, pattern, sleeve length, and fabric weight. Pants and skirts that have up to five or six top options are giving you the best bang for the buck. Look for new ways to match your items and make what you already have, look new and fresh.
- If you notice you’re lacking some staples—like button-down shirts or basic tees—make a list of what you need more of to complete your wardrobe. More on this later!
- Reap your Profits
- And now it’s time to see if you can cash in on all your hard work. For pricey, barely worn or vintage pieces, selling on consignment is a great way to earn some income for your discards. “To maximize your earnings, items should be like new, still in style or a classic style, and clothing should be clean and pressed on hangers. Don’t get attached to dollar signs or question “How much am I going to get?” These are clothes that are just hanging around or you will never wear again. Don’t think about how much you paid but rather be open to the fact that you’re going to get something for them.
- There are tons of online sites to list your gently worn items. Klury.com, an online store for designer duds, is great because they send prepaid shipping labels and pay quickly. Swapstyle.com is a site where you can trade with other users. For lesser know designer brands, you may list them on Poshmark.com, Threadflip.com, and Vinted.com and you’ll get about 80% of the sale price. My daughter’s favorite is Poshmark. She literally has her entire closet listed at any given time. She sells one or two items a week and now shops consignment shops for those lesser know designer labels that she can wear a few times while they are listed and actually make some nice profits!
- Lastly, donate, donate, donate! We have a terrific organization in Dayton called “Clothes That Work”. Goodwill and the Salvation Army are also great causes to donate your gently worn items. And be sure to gather those receipts for tax purposes and you may be able to cash in during tax season.
- Restock Only What You Need / Improve Your Quality / Raise You Bar
- Now that your spring-cleaning is done, don’t fall into the same traps of re-cluttering your space. Once you’ve pared down your closet to your most-perfect pieces, the biggest temptation is to run out and spend a ton to fill the holes you’ve created. Instead, its time to get more organized before you buy. Make a conscious list of what you need and not what you find on sale. Sale items aren’t much of a sale if you never wear them.
- But remember, there can be too much of a good thing: We all tend to buy “That One Thing That Looks Good on Us” over and over again. Avoid this by keeping a solid list of the items you may have abundance of, such as black dresses or white shirts, so you’ll stop buying repeats of what you already own.
- Remember the more organized you are the more likely you can justify those “investment” pieces in your wardrobe. You can then purchase the more expensive black pumps or maybe splurge on a designer winter coat.
- Upgrade to wooden or cloths hangers. They are gentler on your garments and while you’re trading out your old wire ones, you can really see exactly what you have!
- Now that you’ve uncluttered, it’s time to restructure your closet to maximize the space. One way is by simply raising your clothing rod (and, thus, your clothing) higher so you have more room on the floor for a dresser, or adding a second rod to create double the hanging space.
- Ask questions / Grade your closet
First, packing is pivotal. Pack too much and you end up disorganized, burdened with heavy bags, and hemorrhaging money to pay for pricey airline baggage fees or you plain won’t have enough room for passengers in your SUV! So lets revisit the most basic—and most useful—packing rules.
- Roll, don't fold.
- Make a packing list
- Wash your clothes on the road
- Pack dual-purpose garments
Now let's make sure all of your items are breathable, easy wash-wrinkle free and you can layer them for warmth!
Now let me show your how you can pack just ten garments and have a weeks worth of wardrobe.
You should have three basic bottoms. I have included culottes, a skirt and a classic pant. However you can easily switch out the culottes for capri’s and the classic pant for leggings, both would give you a younger look.
And believe it our not with just a couple of strategically planned shirts, you can make a total difference in your luggage size if selected correctly.
For instance, this long sleeved shirt actually has a split shoulder to add a summer twist.
In my travel bag I’m sure to include a reversible shirt. Not only can it stretch your week of wearing it in different ways, it can also be nice on the wallet. So when you find it, buy it!
An on that subject of stretching your dollar you should really be out there looking for convertible clothing or multi-functioning like this reversible skirt! This piece is courtesy of Jockey P2P that I have in the black and the b/w pattern.
Again, investment piece and it’s well worth the money. Here I show just 4 ways to wear this convertible. However, I have since I purchased mine I have found 8 different ways to wear this piece. The Jockey convertible skirt is perfect for lunching on the beach or adding some strappy sandals for a romantic evening dinner on the water and it’s made of a jersey material that is almost indestructible and so confortable.
Last lets discuss the coat and jacket. A classic style city coat is perfect for light rain or if the day is just a bit breezy while shopping. The cardigan is a great laying piece incase it’s just a bit to cool in the air conditioning. If you need to make your outfit reflect more business attire, the reversible shirt, skirt and the cardigan will have you in the business mode if only for a couple of hours on your trip.
Savvy travelers strike the perfect balance and bring just what they need -- with a little planning and pre-packing you to will be a smart~seasoned traveler!