4 Tips for Stress-Free Back-to-School Shopping

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It just about time for those school bells to start ringing once again. To get you and your family ready for the new school year, here are some tips and insight on trends to help guide you through back-to-school clothing shopping.

1) Know what’s in your closet.
Before you head to the store, take a good look at what you already have in your closet. For the items that get the most use, consider adding more of those to your shopping list.  Also look for items that might have been outgrown or damaged. For any items that could be of use to another family, consider consigning them at stores like 529 Kids Consign in Old Town, which is a great way to earn money!

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2) Know the trends.
This fall, the top trends for boys are influenced by “city chic” and “athletic” looks. On the other side, it’s all about the year of the girl!  With 2016 marking our first-ever female presidential nominee of a major party, girls are about breaking old gender norms, even with their clothing.  Like the boys, athletics are influencing their style. We are also seeing “bohemian” styles.

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However, the most important note when it comes to trends, is to know that now, more than ever before, kids are all about showcasing their own personal style. It’s all about standing out and not fitting in this year, so let them shine.

3) Set a schedule for shopping.
Once you know what you need, set aside a specific time for shopping. While it may be tempting to pick up items here and there amidst your other errands, scheduling a time can save you headaches later. It will allow you and the kids to be focused and make sure you stick to your lists.
Also pay attention to special promotions to get the most bang for your buck. Look for promotional emails from your favorite boutiques and check out their social media pages to see if they are offering Back-to-School sales or incentives.

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4) Get the kids involved and excited.
Back-to-School shopping is all about the kids, so get them involved. Depending on their age and interest, let them be part of the decision-making process. For little ones it might be as simple as letting them choose between green or red shoes, while more mature students might be more involved in choosing where to shop, or sticking to their budget. For kids that aren’t really into shopping, make sure you add another fun activity to the day. Perhaps they get to choose a restaurant for the lunch break or build in a reward for a good day of shopping. Make it fun!
Megan Podolsky is the owner of 529 Kids Consign and a frequent Alexandria Stylebook contributor. To see more tips and trends visit 529kidsconisgn.com, on social media at @529KidsCosign, or in person at 122 A S. Royal Street.

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