Back to School: Girl Style

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God knew what he was doing when he blessed me with two daughters. Honestly, there’s little I love more than dressing them up. The back-to-school season gives me an excuse to shop for clothes for my older daughter. She’s at that age though — she’s developing her own taste and style, and mom’s input isn’t as welcome as it used to be. So I’m learning to compromise on what to get: Stuff that she needs and are practical, but that she loves too. Because like her mama (and her daddy, for that matter), my baby loves to be fly. So when Walmart challenged me to find some back-to-school style on a budget, we were only too happy to oblige.

Last week, I shared her brother’s outfit picks. This time, I did the shopping on my own with her taste in mind.

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When I saw this owl tunic, I knew she’d love it. I’ve been trying to consciously encourage her to consider colors other than pink. This had just enough pink to keep her happy, it’s long enough to cover her butt, and the owl and ruffles are just fabulous. And those lace-trimmed leggings? $3 on clearance. So this whole outfit cost about $11.

Plus, she can mix and match both pieces with a ton of stuff that’s already in her closet, so they’ll really stretch her wardrobe.

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For the second outfit, I had to consider the weather to come. Because while it’s still scorching hot in Georgia, that will change eventually. Winter coat weather is still a long way off, but sweater weather will come a lot sooner — especially during the early mornings when she heads out to catch the bus. During the fall and spring, my daughter practically lives in hoodies, and all of her ones from last year are too small.

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This Danskin hoodie caught my eye, and at just $9.98, I couldn’t pass on it. It is super soft, both on the outside and the inside, and the color is neutral enough to be worn with a bunch of different bottoms and layering t-shirts. And in fact, I plan to go back and get it in a few other colors, because it fits so nicely and the quality is awesome.

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The jeans are from Jordache, and I love the zipper details and fabric belt. When I first looked at them in store, I thought they were cropped, but once she put them on, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they actually go all the way to her ankles, so she’ll be able to continue wearing them when the weather turns cooler.

My daughter has already worn the first outfit to school, and I know she’ll wear the hoodie as soon as it’s cool enough. So mama did pretty considering I didn’t have her with me to choose stuff.

Walmart is one of the places I like to shop for the kids because I can generally get good quality clothing inexpensively. They grow so fast that it’s usually not worth it to me to spend very much on their clothes. And even if your kids wear school uniforms, you can get those pieces inexpensively at Walmart too.

Where do you shop for your kids’ back-to-school clothes?

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

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