Outfits: Back to School Style

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This year, going back to school promises to be an expensive proposition. Typically, we try to space out the expenses over the whole summer, but a slow work schedule has made that difficult this year. So when Walmart offered me an opportunity to do some shopping for school clothes, I jumped at the chance to see how far I could stretch $50.

This is the total haul:

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Outfit #1:

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Faded Glory Peplum Top, $2 on clearance; Jordache jeggings, $9.94 (aff)

I love jeggings for my daughter because they are super comfortable and don’t force her to wear a belt. I wish, however, that she had tried these on in store, as the sizing was a little off. They fit, but way too snugly in the thigh and butt area. We’ll be taking them back to get a larger size.

Outfit #2:

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Faded Glory V-neck tee, $3.47; L.E.I. ankle zip skinny jeans, $12.94 (aff)

In our experience, L.E.I. jeans are inexpensive and they last the whole school year (unless she has another growth spurt), so they’re always worth the money. Plus, you can never go wrong with a great pair of jeans, and the ankle zippers give these just a little something extra.

Outfit #3:

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Faded Glory skirt, $5.92; Black tee from her existing wardrobe

Part of the problem I have with buying skirts for my daughter is length. This one was flouncy and cute, but modest enough to make me happy. Oh, and the look on her face in the second photo is her giving a side-eye to some random thing on TV…lol.

Outfit #4:

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Faded Glory embellished tank, $3 on clearance; L.E.I. skinny jeans, $12.94 (aff)

Outfit #4 is also known as the “I’m sick of changing clothes and taking photos” outfit. Can you tell from the look on her face? This tank is great to be worn alone during the first few weeks of school as summer weather still hangs on, but it will also work for fall layering when the weather turns a little cooler. Ditto on the jeans.

We also grabbed a basic pack of underwear on sale for $4.98 and a set of training bras (yikes!) for $6.97.

Not bad for $50. But though Walmart is a great place to stretch your back-to-school clothing budget, I admit I was a little disappointed by the available selection this year. There were only a few styles of jeans in my store, and there was a noticeable lack of basics in my daughter’s size, including tees and tanks. There were a lot of fancy dress outfits that weren’t really school appropriate, along with a ton of One Direction and Monster High themed-outfits. My daughter doesn’t like 1D (go figure), and I’m not a fan of the Monster High themes, so all of those were out. That left us with precious little to choose from.

We still need to get some more bottoms and top, but we’re going to go online this time, as Walmart.com seems to have a better selection and the options to get free or very cheap shipping.

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.

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