5 Back to School Clothes Shopping Tips

by Silvia on August 12, 2014 · 45 comments

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Disclosure: Thanks to the great folks at Target for sponsoring and making this post possible. My comments, opinions, and desire to make back-to-school shopping as painless as possible are my own.

Last year’s back-to-school shopping was a bit of a mess. Back then, I made a “note to self” on what not to do next time. Well, it’s next time. And instead of listing what not to do, I thought I would turn that list on its head and offer five tips for back-to-school shopping (each learned the hard way).


Tip 1

Do involve your kids in choosing the clothes they will wear.

Shopping with kids can be challenging in almost every way. But not involving them has it’s challenges, too. One of my boys can be very finicky about clothes he doesn’t have a say in choosing, and the other seems very sensitive to anything “scratchy.” This year we got the boys to “buy in” to the shopping adventure by having them first check what was available at target.com, then making a list. Having them arrive at the store with a list of their own made the trip much more fun and efficient than last year. It became a kind of detective game, looking for the right item, size, style, and color.

Tip 2

Remember they are going to grow during the year.

Last year, my boys were wearing high-waters by the end of the school year. This year, we wanted to plan for their growth better. We looked for relaxed fit jeans and bought both slightly larger jeans for now as well as the next size up for the end of the year. (It’s hard for all four of us to get back to the store once the extra-curricular activities start.)


Tip 3

Don’t forget dress clothes.

Remember, back-to-school also means photo day, holiday concerts, and other dress-up days as well. Last year we bought plenty of t-shirts and jeans, but forgot dress shirts and shoes.


Tip 4

Don’t forget the weather.

It’s warm now, but 4 months from now it will be a different story. Where we live layering is very important as the weather can change in seconds, and then change back again.


Tip 5

Split the kids up at the store.

If it’s an option, try splitting the kids up at the store. My husband took one and I took the other. We found this helped each focus on his own shopping with fewer distractions and allowed for each boy’s individuality to shine without being influenced too much by the other. After they each found their own clothes individually, we used the family fitting room (what a stroke of genius that invention is) to share and compare choices and make sure everything fit all at once.


What a difference from last year. In about two hours, we found everything we needed for the school year at Target. My son kept mentioning how soft the clothes were and I kept marveling at the low prices. The family fitting room was fantastic, making it all faster and easier.

I learned that listening more closely to what my kids liked and needed really helped make our shopping more efficient and pleasant. For example, my younger son was very easy-going about most choices, but when it came to t-shirts with graphics, he was very particular.

Truly amazing how affordable it all was.

Happy Shopping,


{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

August 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm Mayela 1

thanks for the tips I learned many who did not know me for my help siguentes purchases.


August 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm Mami2jcn 2

I definitely have to involve my kids in the purchases. If they don’t like what I buy them, they won’t wear it!


August 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm Jessie C. 3

I like these tips you shared, they are great reminders to me. I tend to forget kids are growing through the year while shopping their clothes.


August 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm Kelly D 4

I had many of these same issues last year and now I make sure to have my kids with me and try to size up as much as possible. Great tips!


August 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm Elena 5
August 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm Elena 6

Great tips! My favorite is #1


August 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm Nicole Dz 7

These are all such wonderful and helpful tips for back to school shopping. I always let my kids help out in the picking of what they like, but I do forget about tip 2 a lot. Need to keep this one in mind more.


August 14, 2014 at 1:15 am Cheryl Free 8

Good, helpful, common sense tips!


August 14, 2014 at 5:21 am Amanda Sakovitz 9

great tips! I love getting your kids involved in picking out their clothes


August 14, 2014 at 7:08 am courtney b 10

these are great tips. I like the one where you say dont forget dress up clothes, since this is something we tend to always forget.


August 14, 2014 at 8:19 am Julie Wood 11

All of these are great tips, but the First one is the best-Do involve your kids in choosing the clothes they will wear. If your child hates the clothes you pick out, this will be such a terrible problem-I think it can affect a child’s self esteem if they wear clothes they hate. I could not pick out my own clothes and my Mom made me wear awful dresses.


August 14, 2014 at 8:57 am Geraldine 12

Great tips!


August 14, 2014 at 9:25 am Ellie W 13

Great tips! My boys like to help pick out their clothes too. Many times they’ve balked at wearing something I picked out without them.


August 14, 2014 at 10:49 am Sheila K. 14

I heartily agree with your first tip: “Do involve your kids in choosing the clothes they will wear.” I think kids will be inclined to actually wear the clothes you buy is they have some say in what is purchased!


August 14, 2014 at 11:22 am Thomas Murphy 15

Great tips! I like tip 1 the best.


August 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm Janet W. 16

These are all great tips! I especially like the tip about the change in weather. That’s one you don’t want to forget about! I try to buy clothing that my grandsons can use for layering in case it’s chilly in the morning but warm by the afternoon.


August 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm CR Williams 17

They all look ready to take on the semester, I am sure these tips will come in handy


August 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm Daniela Tapia 18

Great tips, even though this school year, I’m shopping for my daughter, who will be attending 2nd grade. I’m almost done shopping, just need shoes and hair accessories, I always have in mind, letting my daughter choose her clothes but always having in mind, its for appropriate for school. All your tips are very helpful and I agree with your tip #1 & #3 …


August 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm Donna L 19

I like tip #1 because they are the ones wearing the clothes. Give them a few choices.


August 15, 2014 at 2:21 am shelly peterson 20

These are great tips Tip 1 is my favorite. It’s best to have them help pick things out or you might be wasting your time on shopping for stuff they wont wear.


August 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm Kristie T 21

Love the reminder that they will grow! My daughter wanted to pick out everything that fit her now and nothing to grow in to. I might be making some exchanges… :) Thanks for the tips!


August 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm Shannon 22

“Don’t forget the weather” is key because it’s SO HOT during back to school shopping! There WILL be a time when they need winter coats!


August 18, 2014 at 9:20 am Deb moretti 23

Great tips! I like to buy big because they do grow! Need to get your money’s worth.


August 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm Jessica Beard 24

These are all great tips. I really like the tip on remembering that your child will need clothes for all kinds of weather.


August 19, 2014 at 9:15 am Laura J 25

Oh wonderful tips! We are going to head out soon to get Carters back to school clothes and I have to remember these. Especially the growing one!!!


August 20, 2014 at 4:18 am Heather Hayes Panjon 26

Great Helpful Tips! My Kids Love Choosing Their Clothes Each School Year, It’s Fun To Involve Them, Plus They Will Wear The Clothes Because They Helped Pick It Out!


August 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm Stacey b 27

These are really great tips and I agree with them. I wish my son enjoyed picking out his clothes more. he’d rather I pick it all out, lol (he’s only 7, so I know that’ll change)


August 20, 2014 at 8:58 pm Stacey J. 28
August 22, 2014 at 7:39 am Ashley Tucker 29

These are all great tips!


August 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm Lisa Davis 30

Great tips for back to school. We forgot about dress up clothes this year but even though school started already, I’ve still got a bit of shopping to do.


August 26, 2014 at 11:36 am Denise L 31

I love #1. My son is ultra-picky about how comfortable his clothes are. Those adjustable pants with the buttons on the inside of the waist band? No way, those little buttons hurt his bony little body :)


August 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm Margaret Smith 32

All these tips are great. Tip #2 is my favorite. Kids really grow so quickly.


August 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm Lisa V. 33

My favorite is getting the kids involved in selecting their clothes.


August 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm Joni 34

Great tip is to don’t forget dress clothes. I do this every year and then when they need them, I am out hunting the night before the event.


August 27, 2014 at 1:34 am joe gersch 35

i love the tip to split the kids up at the store


August 27, 2014 at 2:16 am Cheryl Larimer 36

Tip # 1 for sure. Involving the kids in choosing clothes is very important. We also have them pick out their school supplies from the list and it helps them get excited and feel part of the process.


August 27, 2014 at 5:09 am Cynthia C 37

These are good things to keep in mind for Back to School shopping.


August 27, 2014 at 8:45 am V.Mayer 38

I like your tip that they will grow during the year; I don’t remember thinking this (while shopping) when my kids were small.


August 27, 2014 at 10:21 am Tarah 39

These are all great tips! Thank you for putting them together! I like letting your kids pick out their clothes, I think it shows their personality!


August 27, 2014 at 10:43 am Susan Smith 40

Both of my children hate shopping for clothes. I will take our daughter and he takes our son shopping. I save money by staying away from name brands and buying at consignment stores.


August 27, 2014 at 10:52 am Jeanna Wise 41

Great tips thanks for sharing them.


August 27, 2014 at 10:57 am Judith V 42

Split the kids up at the store. You can split the kids up on different days, too


August 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm Tammy Greer 43

Don’t forget the weather is my fave tip. Weather can be so unpredictable and you have to be prepared for all sorts. Sometimes, it can be pretty in the morning and be raining by the afternoon. You have to make sure they prepare for the good weather as well as the cold and rainy times. Layering is a great option as well as a having a rain poncho in their backpack at all times. You can buy one at Big Lots, etc. and they come in a small pouch that is easily stored.


August 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm RICHARD HICKS 44

These are excellent tips. Always looking for ways to make the experience more pleasant


August 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm CharityS 45

Thanks for the awesome tips!


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