With the Fall creeping upon us, children and parents alike are getting ready for the 2017/2018 school year. Thankfully for all of your child’s necessary school supplies, both Target and Amazon have completely simplified the process.
Target has a cool feature called school list assist, where you can search for your child’s school and buy the supply list for your child’s class. And, Amazon simply breaks down the products appropriately by grade and age.
But, with the return of school also comes the dreaded season of boring uniforms and dress codes.
If your children are anything like mine, they have been loving the style freedom that summer promotes — you know — flip flops, bathing suits, crocs, no socks, tank tops, cotton dresses, muscle tees, etc. However, summer is coming to an end, and so is their daily self-directed fashion show.
Whether your child attends private or public school, my assumption is that they probably have to adhere to some attire guidelines, if not a full uniform or dress code. Well fortunately, I have some ideas for flare to allow your kids to keep some individuality with their outfits this upcoming year (if their school allows).
Here are 10 ways your child can ROCK THEIR STYLE for the 2017/2018 school year:
1. Cool Socks. Printed socks, socks with characters on them, striped socks, socks with polka dots, days-of-the-week socks, knee high socks, and short socks are all options. You can even buy socks that your child can draw or write on and let them wear those.
2. Add tights (or boys can add athletic leggings underneath their shorts). With so many varieties of colors, styles, designs, and length the possibilities are endless. Put them under shorts or for girls under their shorts, skirts, or dresses and your child will have earned some major style points.
3. Different hairstyles. This is so simple. Let your child switch up their look each day. Maybe one day hair is up and the other day it is down. Maybe one day it is curly and one day it is straight. For boys, they can try this too. One day your little man can go with a gelled look and another day the “just rolled out of bed” look. He can also rock a mohawk one day (if his hair is long enough), or rock some color spray in his hair.
4. Different watches. You can find very cheap watches at the Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart or even Target. Have a few to choose from at home and let your child pick a different one to wear each day.
5. Switch up the shoes. If your child owns more than one pair of school-appropriate shoes, they can alternate the days that they wear them — keep ’em in style with boots, loafers, boat shoes, or some laceless sneakers.
6. Removable tattoos. If the school allows them, your child can rock some removable tattoos, or some self-inspired creations made with tattoo pens.
7. Accessorize. This can be done via hair accessories, necklaces, rings, bracelets, lanyards, belts, ties, wraps, cardigans — whatever makes your child happy.
8. Modify the uniform (but stay within the guidelines). If the dress code includes color guidelines stating that the kids can only wear white or red, search to find a plaid jumper that incorporates only the school’s colors. The same goes for bottoms. If the only stipulation is the color, then you can buy the color bottoms that you need in different styles (i.e. striped, plaid, polka-dot, jeggings, leggings, capris, tight-fit, or lose-fit).
9. Re-purpose a spirit shirt. This can be done with the help of a parent or a local tailor. You can have a spirit shirt made into a dress by adding some fabric, or into leggings or pants with some re-stitching. You can even turn that spirit shirt into a bag/purse if you really want to super DIY it.
10. Funk-up the backpack and school supplies. If all else fails, add some personal style to your kids’ school day by decorating their backpack with stickers, drawings, or keychains. You can also add style to textbooks by wrapping them in purchased or self-designed book covers. Additionally, if they have a locker or a cubby, add a personal touch to those.
Whatever their needs, best of luck to all of your children on those first days back and throughout the 2017/2018 school year. Here’s to sending them back in style!!
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