This is a re-post from a previous year.
Shopping for school clothes doesn’t have to break the budget. In order to buy fewer back-to-school clothes and save money, I did this little project with my daughter. Before heading out to take advantage of the “Back to School” sales, try this and you might find you don’t need as much as you think.
Inventory the closet. Find out what still fits and is in good condition.
Fix anything that needs a repair, missing button, etc.
Create outfits out of what is left. Match tops and bottoms together. I lay everything out on the floor then write down what needs a top or a sweater, etc. I do the same when I go through an adult’s closet.
Make a list of what you need. I found that after we put some outfits together, my list shrunk. Yeah! We really only needed one pair of pants, some new tees, and a cardigan. She can wear sandals until the end of September, then we’ll buy some closed toe shoes and new boots. Remember we have our best weather in the Northwest in September. They can even wear their shorts into October.
Going through these steps made me realize that Taylor didn’t need as much as I thought she did. Instead we filled the holes in her closet. When all was said and done, I only purchased a $15 pair of bright blue jeans and a leopard-print cardigan from Children’s Place.
To make mornings easier, take pictures of different outfits options. We are going to make a collage to hang in the closet so my daughter knows what goes together. Some of you might think this is borderline crazy, but I think it will make mornings run smoother and outfits come together faster!
Tara Poulsen, from Savvy Style NW, is a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant. Her goal is to educate woman on how to dress for their body type and lifestyle while being mindful of their budget.
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