Back To School Shopping For Little Fashionistas

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I have a little fashionista in the making. In the past 3-6 months she’s really become interested in what she wears and frequently voices her opinions. As in All. The. Time. Usually I give her two options and cross my fingers that she likes one of them but I’ve come to the realization that she’s growing up and having her own opinions about her clothes is a good thing. It makes back to school shopping that much easier.

Back To School Shopping Tips

Take a physical inventory of what your child has in their closet before you go shopping. You’ll find that some of the items from the spring still fit! With a little bit of layering and creativity, those pieces you bought in the spring can be worn in the fall. This way you can put your focus (and theirs) on the items that they really need. The outfit in the picture above was one that I bought for Brecken in the spring. Since it still fits, all I have to do is add a long sleeve shirt and get her some boots and this outfit transitions easy to the fall.

Make a list of what you need. Once you’ve taken your inventory, make a list what your child needs and stick to it. I’m super guilty of seeing something cute in the stores and buying things my daughter doesn’t need. I have a drawer full of headbands and jewelry as proof.

Plan a special shopping day. I decided to “schedule” a mommy-daughter day. Earlier in the week I told her that Saturday would be our special day. After having breakfast, we went to the park and then went shopping. Because I had been talking about it all week, she was super excited to go and even reminded me that it was time to shop! We did the actual shopping when she was well rested to avoid any meltdowns.

Shop at affordable stores. Kids grow fast. Styles change quickly. It doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money of clothing for a 4-year old. I like to shop where I can find quality clothing at very affordable prices. While I don’t get caught up in brand names, I do expect and look for pieces that can stand up to the wear and tear of a fashionista in training.

One of my favorite places for back to school shopping is Gordmans. I’ve found some great deals there and love how list their price vs their competitors. We found so many super cute outfits for Brecken that it was hard to choose. We settled on this this cute pair of Almost Famous jeans that have sequins on the pockets and most importantly, have snaps. She loved the sequins and I loved the price. The “theirs” prices was $34 but I bought these jeans for only $14! She also picked up the cutest striped shirt with a coordinating heart necklace (fashionistas must have bling). For less that $25 we bought an outfit that looks like we spent double the price.

While I was checking out, the sales associate asked me if I wanted to sign up for the Gordmans loyalty program. Of course I said yes! I earn 1 point for every dollar that I spend and for every 200 points, Gordmans will send me a $10 gift card. So basically I get a free shirt just for shopping at a store I love. AND on my birthday, I get a special discount of 10% off my entire order. I even signed up for their mailing list so I don’t miss out on any special promotions (like their $1000 sweepstakes) or events (8/16-8/18 Loyalty Members receive 10% off their purchases and 8/23-8/25 they are having their Mystery Discount event).

What’s also cool about Gordmans is that they have so much more than just clothes. I could spend hours looking in their home decor section and I purposely avoided their toy section as that wasn’t on our shopping list. You can find such great deals at Gordman.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gordmans. The opinions and text are all mine.

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