The Top Five Back to School Clothing Essentials

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Before you start your back to school shopping, check out this list of the top five back to school clothing essentials. If your child is in the middle of a growth spurt, you may want to consider breaking this list up a bit and only buying one of each of the essentials. You can always add additional pieces to the wardrobe later.

The Top Five Back to School Clothing Essentials List

What fashion essentials does your child need this year? The top five back to school clothing essentials list includes the basics in fashionable new styles.

1. New Jacket

Shortly after school is in session, fall weather hits. A warm jacket is essential for those brisk September mornings or attending an outdoor sporting event in the evening. There are many choices when you purchase a new jacket for your child. A new jacket could be a:

  • Lined raincoat
  • Hoodie
  • Bomber jacket
  • Sports jersey
  • Windbreaker.

2. Socks

Children tend to wear out socks quickly, and then there is the "sock monster" that mysteriously seems to eat one half of a sock pair. A new package of socks is almost always essential for a student's back-to-school wardrobe. Today's socks aren't just plain white ankle socks, although those have their place. Socks now come in a huge range of styles, colors and textures. Socks come in many lengths as well. Available lengths include no show socks, ankle socks and even knee high socks. If your child has sensitive skin, you might want to consider seamless socks for her.

3. New Jeans

Several new pairs of jeans are vital, unless your child wears a uniform or his school has a dress code the prohibits denim. For most students, not just any jeans will do. There are brands that are more popular than others and styles that come in and out of fashion such as skinny jeans. Tween and teen students seem to prefer Abercrombie, Aeropostale, Gap and Hollister. Younger students may not have as much of a brand preference, but will still have an opinion on which jeans are most comfortable and look the best.

4. T-Shirts

Although most parents would prefer to see their daughters in feminine blouses and their sons in polos, T-shirts are always in style and popular with almost every age group. T-shirts are comfortable, come in a huge variety of colors and allow a child to express her individual style. Choices for T-shirts include:

  • Favorite band logo
  • Solid colors
  • Tie-dye
  • Favorite cartoon character
  • Funny sayings
  • Pretty designs
  • Make your own

The great thing about T-shirts is the relative inexpensive cost of purchasing these simple tops. You won't have to spend a lot of money to get a nice selection of shirts for your child to wear to school.

5. New Shoes

After a long summer of playing outdoors and gathering dust and grime onto his favorite athletic shoes, your child will be ready for a new pair of shoes for school. Many parents choose to have a pair of play shoes and a pair of school shoes for younger children. Athletic shoes are a necessity, especially for children who also have a physical education class at school. Other types of shoes you might want to consider include:

  • Loafers
  • Rain boots
  • Flats (for girls)
  • Oxford
  • Boots (winter or fashion boots)

Since most families are on a budget these days, it might be a good idea to take buy just the essentials for the beginning of the school year and then add to your child's wardrobe a little at a time. By shopping sales and watching for the best deals, you'll be able to save a bundle. Your child will still be able to go to school in style and have everything she needs for a day of learning.

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