6 Back to School Fashion Tips to Save Money
Back to school shopping can get expensive. It’s not just the back to school outfits, it’s the supplies, backpacks, lunch bags, indoor AND outdoor shoes (yes, this is really a thing).
I put together some affordable looks from Nordstrom’s exclusive Tucker + Tate brand to share some fantastic back to school fashion tips to save money this school year. These ideas are all about repurposing your kids’ wardrobe and choosing back to school outfits for more than one occasion and season.
Watch me present these back to school fashion tips on CTV Ottawa Morning Live and to catch my little models in action.
Scroll down for ideas on cute back to school outfits that won’t leave you broke.
Tucker + Tate dress shirt, ‘World’s Greatest Eater’ t-shirt, and dark wash jeans | Converse sneakers | Herschel backpack
6 Back to School Fashion Tips to Save Money
1. Button-up Shirts are Versatile
A button-up shirt can be layered over a t-shirt for the classroom or buttoned up and tucked in for school photos or special occasions, like Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a staple item that can be worn in all seasons (even summer if you roll up the sleeves). This black and white plaid dress shirt by Tucker + Tate is light-weight and durable, so your little guy can run around the playground without ripping it to shreds.
2. Dark Denim can pass as Dress Pants
If you only get one pair of pants for your child this year, go for dark denim jeans. This tip works for both boys and girls. The dark colour registers as black or navy pants in photos, and most kids would be more comfortable in jeans than slacks any day of the week. Look for high-quality denim with a nice sheen to elevate this look from the schoolyard to special family dinners.
3. The Shirt Dress 3 Ways
Left: Tucker + Tate white faux-fur vest, denim shirt dress, embroidered t-shirt, and patterned leggings | Manitobah Mukluk booties (confession: this item was a major splurge) | Right: Tucker + Tate denim shirt dress, floral dress, cable knit leggings | Baby Bliss headband | Fjäll Räven backpack | Skecher Twinkle Toes light-up sneakers
The shirt dress is an essential piece to your daughter’s money-saving wardrobe. Pictured above are two of three ways to wear it. On the left, our model is wearing it as a dress paired with leggings and a faux-fur vest. On the right, our mini-model has layered it for extra warmth over a summer dress, paired with cozy cable knit leggings. You can also wear a skirt over the shirt dress to make it look like a blouse. This denim piece is timeless and can work from fall through to summer.
4. Leggings = Longevity
Remember when people used to say “leggings are not pants”? Well, that’s no longer true. Leggings can help take your little girls’ back to school outfits from season to season and get extra mileage out of her clothes at a much lower cost than pants or jeans. Leggings can be worn with a t-shirt, tunic top or sweater. Pair them under a summer dress or skirt when the weather starts to cool off. You can even get fleece-lined leggings for those really cold winter months (one of my personal favourite tips for living in a winter wonderland, like Ottawa).
Tucker + Tate charcoal grey sweater, green plaid dress shirt and camo cuffed pants | Adidas Superstar sneakers | Herschel lunar rock backpack
5. A Poppin’ Sneaker is the new Dress Shoe
As you may have seen in my other fashion television segment, pairing a crisp, clean sneaker is the new trend in elevated men’s sportswear. Kids get to cash in on this style too! Consider buying one good quality sneaker for back to school and let your little guy wear it with a suit or blazer for nicer occasions. A sneaker like the Adidas Superstar from Nordstrom is classic and works in fall, spring and summer (provided your little man doesn’t grow out of it first).
6. Layer Like it’s Your Job
One of my best back to school fashion tips to save money on kids clothes is to buy two coordinating tops together (like this button-up shirt and sweater) to maximize outfit combinations. If your kid wears them together or separately, that’s three different outfits right there. Look for colours that can carry your child through the seasons. Green works in the fall, spring and will look great in Christmas photos.
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