Kindergarten is as real as it gets. Your kid is learning how to make little animals out of construction paper and learning how photosynthesis works. Zara has known about this since the age of three (#humblebrag) but I digress.
Kindergarten is about friends on the playground, swapping snacks at the break and learning whatever new dance is hot and poppin’ in the minds of 5 and 6-year-olds. Or was that just my elementary school days? Kindergarten is also about style.Don’t debate me on this, lol. Even though Zara wore school uniforms for the last two years, she definitely has an opinion about her style.
Here’s a rundown of what we were going for:
If you can’t yet tell, I take Zara’s clothes shopping very seriously! I began buying Zara’s clothes over the course of the summer – giving me ample time to shop around. As with home decor items, I believe you shouldn’t and don’t need to buy all of your clothing from one store. If you get to know your likes and dislikes, you don’t have to buy all of your pieces at one time from one store. You can find pieces that speak to your style as you go along. I find that the mixing and matching between stores can really make your outfits pop and prevent that straight-off-the-mannequin look that everybody is better off without. But before you think that I’m being dramatic, I do know that Zara’s clothes need to be functional and durable as well.
So here’s what we did:
The first order of business was to find dresses and jackets. As a veteran teacher, the one thing I know is that classrooms are cold. So I picked up pieces on sale from Zara, Old Navy and Target whenever I saw something that caught my eye.
I’m attracted to muted colors (even for kids) but Zara does a love good sparkly something here and there so I try to keep that in mind when I buy for her. It’s easier to find things that are off season so I picked up a lot of Fall colors during the summer on clearance.
I always buy at least a size or two up just to make sure she can fit it when it’s time to wear her pieces. Mixing and matching pieces is the name of the game especially when it comes to dressing children. You want to get the most bang for your buck.
T-Shirt dresses are great foundation pieces because you can layer jackets and leggings as it gets cooler. It’s great to have statement pieces but I knew that T-shirt dresses were going to be the happy medium between style and comfort. After adding various comfort-first shoes, our job was done!
As the year progresses, I am sure to pick up more pieces here and there but at least we have the basics covered.
I may be even more excited about Zara’s new adventure than Zara is! She’s excited and I am nervous but what we won’t be is unprepared.
New school wardrobe? Done!