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Choosing a first-day-of-school outfit is a big deal—for both kids and parents. The pressure is on, especially if your child hasn’t seen their friends and classmates all summer or are gearing up for new faces. Everyone wants to dress to impress but you also want to make sure their school items will hold up all year, from quality backpacks to durable lunchboxes.
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The same goes for clothing. It’s best to invest in year-round wardrobe staples they can always wear, like comfortable sweaters, cotton tees, and thick jackets. Material, sizing, and fun prints are all factors to consider as well. Whether your child is sporty, artsy, or prioritizes comfort above all, here are the 13 best places to shop for the perfect back to school look.
1. Boden: For clothes that last
Boden is a British company that’s become popular stateside in the last few years. Its line of children’s clothing—dubbed “Mini Boden”—features cheerful prints and stellar seasonal collaborations. Mini Boden’s sizing is generous, so my kids often get two years of wear out the pieces we purchase, and since most items are 100% cotton, they both wash well and can take a good beating.
2. French Toast: For kids who wear uniforms
If your child is headed to a school that requires uniforms, you’ll definitely want to peruse the selection at French Toast. Search the specific school to see pants, skirts, and shirts, then stock up on the styles