Shopping for teens can seem complicated; a few easy-to-remember guidelines will help simplify the process, making the experience much more enjoyable for you and your child!
Begin the shopping process by helping your child take a good, long look at their wardrobe, culling out the pieces that don’t fit or aren’t being worn. Donate to charity the good condition clothing that is being removed. You can also pass to a younger child, or even organize a clothing swap amongst your child’s friends. This will unclutter your child’s clothing space and make room for new incoming pieces. It will also give you a clearer idea of what articles your child needs and what you will have to buy. Which leads directly to the next step: make a list.
You have a good head start on the list because of the declutterification, and now have an idea of what needs to be purchased. To narrow further, check with your teen’s school and make sure you are aware of the dress code, and integrate these rules into your list. Once you have your guidelines set, let your teen settle on some key wardrobe pieces that will be the versatile workhorse articles that can be mixed and matched with many other pieces (such as this reasonably priced chevron maxi skirt from rue21). Also, keep in mind any special clothes your child might need throughout the school year, such as clothes or shoes for gym or sports (don’t be surprised if your child wants something flashy, like these intensely printed jogger pants), or any other special activities. If your child is the fashion-oriented type, now is the time to have him or her read up on what is trendy now, and give you some idea of the direction they want their wardrobe to head. They can even tear out pictures from teen fashion magazines or print some ideas from websites they enjoy. Get a sense of what your child will need, and plan your budget accordingly. This is also a good time to check sales flyers and websites to see what sales are occurring and where you can get what you need at a good price. Some states even have ‘no tax’ weekends designed to help you stretch your spending dollars with your children.
After you’ve gotten organized with these first steps, it’s time to go shopping! If your teen is amenable, hit up thrift stores. Spring and summer are traditional cleaning and organizing times of year, so good bargains on fashionable clothes can be found at thrift stores during the summer. Following these steps, you can get a well-organized jump on back-to-school shopping.