This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I remember going shopping for school clothes every year before school started. My mom would take me to the mall and wait patiently on me while I tried on tons of outfits, always telling me how cute they were. I felt like I could become anyone I wanted through my clothing choices. A new year brought new possibilities. It’s a warm memory for me; one I want for my girls, as well. The other day I took Camden to OshKosh B’gosh and let her pick out a few outfits. Who says homeschoolers can’t go back to school clothes shopping?!
In my time as a mother to Camden I’ve learned that I have to choose my battles wisely, and clothing is not a hill I want to die on! Around the age of four she started forming her own opinions on what she liked and what she wanted to wear. We sometimes have different tastes and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that because we are different people. I’m always encouraging her to be true to herself and that includes her style. We’re in a nice little shopping groove and we both enjoy our time together.
- Discuss expectations before you go. Keep them realistic. If you have a budget, let them know how much they can spend. (Teach them to check out sales and use coupons.) If you’re shopping for warm clothes for fall and winter, let them know so that they’re not choosing tank tops and sundresses.
- Let your kids choose. Within reason, of course. Let them choose the clothing that they think is beautiful, or cool, or stylish. Be there to give them guidance and to encourage them, but let them make the decisions on what they want to wear. Allowing them to make choices not only fosters a sense of independence, but it allows them an outlet for self expression.
- Try on everything. There is nothing worse than a brand new, never worn outfit just hanging in the closet because it doesn’t fit/feel right. Clothes that don’t fit properly are plain uncomfortable. When your kid is trying on clothes, have them stretch their arms up over their heads, bend over, sit down, and even jog around the little dressing room! They need to move their bodies in ways that they do every day to make sure the clothes work for every situation. This is especially important for kids who have sensory issues. I can’t tell you how many things we’ve bought that have never been worn because a button or a seam “bothers” her.
- Use shopping trips as a time to genuinely complement your child. Are they doing a good job staying under budget? Tell them how much you appreciate that. Do they look adorable in that shirt? There’s nothing wrong with telling them just how stinking cute they are! Are you enjoying your time with them? Tell them. Let them know that you love being with them, that even doing little things together makes you happy.
Why We Love OshKosh
Do you know how difficult it is to find a clothing store that caters to kids style while remaining age appropriate? Oh my goodness, everything is either too baby-ish or is made for teenagers. Where’s the in between? Where are the cute, stylish clothes in big girl sizes? OshKosh is where! I love that they have adorable basics that can be mixed and matched, from jeans and patterned leggings to graphic tees and hoodies. And…they go up to size 14! The clothes are fun, stylish, and well made. Everything is online HERE or you can find a local store to visit right HERE.
OshKosh is very affordable. They are always having sales, including an amazing Labor Day sale today. I mean…50% off the entire site, plus an additional 25% off a purchase of $40 or more? Talk about some serious saving! If you’re reading this after Labor Day, don’t worry, I have a coupon that’s good through the end of September. Here you go! COUPON
I love to support companies that give back locally. OshKosh has donated more than 110,000 pieces of clothing and raised over $1.5 million through The B’gosh Jeanius Campaign, which is an annual drive to provide clothing and supplies for students in local communities. You can join the effort, as well, by donating new jeans in store or by making cash contributions in store or online through September 12. Find more details HERE.
Do you have any back to school shopping tips? I’d love to hear from you!