Guide to Back to School

Our Guide to Back to School – From Preschool to Elementary

Back-to-school shopping time is here again (yep, already!). As much as the kids dread the return to early mornings and schoolwork, there’s something exciting about a brand new backpack that perfectly captures a child’s personality, a lunchbox that makes baby carrots seem slightly cooler and more delicious, and of course…the feel of brand new clothes.

The Essentials
For kids’ backpacks and lunchboxes, think quality, substance, and style (just like mom’s go-to bag). Good design rules the school, and boring bags need not apply. Our favorites include playful prints from Herschel and LunchSkins, interesting textures including seersucker from Mint, and modern animal themes from SoYoung and Beatrix. See All Backpack Picks | Lunch Box Picks

Pink Giraffe Toddler Backpack, SoYoung $48

Pink Giraffe Toddler Backpack, SoYoung $48

Navy Beyond Backpack, Element $38

Navy Beyond Backpack, Element $38

Settlement Youth (camo and polka dot), Herschel $50

Settlement Youth (camo and polka dot), Herschel $50

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Lunch Boxes & Accessories

Reusable Lunch Tote - Red Apple, LunchSkins $18

Reusable Lunch Tote – Red Apple, LunchSkins $18

Green Giraffe Bento Box, Hana Blomst $30

Green Giraffe Bento Box, Hana Blomst $30

Seersucker Lunchbox, Mint® $20

Seersucker Lunchbox,
Mint® $20

What’s For Lunch Bag, Hanna Andersson $17.60

What’s For Lunch Bag, Hanna Andersson $17.60

Dieter the Monkey Lunch Box, Beatrix $34

Dieter the Monkey Lunch Box, Beatrix $34

Sheep Bento Box, Pop Cutie $17.50

Sheep Bento Box, Pop Cutie $17.50

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Great Hair
Keep curls, twists, and plaits in place with the best hair accessories for girls from Yume, Hanna Andersson, and Atsuyo et Akiko. See All Hair Accessory Picks

Star Rainbow Headband (black), Atsuyo et Akiko $40

Star Rainbow Headband (black), Atsuyo et Akiko $40

Pompom Hair Elastic, Yume $16

Pompom Hair Elastic, Yume
$16

Bow and Star Clip, Anais & I $16

Bow and Star Clip, Anais & I
$16

Brigitte Headband (daffodils), Ketiketa $18

Brigitte Headband (daffodils), Ketiketa $18

Stripey Bow Headband - Grey, Hanna Andersson $16

Stripey Bow Headband – Grey, Hanna Andersson $16

Heart Hair Clip Set in Lavender, Lilies & Roses $15

Heart Hair Clip Set in Lavender, Lilies & Roses $15

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Everyday Dresses
For girly-girls, pretty new dresses are a must-have, but for school day wear, they need to be functional, easy to clean, and comfortable. When a dress meets all that criteria, you know you have to add it to your little girl’s closet. They’re easy to layer, whether you put shorts on underneath for modesty or leggings for warmth. Toss a jacket on top or a long-sleeved shirt underneath and these dresses are functional almost all year. See All Dress Picks

Lieselotte Chambray Dress, Tea Collection $45

Lieselotte Chambray Dress, Tea Collection $45

Emily Dress, Pink Chicken $56

Emily Dress, Pink Chicken
$56

Girls Reversible Dress, Hanna Andersson  $52

Girls Reversible Dress, Hanna Andersson $52

Girls' Tuxedo Chambray Shirtdress, J.Crew $65

Girls’ Tuxedo Chambray Shirtdress, J.Crew $65

Zoe Dress, Bella Bliss $66

Zoe Dress, Bella Bliss
$66

Gertrud Stripe Pocket Dress, Tea Collection $35

Gertrud Stripe Pocket Dress, Tea Collection $35

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Everyday Layers
Think of investing in a few good outerwear pieces. Choose sophisticated styles that can go from playground and park to baseball practice and birthday parties. We like the Bauhaus-inspired sweatshirt from Tea Collection for boys, wear with over graphic tees as well as collared shirts (the indigo color gives it a more polished look). For girls, throw a floral-festooned covering or quilted chambray vest over a dress for a super-cute layer option. Versatility is key! See All Sweatshirt Picks | Hoodie Picks | Outerwear Picks

Lukas Pullover Sweatshirt, Tea Collection $35

Lukas Pullover Sweatshirt, Tea Collection $35

Claude Windbreaker – Neon Yellow, K-WAY® $40

Claude Windbreaker – Neon Yellow, K-WAY® $40

Boy Puffy Vest (oak leaf green), Appaman $68

Boy Puffy Vest (oak leaf green), Appaman $68

Clotilde Chambray Quilted Vest, Tea Collection $45

Clotilde Chambray Quilted Vest, Tea Collection $45

Pima Hoodie, Bella Bliss $44

Pima Hoodie for Boys and Girls, Bella Bliss $44

Mimi Sweatshirt, Stella McCartney Kids $66

Mimi Sweatshirt, Stella McCartney Kids $66

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Cool Kicks for Kids
As the school season begins, it’s important to find shoes that will cushion your kids feet as they hit the pavement running, including these two-tone high tops from Vans. Camo is back, think of pairing these sneakers with this backpack or this one. For after-school and weekend fun, we love the ease of stylish slip-ons, including this chambray design. Shop mom favorites like Native Shoes early, sizes will sell-out quickly. Shop All Shoe Picks

Silver And Pink 634 Sneakers, New Balance $62

Silver And Pink 634 Sneakers, New Balance $62

Denim Mary Jane Sneaker, Cienta $28 (from $36)

Denim Mary Jane Sneaker, Cienta $28 (from $36)

Shoes Miller (fizz green), Native $38

Shoes Miller (fizz green), Native $38

SK8 HI Zip, Vans $40

SK8 HI Zip, Vans
$40

Geometric Slip-ons Kids Shoes, Vans Classic $38

Geometric Slip-ons Kids Shoes, Vans Classic $38

Alexa - navy, UMI Shoes $60

Alexa – navy, UMI Shoes
$60

Burgandy Esplars, Veja $81

Burgandy Esplars, Veja
$81

SK8-HI Zip Kids Shoes (pink/true white), Black Wagon $46

SK8-HI Zip Kids Shoes, Black Wagon $46

Black Chambray Youth Biminis, TOMS Shoes $42

Black Chambray Youth Biminis, TOMS Shoes $42

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