Style expert Nicole Feliciano, founder and editor of MomTrends, partnered with Walmart to present her tips on back-to-school shopping. In front of an intimate audience via Google+ Hangout, she shared everything from style trends to balancing budget expectations. Below are some her tips, including a few must-have items that Walmart has for your Fancy Girls.
- Don’t buy everything on the first shopping trip. August is a great time to tackle the required school apparel list with a few basics (socks, underwear and gym gear), plus a few fashionable outfits to get the year off to a great start. Squirrel away a portion of your budget for September. Kids want to check out what other kids are wearing.
- Stick to complementary colors. Ideally, you’ll put together outfits that can be easily mixed and matched to create multiple “looks” without having to go shopping again. And let’s face it, it’s easier on your wallet.
- Transform a basic outfit with a trendy accessory. Pick up a few fun necklaces, bracelets and scarves to make a solid tee or dress look new and fresh. Bright and fun backpacks are also a great way to update an outfit.
- Adjustable clothing is genius and can be found at retailers such as Walmart. Kids seem to grow faster during the school year. It’s not unusual to see them sprout up a few inches from September to May. Jeans with adjustable waists and hems are ideal for keeping your kids stylish as they mature. Many coats also have sleeves that can be lengthened by up to two inches.
- Check out the trends online before you head to the stores. Have your child put together a few “inspirational outfits” and then review them together. That way, you can avoid store drama by agreeing on appropriate trends before you get there.
- If your kid has a favorite article of clothing, snap a picture of it and bring it shopping with you. That way, you remember to purchase items that can be paired with the clothing during the next couple of seasons. Always shop the closet before you head out!
- Agree on a budget ahead of time. It’s easy to get swept up in the moment. Know what you have to spend BEFORE you get in the store. With careful planning and a bit of creativity, you can stay on budget this season.