We know that technically it’s still summer, but with fall right around the corner, stocking up on back-to-school essentials for kids now is a must. Grab these fall favorites while they’re still in stock.
Back-to-school essentials for girls
1. Girls’ Scrunch Down Vest, L.L. Bean, $50
A great layering piece for girls of all ages, sometimes getting her to wear a vest is easier than getting her to wear a coat as you’re running out of the door for school in the morning. This one from L.L. Bean will keep her warm and has a girly touch with its detailed ruching.
2. REI Jaya Fleece Hoodie Jacket for Girls, REI, $50
Cold weather is just around the corner and we hear that the dreaded polar vortex is due back this year. Yikes. Don’t leave buying her a warm coat until the last minute… you’ll save time and money by picking one up as you back-to-school shop.
3. Rain Jacket, GAP, $50
If you live in a spot where fall means rain, you’ll need at least one rain jacket to get her through the school year. This one from GAP is basic and simple… and will keep her dry waiting for the bus in the morning. Big points from moms for the bright color, making it easy to spot in the school’s lost and found!
4. Girls’ Pattern Ankle Length Leggings, Lands’ End, $18
If your girls are like ours, fashion is all about the leggings. Stock up on them now and save — most stores give you a deep discount for purchasing leggings in bulk, like at Lands’ End, where you’ll save $3 on each pair if you buy two or more. Grab a bunch now and stash them in her closet.
5. Girls Stripped Knee-High Socks, Old Navy, $5
Another one of those fall essentials that seems to be hard to find the moment back-to-school is over… fun, funky knee-high socks. They’re great under boots or as an extra layer under her jeans on cold days.
6. Girls’ Bogs Rainboot Stripe, OnlineShoes.com, $50
It’s hard to imagine buying boots when our air conditioners are still blasting, but trust us on this one… if you wait much longer to buy boots for fall, you’ll be too late. Grab her favorite pair now and tuck them in the back of the closet, if you need to. She’ll be thrilled when you pull them out on that first rainy day!
Back-to-school essentials for boys
1. Aigle Kids Flac Boots, Zappos.com, $49
He may only wear them to tromp to school and back, changing into his much cooler, beloved sneakers as soon as he gets inside, but making sure he has some rain boots to keep his feet dry will set your mind at ease. These are simple and fuss-free, just like him… sometimes.
2. Boys’ Pattern Knit Hat, Lands’ End, $20
Boys and their hats. He probably has dozens strewn around the house, but he’s still sure to appreciate a fresh one for back-to-school.
3. Stripe Days-of-the-Week Socks, Pack of 7, GAP, $20
They’re going to stink the minute he puts them on, but at least with the days-of-the-week feature of this pack from GAP, he’ll know whether or not they’re clean… without having to do the sniff-test.
4. REI Myka Sweater Fleece Jacket for Boys, REI, $70
Something super cozy and soft is always a priority for fall. If he’s grown out of his fleece from last year, this one from REI is a nice option. The puff in front keeps the wind away and the sweater-look means it is a little fancier than your average fleece jacket.
5. Boys’ Bean’s Down Vest, L.L. Bean, $54
Vests are cool… but they are also fleeting. Grab one now or else you’ll be left with the crazy colors and sizes by the time fall weather actually hits later in the school year.
What are your kids’ back-to-school essentials for fall?
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