Back-to-School Styles For Girls
In just a few weeks my baby will officially be a big kid in kindergarten! The move from pre-k to kinder is so important for us that everything to do with our very first real back-to-school year has been huge — Especially the clothes! I picked out some items that were not only on clearance but would be able to offer a lot of versatility this school year. We were so excited to get them that S has been wearing her new styles while we check out her soon-to-be school. Keep reading to see our faves, and enter to win a $50 gift card for your kiddo’s big moments.
A big thank you to Gymboree for sponsoring this post. All Opinions are mine alone.
Though we’re just a few minutes away from S’ new school, we had been driving 20-30 minutes to and from her preschool the last two years so we’re both pretty excited about the change. S has been wanting to go to the nearby school so she can meet friends in our area and I’m really going to like being able to save time and money by working from my own home office a few minutes away versus paying to work at Starbucks after a 30-minute commute. But, just because it’s a big day doesn’t mean I want to spend a ton of money. Gymboree has a big clearance sale online right now and we fell in love with their fun pink, purple & blue floral options so I ordered a bunch.
Aside from shopping clearance, my tip for saving on clothes is to purchase items that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfit options that work no matter the season. In Northern California it might be cold and foggy in the morning then dry and hot later in the day . . . or raining! So layers (and items that can be layered) are key. Items 1-14 from the below list can be mixed up to create a lot of cute options. That single pair of pants can be worn under either skirt options or alone with the shirt options. Add a sweater or jean jacket and it creates another look. I also added a blue bow hair clip to S’ jean jacket to tie it into her outfit, spice up the jacket and give her more hair options later in the day if she decides she wants a bow.
2. Floral Skirt
6. Heart Socks
8. Denim Jacket
10. Navy Bow Clip
11. Bow Clip
12. Floral Fox Tee
13. Quilted Skirt
As soon as our Gymboree order came in I was excited to check everything out and our cat, Delilah, took a liking to S’ new sparkle shoes!
After I got the shoes away from Delilah, S tried everything on and I was so pleased that it all fit true to size. No one wants to deal with returns and exchanges just before school. Everything from Gymboree arrived in cute orange gift boxes tied with ribbon like a fun gift, which made it all the more special for S (but also me).
When we went to check out the school S had to wear her cool new floral threads. She had a blast exploring the school grounds with me and getting a chance to play there. S threw some leaves in the air, played hopscotch and climbed the jungle gym. We even checked in on a few classrooms to see which teachers were setting up for school. We won’t know what S’ classroom looks like or who her teacher will be until the week before school so we’re kinda on the edge of our seats to find out as much as we can about the classrooms and teachers.
What grade is your kiddo going in? Don’t forget to enter to win a $50 gift card to Gymboree so that you can dress your little one for their big day!
Rules: Contest runs 7/31-8/7/16. U.S. residents age 18 and older only. No fake accounts. Must enter to win, no purchase necessary. Giveaway winner will be emailed on 8/8/16 and have 24 hours to respond to the email before another winner is chosen. Gymboree will issue and send the $50 gift card to winner unless otherwise noted in the congratulatory email.
My son is entering kindergarten and my daughter is starting preschool – this would be great for some back to school shopping (and maybe some matching jammies).
Aww big steps! Matching Jammies would be super cute, too, good luck!
They do have super cute holiday outfits at Gymboree ?
I’d use this gift card for fall/winter clothes for my girls. Love Gymboree!
Yay to Winter planning!
I love what you picked out for your daughter! They have the cutest stuff! I would stock up on pajamas for my son, their pjs are my favorite!
Thank you! Oh yes their pjs are super cute.
for christmas outfits
I would use it to buy my son new clothes for 1st grade.
Ooh good luck in the contest!
My nieces birthday
Such a great gift!
We would use this for her Christmas outfits!
How do you enter the contest? We have already spent a lot of money on uniforms…the win would be awesome!
Hi, Brooke! There’s a giveaway widget at the bottom of the post that walks you through how to enter. One of the requirements is a comment ?
Oh I would love to use it to get him something nice to wear to my nieces wedding!
Such a great big event to use this for!
I’d like to get my daughter something cute for picture day at school. That always sneaks up on me and then I’m rushing to figure out what she’ll wear.
I would use it for Back to School outfits.
Awesome, have any in mind?
I will give it to my BFFs as a babyshower present
Great present, Aurora ??
I’d use it for Halloween!
Oooh they do have cute costumes ??
We would use it for back to school outfits
My daughter and I love gymboree! It’s all she wears! I’d use it for her first day of preschool!
Really? How perfect! Thanks for entering ?
I would use it for first day of school outfits
I would use it for my son’s first day of preschool.
Aw congrats on the big day!
We love Gymboree and the gift card would be handy because the kiddos grow so fast sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the clothes they need.
It really is hard to keep up!
My cousin just had a baby boy who is now a few weeks old, so I would use it to buy something for him..so not really for a big moment…just because.
That’s pretty big, and super nice of you ?
ALL THIS IDEAS are ver helpful and very productive.
I would use it for clothes for our baby that is expected in September!!
Ooh congratulations, Ellen, how exciting!
for back to school
Great use of the gift card ??
This would be great to grab my daughter a few things for school. I love the very first outfit with the flower skirt! Totally something she’d rock. Thanks for the chance!
That’s awesome! Thank you for entering!
My sons first day of kindergarten!!!
Aww there’s so many options, too. ?
Back to school!
I would use it for my daughter’s 6th birthday.
Definitely, a big day!
Love buying new things for my growing chunked.
I’d use it for my daughter, her birthday is coming up and she starts kindergarten! Eek!
So many big dates coming up!
An Outfit for the first day of school !!!!!!!!!
I would love to get some new school outfits for my son and a dress for my baby girl!
Aww great idea.
I’d use it for my oldest son, I can’t keep up with how fast he grows.
They really do grow fast!
My son is will be in 1st grade and daughter is starting preschool!!
Would love to get some matching outfits for my two girls, ages 2 and 4 months. They can dress up for pictures and our upcoming family trip to Disneylabd!
Oooh have a blast in Disneyland, what a cute idea!
Matching pajamas for Christmas!
Oooh you’re thinking ahead, so prepared. What a great idea!
Our girls have birthdays coming up. They grow so fast!
They really do!
I would use this gift card for my daughters first day of kindergarten outfit
Yay for first days! Good luck in the giveaway ?
Matching outfits for my LO and baby #2!
What a cute idea!
I would use it for my daughter’s birthday outfit.
Oh awesome! Anything you already have in mind?
I need it for back to school clothes for my son starting kindergarten!
Aww yay for Kindergarten! Great use of the gift card.
For the first day of kindergarden its coming way too fast
I feel the same way!
I would spend it on clothes for my son’s second grade school year!
Second grade- How exciting! Good luck!
Back to School clothing!
Great use of the gift card!
I have a lot of nieces whose birthdays are coming up.
I would use the gift card to celebrate with my niece on the birth of her baby.
Aww that’s so sweet!
I could see myself using the clothes for everything. The next event we are hosting is a birthday party though.
My grandsons 3rd birthday! Thanks so much for the chance!
Good luck in the contest, Trinity, thanks for checking it out!
I would love give my nephew a sweeet little outfit for his first day of school.
What a great gift!
MY SON IS ALSO STARTING KINDERGARTEN THIS YEAR, SO I WOULD USE IT FOR MY LITTLE MAN’S OUTFIT FOR HIS FIRST DAY !
Congrats on the first day of kinder and good luck in the contest!
Vacation ~ while it doesn’t seem like a big step, meeting Thomas and Friends is going to be a huge experience for my son 🙂
How fun! I’m sure he’ll have a blast ?
I would shop for the first day of 2nd grade!
Yay for 2nd grade! Good luck!
I’d use it for picture day clothes. 🙂
Oh yes that’s a big day!
I would use on an outfit for the 1st day of school!
Great idea, good luck Kimberly!
I would buy a dress for my daughter to wear for the first day of 3rd grade.
Aww sounds perfect!
Cute pictures. Gymboree is a great place to shop for the kids
Thank you, yes it is!
Cutest pictures!! We love Gymboree too!
I would use it for back to school!
I’d use the card for my granddaughter’s birthday gift
I’d use the card for my granddaughter’s birthday
Awesome, good luck, Cole!
I would use the gift card for a shopping spree for my little one’s birthday!
What a fun Bday present, Julie!
I would use the gift card to buy my niece a cute back to school outfit!
That’s so sweet, Natalie ?
I’d use my gymboree card on a cute party dress for my daughter’s birthday party.
What a great way to use the gift card for a big special day!
This is really cute and love this!! Enjoyed reading this blog!!
Thank you, Tabitha!
What a great selection !
Thanks, Gymboree has sooo much to choose from! I had fun picking these out with the kiddo 🙂
I’m still in shock that our girls are kindergarteners now too! Ahhhh! S’s school looks great and she looks adorable in her new threads 🙂 xo
I am too! I just can’t believe it!
Such cute clothing and I love hearts and those socks are so adorable! Hope I win because I love to shop there!
I love hearts too! Yes, so many cute styles ?. Good luck!
What a little model you have!! She’s precious!!
What a little model you have! She’s precious!!
These are all super cute pieces. My daughter is starting kindergarten soon too. I just can’t believe it. There will be lots of tears over here. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma
It’s such a big step! Hope your big day goes well, I know I’ll be a worry wort too.
It came up way too fast! Congrats on your big day, too!
These styles are too cute! I’m obsessed with those glitter ballet flats!
They’re super cute!
They are so so pretty!
Oh I love her little outfits and shoes!! Especially the sparkle shoes!! She’s so lucky you’ve made the adjustment so special for her and you!
Thank you so much, Angela!
Those outfits are too cute! It makes me want to be a little girl again.
Right? I love so many of these styles.
You’ve assembled the cutest outfits! And I love the picture of your cat 🙂
SO cute! I LOVEEEEE Gymboree!!!!!! What cute choices!!! I sometimes wish Oakland could wear “normal” clothes instead of his uniform….. but it’s also nice sometimes! 🙂
Thank you! Oh yes I can totally see that!
My kids have grown a little too big for Gymboree, but I loved shopping there for them just a couple of years ago. Their shoes are the cutest (love your daughter’s glittery flats!) and they have some really fun accessories too. Great picks (and pics!), mama!
Thank you! I thought she was too old for Gymboree too then out found out that their clothes go up to 12, so that was pretty cool. Ahaha yes we love the sparkly flats ?