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Posted on 07/31/2016

Back-to-School Styles For Girls

Kiddo Style/ Style

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.

sparkling shoes

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.

Gymboree girls outfit options

1. Breezy Bloom Tee

2. Floral Skirt

3. Navy Scrunch Leggings

4. Berry Sparkle Sneakers

5. Pom Pom Pony Holders

6. Heart Socks

7. Curly Ribbon Clips

8. Denim Jacket

9. Floral Cardigan

10. Navy Bow Clip

11. Bow Clip

12. Floral Fox Tee

13. Quilted Skirt

14. Sparkle Ballet Flat

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!

cat on shoes again

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).

opening classroom

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.

checking if school is open

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!

back-to-school style plus giveaway

Gymboree Gift Card Giveaway

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.

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  • Reply Sara r 08/07/2016 at 9:56 pm

    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).

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/07/2016 at 9:59 pm

      Aww big steps! Matching Jammies would be super cute, too, good luck!

  • Reply Judy Vester 08/07/2016 at 8:15 pm

    The holidays:)

  • Reply Alison Matalanis 08/07/2016 at 6:30 pm

    I’d use this gift card for fall/winter clothes for my girls. Love Gymboree!

  • Reply Rachelle 08/07/2016 at 2:39 pm

    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!

  • Reply sarah stine 08/07/2016 at 11:40 am

    for christmas outfits

  • Reply MaryAnn 08/06/2016 at 8:47 pm

    I would use it to buy my son new clothes for 1st grade.

  • Reply liz lew 08/06/2016 at 8:18 pm

    My nieces birthday

  • Reply Christina C. 08/06/2016 at 2:02 pm

    We would use this for her Christmas outfits!

  • Reply Brooke Farrington 08/06/2016 at 10:24 am

    How do you enter the contest? We have already spent a lot of money on uniforms…the win would be awesome!
    Brooke Farrington

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/06/2016 at 10:56 am

      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 ?

  • Reply Laurajj 08/05/2016 at 10:52 pm

    Oh I would love to use it to get him something nice to wear to my nieces wedding!

  • Reply Audra O'Hara 08/05/2016 at 10:11 pm

    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.

  • Reply Beth Hern 08/05/2016 at 10:06 pm

    I would use it for Back to School outfits.

  • Reply Aurora PL 08/05/2016 at 9:46 pm

    I will give it to my BFFs as a babyshower present

  • Reply Patricia Wojnar Crowley 08/05/2016 at 8:37 pm

    I’d use it for Halloween!

  • Reply Dana 08/05/2016 at 8:36 pm

    We would use it for back to school outfits

  • Reply Sara Floyd 08/05/2016 at 8:18 pm

    My daughter and I love gymboree! It’s all she wears! I’d use it for her first day of preschool!

  • Reply Carrie 08/05/2016 at 7:39 pm

    I would use it for first day of school outfits

  • Reply Stacey Roberson 08/05/2016 at 7:02 pm

    I would use it for my son’s first day of preschool.

  • Reply Jessica 08/05/2016 at 6:58 pm

    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.

  • Reply latoya 08/05/2016 at 5:37 pm

    My cousin just had a baby boy who is now a few weeks old, so I would use it to buy something for not really for a big moment…just because.

  • Reply Maria Jandres 08/05/2016 at 5:14 pm

    ALL THIS IDEAS are ver helpful and very productive.

  • Reply Ellen 08/05/2016 at 4:25 pm

    I would use it for clothes for our baby that is expected in September!!

  • Reply latanya 08/05/2016 at 3:04 pm

    for back to school

  • Reply Jenna Avery 08/05/2016 at 2:06 pm

    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!

  • Reply Kelley Powers 08/05/2016 at 2:04 pm

    My sons first day of kindergarten!!!

  • Reply Will GriesmerG 08/05/2016 at 2:00 pm

    Back to school!

  • Reply Candace Miller 08/05/2016 at 1:28 pm

    I would use it for my daughter’s 6th birthday.

  • Reply Kristin Henson 08/05/2016 at 12:57 pm

    Love buying new things for my growing chunked.

  • Reply Amanda S. 08/05/2016 at 12:54 pm

    I’d use it for my daughter, her birthday is coming up and she starts kindergarten! Eek!

  • Reply Shanna 08/05/2016 at 12:40 pm

    An Outfit for the first day of school !!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Dandi D 08/05/2016 at 12:38 pm

    I would love to get some new school outfits for my son and a dress for my baby girl!

  • Reply Beth Patterson 08/05/2016 at 12:33 pm

    I’d use it for my oldest son, I can’t keep up with how fast he grows.

  • Reply Kristi 08/05/2016 at 12:18 pm

    My son is will be in 1st grade and daughter is starting preschool!!

  • Reply Mary P. 08/05/2016 at 12:14 pm

    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!

  • Reply Aysha 08/05/2016 at 11:54 am

    Matching pajamas for Christmas!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/05/2016 at 12:01 pm

      Oooh you’re thinking ahead, so prepared. What a great idea!

  • Reply Heather D 08/05/2016 at 11:13 am

    Our girls have birthdays coming up. They grow so fast!

  • Reply brittany doerfler 08/05/2016 at 9:27 am

    I would use this gift card for my daughters first day of kindergarten outfit

  • Reply Samantha Plotkin 08/05/2016 at 8:15 am

    Matching outfits for my LO and baby #2!

  • Reply Mami2jcn 08/05/2016 at 7:59 am

    I would use it for my daughter’s birthday outfit.

  • Reply Candace Galan 08/04/2016 at 9:20 pm

    I need it for back to school clothes for my son starting kindergarten!

  • Reply Sarah Cool 08/04/2016 at 6:44 pm

    For the first day of kindergarden its coming way too fast

  • Reply Ashley Busse 08/04/2016 at 6:08 pm

    I would spend it on clothes for my son’s second grade school year!

  • Reply Gricelda Castro 08/04/2016 at 4:26 pm

    Back to School clothing!

  • Reply tiffany dayton 08/04/2016 at 2:26 pm

    I have a lot of nieces whose birthdays are coming up.

  • Reply Cindy Peterson 08/04/2016 at 1:56 pm

    I would use the gift card to celebrate with my niece on the birth of her baby.

  • Reply cassandra m 08/04/2016 at 1:29 pm

    I could see myself using the clothes for everything. The next event we are hosting is a birthday party though.

  • Reply Trinity 08/04/2016 at 1:11 pm

    My grandsons 3rd birthday! Thanks so much for the chance!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/04/2016 at 1:57 pm

      Good luck in the contest, Trinity, thanks for checking it out!

  • Reply Steve Weber 08/04/2016 at 10:04 am

    I would love give my nephew a sweeet little outfit for his first day of school.

  • Reply Shayna 08/04/2016 at 9:46 am


    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/04/2016 at 10:19 am

      Congrats on the first day of kinder and good luck in the contest!

  • Reply Nancy T 08/04/2016 at 9:27 am

    Vacation ~ while it doesn’t seem like a big step, meeting Thomas and Friends is going to be a huge experience for my son 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer M. 08/04/2016 at 9:18 am

    I would shop for the first day of 2nd grade!

  • Reply Jessica Padilla 08/04/2016 at 8:58 am

    I’d use it for picture day clothes. 🙂

  • Reply Kimberly Kihega 08/04/2016 at 8:53 am

    I would use on an outfit for the 1st day of school!

  • Reply Kelly D 08/04/2016 at 8:39 am

    I would buy a dress for my daughter to wear for the first day of 3rd grade.

  • Reply Valerie L 08/04/2016 at 8:38 am

    Cute pictures. Gymboree is a great place to shop for the kids

  • Reply Lauren Parker 08/04/2016 at 7:17 am

    Cutest pictures!! We love Gymboree too!

  • Reply MichelleS 08/04/2016 at 7:03 am

    I would use it for back to school!

  • Reply cole mckinnon 08/04/2016 at 6:44 am

    I’d use the card for my granddaughter’s birthday gift

  • Reply cole mckinnon 08/04/2016 at 6:42 am

    I’d use the card for my granddaughter’s birthday

  • Reply Julie Ikeda 08/04/2016 at 6:35 am

    I would use the gift card for a shopping spree for my little one’s birthday!

  • Reply Natalie 08/04/2016 at 5:27 am

    I would use the gift card to buy my niece a cute back to school outfit!

  • Reply Laura H 08/04/2016 at 3:02 am

    I’d use my gymboree card on a cute party dress for my daughter’s birthday party.

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/04/2016 at 8:14 am

      What a great way to use the gift card for a big special day!

  • Reply TabithaF 08/04/2016 at 3:02 am

    This is really cute and love this!! Enjoyed reading this blog!!

  • Reply Heydy 08/01/2016 at 10:32 pm

    What a great selection !

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/01/2016 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks, Gymboree has sooo much to choose from! I had fun picking these out with the kiddo 🙂

  • Reply Reichel 08/01/2016 at 7:34 pm

    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

  • Reply ValAroundTown 08/01/2016 at 9:31 am

    Such cute clothing and I love hearts and those socks are so adorable! Hope I win because I love to shop there!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/01/2016 at 1:14 pm

      I love hearts too! Yes, so many cute styles ?. Good luck!

  • Reply Bonnie 08/01/2016 at 7:41 am

    What a little model you have!! She’s precious!!

  • Reply Bonnie 08/01/2016 at 7:39 am

    What a little model you have! She’s precious!!

  • Reply Megan 08/01/2016 at 7:34 am

    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

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/01/2016 at 1:12 pm

      It’s such a big step! Hope your big day goes well, I know I’ll be a worry wort too.

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 08/01/2016 at 9:33 pm

      It came up way too fast! Congrats on your big day, too!

  • Reply Jessica 08/01/2016 at 5:47 am

    These styles are too cute! I’m obsessed with those glitter ballet flats!

  • Reply Angela Tolsma 07/31/2016 at 11:19 pm

    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!

  • Reply Sarah Zerbe 07/31/2016 at 6:42 pm

    Those outfits are too cute! It makes me want to be a little girl again.

  • Reply chanel van reenen 07/31/2016 at 11:39 am

    You’ve assembled the cutest outfits! And I love the picture of your cat 🙂

  • Reply Brittany 07/31/2016 at 10:24 am

    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! 🙂

  • Reply Julie @ trysmallthings 07/31/2016 at 6:09 am

    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!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 07/31/2016 at 7:50 am

      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 ?

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