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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.

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.

Shari Stamps

Founder at Navigating Parenthood
Shari created Navigating Parenthood so that expecting, new and new parents can find helpful gentle parenting & eco-focused resources as well as virtual & in-person support, services, events, and classes. As a mom of 5, postpartum educator & doula, lactation educator counselor, breastfeeding specialist, infant massage instructor, ICST, and baby-led sleep & well-being specialist she’s always learning something new. Join the journey via social at @NavigatingParenthood

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150 Comments

  1. 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).

  2. Alison Matalanis says:

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

  3. 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!

  4. sarah stine says:

    for christmas outfits

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

  6. Christina C. says:

    We would use this for her Christmas outfits!

  7. Brooke Farrington says:

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

    1. 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 ?

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

  9. Audra O'Hara says:

    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.

  10. Beth Hern says:

    I would use it for Back to School outfits.

  11. Aurora PL says:

    I will give it to my BFFs as a babyshower present

  12. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I’d use it for Halloween!

  13. We would use it for back to school outfits

  14. Sara Floyd says:

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

  15. I would use it for first day of school outfits

  16. Stacey Roberson says:

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Maria Jandres says:

    ALL THIS IDEAS are ver helpful and very productive.

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

  21. Jenna Avery says:

    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!

  22. Kelley Powers says:

    My sons first day of kindergarten!!!

  23. Will GriesmerG says:

    Back to school!

  24. Candace Miller says:

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

  25. Kristin Henson says:

    Love buying new things for my growing chunked.

  26. Amanda S. says:

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

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

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

  29. Beth Patterson says:

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

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

  31. 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!

  32. Matching pajamas for Christmas!

  33. Heather D says:

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

  34. brittany doerfler says:

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

  35. Samantha Plotkin says:

    Matching outfits for my LO and baby #2!

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

  37. Candace Galan says:

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

  38. Sarah Cool says:

    For the first day of kindergarden its coming way too fast

  39. Ashley Busse says:

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

  40. Gricelda Castro says:

    Back to School clothing!

  41. Cindy Peterson says:

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

  42. cassandra m says:

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

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

  44. Steve Weber says:

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

  45. MY SON IS ALSO STARTING KINDERGARTEN THIS YEAR, SO I WOULD USE IT FOR MY LITTLE MAN’S OUTFIT FOR HIS FIRST DAY !

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

  47. Jennifer M. says:

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

  48. Jessica Padilla says:

    I’d use it for picture day clothes. 🙂

  49. Kimberly Kihega says:

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

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

  51. Valerie L says:

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

  52. MichelleS says:

    I would use it for back to school!

  53. cole mckinnon says:

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

  54. cole mckinnon says:

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

  55. Julie Ikeda says:

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

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

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

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

  59. What a great selection !

  60. 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

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

  62. 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

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

  64. 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!

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

  66. 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! 🙂

  67. 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!

    1. 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 ?