Bonding Over Back to School Shopping
I’m not a big shopper. Aside from my annual Mother’s Day outlet adventure with my mom, sister and sister-in-law, I’m typically an “on a mission” clothes shopper. I wait until I need something specific and I go out to get it. But there’s something about back to school clothes shopping that has me giddy.
I chalk this up to the fact that I wore a school uniform from grades 3 – 12. Trust me – wearing a uniform was convenient in so many ways (ahem, extra morning sleep time from not having to rip apart my closet trying to coordinate an outfit). And by a great stroke of luck, Olivia has inherited a slew of hand-me-downs from a friend whose mom is a self-proclaimed “shopaholic.” So we haven’t really had to buy many clothes over the past few years.
But entering Kindergarten is a rite of passage. One that deserves new clothes and back-to-school outfits that Olivia can pick out independently to showcase her own style. Plus, there’s always the mandatory “first day of school” photo. I’ve been waiting a year for my turn to post adorable back to school pics on Facebook.
Our Back to School Shopping Adventure
So, with two weeks to go we trekked to the outlets last weekend. It didn’t end up being my dreamed mommy-daughter outing complete with a girls lunch. It was more like a family stop on the way to my niece’s birthday party. But our back-to-school shopping outing was definitely fun. I knew I wanted to let Olivia make her own choices (with a wee bit of guidance). She did awesome – picking out cute dresses, fun tees, play skirts, and a bright pink kitty sweatshirt (because we all need one of those for sure!) for her back-to-school outfits.
I can’t wait to see what she chooses as her first day of school outfit. It doesn’t matter as long as I get a pic to post on Facebook.