The Fashion Magpie Back to School Outfits and Accessories

Back to School Outfits + Accessories for Children.

*Image above via Cheree Berry Paper featuring their adorable school pennants.

I can’t believe how quickly school is coming up! Today, sharing a few outfits and accessories to contemplate as we head towards fall. I will have a separate post going into depth on children’s backpacks and lunchboxes on Monday!

For girls, I am a sucker for the embroidered school-themed dresses, and I especially love this Cecil & Lou (under $40) and this Lullaby Set this year. Mini wore this Cadence dress from Bellabliss a few years ago and it was charming.

For boys, I’m drawn to a button-down in a cheering gingham with shorts and Keds. Crisp, classic, handsome. I’m torn between that look or this Minnow shirt with these shorts and floafers.

I have used this reversible first day / last day flag for several years — I love that you don’t need a separate one for each grade level, and it has the “last day” on the back! I got ours in navy with a gold ribbon, thinking it’d be timeless and gender-neutral. If you want a designated pennant for each year — Cheree Baby Paper!!!

My favorite back-to-school book is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn — it’s a sweet and reassuring book about separating from parents. Mini also loves this Amelia Bedelia, which is characteristically punny, but also has a lovely message that humanizes the teacher.

Buying back to school jammies like these or these is a good way to celebrate and mark the eve of the big day — we’ve also done things like calendar count-downs (where we cross off each day until the start of school) in years past. I think doing little things to really drum up the excitement go a long way — even making specially-shaped waffles in a heart or something out of the ordinary.

LULLABY SET APPLE DRESS // CHUS RED CANVAS BOW SHOES // THE KISSING HAND BOOK // ERIN WALLACE BACKPACK TAG // LACOSTE POLO // TBBC PLAID SHORTS // ERIN WALLACE STICKER LABELS // FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN FLAG // LITTLE ENGLISH RED GINGHAM BUTTON-DOWN // FLUF TOMATO LUNCHBOX // HIHEART RAIN JACKET // LUNCHBOX NOTES // CPC KIDS PETER PAN COLLAR BLUE DRESS // CIENTA MARY JANES // FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL CHALKBOARD // CECIL AND LOU GREEN GINGHAM DRESS // AMELIA BEDELIA BOOK // KEDS GRAHAM SNEAKERS // EKOBO BENTO LUNCHBOX // TBBC APPLE JON JON // FLUF SNACK MAT

The Back to School Boutique.

P.S. Mama mia, I was so crushed when my son started at Montessori.

P.P.S. Transitions are hard.

P.P.P.S. Home organization inspo. I find that when things seem crazy, it helps to put my home in order.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for this! It’s my first year dealing with uniforms, ugh. And not cute ones, just a solid color polo shirt (or dress) with black, navy, or khaki bottoms. I love that CPC polo you linked, but it’s sold out (and a bit above what I’ve been spending at target, ha!) as were similar styles on Amazon. I guess I’m just venting about the lack of cute polo shirts with flair! I need a Peter Pan collar, or ruffles, or a puff sleeve…something! [End rant ;)]

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