It's that time of year again - the kids are going to be heading back to school, and they need new outfits. Many times, it's because they've outgrown last year's clothes. Other reasons include changing fashion trends and tastes. Regardless of the reasons, your kids are going to need new clothes before heading back to school. Are there any other options besides the traditional retail shops? Is there a way to go about this creatively?
The answer is yes. Here are some creative options for back-to-school clothes shopping.
Do your kids come to you complaining that they have "nothing to wear"? It's pretty doubtful that they really have nothing; it just seems like nothing. Take some time to assess your kids' wardrobes and really discern what they have. Chances are, you're going to find some decent clothes that fit that can be worn again. They might even be clothes that have been so long forgotten that they will seem new again!
Break out the Needle and Thread
If you can sew, now is the time to get your sewing machine out. (And if you can't sew, maybe now is a good time to learn!) You can recycle old clothes artfully with some well-places stitches. For example, let hems out or cut and hem worn-out pants to make shorts. If you can do some needlework, you can get creative and cover stains and small holes on clothes that otherwise fit fine.
Give Old Outfits a New Look
While you are going through the bureaus and closets of your kids, try to mix and match and put together new outfits. You can create a whole new look by mixing and matching, especially if your child has items in similar or neutral colors.
Shop for Used Clothes
Watch for consignment sales in your area, and since it's the end of summer, keep an eye out for yard sales. It's amazing what you can find at these second-hand options, sometimes even name-brand clothes that kids really like. While you're shopping creatively for used clothes, don't forget the internet. Yard sales are moving online these days, so take advantage of the local and larger groups selling used items online.
Watch for Sales
Of course, watching for sales keeps your clothing bill lower; but if you watch for sales creatively, you can combine these events with some of the above options to create a whole new wardrobe for the school year.