I can’t believe the summer is coming to an end. I’m not too happy to have to get back on a schedule and swap days at the pool and beach for days of carpool and homework. But, watching the kids kick off another year filled with new things to learn is a pretty exciting part of parenting. Maggie learned so much last year in Kindergarten and now her little sister Alex is ready to follow suit. This year is Maggie’s first year of full day school, so 1st grade will mean another big year of learning for her.
One of the fun parts of end of summer/ Back to School season is picking out first day of school outfits and school clothes. My favorite clothes to buy for the kids are school clothes. I wore a school uniform from kindergarten until I got to college, and always envied the kids who picked out a full wardrobe of fun fall clothes, while I was stuck in a plaid jumper and white shirt. In high school I even had uniform shoes. Maggie and Alex like picking out their own clothes each day for school, but still let me have a bit of a say in what we buy.
For the 3rd year in a row, the majority of our school clothes are Mini Boden. I like shopping the Mini Boden line for my kids because I know they are high quality clothes that will hold up to lots of playing outdoors, washing and even passing on to younger siblings. Even the shoes always last until they outgrow them. Maggie and Alex love Boden clothes because: they are comfortable and have animals on them (Maggie) have beautiful dresses (Alex).
This year, Boden has a new size range for kidswear, which means so many more styles to choose from. Baby now goes up to 4, Mini Boden goes up to size 12 and the Johnnie B. line starts at 5-6y.
When we were picking out school clothes, we couldn’t leave out the little brothers when I saw these “smart” cardigans with trucks on them!
Along with awesome school clothes, Boden has great Back to School essentials and accessories like back packs, lunch bags, pencil cases, socks, underwear and more.
Some of our favorites for girls:
Twirly Dress: This dress was Maggie’s pick for the first day of school. She (of course) picked the squirrel pattern. It’s bright, fun and super twirly. It’s light weight and short sleeves for the warm first months of school and they looks adorable layered with a sweater when it gets cold.
Tights: The Boden tights are made to last! There are adorable designs with animals on the knees this season. The cable tights are the warmest tights i’ve found for kids. They are thicker than leggings and if you have a little girl that refuses pants (even when it’s below freezing) these are the perfect compromise.
Corduroy Skirts: We’ve had quite a few corduroy skirts from Boden over the past few school years and they hold up so well to washing. This year they have a few different styles and patterns. Our favorite is the “hedgehog” print! Julie got this cute corduroy jumper for Abby for preschool:
Sweaters: The Mini Boden sweaters for girls are our favorite sweaters by far. They are well made, very warm and come in so many great colors. Also, how pretty are the details on this sweater?
Boots: This is our third fall/winter with Boden boots. They are comfortable, easy to get on/off and last all season.
Mary Janes: Mary Janes are adorable for school and Boden’s are comfy and come in great colors and patterns. There are traditional leather Mary Janes that come in navy or red. There’s also a Mary Jane that comes in a fun leopard or glitter print too!
Some of our favorites for boys:
Tops & Tees: The Boden tees are perfect for boys. The tees are comfortable and durable, perfect for boys’ rough and tough everyday play! I love that their tees are made to last. Even after many washings, Boden tees still look as good as new. I love the classic looks of their tees, including the classic striped t-shirt and the sports stripe tee.
Sweatshirts: Fall arrives quickly after school starts, so one of our back to essential for the boys are some new hoodies and sweatshirts. We love sweatshirts and hoodies because the boys aren’t huge coat fans wants, so the longer we can stay in hoodies and sweatshirts then the happier that they will be. I love to find sweatshirts that are classic and neutral, allowing them to mix and match with a lot of different outfits. The Essential Sweatshirt is perfect for everyday wear because it is super comfortable & casual. I also love the Herringbone Zip-Through Sweatshirt, which is perfect for cool fall mornings because you can just quickly zip it on over your clothes before you head out to catch the bus.
Sweatpants and Joggers: The boys are a lot like their mom & don’t love the feel of stiff and uncomfortable jeans! Most days, you will find the boys in a pair of sweatpants, a back to school essential if you have boys at home. Boden has great selection on cute, but comfortable, sweatpants and joggers. Two of our favorite finds for the back to school season are the All Action Sweatpants and the Everyday Joggers.
Sneakers: Every boy needs sneakers & why not add a little fun into their daily life with these brightly colored suede sneakers. They are super stylish and the boys love the glow in the dark laces that come with them!
We hope you take some time to browse the awesome Back to School collection from Boden. For our readers, we are excited to share a coupon code: 7P6R that will give you 15% off. Plus, we are super excited to kick off a HUGE giveaway from Boden where one lucky winner will receive a $750 Boden gift credit! All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. We’re excited to host this giveaway with 7 other awesome blogs! Be sure to visit their sites to see the great Mini Boden Back to School outfits they put together for their children. By visiting all of the blogs, you’ll have a chance to see over 20 ways to style the adorable clothes Boden has this season.