Reader Request: Girls Back to School Clothes

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I got a request yesterday from Angie saying,
Hi Madeline! I have been looking for new clothes for my kids before school starts, but I'm having a hard time finding cute things for my girls. The 80's, rock-star, punky t-shirt fashions are everywhere and can I just say, UGH?! I love your style as it is very similar to my own. I'd like my girls to also dress more femininely, but can't find what I'm looking for without paying a fortune at J.Crew! I'd love to see some tips on your blog featuring back-to-school kids clothes, if you have time! Thanks!!

So I went on a hunt for girls pieces that fit my style (and hopefully a little bit of the crewcut style {check out their outfits for more inspiration}).

I found these great girls outfits over at HGT81, Forever21's kids section. My favorite aspects of these adorably accessible outfits are the fun pattern play, the awesome use of layering, the slim pants, the cute accessories, and the use of simple flats. I pulled together a few pieces that could mix and match with pieces your kids already have.

1 - Thin Satin Floral Headband - Forever 21 - $3.80
2 - Striped Boatneck Top - HGT81 - $6.00 (Orig. $7.90)
3 - Leopard Fiona Ballet Flat - Payless - $14.99 {BOGO is in full swing, so I suggest getting more than 1 pair}
4 - Solid Knit Leggings - HGT81 - $4.25 (Orig. $4.90)
5 - Classic Construction Jeggings - HGT81 - $7.00 (Orig. $10.90)
6 - Striped Sweater Cardigan - HGT21 - $10.00 (Orig. $16.90)
7 - If The Shoe Fits Tee - HGT21 - $12.90 {similar here}
8 - Floral Stitched Peasant Top - HGT81 - $14.90
9 - Woven Flowered Top - HGT81 - $5.99 (Orig. $16.90)
10 - Twinkling Toes Tee - HGT81 - $12.90
11 - Sweet Gingham Woven Shirt - HGT81 - $19.90
12 - Stamped Foliage Tunic - HGT81 - $12.90
13 - Little Bow Hair Clips - Forever 21 - $2.50

And did you notice everything is under $20 (and all but one are under $15)? I feel pretty good about that. Any tips you all want to share about getting a more sophisticated look for your daughter without breaking the bank? And of course any sale tips are always appreciated. Leave your thoughts below.

Happy Shopping.

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  1. Wow! Thanks so much Madeline! I really appreciate these ideas. Your mix-and-match approach is genius. Thanks for helping me get a running start on school shopping for my girls! I'm probably the last to know there was a Forever 21 for kids!

  2. What lovely finds! I wish some of them came in my size. :)

    1. i wish they came in my size too they are like sooooo cute

  3. cute HGT81 picks! I usually find great stuff in the kids department at H&M.

  4. I didn't know there was a F21 for kids either! Love the pieces you put together. It would make a great wardrobe for any girl! And it's a great start for the shopping date I have with my little girl.

  5. Thank you for this heads up! I will definitely be taking my daughter to F21 for back to school.

  6. Those are such cute outfits! I can't wait until I have kids and can dress them all cute. I especially love her with the top knot!

  7. I just went and picked out 3 back to school outfits for my girls. Thanks for pointing my in their direction.

  8. I love HGT81 for my girls. The styles are fun and appropriate and the price is always great.

  9. it wrong that I would like some of these outfits for myself? haha.

  10. What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!
    Girl Clothes

  11. Love it! I have 2 daughters! One is 8 and the other one is 6 months old and i bought my 8 year old Ellie all the outfits and she is in a private school in nyc! the prices are great

  12. these clothes are unique for girls they are cool


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