How We Save Every Year on Back-to-School Clothes

Cue the quiet groans and joyous squeals (depending on your thoughts on back-to-school talk, I guess).

This post is SO not like me at all, but eeeeeeevery now and then I get a wild hair and chat fashion. Because hello?! Clothes are fun! Even if half of mine are splattered with old paint. #DIYerProblems

It’s one of those subjects I felt was worth talking about because even though budget-focused decor is the usual around here, I’m a mom first and foremost, and handling the back-to-school shopping definitely qualifies as one of those things a lot of us could use some help on.

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

Total honesty: my kids aren’t the ones who will ever wear boutique labels on my dime. Not because I don’t think they’re cute because gosh darn it they’re CUTE! But the reality is I’m all for my kiddos splattering paint too just like Mommy.

I want these babes of mine to climb trees and get dirty on the school playground because dirt = fun = learning. And there are equally as adorable budget find clothes in the world. Kids don’t give a darn about labels. #realtalk

There are only two ways we typically spend money on back-to-school clothes every year:

1. Secondhand

2. Walmart

That’s it. Always have, always will.

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

So this year, I snagged a bunch of cuuuuuute Walmart back-to-school clothes for Olivia like I do every summer. (Because she’s going into first grade in a couple of weeks! Seriously how is this already happening?!!!)

And I surprised her with a huge haul that she was so thrilled to show-off in a little fashion show, in case any of y’all are planning the back-to-school wardrobe and have a fashionista on your hands.

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

1. Back-to-School Outfit 1

Floral A-Line Dress | Mary Jane Crocs

Can I please get this dress in my size? ‘Kay, thanks. 😉

The tricky thing is our weather is sometimes in the 90s all the way until October, so a lot of the clothes we got can be worn in cooler weather later in the year with leggings, cardigans, boots, and jackets.

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

2. Back-to-School Outfit 2

Chambray Shift Dress | Bow Sandals

Olivia has already worn this dress 3 times, and it’ll be a miracle if she doesn’t destroy it before the first day of school.

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

3. Back-to-School Outfit 3

Lemon & Lilac Dress | Washed Denim Jacket | Mary Jane Crocs

Would you expect anything less than dancing around a lemonade stand while wearing a lemon dress? No.

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

4. Back-to-School Outfit 4

Faux Wrap Dress | Sandals | Sequin Unicorn Backpack

This little dress is going to be around quite a while since she’ll be able to layer it with a jacket, leggings, and boots in the fall. Dresses rock! Also, I’m pretty sure I had a dress a lot like this in 1993. 😉

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

5. Back-to-School Outfit 5

Blouse | Peek-a-Boo Crochet Cropped Jeans | Blush Bow Slide-On Shoes

This shirt came with a matching choker necklace, and you would have thought I handed her the world. Why does she look like a little teenager in this picture?!!!

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

6. Back-to-School Outfit 6

Floral Cropped Jeans | Navy Eyelet Top | Bow Slide-On Shoes

Fair warning: these pants run large, so I have to return them to size down because it doesn’t have the adjustable elastic belt inside the waist. But look how adorable!!!

The main resource we use to shop for budget-conscious back-to-school clothes every year + outfits that can transition from summer to fall with layering.

7. Back-to-School Outfit 7

Flamingo Tee | Cropped Crochet Jeans | Bow Slide-On Shoes

Olivia is obsessed with everything flamingo-related. When she was little, she named every flamingo she ever encountered “Frank”. Last year, she had a flamingo themed pool party. Hence, the “Frank” shirt had to happen.

Walmart stepped up their game this year, for real.

P.S. If you want to see any other (rare) past fashion posts, you can see how I dress my “mom bod pooch” here, and you can see how I shop secondhand clothes online here.

Are you ready yet?! Are you kiddos already back or are you in the after Labor Day crowd?

It doesn’t even seem possible that it’s already here.

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  1. Lauren, Olivia is adorable and the outfits rock, especially for first grade!. What a great fashion show. She should be a model!

  2. My daughter is starting kindergarten in 2 weeks! We’re the same way on clothes…either hand me downs from cousins, second hand or WalMart. Oh and my aunt sews all kinds of dresses for her. She grows way too quick to spend a ton of money on clothes! I am loving all the outfits you picked!