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5 Back to school must haves from Sears

Back to school must haves

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I can’t believe that my sweet little Evan will be starting preschool this year. In fact, I get a bit of a lump in my throat just thinking about how fast the time since his birth has passed!

While I do feel a little sentimental about this milestone, I’m also overjoyed for him. I know he’s ready to have some new experiences, meet some new friends, and learn a lot! He’s also very excited about the details, including getting to choose a special backpack and some cool “big boy” clothes.

Recently, Evan and I made a trip to Sears to do a little shopping. Keep reading to check out my top 5 back to school must haves—you can find all of them at Sears!

5 back to school must haves

1. A Cool Backpack: While your preschooler may not be interested in fashion, he or she is probably pretty psyched about the prospect of choosing a cool new backpack. Let your kiddo choose a backpack that reflects his or her personality.

My little superhero chose a fun Iron Man 3 backpack, which was 50% off at Sears!

Back to school must haves

2. Graphic Tees: Preschool is all about having fun and making friends, and these bright graphic tees area great way to let your child express his or her exuberant personality. Paired with some great denim, these graphic t-shirts will be a hit.


3. Mix and match: Preschool-style should be no fuss, so be sure to pick up plenty of pieces that can be mixed and matched. These great striped tops can be worn with khaki’s or denim. Wear short-sleeved shirts over a long-sleeved thermal to transition into fall and winter.

Back to school must haves

4. Durable denim: When it comes to comfort, durability, and style, you just can’t beat good denim. Sears has a great selection of denim to fit any budget. We loved the name-brand choices, and I’m particularly a fan of Lee Dungarees. I find the Lee brand for kids to be extremely soft, and Evan tells me they are comfortable.

Also, notice the belt on these jeans? It’s a snap belt—brilliant!

Back to school must haves

5. Comfortable necessities: Don’t forget to stock-up on socks, underwear, and undershirts to start a new school year. We love the Joe Boxer brand at Sears because of the softness. They also hold up really well over time and multiple washings, which I love.

Back to school must haves

Pay it forward

We also picked up an extra backpack and top to donate to a child in need. I could tell Evan felt really good about dropping off these items in his preschool’s Project School Tools box.

This gave us a great opportunity to discuss the importance of helping others.

Back to school must haves

My little guy is all set to start preschool, and he’s really proud of his cool new backpack and school clothes from Sears!

Back to school must haves

Here’s to a great school year!

Back to school must haves

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Do you have a child/children heading off to school this fall? What is your best back-to-school fashion tip?


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  1. Stacie — August 13, 2013 @ 6:54 pm (#)

    Great finds! Evan will be all set for his first day of school. I can remember when my first went to school for the very first time. It was hard, but she loved it and that made me happy! I think it’s harder on the parents sometimes than the kids because they adapt so easily.


  2. Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog) — August 13, 2013 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    I do. My little girl started 1st grade on Monday. I never thought to check out Sears for back to school. Looks like you hit a lot of great sales. Evan is getting so big. I don’t think I have any real fashion tips, expect, lots of comfy socks and shoes that will match a lot of outfits.


  3. Ellen Christian — August 13, 2013 @ 7:09 pm (#)

    Very stylish! Mix & match is so important at that age!


  4. Staci — August 13, 2013 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    Well, my older 2 are headed back to college but the younger three will be home with me for school. But that doesn’t stop them from wanting new clothes. Luckily, they all 3 wear the same size so it makes it a bit easier, at least. My best tip is to buy clothes that you can easily mix and match and wear several different ways.


  5. Desiree Fawn — August 14, 2013 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    I love that first picture — what a sweetheart :)

    My daughter is starting JK this year and she is so thrilled to go back to school shopping. Can’t wait!


  6. Crystal — August 14, 2013 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    I have a Sophomore in college and a Junior in high school….sniff, sniff. Time has gone by way too fast!! I miss the days when they were little.


  7. Aly M. — August 15, 2013 @ 8:02 pm (#)

    My son is only 2, but my niece will be starting school this year and we are all very excited for her! Love the Iron Man backpack you got for Evan.


  8. Karen Ziemkowski — August 15, 2013 @ 10:07 pm (#)

    Evan is so cute, and he looks like such a big boy now, especially with his Iron Man backpack!! I love all those cool looking graphic tees — will definitely have to check out Sears for some new outfits for my boys this fall!


  9. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy — August 27, 2013 @ 11:46 pm (#)

    We always buy a backpack every year for each kid. We let them pick out whatever they want.


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