My kids have all been in uniforms for the past few years, but this year A is entering middle school and so for her, things are changing! She’s at the same school (it runs from preschool – 8th) but the middle school policy is free dress to give tweens new privileges.
Or to fund the local mall.
Something like that.
ANYWAY, today we went shopping! I honestly have done SO LITTLE in-person shopping with the kids over the years. When they were younger, I just ordered clothes online. Then . . . uniforms! We did do a ($$$) camp shopping spree before sleep away camp in 2022, but that was pretty much it. I even get shoes for them online a lot of the time and mostly it works out.
Tween shopping is a whole new world. A is not yet adult sized (she’s currently 4’9″), but does not want to wear super ‘kid’ looking gear (I mean – middle school! I get it). It actually took me a while to think about where to take her and finally settled on our local outlet mall which happens to have a (regular, non-outlet) Abercrombie Kids.
Anyway, she found a bunch of stuff, and we supplemented with Gap / Nike outlet finds. It felt a little unfair to shop just for her but . . . well, uniforms. We did get each kid a shirt.
Why jeans vs shorts, in this weather? There is a strict length rule on shorts (and also a rule against tank tops, neither of which I personally agree with, but she will follow them) and she prefers pants/skirts to ‘long’ shorts. Makes sense.
After shipping we ate ice cream sandwiches for lunch! I’ve been generally eating better lately (more protein! fewer processed things! less sugar!) but this felt right.
Then I ran home to record a podcast. Next week it will be back to regular ‘work’ days on Tues/Thurs but this week is mostly back to school prep.
Where do you shop with your tweens? How opinionated are they about styles?