When I was a kid, I couldn't wait for the first day of school. We weren't big shoppers in our house, and we only got new clothes for the first day of school, Christmas and Easter. So those new items were coveted and fawned over. I usually laid them across the end of my bed so that I could see them first thing in the morning and lay my eyes on them for the hours it might take to dose off in the evening.
One year, I was especially thrilled with my new school clothes. (Now, remember, I went to school in the 70's, so don't judge!) I had light purple corduroy knickers, a white blouse with a ribbon bow tie, and a pink and purple plaid blazer. I wore this outfit of wonder with white knee socks and, believe it or not, sneakers.
I was such a fashionable preteen. I had super straight - and super greasy! - hair, glasses and braces. Truly, it's amazing that I even made it out of middle school that year. The teasing was incredible.
Clothes can make or break your child at school, or so it seems. From popped collars to Izod alligators on shirts, from Levi jeans to Coach handbags - all types of things are "in" and then, just as quickly, "out". I've been super thankful that my children attend a school which requires uniforms. It makes for less arguments all around - both during the school year and also on a daily "get yourself dressed for school" basis. The use of uniforms, though, means that we don't get to experience the joys of back to school shopping for clothes - just for notebooks and pens, and those don't hold quite the same level of fascination as, let's say, locating a pair of "good butt" jeans.
Now that I have two older daughters in public high school, I can see the clothing writing on the wall. They have already decided their first day of school outfits, swapping this pair of jeans for that skirt, and tried on countless t shirts with multiple necklace choices. I don't know if they are worried about starting school at all - merely just worried about wearing the "right" thing.
Whatever the right thing is right now.
What do you remember most about your clothing for the first day of school? What’s been
your most memorable outfit? Has your child picked anything that created a special memory?