It's almost that time of year again, back-to-school. Each year, my girls look forward to going back-to-school shopping. Let's be honest, my girls look forward to shopping period but back-to-school is special to them because they go to a school where they have to wear uniforms. The only way they can express their own individual style is through their hair, socks, shoes, jewelry and school supplies because their uniforms all look the same. It sounds like such a small thing but I've learned that these back-to-school shopping trips are very important to my girls.
It's all about the tiny details when we shop back-to-school. Sure every back-to-school shopping list has pencils and folders and backpacks and lunchboxes and these things seem unimportant in the grand scheme of things to the average student but when it's your only way to let your own personal sense of style shine through, it becomes a really big deal. So we spend a few days each summer shopping for accessories like it's our job and we have a great time doing it together
The other day the girls and I headed to Target to get a jump on our accessory shopping and did the girls have a ball. People think my girls look alike because they are both tall with long blonde hair and blue eyes. I don't see it but there are even teachers at their school who call them twins. They go to the same school, share a lot of the same friends and do all the same activities so their identities are really wrapped up in one another. They like that but at the same time, they want to be seen as themselves. I get that. Nobody wants to be somebody else's shadow or someone else's expectation to live up to.
It's fun to see where their little imaginations take them when let loose in a department store and in these moments is when I can really see how different they are from one another. My little one is in to animal prints and boho chic while my older one is into peace signs, chevron and more preppy choices. I love to watch them shop and develop their own style. I like the fierce independence that I see in them while looking for pieces to make their uniform "pop". To the outsider it looks like kids just choosing pieces to wear for back-to-school but I know how very meticulously sought after and coordinated each piece is to their personality.
For them, it's exciting to pick out funky shoes or ankle socks with white cuffs but hidden animal prints on the part that is covered by shoes. Headbands, socks and even underwear have become expressive pieces of their outfit. They find ways to shine in these little pieces of themselves that give the world glimpses into their personality. In a sea of navy and red, a pair of funky boots or a retro neon hair bow or even the exact perfect pair of dangly earrings can make you stand out.
Just like in life, for us, in back-to-school, the little things, the things that would normally go unnoticed, set us apart from the group. The sparkle is what helps us to shine from the inside out.
How does your child show their individual style in their back-to-school choices?