I cannot even believe I am going to say this, you guys … but it’s Back-To-School o’clock; time to start making those supply lists and taking the kiddos shopping to scoop up back-to-school trends & threads they can confidently strut down the hallways.
As I’ve said before here on the blog, when it comes down to seasonal wardrobe shopping and Christmas shopping, I am a BIG fan of outlet hauling.
Ok. Ok. I admit that there isn’t actually ever a time that I’m not a big fan of outlet shopping– BUT…. Back-To-School and Holiday are always my two favorites.
This week, I hosted a fun Back-To-School Fashion Find at my favorite indoor outlet mall, The Mills At Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, NJ (home of Alexander Hamilton and city “where you can eat around the world without a passport“)
Over 200 outlet stores, 13 fab Jersey bloggers, 1 mission: To hunt down some of the hottest deals and styles for students returning to the classroom this fall– and I’m happy to say mission accomplished!
You can get the a sneak peek into the event via the Twitter widget below
You may have seen my Insta-takeovers with The Mills At Jersey Gardens, if you follow us on Instagram. I love sharing my favorite deals and the latest styles and deals from there. When I go I usually spend the day because it is HUGE– and?? they’re planning a huge expansion for 2018 that will include 80 stores and restaurants! I may have to start making it a weekend getaway spot! ha!
Kate Spade is actually opening up an outlet there next week (Aug 5th to be exact!) and there is also going to be a huge “For The Love Of Shoes” event going on September 3rd – 30th!
So you know when you’ll be able to fine me there again, right?
2016 Back To School Style Trends
Let me start by saying that “90’s throwback” continues to be an over arching theme to school style this year. Everything old is new again, and this list is going to make you wish you held on to your favorite styles from middle school.
Distressed Denim & Patches
Distressed denim is definitely a hot trend (that I personally hope never goes away), but it can be a bit of a dress code faux pax at school. Luckily, this year patches are making a come back, so kids can wear their denim and not have to worry about getting detention for hole-y jeans.
Choker Necklaces and Fall Florals
I told you, the 90’s are taking over! Stores like Garage, H&M and Forever 21 are your go-tos for these trendy pieces at affordable prices. Fall florals with a grungy-vibe are all the rage for back to school. While I must admit that choker necklaces were a trend I was hoping would stay at bay, the kids over ruled this 30-something. Tattoo necklace-fans rejoice!
In the 90’s everyone I know had a pair of these classic Adidas sneakers, and now they are back in demand. These are shoes that will be worn-to-death– they’re stylish comfy and go with ev.er.y.thing! The Mills At Jersey Gardens has an Adidas outlet that is currently running a sale of Buy1, Get 1 50% off! Does it get better than that?
When we think of fall jackets, we usually think denim– which of course is still in style– but bomber jackets are huge this season for both boys and girls. The beauty of these jackets are that they are they can keep warm in chilly weather– without feeling overly bulky!
Ballerina Tops & Bodysuits
I remember wearing bodysuits all.the.time. in middle school– and yep! they too, are back! A sister to the body suit is the ballerina top, which is also soft and fitted like a body suit. As you start to peruse the isles for your back to school shopping you’ll see that you can find these tops in florals, stripes and even with graphic prints.
Emojis are every where you look – from lunch boxes, to patches, leggings and shirts… and who can blame kids, these little faces are pretty adorable. This trend is obviously not from the 90s BUT, had emoji’s been around– I would put money on kids rocking them with their cross color jeans (<– which, nope! Those are NOT– i repeat are NOT back– whew!)