Before you realize it, the school season is here with excited moms, dads, and kids ready to make everything special on the first day back. With school preparations in full swing, don’t forget about saving this important moment in family photos. Photo memories of your child’s first day of school make great keepsakes to show them later or to share with family. Once books and supplies are set, you can begin planning the perfect outfits for Mommy, Daddy, and your little ones to wear in your back to school photo session.
Here are a few back to school outfit ideas for every member of the family. So get your camera ready; you don’t want to miss this beautiful, adorable, and memorable moment of your lives!
Cute back to school outfit ideas for girls
Kudos to mommies and daddies who dress their kids well and teach their little ones the art of stylish dressing from a very young age. So to all such moms and dads, here are a number of trendy and cute back to school outfit ideas for your baby girl’s first day of school photos — whether she’s in preschool or the fourth grade.
Sources: 1. Carter’s Stripe Top & Shorts Set from Kohl’s, $13.99; 2. Knitworks Mock-Layer Cardigan & Skirt Set from Kohl’s, $32.40-$35.75
Photos aside, make sure you don’t choose a dress that’s uncomfortable for your princess. If you’re stuck on what to look for, you can opt to choose clothing featuring your child’s favorite cartoon character or something she loves dearly (like unicorns). Frocks with knee-length socks or a skirt and top are great go-to combos.
Now that you have her dress or top and bottoms decided, go for shoes that are comfy yet sturdy — you know how kids don’t like to sit still for even a second! Without a backpack your school preparations are incomplete, so find something in a color that’s cute, long-lasting, and goes well with most of her clothes.
Accessorize this cute little look with a girly hairdo embellished with tiny hair clips or just go for a ponytail. She’ll look perfect for her first day of school photo, and she’ll look forward to going to school and showing her friends her new outfit.
Quick tip: Go for darker or brighter clothing colors so you don’t see food spills or crayon marks when she comes back home!
Back to school outfit ideas for boys
Sources: 1. Forever 21 School Uniform Heathered Cardigan, $10.90; 2. Forever 21 School Uniform Polo, $7.90; 3. Forever 21 School Uniform Pants, $14.90; 4. Forever 21 Stones 62 Tee, $12.90; 5. Forever 21 Cargo Chino Shorts, $19.90
Choosing outfits for your little man can be relatively harder than shopping for girls. To keep it fun and perfectly styled, take your boys along when buying clothes for them, especially when it’s something for their first day of school.
Choose items with colors that match the overall theme of your family photos, but feel free to let them choose clothing featuring their favorite cartoon characters, musicians, or athletes. Style a tee with chino shorts and a cap. Match their school bag with the look you’ve chosen for their first day photo.
Bags and shoes are usually what boys are really interested in, so let them choose theirs if they want.
Cute back to school outfits for Mommy
Now that you’ve got your children’s clothes figured out, it’s time for mommy to pick her outfit. Choose something that matches the colors your kid is wearing. The whole family doesn’t have to be matching, but a bit of color coordination looks great in pictures!
If you prefer to keep things a bit more casual, a blouse or cuffed T-shirt are the perfect way to look amazing without feeling too dressed down for your family photo.
Sources: 1. Dana Buchman Dina Dome Convertible Satchel from Kohl’s, $41.40; 2. Peugeot Rose Gold Tone Watch from Kohl’s, $58.80
Accessorize your outfit with delicate jewels and a watch. A purse isn’t necessary for your photo session, but treating yourself to a statement-making bag means you’ll have your things organized and ready to go as well as your kid’s things, too.
Quick tip: While saving money on your best buys, don’t ever compromise on quality. If you’re buying some high-end clothes, which can’t be brought at prices as low as $20, then you should look for quality offered with a guarantee. The best way to buy these products is to look for brands that offer a lifetime warranty.
Back to school outfit ideas for Daddy dearest
Sources: 1. G.H Bass & Co. Solid Cross Hatch Short Sleeve Shirt from Macy’s, $21.99; 2. Dockers D4 Relaxed Fit Comfort Khaki Flat Front Pants from Macy’s, $21.99
Dad should be comfy, too, and a casual button-down shirt in the same color family as your kid’s outfit works perfectly. Khakis are also a great choice for Dad since they can easily be dressed up or down.
Sources: 1. John Ashford Big & Tall Long Sleeve Tonal Shadow Striped Shirt from Macy’s, $14.99; 2 & 3. Ryan Seacrest Distinction Black Stripe Suit Separates from Macy’s, $209.99 & $89.99
If Dad prefers to dress up or if you’re going for a more formal family portrait, you have lots of color options for dress shirts. Suits tend to be neutral, so if you’re really going all out it should be easy for Dad to strut his stuff in a navy, black, tan, or gray suit and still match the rest of the family.
Source: 1. The Tie Bar Medallion Form Light Blue Skinny Tie, $19
Once Dad’s set with his dress shirt — or suit! — pair it with a matching tie. If his dress shirt is neutral, choose a bold-colored tie that goes along with the color your family’s flaunting in your portraits.
Tips to remember
- Frugality is a good practice, especially when you have kids. You don’t just have to buy clothes or other essentials for yourself, but for them, too. Search for stores that offer you great stuff at an affordable price.
You can easily keep to your budget by shopping at great back to school sales like these!
- There’s no secret to searching for sales. Make sure you keep checking your favorite stores or websites like Coupons.com.
You’ll be so proud seeing your kid grown up and making it on their own in school! Best of all, you’ll be able to remember this moment forever with photo keepsakes. What school outfit ideas have you picked out for your little ones’ back to school photos? Share them with us in the comments below!
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