Published on july 25, 2018

6 Cute Back to School Outfits for Boys & Girls for 2018

written by Team thredUP

It’s that time of the year again. Summer’s winding down, the little ones are refreshed after their vacay adventures, and (hopefully) raring to get back to school! Now it’s crunch time to get them ready and you’ve got a long checklist of books, stationary, and, last but not least, back to school clothes!

Shopping for kids’ clothes on a budget can be stressful, that’s why we’ve put together some easy back to school outfits for boys and girls that’ll make their first day (and every day) a memorable one!

Transitional Layers

As summer cools and moves into fall, make sure your little one goes back to school fully prepared for moody weather. Layer up with hoodies, sweaters, leggings, and all fall essentials!

FOR HER: Play around with layering by matching a patterned skirt with leggings, or a cute dress over a long-sleeved shirt. Shield them from sudden drops in temperature with a light kids’ jacket! Gap Kids offers a versatile range of kids’ essentials that will be perfect for layering.

FOR HIM: Opt for pants like jeans or cargo pants instead of shorts, and layer a long-sleeve top under their favorite graphic T-shirt. Durable and comfy kids’ essentials from Old Navy are ideal for transitional weather.

Sports Day Style

Keep them comfy during recess and any active event with something stretchy, flexible, and fun! Durability is key, so look to tougher fabrics like denim jeans or cargo pants. It’ll save you a second trip to the store.

FOR HER: Playful patterns are the perfect way to set the tone for the rest of the year! Opt for easy graphic T-shirts and sweatpants for extra comfort, and don’t forget a track jacket for cooler days! Brands like Justice and Gymboree offer bright and colorful kids’ clothes that she’ll love.

FOR HIM: Easy is the way to go when it comes to dressing an active kid. Make a graphic T-shirt from Hanna Andersson an everyday staple, alongside some sturdy Gap Kids jeans or Carter’s sweatpants.

Picture Day Perfect

Get them excited for Picture Day by dressing them up in their favorite layers. For the style mamas out there, have a little fun and let them get creative with their outfit! Whatever they come up will be a memory you’ll want to frame forever.

FOR HER: sparkly dress or their favorite sweater from Gymboree is sure to be a hit on the playground. For more polished kids’ styles that’ll make your tiny star shine, look to brands like Janie & Jack and Tea.

FOR HIM: This is a chance for a fun, dapper look! Shop shirts and slacks from Ralph Lauren or Gap Kids for a comfy combo that they can still play around in. A patterned top and neutral layers adds a polished pop, especially when paired with a light jacket or even a tiny blazer.


Are you excited for classes to start? What’s on the top of your list of things to buy for back to school? Let us know! Also, check out how some of these badass moms do back to school!