As my daughter has entered the teenage years, there’s been a big shift in interests and a swift move from little girl to young woman. Her tastes have changed with her style, while many of the products she uses are beginning to reflect her personality. As well as feeling utterly terrified at how quickly the years have flown by, I’m really enjoying watching her develop and grow. Whatever your daughter’s age, adding personal touches to their school supplies will help them feel special and excited about the coming year.
While there’s not much room for manoeuvre when it comes to shirts, blazers and school jumpers, girls can have a lot of fun when it comes to shoes. From patent t-bar numbers to lace-up brogues, your little lady can choose the cream of the crop. Well, as long as they’re black. Girls’ school shoes needn’t break the bank and it’s well worth taking a look in high street stores as well as supermarkets. Tu have lots of footwear options, from affordable coated leather shoes to simple Mary Jane plimsolls.
The pencil case
From fluffy notebooks to pens with pompom toppers, the selection of back to school stationery on offer is a million miles away from when I went to school. You can be sure that your avid shopper will need all of it as well. I find setting a budget before we hit the shops really helps when it comes to my daughter making decisions, meaning she can still splash out on a few unique items but ensures she incorporates some pencil case basics too. Novelty erasers will never go out of fashion and there’s a set at Paperchase for every girl, from iced pink doughnuts to cute koalas.
The school bag
Your daughter’s age will impact the type and size of school bag you need to purchase. Colourful character rucksacks will be just the ticket for younger girls who simply need to carry a spare set of clothes, while those heading to high school may find themselves lugging an assortment of textbooks, folders and PE kit with them – not to mention their expanding make-up bag. Whether you go for a floral record bag, an on-trend metallic rucksack or an inconspicuous black satchel, make sure your daughter can actually carry it and that it’s big enough for the job.
Those parents with daughters heading up to high school this year will soon find that along with the required school supplies, other ‘essentials’ will be joining you on the school run. Help your special little lady choose a delicious body spray to freshen up throughout the day and a pretty, tinted lip gloss as she starts showing an interest in make-up. It may seem a little daunting at first, but taking your daughter shopping for things like this is a great way to learn a little more about her likes and dislikes and see just how much her personality is developing.
What are your number one essentials for girls starting the new school year?
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