Thank you to Gymboree for sending us a gift card to shop for back-to-school fashions and for providing an additional gift card as our contest prize. All opinions expressed are my own.
Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the cool crisp air and it means that the winter holidays will be coming soon. Even though our children say they love summertime, I think they are excited for fall to come. They get to see all their friends at school again and they get to start wearing their cuddly knit tops and much-missed jeans. Although I still shop for my children without their being present frequently, now that they are older, I sometimes let them choose their favorite items (within reason) in a store or online. When I am short on time, I find that shopping online with my children is much more efficient and that is how all 3 children picked out their new fall outfits from Gymboree.
Somehow our 6 year old son, who happens to be the pickiest dresser, was the easiest to shop for. It is not so much the style he is particular about than the fabric. He will not willingly put on a pair of jeans. One of the first shirts he saw was this Stripe Rugby Shirt from the Camp Yosemite Collection. He and I both agreed that the rugby stripes and the color combinations were very handsome, but mostly I think he chose this shirt because it looked very soft.
The next logical thing was to see what non-denim pants were available in the Camp Yosemite Collection. Since all the pieces in each of Gymboree's collections are designed to be color coordinated, this made our search a very short one. Right away, I found the Jersey Lined Cargo Active Pant and knew they were perfect for my son. Being jersey lined, these pants were extremely soft inside, plus he just loves to wear cargo pants because of all the extra pockets.
Our son was very pleased with the comfort of his outfit and we both loved the look. I'm not quite sure the outfit goes with his Star Wars sneakers, but maybe nobody will notice.
Our 6 year daughter was not quite as easy to shop for. She changed her mind several times. This is when shopping online comes in handy. I can put as many things in my virtual shopping bag as I would like. If we had been shopping in-store, I would have been carrying around 5 or 6 outfits while she was making up her mind.
Ultimately, my daughter decided she very much liked the poppies in the Brightest In Class Collection. We ended up with the Poppy Stripe Tee and the Flower Cuff Jean. She was just in love with these button-adorned jeans and would only consider tops that would coordinate well with them. I suspect that she was so enamored with these jeans because she collects buttons. I hope she's not thinking of adding these to her collection . . . at least, not until she's outgrown the jeans.
As a benefit of being a girl, our daughter was able to choose some accessories to go with her cute new outfit. The Poppy Flower Bead Bracelet was a no-brainer. I thought a floral hair accessory would just be one flower too many, so I chose the Big Curly Pony Holder in Gym Navy Stripe from the Friendship Camp Collection for her. Did I mention that I love to mix and match items from the various collections?
Choosing a pair of shoes was a tough task. There were so many pretty boots and ballet flats being offered by Gymboree for fall, but ultimately my daughter chose the Bow Slip-On Sneaker. She liked them because they looked comfortable and playground-friendly. I cannot tell you how many pairs of ballet flats she would not wear to school last year because the mulch from the playground kept getting inside her shoes. She also loves that there are little bows on top of these maryjane-style sneakers and that the lining is covered in hearts.
Our 9 year old son definitely knows what he likes and what he does not like when it comes to fashion. He really wanted a pair of skinny jeans, but that is not a cut that Gymboree offers for boys. He was ultimately happy with a Straight Jean in the slim fit.
For a top, our son chose the Hooded Double Sleeve Racer Tee from the Ace Driver Collection. He loves the layered look and is always drawn to anything with a hood. He also prefers earthtone colors. This outfit paired with his skater shoes made him one happy 4th grader.
Just like his younger siblings, our 9 year old son likes clothes that look good, but are also comfortable to wear. Being able to move freely in his clothing is key for getting through a long school day, but especially recess and gym class.
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