Cool for tweens -- where do I take the kid for back to school now that Justice (which was once Limited Too) is too "preppy" for her without subjecting her to social ostracism?
Please suggest stores, brands, blogs or whatever.
It's back to school time and the kidlet is hardly a kidlet anymore (she's about to be 12).
Last year, back to school was stocking up at Justice, which she loved at the time. Fast forward a year however, and she's over 5 feet tall and a seventh grade and Justice is no longer cool.
I buy my clothes at Threadless, Ann Taylor, Target and thrift stores, so this is not my realm of expertise.
Her style in the last year has gone from somewhat preppy with strappy sandals to big, nerdy shirts (Devo, Ghostbusters, Mythbusters, Goonies, Threadless), "jeggings" and Converse high tops. Lots of buttons and about 40 rubber bands around the wrist.
Her favorite store is now Hot Topic, which we will of course hit for more goofy t-shirts, but Invader Zim does not a wardrobe make. She likes H&M as well, but it's a bit too skanky/revealing as well as crappily made for me to do too much of that.
She hates Justin Bieber, iCarly and Hanna Montana and is offended if I take her anywhere with that kind of aesthetic. (She listens to equal parts dance pop and nerd girl music -- Lily Allen, Bjork, Weezer, Weird Al, "Once More With Feeling.")
I would honestly skip doing a big back to school run, but with the growth, all her pants are floods, her shoes are tearing out and the majority of her tops were once mine.
We're in San Francisco. I have no sense of what's in from the kids that mill around and she doesn't give a damn until she's mocked. She hangs out with enough different crowds that I couldn't pin down a look from any of her friends.
Chain stores or one offs are great, but online is out since I want her to at least try stuff on. She's very slender, if that matters. Since it's SF, no super summery clothes need apply.
I'm trying to parent on a budget, but not to the point of crap clothes.
She can fit in women's extra small if it's cut slim, but women's styles tend to assume some top heaviness.
(Yes, I saw this thread
, but it seems a bit outdated.)
Thank you for helping me not embarrass her horribly.