The top tricks and tips for back to school shopping

By stylist and mother of four, Christine Dovey Photo:

P56_spring%20clean[1]With the majority of parents heading out with their children to go back to school shopping this month, there is a lot of added stress in the air. As a mother of four, I know this feeling all too well which is why I made it my mission to find helpful tricks and tips to make this shopping season as seamless as possible.

First, make a list and stick to it. If you head into the mall prepared, you’ll be less likely to feel overwhelmed or make impulse purchases. Over the years I’ve found shopping from a list can ensure a stress-free back to school shopping trip and also be a great lesson in budgeting for your child. A fun tip I like to use to keep everyone happy is to give my children one freebie ticket each to purchase an item they really want.

While planning what to buy, also contact your child’s school and ask for their supply list. With this, you’ll know exactly which school supplies to buy without any unnecessary purchases. It’s likely that at the end of the last school year your child came home with lots of supplies that are still okay to use again. Take inventory of what you have to avoid buying the same thing twice.

Shop the sales and think longevity. If you shop the summer sales, you can often find great styles for even better prices. Pair these items with warm layers to help take your child’s wardrobe through the seasons. I love paring a cute dress with a warm cardigan or a trendy plaid button-down shirt over top of a graphic tee.

Look for key trends that are versatile. It’s important to invest in staple pieces that can be worn in many different ways. Items like a leather jacket or the perfect pair of jeans will never go out of style! These pieces might cost you a bit more upfront, but will get a lot of use.

Shop where there’s variety. Shopping at a shopping centre can save you time and energy – it’s a one-stop-shop! Shopping at the mall allows me to compare prices and styles, get all of my shopping done in one day, and feel inspired by the newest trends. Visit to find a directory of all the stores available at Market Mall and Chinook Centre and download the CF SHOPS! app to bring this information with you while you’re on-the-go.

Finally, let your kids get involved. If your child is invested in their clothing choices, they’ll be more likely to wear what you buy. Getting ready to head back to school is an exciting time for your kids. Let your child’s back to school wardrobe be an extension of who they. Getting everything they need this back to school season will give them the confidence to own their style. #WhoWillYouBe

With the first day of school being just a few short weeks away, now is the perfect time to get organized. Time for a fresh start and a new look! With these tips and tricks to back to school shopping, you can plan ahead and make the experience a positive one for everyone.

About Christine Dovey:
Christine Dovey is a published stylist, decorator, and artist whose signature aesthetic can best be described as a blushy cocktail of delicate pretty mixed with a dash of modern edge. When she’s not immersed in writing her blog, creating design plans, or covered in paint, Christine spends her days in Oakville, Ontario with her husband Ian and children Natasha, Scarlett, Malcolm, and Jasper.