Believe it or not, it’s almost back to school shopping time! The key to a stress-free wardrobe refresh is to stock up on a handful of great basics for your growing kids, and then supplement these foundational pieces with a handful of splashier items that showcase their individual style. From organic cotton tees to perfectly-cut shirts, having everyday essentials in the closet that you can rely on will make getting dressed so much easier each morning!

Organic T-shirts

H&M has an excellent selection of organic cotton clothes for kids; the colours and prints are on-trend and updated each season, and many styles come in convenient, affordable multi-packs. 

Everyday Jeans

Gap Kids is a reliable source for durable, classic denim. Their high-stretch jeans and jeggings look stylish but are also comfortable, which means they’ll likely be worn on high-rotation. (If your daughter already has lots of blue jeans, grab them in more unusual colours like grey or purple.)

Fun Shirting

Whether you’re looking for basic stripes or fun patterns, a few well-fitting button up shirts will go a long way. There are lots of versatile options amongst Gymboree’s broad selection of boys’ shirts.

T-Shirt Dressing

Jersey dresses can be surprisingly versatile for fall layering; you’ll find affordable options in photogenic colours at Forever 21.

Heritage Sweats

Like so many other iconic 90s trends, Roots’ Canadiana hoodies and sweats are experiencing a fashion revival. The fleece fabric wears well, and your kids will appreciate the high comfort factor.

Perfect Stripes

If you haven’t been to Japanese retailer Muji’s Square One boutique, head there post-haste to check out their organic children’s clothing and accessories, including this unisex striped marinière t-shirt.

happy socks

Colourful socks and tights are never a bad idea. Hudson’s Bay carries a huge selection of fashion and sport socks for kids, including these striped Happy Socks.



Truc Nguyen

Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based freelance stylist, fashion editor, and writer. She’s worked as a style editor at Flare, Teen Vogue, Vogue Living, and StyleCaster​.com​​, and is a co-founder of Editors Inc​.