Teen Vogue and Shops at Grand River: Ideas for Back to School

Back-to-School continues Saturday, August 17

We’ve got one more weekend to shore up the back-to-school needs and there’s no time to waste. How great is it that we have a fabulous outlet mall in our backyard? This Saturday, August 18th, Teen Vogue will be at The Outlet Shops of Grand River to help host Back to School Saturdays with fashion shows, live DJ, and special offers from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  (Tut tut, the kids think THEY are the ones celebrating their return to school.)

We had some questions for Jamie Robinson, Marketing Director for The Outlet Shops of Grand River:

Are neon brights really back for our daughters? (we only thought we survived them)

Neons are back for Fall, in a big way!  Every girl needs a pair of skinny jeans or off-the-shoulder tee in her favorite neon color.  You will find a variety of colors at many of our outlet shops, like OshKosh B’gosh, Aeropostale, rue21 and Gap Factory Store.  All at prices you can’t beat anywhere! (BirminghamMom note: The off-the-shoulder tee is indeed big this year, although not allowed per most school dress codes. Think of this as attire for the group movie outing where you will be chaperoning from the back of the theater.)

What jean cut is most likely to stay popular all year long? Short of a growth spurt, we can’t start over on this wardrobe staple.

Skinny jeans of course!  Who doesn’t look good in a great pair of skinnies*?!  Find your next favorite pair at Guess Factory Store, Gap Factory Store or rue21.  Plus now through August 26th all jeans are Half Off at Gap Factory Store!

BirminghhamMom note: Oh, the optimism. There are those of us who do not look good in a pair of skinnies, but skinnies do look precious on our fun-loving girls. And please note, I ROCKED the straight leg back in the day.

What are some recommended layering pieces – fashionable ways to keep warm and be cool during Alabama’s weather changes (jean jackets? rain coats? an alternative to the North Face fleece jacket?)
Cardigans, long vest sweaters and light weight jackets are great for layering.  With all of the great Fall colors, you can find something fun and fashionable that you will love to wear every day.  Visit The Children’s Place, Aeropostale or rue21 to find the latest looks for Back to School.

Footwear – are we officially past the UGGs look?

BOBS from Skechers are on the top of every kid’s wish list this year.  They come in a variety of colors and even adorned with sequins!  Plus Skechers donates a pair of new shoes to a child in need with every BOBS purchase.  BOBS has donated more than a million pairs to date-and you can help them give millions more by telling the world.  Make a difference for kids with BOBS.  Fun for your feet, good for your soul.  And, you can pick up a FREE PAIR OF SOCKS from GOLDTOE with every $50 shoe purchase in any of our stores this weekend!

What are some popular accessories that are at allowance-friendly price points?

Some must-have back to school accessories on everyone’s list are tights, sequin headbands, leg warmers*, tutus and mustaches? We’re seeing fun themes for T-shirts and backpacks like Hello Kitty and colorful panda bears and owls.  Claire’s has everything girls want for accessorizing their outfits for back to school.  And you can’t been their prices!  Also, Charming Charlie is THE place to find the perfect accessory for every outfit!  From earrings to shoes to clutches, Charming Charlie has it all, at great prices!

*In the words – er, txt – of the students: OMG. Legwarmers. These outrank neons and asymmetrical hairstyles as fashions that will one day be mocked on VH1. But could your mother talk you out of them? No. Likewise, your daughter has to experience these for herself. Deep down, isn’t it kind of cool that you both share this youthful fashion trend? And Charming Charlie is just a fun store that you have got to see for yourself.

Thanks, Jamie, for sharing the best sources at the Shops at Grand River for Back to School, and especially this coupon for Gap. It’s time we got some new jeans for ourselves anyway.