Back-to-school sales are practically an institution, and with in-person classes picking up steam again for this year, it’s time to get little ones (and big kids!) equipped for school. National retailers are really taking the deals to new heights with bargains like $5 uniform polo shirts at Target, $6 styles for kids at Old Navy and an extra 50% off sales items at the Gap.
Read on to find out where to spend your money smartly so your kids can go back to school in style.
Old Navy’s back-to-school sale is already underway, and parents can save big when stocking up on new-semester staples. There are actually three phases to the sale: From July 26 through Aug. 9, you can save up to 50% off select kids’ styles already on sale (starting from $6); from Aug. 10 through 19, styles will be as low as $8; and from Aug. 20 to Sept. 2, there will be styles on sale from $10 with up to 50% off already discounted items for kids.
StretchTech Performance Shorts for Girls ($10, originally $19.99; oldnavy.com)
Festooned with black spots against a white background — or colorways that include bright pink, a hot pink palm pattern, blue with green dots, and more — these bike shorts are basically leggings made for summer. Whether your little one is wearing them to school or sports practice, or just kicking around the house, they make for a fantastic pair of wear-anytime shorts.
Techie Fleece Tapered Sweatpants for Boys ($22, originally $26.99; oldnavy.com)
Perfect for the cool mornings ahead, these sweatpants will keep kids super warm and cozy — and looking cool too. The trousers sit below the waist for maximum comfort, and they’re made from both a thermal-knit mesh and super-soft fleece, which makes them great for outdoor activities.
Gender-Neutral Camo Print Canvas Slip-Ons for Kids ($17.25, originally $22.99; oldnavy.com)
These slip-on sneakers make it easy to get out the door in the morning and be prepared for whatever else comes up during the day. Camo print acts as a neutral, so it’ll go with jeans, shorts or whatever else your kid has in their back-to-school wardrobe.
Gap is currently offering an extra 50% off sale styles, as well as 40% off regular-price styles, plus an extra 10% off anything from the Gap.com site. Consider it the perfect excuse for all ages to stock up, from college-age students to the littlest members of the family — but you better hurry and shop before the deals end July 29. Use the codes CYBER for regularly priced items, FIFTY for sale times and MORE for everything at checkout to nab the bargains.
Teen Gap Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt ($15, originally $39.95; gap.com)
A classic since at least the ’90s, this iconic Gap sweatshirt bears the label’s letters and has a roomy, crewneck fit for those days when putting together an outfit just seems like too much.
Teen Organic Cotton Boxy T-Shirt ($9.99, originally $24.95; gap.com)
Perfect for pretty much any outfit, this boxy T-shirt solves the “I don’t know what to wear” mystery for the day. Made from 100% organic cotton, this super-soft shirt has a cropped fit and comes in shades from dark gray (at $9.99) to a blue tie-dye and white (each $11.99 on sale).
Kids’ Everyday Joggers With Washwell ($16, originally $24.95; gap.com)
These super-soft pull-on joggers are perfect for Monday mornings, rainy days and any other day the conditions make kids want to stay in bed just a snooze button or two longer. Plus, they have pockets!
The massive retailer has back-to-school bargains galore, and when it comes to kids’ clothes, there are virtual racks of discounted options. Deals run almost continuously on this platform, so if the below have expired, don’t give up hope — just click around to find a few more great picks.
French Toast Boys’ Long-Sleeve Classic Dress Shirt (starting at $9.60, originally $22; amazon.com)
This basic white button-up is great for uniforms, school picture day or anytime when a little extra spiffiness is required. If white isn’t your kid’s favorite, there are also options in two shades of blue, yellow and a classic black-and-white gingham.
Lucky Brand Girls’ Denim Jean (starting at $15.80, originally $29.60; amazon.com)
Available in a ton of styles, these slim fit jeans are a wardrobe staple — and at less than $16, you might want to grab a couple pairs.
Levi’s Girls’ Denim Trucker Jacket (starting at $23, originally $46; amazon.com)
Available in pretty much every shade of denim out there, this classic trucker jacket is currently half price in some styles for the upcoming fall semester.
Designed specifically to be durable enough for kids, Wanderwild’s backpacks on Amazon are currently 20% off now through Sept. 7. They’re measured to fit all the devices and computers kids need for class, as well as the gear they need for after-school activities. The backpacks even come equipped with deep pockets for water bottles and hand sanitizer, as well as chest clips for extra support when all the textbooks need to come home.
Wanderwild Explorer ($32, originally $40; amazon.com)
Aimed at students from preschool through eighth grade, the 1-pound Explorer backpack is built to last, with thick fabric meant to stand up to the abuses of school-age kids, with reinforced stitching too.
Wanderwild The Adventurer ($48, originally $60; amazon.com)
Perfect for elementary school students, this water-resistant backpack has chest straps for support and security, reinforced seams and handles and is a manageable size to carry around.
Wanderwild The Wanderer ($32, originally $40; amazon.com)
Designed for school kids ages pre-K through fifth grade, this backpack holds everything students need for class, activities and more. It’s made from 600D polyester and has reinforced seams and handles for extra durability. (Restless fingers will also find the fidget tabs an advantage.)
A variety of kids’ and juniors’ items are 20% off from Aug. 1 to 8 at Macy’s. Comb through the picks here or check out our favorites below — and don’t forget to use the code BTS at checkout for another 20% off.
Adidas Women’s Don’t Rest Alphaskin Racerback Medium Impact Sports Bra ($26.25; originally $35; macys.com)
This sports bra is great for gym class or after-school sports, and it’s almost $10 off during the sale.
Big Boys Wind Runner Sportswear Jacket ($48.75, originally $65; macys.com)
This wind runner is a nod to the classic ’70s Nike design and will help repel the elements while keeping your kid cool and stylish.
Levi’s Women’s Denim Bermuda Shorts (starting at $24.99, originally $44.50; macys.com)
These classic juniors’ Levi’s shorts are casual and comfortable — and made with Levi’s WaterLess process, which has saved almost 2 billion gallons of water.
Target is pretty much a go-to when it comes to back-to-school essentials, and this year’s back-to-school sales, running now through July 31, make already great deals even better. Head to the store online or in person for great deals on school supplies, uniforms, clothing and more.
Boys’ Short-Sleeve Stretch Pique Uniform Polo Shirt, Cat & Jack White ($5, originally $7; target.com)
This casual white polo is perfect for picture day or when your kid is feeling a little extra dapper. It’s available in a variety of sizes and now at an all-time low price.
Girls’ Quick-Dry Woven Shorts, All in Motion ($10, originally $15; target.com)
These shorts are easy to move in and come in a variety of colorways, from cranberry and black to camouflage patterns. They’re also great for gym class or recess on rainy days, thanks to their quick-drying capabilities.
Boys’ Adaptive Diaper-Friendly Jeans, Cat & Jack Dark Wash (starting at $16, originally $20; target.com)
These jeans are specially designed for adaptive needs, with features like size zippers and side-snap closers to make getting in and out of the pants a bit easier. The high rise is also great for slipping diapers on under the jeans. Other smart design points include flat seams for comfort and ventilating mesh for breathability. They’re also available in girls’ fits.
JCPenney’s Back to School sale is on now, with great deals for not just little ones but the whole family. Kids of all ages can take 40% off or more great deals on clothes, shoes and more. Keep an eye out for extra pop-up discounts when you load the site too.
Thereabouts Girls’ Sleeveless Jumper ($14.99, originally $19.99; jcpenney.com)
This denim jumper is a year-round piece, thanks to its layerability for every season from summer to winter. It’s also available in the full range of girls’ sizes, including plus.
Xersion Pull-On Little & Big Girls Bike Short ($9, originally $12; jcpenney.com)
Bike shorts are the leggings of summer, and this pink pair will help your kid move and play on the playground, at recess or in the park.
Arizona Big Kids Boys’ Felix Jr Adjustable Strap Flat Sandals ($19.99, originally $11.99; jcpenney.com)
Still a classic after all these years, these sandals are ready for school, activities or weekend play.
The much-loved children’s retailer is offering up to 60% off clothes and more through Aug. 25 and up to 50% off during a second round of sales from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. Shipping is free, so stock up on the deals while you can.
Girls’ Uniform Ruffle Pique Polo, 4-Pack ($23.99, originally $51.95; childrensplace.com)
This multipack of polos clocks in at less than $6 each — and gives your student one for almost every day of the week. It’s available in other colors too, including red, burgundy and green, and it comes in other multipack savings from two- to 10-packs.
Girls’ Corduroy Skirtall ($18.48, originally $36.96; childrensplace.com)
In a mustard color that works with pretty much every season, this year-round skirtall can be layered for any type of weather. At 50% off, we’d add this to our cart in both yellow and the super-cute berry shade.
Boys’ Uniform Fleece Jogger Pants, 3-Pack ($35.97, originally $59.95; childrensplace.com)
Rotate these in and out of the weekly clothing options for three cozy options that will keep your kid comfy at school — or warm for after-school sports as the temperatures dip.
Plan ahead for fall’s cooler weather during Eddie Bauer’s summer sale. Leggings, fleece jackets, hoodies and more are all discounted up to 50% from Aug. 1 to 8 — as well as school essentials like backpacks and lunch boxes.
Girls’ Extra Mile Trail Tight Leggings ($13, originally $26; eddiebauer.com)
These stretchy leggings give your kid all the flexibility and comfort they need for the many little adventures that pop up during their days, from scaling the playground at recess to an after-school romp in the yard.
Lunch Box Cooler ($9, originally $18; eddiebauer.com)
With insulation to keep hot food hot and cold food cold, this lunch box comes in a range of kid-friendly patterns and colorways.
Boys’ Quest Fleece Full-Zip Jacket ($20, originally $40; eddiebauer.com)