Back to School Clothes Shopping List for Little Girls | RuffleButts

Complete Back to School Shopping List for Little Girls

New friends, new teachers, school supplies, and another year of learning—the school year can bring many exciting changes. For little girls, however, the back-to-school season also brings an especially fabulous opportunity. 


Yes—it’s time to shop for an adorable new school wardrobe.


A successful back to school clothes shopping list should include the essentials your girl needs to succeed throughout the seasons. From bottoms and tops to accessories and a few fun pieces to wear on special occasions, this guide will have you ready for back-to-school success this upcoming school year. If you’re not familiar with other back to school tips for parents, you can rely on our resource center to get you ready for everything when sending your child back to school.


#1 Pants for All Occasions

Some girls might love twirly skirts, but plenty of girls also enjoy running around and trying out headstands at recess. Pants make an excellent option for active days, especially when the autumn chill arrives.


Ideally, you should plan on purchasing between five to seven pairs of pants to last your little girl through the school year. Depending on what she prefers to wear, we suggest including a mix of leggings, pants, and jeans for plenty of versatile variety. 


Some of our favorite pants that will work for any girl’s back to school outfit include:



Any of these pants can be worn with multiple styles of tops. Your little girl will love mixing up her outfits and finding new combinations.


#2 Cute and Comfy Tops

When shopping for some darling new tops to complete your girl’s ensemble, aim to stock up with between eight to ten options. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to balance a few varying layers, such as:


  • Tank tops
  • Short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Cardigans and sweaters


Keep in mind that you can layer many of these options on colder days. For this, one type of top you’ll definitely want to stock up on is a soft knit tee, like this Navy Ruffled Long Sleeve Layering Tee.


Comfortable long-sleeved tees are one of the most versatile clothing items your daughter can own. Pair it with skirts, jeans, or leggings for a winning look. Furthermore, a long-sleeve tee is perfect for wearing on its own in fall and ideal for layering under our fall toddler clothes pieces such as our sweaters and hoodies during those icy winter days.


#3 Fun, Fashionable Dresses

Some days just call for a little extra glamor. Adding two to three cute dresses to your daughter’s closet will help to transform special school occasions and regular days alike into exciting events. 


When she has a dress she loves, she’ll have the perfect outfit to wear for:


  • School parties and plays
  • Concerts
  • Weekend birthday parties
  • Normal days when she feels like dressing up


Be sure to seek out dresses that prioritize comfort and fashionable delight, like a Dancing Garden Twirl Dress. With soft and adaptable options, she’ll be ready to dance her way into every classroom.


#4 Everyday Accessories 

Finally, don’t forget all of those other little pieces she’ll need to complete her outfits. The back-to-school season is the perfect time to spruce up her:


  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Tights


These pieces tend to wear more quickly than other clothing, so take a quick inventory for holes, stains, and poor fits before you start your school shopping.


Of course, you can also take any outfit to the next level with some sweet add-ons, whether it be for returning back to school or even for finding that perfect travel accessory for your kid. Pair these accessories to add some extra cuteness to an everyday outfit or to top off a special occasion look:


  • Hair bows and clips
  • Headbands
  • Scrunchies
  • Tights
  • Patterned or colorful socks


What Should You Look for When Shopping for Back to School Clothes?

Now that you know which pieces to look for this new school year, let’s discuss some tips for making sure you’re making the most of your back-to-school clothes shopping budget. 


As you shop, we suggest looking for: 


  • Pieces that can match multiple outfits – Mixing and matching to create a cute outfit is both fun and budget-conscious. When you add toddler leggings and tops that complement other pieces in your little girl’s collection, she’ll have fun making each day a new fashion adventure.


  • Clothing that isn’t too snug – One thing all parents know about their kids is that they never seem to stop growing. If you start the school year with clothes that are a perfect fit, those same outfits might be too small by the end of the year. Instead, divide your shopping in half and save some for the second semester. Or, buy half of the clothes in the next size up to allow for growth.


  • Clothes your little girl loves – It’s never too early to start teaching your little one about making her own decisions and choosing clothing that she enjoys. Let her shop with you and select items she wants to wear.


  • Pieces for all seasons – Depending on where you live, you might need to purchase more warm or toddler winter clothes. Think about how many months your little girl will likely need those shorts and t-shirts vs pants and long-sleeved tops, and make your purchases accordingly.


Check Everything Off Your Shopping List with RuffleButts

When you begin your shopping with a list of must-haves, it’s a breeze to fill your little girl’s closet with pieces to carry her through the year. Plus, selecting pants and tops that can mix and match will help ensure she always has a fun new combination to wear every day.


Wondering where to find the perfect options for your little fashionista? RuffleButts has all the delightful clothing you need.


Our extensive collection of kids’ clothing has a little something for everyone. From bottoms and dresses to tops and toddler rompers, you and your little girl will both fall in love with our adorable school-friendly clothing. Hop onto our website today and start checking off that new school year shopping list.




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