Celebrating Individuality with JCPenney

I remember the excitement of back-to-school shopping.  Even at a young age, I had an interest in feeling invested in the process.  As much as I adore the creativity found in dressing my own children, I think it’s important to give them the freedom to express themselves however they see fit.  Conjuring up their own clothing ensembles encourages their growing autonomy, imagination and sense of independence.

That being said, the kids are still incorporating costumes or props into their everyday summer-wear.  So an invitation to collaborate with JCPenney was a great way to get them exciting for classroom appropriateness.  As soon as we walked into the store, my little guy – assertive and proud, knew what he wanted.  He walked over to his beloved OshKosh section and selected more overalls.  He then found a pint-sized mannequin dressed from head-to-toe in a relaxed bomber-jacket-cool look and declared “I want to wear this mommy!”  I happen to adore the versatile jacket by Arizona Jean Co. and I know that he will be comfortable in his T-shirt and jeans by the same brand.  His favorite element is the lion head on the super-soft tee and perhaps growling like a ferocious animal whenever he wears it.  It’s typically the unique details that get the kiddos excited and help them pull together their own sense of style.

We then found ourselves in a gaggle of gleaming princess shoes and every possible costume imaginable. I honestly thought that we wouldn’t be able to escape the tulle and sparkles –  as my dress-up-play-obsessed big girl made a pretty good argument in support of costume appropriateness as first-day-of-second-grade attire.  Anyone who knows my LP well knows that her love of dress-up is rooted in celebrating childhood imagination and storytelling in her own unique way.   Although, I had to say “no” to a Princess Jasmine costume, she was smitten with building an outfit around glittery pink flats with her beloved princesses displayed on the inside.  She then found a matching floral headband and went on to build a practical look!  Black leggings from Arizona Jean Co., a white lace peplum by Joe Fresh, and rocker-chic moto jacket by Sally Miller.


Back-to-school cool for these two, indeed.


When It Fits, You Feel It.

Compensation was provided by JCPenney via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of JCPenney.