Back to School: Fashion and Beauty Guide

The new school year is right around the corner (in some areas, it has already begun!). Back to school clothes shopping can be stressful and chaotic, trying to brave the mall with all the other last-minute shoppers. We’ve rounded up the latest designs from some of our favorite brands in our 2016 Fashion and Beauty Guide to make this year’s shopping stress-free.


Even if your kids are little, you still want them to look their best at school this year. We found 3 essential must-have beauty items that can be used from preschool to high school to perfect their look from head to toe!

Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer by Hot Tools

The Gear

School mornings are rushed and busy. As much as you try to prep the night before, some kids may prefer to take a shower in the morning before school. You don’t want to send them out to the bus stop with wet hair, but you also don’t want to wait forever while your old, hand-me-down hair dryer dries their hair slowly. The Hot Tools Tourmaline Tools 2100 Turbo IONIC Dryer is more effective and dries hair up to 50% faster. That’s saving you precious time in the morning!

This stylish hair dryer is an Ulta Exclusive, and is infused with tourmaline and direct ION technology that uses both positive and negative ions when it’s heated to help maintain hair health and provide the maximum amount of shine and bounce to hair. Drying their own hair is a skill that can be taught to even younger, kindergarten-aged children, and can be something that they do on their own in the morning, while you get breakfast going, or answer some urgent emails before heading into the office.

Features to Love

  • 1875 watts – powerful airflow
  • Direct Ion Technology
  • Pro-Moisture System
  • Extra-quiet operation
  • Supercharged tourmaline airflow (670 ft./min.)
  • Newly designed and engineered lightweight motor
  • Lightweight – 15.76 oz.
  • Soft touch finish
  • 6 heat/speed options
  • Cool shot
  • Removable end cap
  • Low EMFs
  • Hanging ring/cord guard
  • ALCI safety plug

Hair stylists agree that they prefer and trust the Hot Tools brand; and Hot Tools leads the world in innovative professional hair styling tools.

Makeup by Sweat Cosmetics

The Gear

Whether it’s getting your kids up and moving in the morning, walking them to school, or hitting the gym after waving goodbye to the school bus, Sweat Cosmetics has you (and your face) covered for even the most tedious tasks. Designed to withstand sweat and water, Sweat Cosmetics provides ample protection against the elements and flawless coverage for an even and beautiful skin tone. The Mineral Foundation SPF 30 is also great for active teens who want a lightweight makeup coverage that won’t disappear during gym or after school activities.

Easy to throw into a backpack, gym bag, work briefcase, or baby bag, the all-in-one compact Mineral Foundation SPF 30 features a twist brush with a refillable mineral powder container that pops into the bottom, making application and touch-ups as easy as one quick swipe.

The Mineral Foundation SPF 30 is water resistant up to 80 minutes, provides UV protection, and is made of all natural ingredients, perfect for the health-conscious and active woman on the go!

Features to Love

  • Light, airy texture
  • Sweat and moisture-proof for up to 80 minutes
  • Colors to match any skin tone
  • Mineral powder
  • Natural ingredients including Vitamin E, Milk Thistle, and Rhodiola Rosea
  • UV Protection
  • Refillable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Free of oils, fragrances, silicone, and parabens
  • Easy for on-the-go application

Created by professional and Olympic female athletes, Sweat Cosmetics, for active beauty, provides cosmetics for women leading an active lifestyle, whether that’s at work, at home, at the gym, or even the pool. Featured in their line of mineral powders is everything needed to put your best face forward, from translucent mineral powder, foundation, illuminators, bronzers, and cleaning towelettes. A company with the well-being of women in mind, Sweat Cosmetics creates products with the motto: we believe in empowering women, embracing beauty, and encouraging every woman to find her sweat.

Nail Polish by Piggy Paint

The Gear

Back to school is the perfect time for your daughters to express her personal style; and with clothing come accessories, which of course, includes perfectly polished nails. Whether your little gal is just starting preschool or you’re dropping her off at the dorms, be sure she’s polishing those nails with the most natural, safest, and prettiest shades.

No matter what you buy from Piggy Paint, you can rest assured that all the nasty chemicals and ingredients that are known to live in the bottles of nail polish and remover are absent from their products. The odors, the toxins, and the harsh irritants won’t be a bother anymore; and achieving pink and purple striped fingernails will now be a joy during both the process and the everyday wear.

Features to Love

  • Gift set includes nail polish remover and 8 different colors
  • Comes wrapped in a white organza bag with a hangtag, perfect for gifting!
  • Non-toxic
  • Low odor
  • Water-based formula
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Cruelty-free
  • Acetone-free nail polish remover
  • Safe for use during pregnancy (and infanthood) too!

You betcha a mom created this amazingly natural and health-saving brand for other moms and daughters everywhere who enjoy a good mani/pedi. Appalled by the flammability of current nail polishes on the market, she set out to change the way nail polish was made, and came up with a water-based formula chock full of natural, safe ingredients. Piggy Paint takes the worry out of polishing nails, nails that inevitably end up in little mouths, and gives consumers a “natural as mud” option.


Whether you’re looking for simple styles made from bold, fun colors that are perfect for mixing and matching, or more chic and trendy pieces for your children’s back-to-school wardrobe this year, we’ve got you covered. Below are some of our favorite brands and their new fall lines.



The Gear

For fashion forward kids (and their likeminded parents) Appamans fall collection is a must-see!  Get ready for the upcoming season with their trendy collections.  Their graphic tees are always a crowd favorite, along with their irresistible flannels,comfortable and luxurious feeling sweatpants and to die for dresses.

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Boys can be a tough crowd to get dressed in the morning.  They are often picky about wanting clothes designed for comfort.  After all, kids play hard. Appaman takes the guesswork out of getting dressed by offering clothes that both kids and adults will love.  For fall their Parker Sweats will please any kid who you just can’t get to love putting on a pair of jeans. The best part?  They would look great with a polo or this Cassette Tee shirt for the kids who love a good beat.




With Fall coming in faster than you can even wrap your head around, flannels are sure to be in full swing.  And at Appaman you will only find the kind of flannels that are soft to the touch, not stiff and uncomfortable. They have the perfect choices for both boys and girls!  For boys they could be perfectly with their Bushwick Pants and for girls denim overalls are the obvious and adorable choice.

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Girls will have days where nothing but a dress will do!  And for those days a dress as perfect as the night sky may just be exactly what they have in mind. The Fay Shift Dress will quickly become one of her favorites.Pair it with this pair of Shiny Leather Leggings and you certainly have a budding rockstar or fashionista on your hands!  These leggings have plenty of edge and you will find out quickly just how essential they are to an adorable wardrobe.





Appaman is a favorite brand here at Daily Mom, and with good reason! Their clothing is trendy and unique, and with the brand comes the unique childhood story of the founder, Harald Husum. Harald grew up in Norway where he and his corduroy ape traveled and adventured across the lands. Of course, this ape was named Appaman. Appaman has now grown into an on point, trendy clothing line that draws its primary inspiration from the streets of Brooklyn. Though the company has grown since its start in 2003, it has remained true to its commitment to both customer service and garment quality.


The Gear

Back to school shopping has never been easier, thanks to the concept behind children’s clothing store Primary. With an entire line of kid’s clothing featuring all solid primary colors and no emblems, patterns, or designs, you and your child can easily throw together an outfit that matches beautifully in a matter of seconds. Parents will love the ease of filling their child’s closet with necessary basics at an affordable price that can be worn with anything else in their closet, or mix and match Primary basics to make a fun and colorful combination.

Little girls will love pairing together various pieces to create a fun, bright outfit for the school playground. Primary’s The Short Sleeve Dress, featured here in purple, pairs perfectly with a pair of Primary’s classic legging of any color choosing.

Make back to school brighter for your sons as well, matching a pair of bright 4 Pocket pants with an easy 2-in-1 Layered Tee.

For chillier weather, add another pop of color with The Cardi for girls or The Hoodie for boys.

Features to Love

The Short Sleeve Dress

  • 100% cotton jersey
  • Slight empire waist with draped skirt
  • Slightly pleated neckline
  • A variety of color options
  • Tagless
  • Pre-washed

The Cardi

  • 100% cotton
  • Tightly knit
  • Reinforced buttons
  • A variety of color options
  • Fitted for a clean look
  • Pairs well with any outfit

The Legging

  • 92% cotton, 8% spandex for softness and stretch
  • Wide, no roll waistband
  • Smooth, flat seams
  • Thicker, no show fabric
  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Pairs well with any outfit

Layered Tee

  • 2-in-1 tee with less bulk
  • 100% super soft pima cotton jersey
  • Clean fit
  • Features two fun colors
  • Tagless
  • Pre-washed

4 Pocket pants

  • Unisex style
  • 100% Cotton Twill
  • Zip-n-snap closure with adjustable waistband
  • Tagless
  • Pre-washed
  • Comes in a variety of colors

The Hoodie

  • Unisex style
  • 95% cotton french terry, 5% spandex
  • Lightweight
  • Pima cotton lined hood
  • Lightweight
  • Tagless
  • Pre-washed
  • Pairs well with any outfit

Quality. Simplicity. Price. With that motto, the founders of Primary set out to provide quality clothing for kids with all of the simplicity of solid-colored basics at an affordable price. So affordable in fact, that every one of their clothing items is under $25! No more stressful shopping, highly-priced trendy items, or “hand wash only” duds. Instead, parents can shop with peace of mind, knowing everything is machine washable, can easily be mixed and matched, and will hold up to normal wear and tear.

Kate Mack Fanciful Dress and Legging by Biscotti and Kate Mack


The Gear

When sending our little ones off to preschool, we want to be sure they look cute and are comfortable enough to explore and play with new friends.  With Biscotti and Kate Mack’s comfy, soft, and breathable knit clothing, your preschooler is sure to accomplish both.  Plus, she won’t even know she’s dressed up!

The fabric is so soft to the touch and every movement feels as if she’s wearing her PJs.  Looking cute never felt so good!


Every detail is so perfectly crafted and they all come together into the sweetest off-to-school ensemble.

This adorable dress can go alone or be paired with matching leggings so, when the temperatures drop, this will still be a favorite!  Wearing an outfit that practically hugs your little one,  you can feel good knowing they’re feeling your love all day long.

Features to love

  • Knit dress features two prints – a romantic scroll work print as well as a leopard print
  • Full flounce hemline in contrast print
  • Neckline adorned with scattered stones and a velvet ribbon
  • Machine washable
  • Tunic and legging made of 58% Cotton, 37% Polyester & 5% Spandex

Biscotti is a San Fransisco Bay Area based international children’s brand inspired by fond memories of a carefree and innocent childhood.  Their whimsical and romantic apparel collections are focused on style that’s sure to please both young children and fashion conscious teens.  Their collections are simple, clean and modest, with eye catching details to please both moms and their children.

Beau Hudson

The Gear

Beau Hudson offers hip, stylish, high quality clothing for youngsters. They offer a line of simple, clean clothing and accessory items for children ranging from ages infant to size 8. They offer t-shirts, denim, sweaters, scarves, beanies, and even bowties! They also have a small selection of adult items to match your little one at drop-off.

Beau Hudson’s graphic tees and simple dresses can be spiced up with a few accessories – perfect for getting your little one ready to start the new year. All of their clothing is made from a soft cotton blend fabric, making it comfortable for long school days.

The striped dress is one of their few pieces that is specifically geared towards girls. It comes in sizes 1 to size 8. It is great as a dress or as a tunic for colder weather. Beau Hudson’s “Refuse to Sink” graphic tee is unisex, like many of their other clothes – it can be worn as a tunic for girls or a long tee for boys.

Features to Love

Striped Dress

  • Comfortable 100% cotton dress
  • Highly versatile – add simple accessories to make it your own
  • Can be worn as a dress or as a tunic for colder weather
  • Sizes 1 (12 months) to 8

“Refuse to Sink” Graphic Tee

  • Soft 100% cotton graphic tee
  • Great as a tunic for girls or a long tee for boys
  • Sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months, and 1-8

Beau Hudson was created by a mother of two boys who wanted a line of clothing and accessories that was stylish and comfortable. Their soft fabrics and unique prints are what makes Beau Hudson’s clothing stand out from the rest. In the two years since its inception, the company has grown tremendously around the world. It has quickly flourished from an accessories line to a full unisex clothing brand for infants to adults. Beau Hudson is located on the Gold Coast of Australia making their rapidly growing lifestyle brand unique to those in the United States.

Liam and Isla

The Gear

Gone are the days where you send your child to school and they come back with only one glove. Liam and Isla has come to the rescue with their Snap Collection.

Each jacket is made of warm fleece, comes in multiple styles, and utilizes a unique snap feature, that keeps your child from losing their gloves. The gloves are top-of-the-line, lined with fleece, and have a waterproof liner, ensuring your childs fingers dont end up wet. One of our favorites is the Glacial Hoodie w/Snap On Mittens.

This style allows your child to easily zip themselves up, and has a hood for those windy days. It’s available in purple or red, and you can choose between either grey or black gloves. Youll love the versatility of this jacket, and it’s a perfect addition to your childs wardrobe.

Features to Love

Glacial Hoodie

  • Oversized hood
  • 85% polyester / 15% cotton
  • Easy to use zipper
  • Decorative belt

Kids Boreal Fleece Mittens

  • Shell: 100% polyester heavyweight fleece
  • Lining: 100% polyester lightweight fleece
  • Waterproof liner
  • Palm lined to keep gloves dry
  • Thinsulate inner lining for warmth

Liam & Isla was formed in August 2015 by a husband and wife team. They had spent the end of many playdates searching for lost mittens, and knew there had to be a solution. After an ah ha moment, they decided to try sewing snaps into their childrens clothes to prevent this issue. From there, things just took off and they started working hard to provide a clothing line that was not only fashion forward and on trend, but also comfortable, functional, and most importantly, necessary.

Lucky & Me Underwear

The Gear

You must add girls’ underwear from Lucky & Me to your back to school shopping list. Skip the itchy, poorly made underwear that kids are used to and get the highest quality undergarments available for kids today. Made with organic cottons or tri-blend fabric, everything from Lucky & Me is comfortable and practical. We love the little details on each piece, like bows and ruffles.

No matter what kind of day your daughter has ahead of her or what she is wearing, Lucky & Me has the perfect undergarment. Choose from bikinis, camisoles, bikini and camisole sets, dance shorts, leggings, bike shorts, boy shorts, undershorts, and tanks, all available in fashionable colors and patterns that are perfect for little girls.

We love the Ava Girls’ Bikinis 6 Pack. This underwear is made with Lucky & Me’s softest cotton modal fabric. Your daughter will adore the cute lace and rosettes. Choose from pretty colors, fun prints or classic white.

The Days of the Week Set is just fantastic, especially if your daughter has been learning about the calendar at school. This underwear makes laying out her outfit the night before fun. She can find the right day and have them set aside with her clothes for school the next day to avoid the rush in the morning.

You have to order the Lily Girls’ Organic Cotton Underwear. These undies are so soft and comfortable. Even if you have a little girl who resists wearing underwear for comfort reasons, she will wear these. You can feel good knowing the clothing closest to your child is made with only the best organic cotton.

Features to Love

Ava Girls’ Bikinis 6 Pack

  • Comes in sizes 2/3 to 9/10
  • Available in colors, patterns, and white

Days of the Week Set

  • Comes in sizes 2/3 to 9/10
  • Each day of the week comes in its own color

Lily Girls’ Organic Cotton Underwear

  • Comes in sizes 2/3 to 9/10
  • Available in colors, patterns, and white

We love companies created by parents who saw a need when raising their own kids. Lucky & Me is one of those companies. It was founded by a mom who was disappointed in the lack of quality and comfortable underwear for her daughter while potty training. She took matters into her own hands and created her own line of children’s underwear. Lucky & Me redefines children’s underwear with tagless backs, playful designs and the softest fabrics with no harmful chemicals.

We hope our 2016 Back To School Fashion & Beauty Guide helps take the guesswork and stress out of shopping for the upcoming school year.

Be sure to check out our BACK TO SCHOOL section for the most up-to-date clothing, gear and accessory guides as well as tips on making this school year great!



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