Striped Tank – Uniqlo, Striped Swim Trunks – Zara Kids
On your mark, get set, go! The mad dash to purchase that laundry list of “Back to School” supplies is here. While certain items like pencils, notebooks and paper are a no brainer, a backpack is something that should never be bought on a whim.
Unlike clothing and shoes, your child will not outgrow their backpack during the school year, or need to swap it out when the weather changes. It’s the one constant they will proudly wear everyday to school. So why not make it something special?
Always remember a backpack is way more than just a vessel to carry your kid’s books to school. It’s an extension of their personality. A representation of who your child is to their peers. Maybe your kid loves kittens? Maybe it’s a certain cartoon character? Maybe they’re obsessed with pink? Whatever floats their boat. In the end, it’s all about making them feel good about themselves by building their confidence and self-esteem…all while getting their homework home in one piece. – Jill Topol
TOP BOYS BACKPACKS
- Crewcuts – Max the Monster Backpack $59.50 jcrew.com
- Fred Perry – Plaid Signature Backpack $95.00 asos.com
- Nintendo – Large Controller Backpack $29.99 target.com
- Sprayground – Eyenstein Backpack $60.00 sprayground.com
- MadPax – Heavy Metal Full Pack in Moonwalk Silver $65.00 madpax.com
- Vans – Eley Kishimoto Old Skool II Backpack $42.00 vans.com
- Herschel – Classic Backpack in Navy Portal $39.99 herschelsupply.com
- Mojo – Burger Deluxe Backpack $48.00 mojobackpacks.com
- Jansport – Superbreak Backpack in Multi Mixtapes $36.00 jansport.com
- Star Wars – Grey Millennium Falcon 3D Backpack $31.99 target.com
- Zara – Giraffe Detail Backpack $29.90 zara.com
- Paul Smith Junior – Dinosaur Backpack $262.00 www.luisaviaroma.com
TOP GIRLS BACKPACKS
- 2D Bags – Pink 2D Backpack $29.99 2dbags.co
- Tokidoki for LeSportsac – Palette Backpack $138.00 lesportsac.com
- Mojo – Studio Disco Backpack $48.00 mojobackpacks.com
- Jansport – Big Student Backpack in Hairball $45.99 kohls.com
- Gap Kids – Owl Backpack $39.95 gap.com
- Sprayground – Kitten Grillz X Cupcake Mafia $65.00 sprayground.com
- State – Kane Backpack in turquoise/peach $55.00 statebags.com
- Mojo – Doughnuts Backpack $48.00 mojobackpacks.com
- Moschino – Quilted Bear Printed Backpack $725.00 luisaviaroma.com
- Gap – Printed Senior Backpack in Mint Puppies $44.95 gap.com
- Hello Kitty – Mint Sunglasses Backpack $40.00 loungefly.com
- Dickies – Patchwork Backpack in Soft Turquoise $19.99 www.target.com
Keith Haring T-Shirt – Uniqlo, Striped Shorts – Bit’z Kids, Hat – H&M, Shoes – Burger Clogs by Crocs, Sunglasses – bought on the street in Shanghai
Tiny Whales – Donut Worry Be Happy, Natural Hi Lo Tee (size 6m-8yrs) $25.00 www.tinywhalestore.com
My son Max is the most confident person I’ve ever met in my life. This year for his school Halloween party he went as Draculaura from Monster High. Choosing to dress as a female character is nothing new for him. At only 7 years old he’s already gone in costume as Princess Leia and Padmé Amidala from Star Wars, Clawdeen Wolf from Monster High and Catwoman. When he was younger he wasn’t the least bit concerned what his peers might think of his “girlie” choices, but as he’s getting older he’s starting to worry.
Kids (and some adults) can be so cruel and it’s finally starting to take a toll on him. A boy in a “girls” costume makes him an easy mark for bullies, and great gossip for the mommies. I know that I’m “feeding him to the wolves” when I let him go to a school function dressed as the opposite sex, but what’s my other option? Tell him he can’t be who he is because some dipshit little kids and their parents feel awkward around my son. Not gonna happen on my watch. Not while I’m his mommy.
Needless to say he ended up having a blast at the Halloween party. Max’s friends and their parents are amazing and have always accepted him with open arms, no matter how sparkly and fabulous he is. Yes, there were a few stares and whispers (mostly from parents), but as I’ve always tried to instill in my son, we can’t worry about what everyone else thinks. My kid is polite, sensitive, loving, and has a heart of gold. He is perfect.
Is my son straight, gay, bi, trans or a metrosexual in the making? I have no clue, but I do know whatever God (or whatever higher power) has intended him to be, he is incredible. He is stronger and more secure with himself than most adults. I can’t wait to see what beautiful costume he has in store for next year. I’m sure it will be fabulous. – Jill Topol