With summer on its way out and school starting soon, it’s time to prepare with Back to School shopping. Avoid the frustration from chaotic crowds at malls and retail stores by shopping locally with friendly faces and helpful insight. We found the best boutiques to get all the cool school gear from jackets and shoes, to backpacks and lunch boxes. You will also enjoy the last few weeks of summer by walking around town while shopping end of summer sales:
Over The Moon sells trendy clothing for little ones ranging from faux fur jackets and ballerina dresses, to skull graphic henley t-shirts and skinny jeans. This boy’s varsity striped high collar jacket by Capital K is perfect for the fall. Made from cotton and polyester, it has snap-front buttons and useful pockets. The color palette is warm and gives you the feeling of a breezy autumn day. Dress up your little dude by pairing the jacket with cuffed jeans and classic Converses.
Over The Moon
619 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
$52, Sizes 1-6
Valley Girl sells trendy clothing and shoes for young women with brands such as Doctor Martens, Vans, Converse, and Sam Edelman. With cozy cardigans and pretty dresses for the fall, this wine flowy dress by En Créme is very transitional and can be worn all year round. The three-quarter-length sleeves adds a feminine and romantic touch, while the pattern trim on the neckline, hem, and sleeves adds a simple detail. Wear it with a leather jacket, calve high socks, and a pair of cognac booties.
623 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
$44, Sizes S, M, L
Little Shoebox sells an array of different shoes for toddlers and children. With a selection ranging from sneakers, boots, loafers, flats, sandals, and slippers, you can get all your shoe shopping done at one store. They carry household brands such as Merrell, New Balance, Nike, Geox, Ugg Australia, Crocs, Hunter, and Hatley, while also selling socks, laces, and other accessories. The associates can also measure feet and help give feedback into what size and fit works best.
602 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Styles from $28-$100
Nothing says “Ready for School” like a new backpack and Hip Chic has a fun collection for kids to choose from. From bright tie dye and candy collage graphic prints to stripes and Aztec patterns, the boutique also sells matching lunch boxes. Some of the backpacks feature the classic zipper closure, while others are the trendy fold over type with a drawstring and single button closure. Check out their line of backpacks by brands ranging from Roxy, Iscream, and Airbrush.
533 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042