Tweens Take On The NSale

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Ceci and Grace are obsessed with bike shorts, leopard prints, cargo pants, white sneakers, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, ruffles and puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, faux-wrap tops, leggings, comfy cozy loungewear and all the gender fluid athleisure in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Your tweens too?

In other words:#whatmomworeinthe90s.

Conceptually, I’m calling this “back to school/old school.”

Tweens, Not Twins

Grace will simply state, “We aren’t twins, we just share a birthday.” Ceci always adds, “SHE, was born on MY birthday, and we DO NOT look alike.” #sisterhoodinanutshell

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Kids’ Edition: Cute & Cool Clothes For Tweens

One thing these two have in common, for sure, aside from a birthday, is a love of the NSale and a good try on sesh. We can argue if they look alike another day.

For now, cooperatively, they take issue with the categories girls and boys, and shop from both.

And they also teamed-up on a position statement for why they should keep all.the.boots. We’ll share them, they say.

For reference, Grace is 9-years-old, and almost 4′ 10″. Ceci is 11-years-old, and just a hair under 5′ tall. They both wear a size 10/12 clothing (shown) and will likely size up to 12/14 before we can blink. For five more minutes, they are both a size 5 shoe.

1. ’90s 2.0 | Biker Shorts + Concert Tees Forever

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

L: Rolling Stones Crop Tee | Ribbed Biker Shorts | Black Moto Booties //
R: ACDC Tie Tee | Ribbed Biker Shorts | White Nike Presto

This, no doubt, is probably what I’ll see my girls in most often after school this fall. They dance, they skate, they play and they chill. Grace threw a skirt over this outfit the other night and we went to dinner. Ceci popped a jacket on to run errands with her brother. And yes, their brother challenged them both to name and sing three Rolling Stones and three ACDC songs, and they did. PS: Grace, is the pickiest human alive when it comes to shoes. These boots zip up the inside, so they are easy on/off, and she reports they are super-squishy comfy too.


2. He/She/They Athleisure: Joggers, Leggings & Sport Shorts

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

L: Camo Hoodie | Camo Joggers | Nike MD Valiant //
R: Sports Bra Top | Zella Live in Joggers | Nike Air Zoom Pegasus

Grace loves nothing more than a soft, comfy “set” and apparently, this is the comfiest cosiest. Ceci tried all the sports bras before deciding that this is her top pick. The Zella Live-in joggers she initially said felt “weird”…but ended up loving after a few hours in them.

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

L: Nike Tank | Pink Zella Leggings | Nike MD Valiant //
R: Cropped Nike Hoodie | Zella Renew Teal Leggings | Nike Air Zoom Pegasus

Grace refuses leggings, she’s only in them here because her sister styled her so. Ceci, who lives in them though, tried all.the.leggings and loves these two pairs best. She’s also obsessed with the crop cut of this hoodie, as is Grace with the concept of a sleeveless shirt.

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

L: Jordon Tee| Tie Dye Joggers| Nike Air Zoom Pegasus //
R: Quicksilver Tee| Adidas Joggers | Nike MD Valiant

These are Grace’s most lived-in joggers, no contest. All three of my kids love the traditional adidas joggers Ceci is sporting. And all three of my kids love Mountains and Waves, so that’s a fun nod from this tee from Quicksilver.

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

L: Vans Graphic Tee| Under Armour Sport Shorts //
R: Vans Tee | Cozy Court Shorts | Nike MD Valiant

Grace has never met a pair of sport shorts she doesn’t love. She’s first in line for all her brother’s hand-me-downs. Ceci is loving this blue pair because she says they are a comfy compromise b/w her running shorts and a full length athletic short. And they are super soft and in fact, very cozy.


3. Ruffles, Puff Sleeves & Dad-ish Denim

L: Habitual Dress | White Tory Boot || Striped Sweater | Jeans | Nike Air Zoom Pegasus //

This dress, is the essence of dressed-up Grace. She has two speeds: sporty and super fem. The dress is super-soft and comfy, and she’ll wear it over leggings and with a jacket when it gets cooler. Ceci is all about these jeans. They are technically from the boys’ section, and if not for the elastic pulls she’d swim in them, but she really likes that she can move in them and that they are super soft.


4. Leopard Jumpsuits, Denim Ruffle Dresses & Puff Sleeves

L: Leopard Look Back Jumpsuit | Black Moto Booties || Blue Ruffled Denim Dress | Embellished Bootie

Ceci has the floor version of this romper from last year and price-per-wear, it’s basically paying her these days. Grace claimed this years’ leopard print version as her own.

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

L: Leopard Look Back Jumpsuit | Black Moto Booties || Blue Ruffled Denim Dress | Embellished Bootie

There were a few denim dresses the girls tried on that were a little blah. This blue ruffled one is just enough fun that it made the cut.


5. More Denim Dresses & Boyish Jeans

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

Black Puff Sleeve Denim Dress | Tall Boots || Cropped Tee | Boy Jeans | Black Moto Booties

The black dress on Grace has a great zipper detail. Ceci went to the boys’ category again for jeans, and did the same, elastic pulls trick on jeans that would otherwise fall right off her. She also folded them under and is currently considering chopping them. Wonder where she got that idea?


6. Utility Boots, Cargo Pants, Tie Dye & Black Leather Moto Jackets

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

L: Moto Jacket | Striped Sweater | Cargo Pants | White Tory Boot //

R: Tie Dye Sweater | Cargo Pants | Utility Boots

The “share closet” came from the position statement of “if we share these, can we keep them?” It was a next level of sisterly cooperation. The share closet includes the moto jacket, the sweaters, the cargo pants and both boots. So basically all.of.it. Oy NSale, you’re killing me here. Sisters teaming-up for price-per-wear efficiency at least. That I appreciate fully.


7. Chill, Sleepover & Loungewear

Sleep Set Grey Blue || Sleep Set Green

Ceci doesn’t normally love to “twin” with Grace the way Gracie LOVES to twin with Ceci, but they agreed this sleep set works for them.

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

Volcom Tie Dye Hoodie | Volcom Tie Dye Joggers || Grey Waffle Bell Bottom Lounge Set

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

Fuzzy Shacket | Camo Joggers | Nike MD Valiant || Tie Dye Hooded Zip Jacket | Urban Green Zella Leggings | Nike Air Zoom Pegasus

These kids are obsessed w/ bike shorts, cargo pants, tie-dye, utility boots, moto booties, puff sleeves, graphic concert tees, cozy loungewear + all the gender fluid athleisure in the #NSale. Your tweens too?

Soft Grey Hoodie | Pink Soft Lounge Pants Purple Sleep Set | Fuzzy Slippers

Ceci is hanging on to the tie dye zip up and the urban green leggings. The bells didn’t quite hit the bottom of her leg the way she’d like, and the purple set was cute but too fitted for her comfort. Grace is refusing to let go of anything she’s wearing in any of these photos. Let the returns negotiations begin. I feel more “share closet” coming in hot.


8. What We Don’t See, But Not To Be Missed: Sports Bras

The one item you will see none of because they completely rejected them are the Spanx girl leggings. They both agreed they feel, “totally weird.” I’m thankful for that actually, b/c something about Spanx + my girls felt totally weird to me too. The other item that you can’t see in any of the photos, by design, are all of the sports bras Ceci is wearing. She hit the jackpot; they are all actually super-comfy and cute. So we’ll shortcut that right here to her favorites:

 

 

 

 

The girls had a blast, and found new ways to cooperate and share not just a birthday, but apparently a closet this year. Cheers to more cooperation ’21. And #sisterhood forever. Life is short, the kids are not. Hug them more.

xoxo A

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  1. Ooh, this is great! My 8yo fashionista is also a size 10-12 & loves these styles.

    I would love someone on TME to do this with an older tween/young teen – my 11yo is already 5’3” & 125 lbs, and wears a girls XXL/18 or women’s small. But her style leans more towards sporty girl. So hard to find clothes she likes in her size!

  2. Yes!! I got two adorable outfits for my 11 year old. Now I want more. Are any of those bras a little bit padded? I need something new for her.

    • Amy-Those sports bras are not padded-however, it’s funny you ask b/c C just pulled the padding from a few I got her for camp, that she also loves:
      https://shopstyle.it/l/bwPLy
      And since she pulls the pads, I had to go do a little research, but I’m 95% confident the ones she has from Athleta Girl also came with pads-and while expensive, they do have a bunch on sale, which helps:
      https://shopstyle.it/l/bwPMK
      xo A

  3. OMG, I have not yet started back to school shopping for my 11 and 10 year old girls (who are also tired of being asked if they are twins.) They would much rather shop for legos or videogames than clothes, but they have definite opinions about what they do and don’t like. Until a few years ago I would just buy Hanna Anderson stuff I liked for them off of eBay but then they wanted more of a say. And for a brief, shining moment 3 years ago they wore the same size and then the younger shot past her sister and is now several inches taller and 40 lbs heavier, and their styles are different enough that hand me downs (ups?) just aren’t going to happen. For their first real back to school shopping trip I took them to Old Navy and while one wanted me to help her pick out shirt/leggings outfits, they other took off and came back with an armload of various items “it’s all about pieces, not outfits, Mom.” Last year was all mail order and this year will be, too because there’s no way I’m taking them into a store #thankscovid. Hopefully this article will be a good jumping off point to start talking about what they would like to wear for school this year (the oldest is going into middle school. MIDDLE SCHOOL. Have mercy.)

    • Renee-sounds like your girls, together, nailed it!!! Some leggings + some Pieces is perfection! I feel another “not twins” share closet coming in hot! And I’m sending all the Middle School Mercy LOVE one mom can send another! xo A

  4. Annmarie, this is adorable. My 13 and 9 year old each have their own style, and I can’t wait to show them all these ideas. They wear uniforms for school, so I always struggle limiting their clothes to just a few other things they will love, need and actually wear. Thanks for the inspiration!
    We walked through Nordstrom the other day and I had them hold a pair of Docs just so they could see what their mama logged around for 4 years of high school! This 90s reboot is killing me!

    • Charlotte-I remember, at the age of 12, when my own mother raised a curious eye at the “Docs” and I sassily explained that she had in fact been asking me to wear “more sensible shoes” for years… I love my mom for many reasons, among them, tolerating my sass with grace, supporting all the boots, and the actual biker moto jacket from an actual biker shop that she asked if I’d wear for more than a year…(20+ years later I wore it one last time before I let a nephew have it, and I still miss it.) The 90s re “boot” -and all the 90s things is real and so fun! Those boots and moto jacket were part of how I felt comfortable in my own school uniforms-it’s a tricky age to find your own style and confidence. I am so thankful that my mom was supportive of me finding my own style and self-and I love the whole crew of us trying to be and do the same for our kids. Keep on woman! xo A

  5. Your girls are adorable! And super stylish. While I have a lot of opinions on how Aggressively 90s fashion is right now (went out to a movie for the first time since 2019 this weekend and thought all the 20-somethings looked 15, but maybe that’s just because I associate the current fashions with my own tween/teen years? Or maybe it’s because I’ve finally crossed the threshold into Old at age 35 and everyone looks like a baby?), the look works perfectly on girls this age. How fun that they’re close enough in size to share stuff! My sister and I didn’t hit that sweet spot till college/adulthood.

  6. Thank you so much. My 11 year old is-shall we say- further along in puberty. A non padded bralette is no longer an option!

  7. I asked her in the Cheat Sheet Post – and she replied with some links and said it was underwhelming for boys. But I tried some of her suggestions and wrote back with feedback there.

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