Help ease “Back to School Blues” with Tanger Outlets

August has always been a month of mixed emotions for my family and I.  What should be a fun last month of vacation is also the month retailers remind our little love bugs that its “BACK TO SCHOOL” time, almost immediately casting a dark cloud over them.

Together, however, the five of us always manage to squeeze out every last bit of summer while actually getting our kids excited for back to school.  For the last 9 years, we’ve headed to North Myrtle Beach to embark on incredible adventures and make lasting memories. There, we soak up the sun boogie boarding and digging for clams, and we always fit in several trips to Tanger Outlets (Myrtle Beach Hwy. 17) for some back-to-school shopping.

Tanger Outlets is a family favourite not only for their brand name retailers and awesome savings (yay for fashionista mamas like moi!)…it’s spacious grounds,  great food places, and  FREE wifi are perfect for those family members who need a shopping break (ahem ahem…the hubby).

We’ve found that getting the kids involved in the process of shopping for back to school gets them excited to wear their new threads. And with Tanger’s savings,  we can afford to get a little extra for our three children’s brand new school year.

Loving Tanger!
Our lovebugs actually loving shopping thanks to Tanger Outlets

This year’s visit to Tanger was a special one for our family. Our youngest is starting school (sniff, sniff). It was so fun to watch her express her sweet (and sassy) personality through style.

Littlest shopper
Our littlest shopper at Tanger Outlets

Alessia picked two completely different outfits for her first day! It’s going to be a tough decision. We visited toddler favourites such as Gymboree and Carters.

Dress and socks: Gymboree Shoes: Carters Accessories: Justice
Head to toe outfit: Carters


Mikhaela is heading into the tween years (Lord help us) so no more bows and sparkles.  Instead, stores like Justice had everything she needed.

Dress: Justice Necklace: Claires
Dress and sweater: Justice Necklace: Claires


Giorgio’s style is well….too cool for school (pardon the pun). Thank goodness we found sick swag (his words exactly) at stores like GAP and footwear from Under Armour.


Shirt and pants: GAP Factory Shoes: Under Armour
Shirt and pants: GAP Factory Shoes: Under Armour

As for me, I sent the kids to the Fudgery with daddy and got down to business. I found so many back-to-work looks, complete with Kate Spade handbags at unbeatable prices.

Blouse and dress: Banana Republic . Shoes: Nine West . Bag: Kate Spade
Dress and earrings: LOFT . Shoes: Nine West
louse: JCrew . Necklace: LOFT Bag: Kate Spade . Shoes: Nine West


Today while on the beach, I actually heard one of my kids say “I can’t wait for school so I can wear my new clothes”.  Ahhhh… life.



Don’t forget to download the Tanger App to earn TangerClub Rewards. Visit for everything you need to know to shop and save, and for some serious style inspiration.

Happy last days of summer and back to school shopping. xo




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