Dear Readers: Back to school means back to the mall, big-box retailer or online site for kids clothes. What should you look for? Here are some hints:

Seams should be stitched tight.

Fabric should be of good quality and durable.

Clothes should be soft and comfortable, not itchy.

Make sure you follow the school dress code; basics are always a good bet: plain sweaters, shorts and T-shirts.

Colors that hide stains are a good idea, too.

Check out the clearance sections, and here’s a final hint: Buy some pieces that are a bit too big. These pieces won’t be too big for too long.

A child who is looking good and comfortable is someone who is ready to learn.

— Heloise