Essential Back-to-School Basics

There’s no questioning the back-to-school season looks different for parents and children everywhere. Some may be stocking up on comfortable activewear and readying their home classrooms for a new year, while others are sprucing up their denim collection and searching for the perfect backpack before venturing back to in-person learning.

There’s one constant, however, regardless of kids’ current schooling situation: Basics like socks, underwear, T-shirts, bras, and face masks are a must, and luckily, JCPenney has a broad assortment across our Boys, Girls, Young Men, and Juniors departments. An added benefit of stocking up? The more basics you have, the less time spent doing laundry – a perk that will undoubtedly come in handy as the pace of a new school year picks up.

Here’s a peek at a few of our favorites.


Hanes 10-pair low-cut socks
Arizona 9-pack hipster panty
Maidenform 3-pack round-neck camisole
Adidas 6-pair no-show socks


Hanes 5-pack short-sleeve T-shirt
Xersion low-cut socks
Arizona 4-pack boxer briefs
5-pack Spiderman briefs


Sequin face mask
Flirtitude knit cheeky panty
Real 2-piece bralette
Arizona short-sleeve T-shirt


Nike Dri-Fit performance boxer briefs
Stafford 3-piece cotton crewneck
Fruit of the Loom 4-pack cotton boxers
Smiley emoji face mask