You don't have to empty your pockets for your kid to be cool for class. These fashions are on trend and in your budget.
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Your little trendsetter will pass with flying colors in these vibrant shades and patterns.
Sport this outfit and your daughter will look like an all-star on and off the field.
Gnome Sweet Gnome
This casual ensemble looks effortlessly endearing. Perfect for back to school season!
Your kid can showcase his athleticism in an outfit that's as sporty as he is.
- Buy the mod striped shirt for $30 at teacollection.com
- Buy the striped sporty tee for $10.50 at childrensplace.com
- Buy the plaid cargo pants for $45 at landsend.com
- Buy the Trouser Braces Blu Stripe suspenders for $26 at bluponyvintage.com
- Buy the round laces in sky blue for $2 at welovecolors.com
- Buy the brown sneakers for $35 at launchfootwear.com
This creative combo is a little bit hipster, a little bit smart, and a lot adorable!
Navigate through the school year with pilot-inspired gear.
Royal corduroy jeans,$36. No longer available as of August 2013.
Sequined Heart Tee
Steal teachers' hearts with sparkling accents, like this sequined heart tee.
Tiered Tulle Skirt
This colorful tiered skirt will be the talk of the playground.
These sassy leopard pants are a relaxed alternative to denim.
We give these plaid pants an A+ for their heart detailing.
Cardigans are a fall essential! The adorable rosette makes this one stand out from the crowd.
This chevron-striped dress is perfect to throw on with a pair of tights and boots for a trendy autumn look.
Horse Applique Shirt
Have your child brighten up her classroom in this vibrant pony tee.
Peacock Print Skirt
Achieve the boho-chic look with this peacock-inspired skirt.
Nautical doesn't have to end with summer! Keep the sailor color scheme going with blue and white horizontal stripes.
The colorful beaded fringe on these moccasin booties makes them a must-have.
Try these comfortable chinos for a great skinny jean fit.
This sweater graduates first in class for its great seasonal color and cozy fit.
Floral Corduroy Skirt
Nothing says fall like corduroy and pleats.
Pink Striped Shirt
Classic long-sleeve tees never go out of style.
These striped leggings are perfect layering pieces for an easy burst of color.
Jumping Bean pink-and-orange striped leggings, $16. No longer available as of August 2013.
Purple Polka Dot Pants
We're loving these precious polka dots.
Wide Striped Tee
Go for bold stripes in even bolder colors!
This layered corduroy jacket is the perfect combination: stylish out the outside and warm on the inside.
Kids can easily stay a comfortable temperature in these convertible boardwalk pants.
This awesome hoodie will be a class favorite.
Move up from JV with this classic varsity jacket.
This striped polo, paired with a crisp pair of jeans or khakis, is a timeless first day outfit.
Red Rugby Shirt
Rugby shirts are great for cooler September days.
Monster Applique Shirt
Scare away first day jitters with this lovable monster tee.
Short-sleeve button-down shirt, $23. No longer available as of August 2013.
Your kid will get serious mileage out of these blue and red shoes.
The skull detailing gives this timeless argyle sweater an edgy twist!
There's no going wrong with these dark-washed jeans.
Bright Blue Jeans
Colorful denim adds excitement to any outfit.
This twofer takes the guesswork out of layering with a pre-paired tee and long-sleeve shirt.
Henley twofer in orange peel, $34. No longer available as of August 2013.
Hooded rugby shirts are just as practical as they are fashionable.
This plaid button-down will keep your little one looking like the stylish scholar that he is.
Originally published in the September 2012 issue of Parents magazine.