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As the world continues progressing toward the post-pandemic phase, we’re faced with rising costs and inflation permeating almost every aspect of our daily lives. That means we’re thinking even more about how we spend our money and where we can get the best prices.
Enter the back-to-school season. Just that phrase can cause angst to parents everywhere. While you want your kids to look super cute as they head back to the classrooms, finding a balance between fashion trends and affordability can be a dramatic event in your home.
The good news, however, is online and in-store retailers will battle for your attention with plenty of sales, discounts and deals to lure you in. Price wars? Maybe. Back-to-school savings? Definitely.
So, whichever way you choose to shop for back-to-school gear, we’re fetching the best deals for the fashion trends your kids won’t have a leg to stand on if/when they complain.
Back-to-school Trends for Boys
By nature, boys just aren’t the easiest group of humans to shop for. Either they “don’t care what you get them” until you bring home a light pink T-shirt () or they really hate stepping foot into a mall or retail store, most boys just aren’t super excited to go buy back-to-school shopping.
Here are five clothing staples to send your baby boy back to school looking the coolest:
1. Boys Jogger Jeans
Denim Society Kids JAGGER Jogger
Denim Society has over a dozen different washes available for the five-pocket classic joggers for kids. It comes with just enough stretch to make them comfy, but not too much to where it’s falling off. The dark wash cozy French terry knit cozy jeans feature an adjustable cord at the waist for easy on and off.
2. Boys Denim Skinny Jeans
Gap Kids Distressed Skinny Jeans with Washwell
Gap’s high-stretch denim for kids features perfectly placed distressing with fading and strategically placed whiskering in a medium wash. And the Gap’s Washwell has saved millions of liters of water since 2016. You can get them in regular, slim and husky sizes.
3. Boys Casual Blazer
Hope & Henry Blazer Suit Jacket
If your boy borders on the preppy, little gentlemen side of life, then he’ll fit right in with this tailored knit blazer featuring organic cotton and is available in three colors: navy with white trim, navy herringbone and brown. It’s a classic style with faux horn buttons, front patch pockets, and — the best part — faux suede elbow patches.
4. Athleisure for Boys
Nike Sport Leggings With Shorts
Whether he’s into sports or prefers the trombone, your little man needs a pair of cute, comfy and, of course, a super cool pair of shorts with attached leggings. This pair of Trophy Training Shorts has Nike’s Dri-FIT technology to help keep the focus on every rep. The stretch waistband has an adjustable drawstring with Nike’s iconic swoosh design.
5. Military Looks for Boys
Old Navy Cargo Jogger Pants
Yes, another pair of joggers. But this pair at Old Navy filters into the military fashion trend for heading back to school this year. Whether it’s because of “Top Gun” or something else, the trend is so adorable. The pair comes in khaki and dark gray with a faux fly, elasticized waistband and an adjustable drawstring.
You can get this pair for $29.99 at Old Navy and earn 2% cash back for your online purchases sitewide through July 31. Savings tip: Keep checking for promos because Old Navy recently offered 35% off sitewide and we’re confident new discounts are on the horizon.
Amazon Cargo Military Button-down Work Shirt
The front pockets with a button-front placket and the shoulder straps that attach the shoulder loops give this ordinary button-down military-inspired upgrade. Pair it with camo cargoes and you have a little soldier on your hands. It’s available for kids’ sizes 6 to 14.
Back-to-school Trends for Girls
Shopping with your daughter can be an instant bonding experience when you love everything she chooses. It feels like the birds are singing a little louder and butterflies are gently hovering about your head. Or, it can be a full-out festival of eye rolls, tears, sighs, tantrums — and that’s just from your side when you see the outfits your sweet baby girl is choosing (thanks to social media) in a section meant for “young women.”
According to Elle magazine, preppy fashion is back, and it’s not just for women and teens.
1. Girls Tweed Blazer
Hayden Girls Tweed Blazer Jacket
A cute preppy blazer paired with casual jeans is a first-day outfit others will copy. This one by Hayden Girls is fully lined with a thick tweed construction, a rounded raw-edge neck, a front clasp closure and functional front square pockets. It comes in a red or blue tweed mix.
2. Girls’ Denim Jeans
H&M Wide Leg Flare Jeans
The little girls (2T to 10 youth sizes) Superstretch Flare Fit Jeans look cute and fashionable whether she’s off to preschool or elementary school. The slim-fit jean has super stretch denim and recycled materials for maximum mobility on the playground. It has elastic at the waist, faux fly and front pockets, real back pockets and flared legs.
3. Girls’ Athleisure
Moodytiger Leggings Mesh With Ruffle
Buttery soft, light as air and as soft as fluffy clouds thanks to its nylon and spandex construction, this pair of adorable leggings will put some pep in her step. It’s stretchy, opaque and keeps its shape no matter how she moves. This pair comes in sizes ranging from 4Y to 14Y and in four pretty colors.
Forever 21 Kids Checkered Print Shirt
Made for girls and boys, this breezy button-down checkered shirt comes in kids’ sizes 5 to 14. It’s made of 100% rayon with a Cuban-style collar. Pair it by itself or layer it over a tank top and an amazing pair of jeans.
Back-to-school Trends for Tweens
1. Tween Athleisure
Athleta Girl School Day Skort
The Athleta Girl School Day Skort dries in a flash for ultimate comfort after busting a sweat at practice or play, making the classroom time comfier. Athleta’s “Featherweight Stretch” fabric feels light and airy with its recycled polyester, and its built-in shorties underneath turn a regular skirt into an athletic staple.
GapFit Teen Tech Jogger Pants
With a planet-friendly production and recycled materials to help save water and reduce waste, the GapFit Teen Tech Jogger has a banded leg and a drawstring waist with a soft stretchy material that’s full of cool details like a hidden zip pocket for your phone.
2. Oversized Sweatshirts + Hoodies
Pacsun John Galt Malibu California Sweatshirt
The oversized graphic sweatshirt is cozy and comfy for chilly beach nights or the impending cooler temps later in the school year. The Malibu California Sweatshirt by John Galt has ribbed trim, a bulky construction and a fabulous style.
H&M Oversized Hoodie
As part of H&M’s conscious options, the oversized sweatshirt is constructed with recycled PET plastic bottles in collaboration with Danone AQUA in Indonesia. It features a vintage-y vibe with a wrap-front hood, kangaroo pocket and dropped shoulders for kid sizes 8Y to 14Y.
3. Varsity Prep
H&M Pleated Twill Skirt
The prep school-inspired skirt makes anything on the top look extra adorable. With a high waist, adjustable waistband and a concealed zipper, the unlined mini skirt takes your tween’s fashionable style up a notch as they approach middle school and sets the standard for everyone else to follow.
4. ‘Stranger Things’ Tween Apparel
Gap × Stranger Things Teen Graphic T-shirt
With the approaching last season () of “Stranger Things,” everyone wants to hold on to a piece of the Netflix hit, including your tween. The nostalgia cup runneth over with the sci-fi hit and that’s no different from the Upside Down-inspired tee.
5. Tween Vintage Band Tees
Gap Teen | Band Graphic T-shirt
Graphic tees are big, but graphic band tees are even bigger this year. The Boys Band Graphic T-shirt has a soft knit material made from recycled materials for an earth-friendly choice
The graphic T-shirt is available in Jimi Hendrix or Led Zeppelin graphics for $29.95 at Gap. Note: This tee was on sale for $11 recently, so check back for back-to-school sales.
Tillys KISS Oversized Tee
Nothing says rock-n-roll like the band KISS. And this vintage-inspired, oversized T-shirt features the most iconic look of the band. It has a ribbed crew neck style in a totally vintage wash.
Best Adaptive Kids Clothing Stores
Apparel that’s inclusive and adaptive for every kid has slowly become the norm. Each year, more retail stores are understanding the importance of offering clothes that every kid can feel comfortable wearing. Parents who’ve historically had a challenge locating these types of clothes have even more options than ever before as mainstream brands offer parents cute and affordable choices.
Here’s where you can shop for adaptive back-to-school clothing options right now:
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