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The 12 Top Back to School Fashion Trends This Year for Kids

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Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the 12 of the best back to school fashion trends for kids (boys and girls) this year

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Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. We look at it as an opportunity to cap off the summer with one more bonding activity  You know — so the kids don’t write “I played Minecraft everyday” when their teacher asks them about what they did over the summer.

Back to school fashion trends for kids (boys and girls) best for parents to know this year including bags, T-shirts, sneakers and more.
Back to school fashion trends for kids (boys and girls) best for parents to know this year including bags, T-shirts, sneakers and more.

That essay lives on the bulletin board for at least a month! You must create a fresh activity in their minds before you send them off because they certainly won’t remember that vacation you took back in July.

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Whether you shop online or in stores, you can make a special one-on-one day out of it with their favorite meal and treats. Give them the autonomy to make some of their own choices but in case all they pick are Pokemon t-shirts, then this list of must-have back to school trends can help you steer them in the right direction.

Back to school fashion trends for kids (boys and girls) best for parents to know this year including bags, T-shirts, sneakers and more.
Back to school fashion trends for kids (boys and girls) best for parents to know this year including bags, T-shirts, sneakers and more.

12 top back to school fashion trends for kids this year

1. The vintage graphic tee

Help them start the year off right with some positive affirmation. This tee is made from organic cotton while the graphic has a sweet hand-drawn quality.

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2. The sporty vest

This Rockets of Awesome vest is a must-have if you have a kid who never wants to wear a jacket. In fun color-blocking patterns and a just warm enough fleece body, they’ll happily reach for it on those chilly fall mornings.

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3. The flannel shirt

Let’s face it — button-up shirts are not a kid’s favorite item of clothing. But Faherty’s Legend sweater shirt is made from the softest and stretchiest flannel so they’ll feel cozy for picture day and every day after.

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4. The ombré sweatshirt

When you’ve had enough of tie-dye but they haven’t, this ombré stripe sweatshirt from Rockets of Awesome might please everyone. Soft like a bunny and in pretty shades of lavender, lemon and sky blue, it’s an easy layer to pair with denim or black leggings.

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5. The denim jumpsuit

One and done! This utilitarian jumpsuit is perfect for busy bodies in a lightweight denim and plenty of pockets. Embroidered roses give it a sweet and offbeat flair for fashionistas in the making.

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6. The neon parka

In vibrant neon color blocking, this parka from Stella McCartney is made from recycled fibers and stands out with a retro 80s look. Bonus: it makes them easy to spot at pick-up!

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7. The flared jean

Made from soft stretch denim, Bonpoint’s flared jeans are the must-have silhouette for fall. They will make all their tops look brand new again.

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8. The corduroy pant

If your kid refuses jeans and you’re ready for them to be out of elastic sweatpants — try corduroy. The plush fabric is not only totally on trend for fall but brands like Boden are making them with stretch so that they can move with ease all day long.

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9. The patchwork backpack

STATE’s backpacks are always a cut above in terms of design sensibility. This one features an elevated shibori-inspired patchwork with all the utility you’d expect. For every STATE product purchased, the company donates fully-packed backpacks to students in need.

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10. The puffer lunch bag

Inspired by puffer jackets, Iscream’s shiny and padded lunch bag is equal parts adorable and tough. Pockets inside and out allow for easy organization.

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11. The Doc Martens

Durable and full of attitude, these iconic boots have stood the test of time. These mini versions feature roses and Venus flytraps (did you expect daisies?) with an inner ankle zip for easy on and off access.

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12. The Lego x Adidas collab sneakers

If you have a Lego obsessed kid, then these sneakers are a must-have. Elastic laces plus a hook-and-loop strap create a snug, secure fit. But it’s the grippy outsole with LEGO®  tracks that will make them walk a mile.

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the back to school fashion trends for kids to know this year

That’s our take on the top back to school fashion trends for kids (boys and girls) that parents need to know this year, including bags, T-shirts, sneakers and more. Happy shopping to the back to school crew! Here’s to starting the year off with an A+ in style.

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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