Hot Looks for Back to School

August 11, 2009 Local stores are full of the latest back to school clothes. Even if you're on a budget, your youngsters may want a new piece or two as they transition from summer to fall. Lisa Stricker has some suggestions for girls and boys that are fashionable and age-appropriate. All fashions are from Woodfield www.shopwoodfield.com

Hot Looks for Elementary Students

Sarah in Justice: Girly Prep is back this season! www.shopjustice.com

Varsity cardigan over layered tanks (Cardigan $23; Striped tank $21; Solid Tank $15)

Paint splattered denim skirt with neon pink leggings for comfort (Denim skirt $33; Leggings $15)

Peace sign detail huge this season - seen on scarf, tank and headband (Scarf $13; Headband $9)

Matching Varsity backpack and girly ballet flats to pull everything together (Flats $25; Backpack $33)

Total Clothing: $120

With Flats, Backpack & Headband: $187

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Natalie in Hanna Andersson www.hannaandersson.com

Denim flare pants with appliqué (Pants $38)

On top, more layering, which remains so popular.

Tee and pretty short-sleeved cardigan in great neon pink and purple, which we're seeing everywhere (Tee $20; Cardigan $38)

Polished off with Hanna's trademark handcrafted clogs and leopard-pattern messenger bag (Clogs $36; Bag $32)

Total Clothing: $96

With Clogs & Bag: $164

Tommy in Hanna Andersson

Comfortable/Cool look in royal blue sweat suit (Hoodie $52)

Side stripe sweats with matching fleece-lined hoodie – provides style and warmth as the weather gets cooler. (Sweat pants $30)

Jersey style graphic tee ($26)

Backpack with attachable water bottle. (Backpack $32; Water bottle $10)

Total Clothing: $108

With Backpack & Water Bottle: $150

Haley in Justice: Neon colors are hot this season; it's a sporty look, with a girly twist

Bright purple skinny fit jeans paired with layered bright graphic tees. (Jeans $35;Tee $17)

Bright vest with fur-trimmed collar and ruffle-trim at shoulders ($39)

Complete with Converse-style sneakers – another hot trend of the season ($35)

Bringing back the peace sign detail on shoes, accessories, even her soccer ball! (Hat $15; Ball $16)

Total Clothing: $91

With Sneakers, Hat & Ball: $157

Kyle in H&M: Layered shirts with some mismatched patterning. www.hm.com/us

Blue and white long sleeve tee under Navy zip-up hoodie with plaid detail Long sleeve tee $10...Hoodie $25

Orange vest for extra warmth on the playground Vest $25

Comfortable, slimmer fit denim ($20)

Total outfit: $80

Hot looks for Teens and Middle-Schoolers

Audrey in XXI Forever: Preppy/Chic for all of the fashionistas out there, inspired by popular teen shows like "Gossip Girl" www.forever21.com

Rich plum-colored dress with chiffon ruffled bottom ($28)

Cropped chic jacket in hounds tooth pattern ($28)

Polished off with a headband and bangles that are chic and sophisticated, with a touch of edge. (Headband $8;Bracelet Set $6)

Total Clothing: $56

With Headband & Bracelets: $70

Kayla in The Buckle: Casual comfort with an edgy twist, Bringing out the inner rock star. www.buckle.com

Plaid button-up shirts are huge this season – layered over a mismatched patterned long sleeve (Plaid Button-Up $27; Long Sleeve $62) Dark wash, faded jeans with drastic stitching ($74)

Total Outfit: $163

Douglas in The Buckle: Street Casual look

Bold graphic tee with graffiti design ($25)

Zip-up jacket in clean black and white detail ($63)

Relaxed fit distressed jeans with worn white belt (Jeans $73; Belt $20)

Total Outfit: $181

Katie in Charlotte Russe: From the Ex-Boyfriend collection – boyish looks with a feminine twist www.charlotterusse.com

Girly-ruffled tank dress over leggings Dress $27…Leggings $8

Hooded, black leather jacket (an item you will see a lot of this season) adds that boyish/rocker edge ($40)

Pulled together with black flat boots that compliment the jacket ($35)

Total Clothing: $75

With Boots: $110

Ronnie in H&M: incorporates a lot of great BTS Trends.

His look is casual and cool, while pulling in a bit of an Urban Vibe with the leather jacket

Jeans are a dark wash, straight leg – dresses the look up ($25)

Graphic tee in a light purple; the hot color this season for boys and girls. ($13)

Light green, relaxed fit hoodie under edgy leather jacket – good contrast. (Hoodie $25; Jacket $50)

Total Outfit: $113

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