Hot Looks for Back to School

August 11, 2009 9:51:42 AM PDT
Your children may not want to face it, but it won't be long before school starts. 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

Hot Looks for Elementary Students

Sarah in Justice: Girly Prep is back this season!

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


Natalie in Hanna Andersson

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.

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"

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.

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

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