This fall, the trend to talk about in kids' fashions is layering. This back-to-school season, grab staples that still fit from last year's wardrobe and pair them with trendy vests and hoodies that are as stylish as they are practical in these days of unpredictable temps. Check out our guide below, complete with photos and buying information, and send your little ones back to school in the coolest clothes.
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On model at left: Dainty cropped sweater over a cinched-waist floral blouse, both from T.J.Maxx; leggings (a fundamental layering item for girls!) from 77Kids ($14.50); and Stuart Weitzman Beauty embellished suede flats ($62).
On model at right: American Living white cotton peasant top ($36) flows beautifully beneath an angled short-sleeved sweater from T.J.Maxx, girly complements to utilitarian cargo pants in olive from American Living ($42) and slouchy, sweater Chalet boots from The Children's Place ($27.95).
On boy: This Appaman hockey jersey in mist ($38) and dark denim jeans from T.J.Maxx will take your toddler from the playground to preschool and back. The Children's Place cap ($6.95) and pristine white (for now!) kicks from Marshalls.
On girl: This berry shark bite tunic, a trend holding strong from last season, is from Appaman ($42) and the Girly Cord jeggings are by 77Kids ($29.50); headband ($4.50 or 2 for $6), The Children's Place; Stuart Weitzman Lacey flats ($55).
On boy at left: Dressy shorts are downplayed by vintage-inspired sportswear. Chino shorts with adjustable waist ($16.95), zip-up Varsity hoodie sweatshirt ($29.95), and gray waffle-knit henley ($12.50 or 2 for $22) from The Children's Place; checkerboard Vans Era sneakers ($45).
On boy at right: Just a little bit preppy is just the right amount of preppy. Classic blue-and-white striped button-down over a bright white polo, both from Marshalls; straight-leg jeans ($27.95) from The Children's Place; and Vans Authentic in True White ($45).
Bubblegum earmuffs from Appaman ($27); cap-sleeve pintuck tunic top from American Living ($28); Pink Pop skinny jeans from 77Kids ($34.50); and fab faux-fur vest from T.J.Maxx.
Army-inspired Surplus Shirt jacket from 77Kids ($26.50).
A color-rimmed tee and plaid long-sleeved shirt layer nicely under a lightweight yet warm (goose-down-filled) First Ascent vest from Eddie Bauer ($59.95); brown loafers from Marshalls.
On toddler: Top ($28) and denim jumper dress ($40) from American Living; Vans Authentic sneakers in navy ($27); and the of-the-moment finishing touch, a poodle bag, from T.J.Maxx.
On older girl: Floral blouse from The Children's Place ($12.95) topped by a sweater vest with single toggle-button from American Living ($44); Clean Cut jeggings ($39.50) at 77Kids; and stylin' suede Tango boots ($82) mom will covet, Stuart Weitzman.
Weekend Splatter khaki pants ($29.50) and reversible tee (inside is red with "Rock On!" graphic; $19.50) from 77Kids; Eddie Bauer First Ascent water-repellent vest in cardinal ($59.95); sneakers from Marshalls.
A jean jacket is a timeless layering piece -- it'll never go out of style (it just depends how you wear it!).
On girl: The Children's Place denim jacket ($19.95) over Wild Print tunic tank ($24.50)
and solid leggings ($14.50) from 77Kids; Stuart Weitzman Beauty embellished suede flats ($62).
On boy: Weekend denim shirt ($34.50) and School Supply polo ($14.50) from 77Kids; jeans from Marshalls; Cole Haan Air Pinch leather loafers ($78).
Older models provided courtesy of JRP Long Island; toddlers are friends of NYMetroParents
American Living: www.americanliving.com
The Children's Place: www.childrensplace.com
Cole Haan shoes: www.zappos.com
Eddie Bauer: www.eddiebauer.com
77Kids by American Eagle: www.77kids.com
Stuart Weitzman shoes: www.zappos.com
T.J.Maxx and Marshalls:
For all clothes pictured, similar styles are available in stores. Because merchandise, which includes designer labels and current-season options, turns over so quickly (10,000 new items at each store every week!), we can't give exact buying info. (Tip: Don't worry about getting all your BTS shopping done at once, especially in this economy.) To find a store, visit www.marshallsonline.com or www.tjmaxx.com.
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