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Back-to-school fashion that you and your kids will love

by Emily Sher / / Source: TODAY

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It's time to put away those beach bags and take out the lunch boxes — the new school year is almost upon us. But there's no need to stress if you're anxious about the annual back-to-school shopping trip.

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Senior lifestyle editor at Zulily.com, Amy E. Goodman, visited TODAY Tuesday to share the top trends this season.

Animal instincts

  HM.com

Let your little one roar into the new school year with an animal-themed outfit. From leopard-print shoes to a wolf appliqueé T-shirt, the options are endless!

Elizabeth: Bunny Bow Shirt, $4.99, HM.com; Stevies #Dressup Ballet Flat, $21.99, Target.com

Zion: Get Appy Tee with Wolf, $34, HannaAndersson.com; Star Wars R2D2 Backpack, $19.99, Target.com

Rowan: Wolf T-shirt, $32, SaltCityEmporium.com; Boys' Down Vest, $39, LandsEnd.com

Popular plaids

 Plaid school outfits TODAY

Plaid is one of the most versatile patterns: Your kids can wear it all the way into the holidays! Feel free to dress it down for the school day or dress it up with different separates and nicer shoes for a special occasion.

Ella: Plaid Shirtdress, $41.60, HannaAndersson.com; Ryder Tall Boots, $23.07, ChildrensPlace.com

Joseph: Plaid Shorts, $29.99, USA.Tommy.com; Rockstar Skate Sneakers, $20.26, ChildrensPlace.com

If the knit fits!

 Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb take a look at some of the season's hottest back-to-school styles. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

While it can be tough to think about warm and fuzzy clothing in the middle of August, you'll be glad you invested in these chic and cozy knits come fall. A fun knit dress with colorful tights will look great and keep her comfy all day long. And for him, check out that cool glow-in-the-dark T-shirt!

Fiona: Knitted separates from $24, BodenUSA.com; Suede Fringe Boot, $29.95, FabKids.com

Mack: Glow-in-the Dark T-shirt, from $32.50, Jcrew.com; French Terry Moto Pants, $35, TeaCollection.com

Sporty loungewear

  OldNavy.Gap.com

Adults are loving the athleisure trend, so why can't kids get in on the sporty look? Sweats and easy separates are all the rage this year; just look for items with a special touch like trendy pockets or a lace-accented shoulder to make it feel elevated.

Jared: Junk Food Star Wars Football Tee, $26.95, Gap.com; Separates from $9, OldNavy.com

Olivia: Lace Accent Sweater, $12.99, H&M stores; Star Leggings, $12.99, H&M stores

Rock stars

 Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb take a look at some of the season's hottest back-to-school styles. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Add a little rock 'n' roll to their wardrobe with faux leather accents that will make them feel like a star. Graphic T-shirts, faded jeans and muted flannels round out the look.

Caroline: Floral & Faux Leather Jacket, $49.95, Abercrombie; Mossimo Black Booties & Sneakers, $17.99-$34.99, Target stores

Kingsley: Tony Hawk NY Bridge Graphic Tee, $18, Kohls.com; Straight Jeans, $39.95, Gap.com

Southwestern

 Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb take a look at some of the season's hottest back-to-school styles. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Help them stand out in the crowd with a trendy print, like this Southwestern-inspired button-up. This fashion-forward piece will let his personality shine.

Kingsley: Southwestern Print Shirt, $29.95, Gap.com; Jogger Pant, $29.95, Gap.com; Brown Trainers, $35.90, Zara.com

Star player

 Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb take a look at some of the season's hottest back-to-school styles. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

You know she's a star, but be sure to remind her with this playful printed sweatshirt. Worn under a puffy vest, she'll be ready for a field trip or a playdate at the park in no time.

Olivia: Black Star Sweatshirt, $12.99, HM.com; Padded Vest, $34.99, HM.com

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