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It's hard to believe we're in the homestretch of summer and it's time to start thinking about going back to school. In fact, some kids across the country have already returned to the classroom.
If you're inspired to update your kid's wardrobe, you're not alone. Marie Claire senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi is sharing her favorite back-to-school outfit ideas for all ages.
For the littlest ones it's all about functionality, but also ease of care.
Boys will love slipping on these striped jogger pants; they're perfect for tearing up the school yard. The Velcro closures mean your child can put on his shoes without asking for help.
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Hooded Jacket, $15, H&M
Stripe Knit Pants, $17, Gap
Perforated Classic Trainers, $40, Gap
If your little girl loves dresses but also likes to hang on those monkey bars, this is the outfit for her. Stains are bound to appear when your child finger paints or molds play dough, but Rassi's secret for minimizing them is to mix and match prints.
Dealan-De 3-D Popover, $42, Tea
Scotland Garden Skirted Dress, $30, Tea
Skinny Solid Leggings, $13, Tea
Slip-On Shoes with Bow, $25, H&M
Who says back-to-school outfits have to be boring? Rassi is all about letting a child's personality shine through his or her clothes.
For the boy who loves to make a bit of statement, this bomber jacket will be a win. You can also easily add your own patches to everything from backpacks to sweatpants.
Bomber Jacket with Appliques, $25, H&M
Glasgow Tour Graphic Tea, $26, Tea
Varsity Letter, $12, Stoney Clover Lane
The same goes for girls. Everything from bomber jackets to skirts can be customized with patches. Think varsity letters to ice cream cones; the options are endless.
Cat & Jack Full Sleeve Bomber Jacket, $25, Target
Double-Layer Sweatshirt, $18, H&M
Cat & Jack Twill Skirt, $15, Target
It's the age when they don't want to wear kids' clothes anymore, but yet they might not quite be ready for adult clothes. So what do you do? Rassi's solution is denim on denim. It's fashion forward and can be bought at many different price ranges.
A classic denim jacket is a must at any age. It can easily add a touch of cool to any outfit. Rassi suggests playing with layers as the weather gets cooler. For example, pair a sweatshirt underneath your denim jacket instead of a T-shirt for a more polished look.
1969 Supersoft Denim Jacket, $50, Gap
Sweatshirt With Printed Design, $10, H&M
Stretch Standard Jeans, $30, Gap
These aren't just your average pair of jeans. The added sequins give them an extra-special touch. Think about pairing lighter denims with darker ones for contrast.
Washed Denim Jacket, $68, J.Crew
Jeans With Waterfall Sequinned Trims, $36, Zara
Wide-Cut Jersey Top, $13, H&M
Rassi explained that by the time high school rolls around, kids become more trends focused. It's all about taking things from the runway to the hallway.
A military jacket is a staple for this fall. It's a great transitional piece as you can layer sweaters and shirts underneath. Rassi put one over a sweatshirt here for a cleaner, school-appropriate look.
Street Sweatshirt, $40, Zara
Military Jacket, $70, American Eagle Outfitters
AEO 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean, $60, American Eagle Outfitters
Adidas Superstar Shoes, $80, Finish Line
Give your favorite skirt or dress a sporty twist by pairing it with sneakers. Rassi also likes the idea of adding a cool military-inspired cap for a contemporary look.
BDG Denim Workwear Mini Skirt, $59, Urban Outfitters
Parka With Studs, $70, Zara
Camisole Top With Thin Straps, $30, Zara
Contrasting Polin T-shirt, $23, Zara
Nike Classic Cortez, $70, Lady Foot Locker
Brixton Fishermen Hat, $42, Urban Outfitters