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Head back-to-school in style with these outfit ideas for every age

It's time to head back to the classroom in style with these affordable outfit ideas for boys and girls of all ages.

by Amy Goodman /

What do kids really want when it comes to school style? Comfortable, on-trend clothes they can really move in. That's the key!

From letterman jackets to snazzy joggers and artsy T-shirts (that they’ll never want to take off), here are some unique brands and outfit ideas at every price point to kick off their A+ look.

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Little letterman

Letterman jackets are making the grade this back-to-school season, even on our littlest of classmates. Layer a retro sports shirt and some Velcro sneakers to make a morning routine so much easier. And how cute are these chambray sneakers?

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Nautica Little Boys' Big N 83 Tee, $19, Boomdash

Nautica Little Boys' Big N 83 Tee, $19, Boomdash

Drizzle Grey Slub Chambray Tiny Toms Lenny Sneakers, $39, Toms

Drizzle Grey Slub Chambray Tiny Toms Lenny Sneakers, $39, Toms

Graphic T-shirt sweetheart

Outspoken kids can let their graphic T-shirts do the talking with a fun statement. Then, she can repurpose a denim skirt with a cozy pair of tights to get more mileage out of her summer wares. And a dose of animal fun will be all the rage, like these cute rabbit-ear boots!

Toddler Girls Long Sleeve 'Girls Never Give Up' Graphic Tee, $5, The Children's Place

Toddler Girls Long Sleeve 'Girls Never Give Up' Graphic Tee, $5, The Children's Place

Toddler Girls Denim Skort, $8, The Children's Place

Toddler Girls Denim Skort, $8, The Children's Place

Toddler Girls Long Sleeve Embellished Fuzzy Animal Graphic Sweater, $10, The Children's Place

Toddler Girls Long Sleeve Embellished Fuzzy Animal Graphic Sweater, $10, The Children's Place

Bunny Felt High-Tops for Toddler Girls, $24, Old Navy

Bunny Felt High-Tops for Toddler Girls, $24, Old Navy

Layered up dude

Start his layered outfit with an ultrasoft jersey T-shirt and he'll feel comfy-cozy throughout the day. Top it off with a breathable plaid button-down so your little one can toss it on or take it off if he gets too toasty. Finish with faux leather chukka boots for an outdoorsy feel that’s also friendly to the environment.

Parker Shirt, $50, Blue Rooster

Parker Shirt, $50, Blue Rooster

Boys Art Tee in Supersoft Jersey, $26, Hanna Anderson

Boys Art Tee in Supersoft Jersey, $26, Hanna Anderson

Beckett Pant, $44, Blue Rooster

Beckett Pant, $44, Blue Rooster

Brown Synthetic Leather Chukka Boots, $59, Toms

Brown Synthetic Leather Chukka Boots, $59, Toms

Neither too cold nor too hot

Summer rompers can work well in the fall when paired with opaque tights and a waterproof windbreaker. And when it comes to popularity, ballet flats are here to stay! Seek standout details like grommets, bows or lace-ups for a fun take.

Waterproof Windbreaker with Polka Dots and Jersey, $30, Orchestra

Waterproof Windbreaker with Polka Dots and Jersey, $30, Orchestra

Short Cotton Overalls with Embroidery, $26, Orchestra

Short Cotton Overalls with Embroidery, $26, Orchestra

Long-sleeved Plain-colored Tee-shirt with Printed Flowers, $11, Orchestra

Long-sleeved Plain-colored Tee-shirt with Printed Flowers, $11, Orchestra

Elastic Strap Ballet Flats, $16, Old Navy

Elastic Strap Ballet Flats, $16, Old Navy

Colorful cutie

Embrace punchy colors for kids to bring rays of sunshine into the classroom. And for those kids who resist wearing jeans because of their stiff texture, try shopping for fleece denim. The soft material has just enough comfort to change their minds.

Rubber Parka with Removable Hood and Printed Writing, $38, Orchestra

Rubber Parka with Removable Hood and Printed Writing, $38, Orchestra

Boys Art Tee in Supersoft Jersey, $24, Hanna Anderson

Boys Art Tee in Supersoft Jersey, $24, Hanna Anderson

Worn denim-effect fleece pants, $20, Orchestra

Worn denim-effect fleece pants, $20, Orchestra

Navy Slub Chambray Youth Lenny Sneakers, $45, Toms

Navy Slub Chambray Youth Lenny Sneakers, $45, Toms

Touch of luxe

Comfy clothes can still look luxurious! Pair a flowy, floral print dress with a faux fur vest. Vests are a perfect solution for handling tricky hot-to-chilly weather. With more volume on top, a fitted jegging balances the outfit and will work great on the playground. Fringed booties will round out her boho-chic look and keep feet warm.

Rare Editions Chiffon Dress, Vest and Necklace Set, $42, Macy's

Rare Editions Chiffon Dress, Vest and Necklace Set, $42, Macy's

The Children's Place Girls Solid Ponte Knit Jeggings, $12, Boomdash

The Children's Place Girls Solid Ponte Knit Jeggings, $12, Boomdash

Anime invasion

Anime and art images are a designer favorite this fall. Look for bomber jackets with embellishments like patches, embroidery or extra hardware for visual interest. To complete this cool look, a backpack by Society6 is designed by an independent artist and will become an eye-catching hallway staple.

Military Bomber Jacket with Patches, $46, Zara

Military Bomber Jacket with Patches, $46, Zara

Dragon T-Shirt with Foil Slogan, $16, Zara

Dragon T-Shirt with Foil Slogan, $16, Zara

Boys 8 - 20 511 Sim Fit Performance Jeans, $28, Levi's

Boys 8 - 20 511 Sim Fit Performance Jeans, $28, Levi's

Moon Glow Backpack, $69, Society 6

Moon Glow Backpack, $69, Society 6

Athlesiure update

The retro sports shirt trend is going strong and looks especially great when paired with a simple, one-hued hoodie. Crisp white sneakers are a classic while emoji bracelets capture that teen spirit.

"80s Pins" Burnout Zip Hoodie, $40, Butter Super Soft

"80s Pins" Burnout Zip Hoodie, $40, Butter Super Soft

Splendid Girls' Camo Print Joggers, $38, Bloomingdale's

Splendid Girls' Camo Print Joggers, $38, Bloomingdale's

Best Friends Emoji Bracelets (2 Set), $14, Zomi Gems

Best Friends Emoji Bracelets (2 Set), $14, Zomi Gems

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Slip-on, $50, Zappos

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Slip-on, $50, Zappos

Cool and comfortable

Mix things up with separates from Kidbox, a fashion subscription that contains six to eight pieces of clothing curated to your kid’s style. It costs up to $98 if you buy all of the items included. Here's a sample of what it might contain: a must-have plaid button-down for tweens, a two-tone T-shirt and some killer patchwork joggers.

6-8 curated separates for up to $98, Kidbox

6-8 curated separates for up to $98, Kidbox

Men's Champion Denim, $45, Keds

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