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Head back-to-school in style with these 94 items to buy now

by Jordan Muto / / Source: TODAY

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There's no denying that back-to-school is a time that's filled with mixed emotions. The start of the school year is certainly exciting, but there's also the stress that comes with preparing for it.

To help make the process just a little bit easier, Chassie Post, lifestyle editor of, and Lori Bergamotto, style director of Good Housekeeping, stopped by TODAY to share their ultimate back-to-school shopping list.

From clothes to backpacks to school locker décor, they have it all covered. Take a look at their picks below.


The morning struggle of figuring out what to wear is very real for all ages. Make getting dressed in the morning easy with these picks for kids. They'll certainly be heading back-to-school in style!

Hanna Anderson striped cotton t-shirt
Hanna Anderson

1. Kids Very Güd Boxy Tee in Organic Cotton, $22, Hanna Anderson

Gap flat front shorts

2. Flat Front Shorts, $10, Gap

Boden logo jersey dress

3. Logo Jersey Dress, $36, Boden

H&M denim joggers

4. Denim Joggers, $25, H&M

Target Cat & Jack hooded sweatshirt

5. Cat & Jack Hooded Sweatshirt, $10, Target

Target graphic t-shirt

6. Cat & Jack Graphic T-Shirt, $6, Target

Zara polo shirt with patches

7. Shirt-Style Polo with Patches, $20, Zara

Zara Patch Bomber Jacket

8. Patch Bomber Jacket, $50, Zara

Ralph Lauren flag embroidered shorts
Ralph Lauren

9. Flag-Embroiderd Cotton Short, $30, Ralph Lauren

J.Crew glow-in-the-dark t-shirt

10. Glow-In-The-Dark Max The Monster T-Shirt, $34, J.Crew

J.Crew short sleeve t-shirt

11. Short Sleeve Secret Wash Shirt, $33, J.Crew

Forever 21 plaid shirt
Forever 21

12. Too Cool Shirt, $18, Forever 21

Children's Place emoji jeans
Children's Place

13. Emoji Patchwork Boy Fit Jeans, $24, Children's Place

Children Place patchwork parka
Children's Place

14. Long Sleeve Patched Hooded Parka Jacket, $42, Children's Place

Riko Trapeze Dress

15. Riko Trapeze Dress, $30, Tea

Cat & Jack Future President T-shirt at Target

16. Cat & Jack Graphic Tee, $6, Target

Land's End Patterned Skirted Leggings Top
Land's End

17. Pattern Skirted Leggings Top, $29, Land's End

Forever 21 Cherry Print Top
Forever 21

18. Cherry Print Top, $13, Forever 21

Forever 21 Faux Leather Skirt
Forever 21

19. Faux Leather Skirt, $15, Forever 21

Old Navy printed leggings
Old Navy

20. Printed Jersey Leggings, $5, Old Navy

Children's Place printed leggings
Children's Place

21. Printed Leggings, $15, Children's Place

Classic Subway Line T-Shirt
NYC Subway Line

22. Classic Subway Tee, $18, NYC Subway Line

Children's Place letterman jacket
Children's Place

23. Faux-Leather Sleeve Letterman Jacket, $50, Children's Place

Forever 21 bomber jacket
Forever 21

24. Bomber Jacket, $28, Forever 21

Tea Hoko Happy Hoodie

25. Hoko Happy Hoodie, $30, Tea

Boden Brittania T-Shirt

26. Britannia T-Shirt, $25, Boden

Ombre Breton T-Shirt from Boden

27. Ombré Breton, $28, Boden

Gap Marled Sweatpants

28. Marled Sweats, $30, Gap

Zara Little Faces Sweater

29. Little Faces Sweater, $26, Zara

Gymboree Owl Soft Dress

30. Owl Soft Dress, $20, Gymboree

H&M joggers for kids

31. Joggers, $10, H&M

H&M sweatpants for kids

32. Sweatpants, $15, H&M

UNIQLO pink kids' vest

33. Girls Light Warm Padded Vest, $30, UNIQLO


34. Boys Light Warm Padded Vest, $30, UNIQLO

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Finding a shoes that fit is never an easy task when it comes to shopping for kids. These selections go with an array of school outfits.

H&M ballet flats

35. Ballet Flats, $15, H&M

Old Navy high-top sneakers
Old Navy

36. Herringbone -Tweed High-Tops, $22, Old Navy

Target Cat & Jack sneakers

37. Cat & Jack Linsday BFF Zip Up High Top Sneakers, $20, Target

Gymboree leopard flats

38. Leopard Flats, $19, Gymboree

Amazon Cienta Kids' shoes

39. Cienta Kids Shoes, $36, Amazon

Gap glow-in-the-dark sneakers

40. Glow-in-the-dark slip-on sneakers, $33, Gap

H&M glittery shoes

41. Glittery Dress-Up Shoes, $25, H&M

Zara star print ballet flats

42. Star Print Ballerinas, $26, Zara

Target glitter sneakers

43. Cat & Jack Louise Mulit-Color Glitter Double Gore Sneakers, $22, Target

Zara patch high-top sneakers

44. Patch High-Top Sneakers, $40, Zara

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From glittery headbands to funky tights, let kids give their school outfits their own creative mark with these accessory ideas.

Gymboree Glitter Cat Ears

45. Glitter Cat Ears Headband, $2, Gymboree

Hanna Anderson cozy critter tights
Hanna Anderson

46. Cozy Critter Tights, $18, Hanna Anderson

We Love Colors Striped Tights
We Love Colors

47. White Striped Kids Tights, $8, We Love Colors

Cat & Jack baseball hat from Target

48. Cat & Jack Baseball Hat, $10, Target

H&M fine-knit hat

49. Fine-Knit Hat, $10, H&M

J.Crew critter patch

50. Izzy Iron-On Critter Patch, $7, J.Crew

J.Crew critter patch

51. Olive Iron-On Critter Patch, $7, J.Crew

Boden 3 pack knee socks

52. 3 Pack Knee Socks, $26, Boden

Target headband

53. Cat & Jack Headband with Poms, $6, Target


Finding the right backpack can be one of the more challenging tasks of getting ready for the new school year. These backpacks are ones that both the kids and parents will agree on.

Target reflective backpacks

54. Cat & Jack Reflective Backpack, $17, Target

Target kitty backpack

55. Cat & Jack Kitty Print With Ears Handbag, $17, Target

STATE Kane backpack

56. Kane Downtown Backpack, $60, STATE

Kane Coney Island backpack

57. Kane Coney Island Backpack, $60, STATE

Cat & Jack dot backpack from Target

58. Cat & Jack Dot Backpack, $17, Target seersucker backpack

59. Mud Pie Navy Seersucker Backpack, $24,

Walmart 5-piece backpack set

60. 5 Piece Backpack Set, $10, Walmart

Lord & Taylor Bixbee Shark Backpack
Lord & Taylor

61. BIXBEE Shark Backpack, $28, Lord & Taylor

The Land of Nod Teacher's Pet Backpack
The Land of Nod

62. Teacher's Pet Backpack, $29, The Land of Nod

PB Teen Gear-Up Multi Cubist Backpack
PB Teen

63. Gear-Up Multi Cubist Backpack, $44.50, PB Teen

J.Crew Kids' Kitty Backpack

64, Kids' Kitty Backpack, $59, J.Crew

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Lunch Boxes

These lunch boxes are not only cute, they're also functional. The kids will love using them and it will make packing lunch a breeze. Say goodbye to the boring brown paper bag!

Beatrix New York Lunch Box

65. Beatrix New York Lunch Box, $26,

Nalgene lunch box

66. Lunch Buddy, $25, Nalgene

OmieBox lunch box

67. OmieBox, $40, OmieLife

Stasher Spokes Indigo

68. Spokes Indigo, $10, Stasher

Target Contigo Stainless Steel Food Jar

69. Contigo Stainless Steel Food Jar, $15, Target

J.Crew Kids' Kitty Lunch Box

70. Kids' Kitty Lunch Box, $40, J.Crew

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Make schoolwork fun by letting your child's personality shine with their notebook choice.

Shutterfly frozen spiral notebook

71. Spiral Notebooks, $10 - $15, Shutterfly

Yoobi x i am OTHER Spiral Notebook

72. Yoobi x i am OTHER Spiral Notebook, $3, Target

Justice initial polka dot light up journal

73. Initial Polka Dot Light Up Journal, $18, Justice

Target Bethany Motta coloring cover

74. Bethany Mota Color Your Own, $3, Target


Who says school supplies have to be boring? From cute animal erasers to a mini supply kit, kids in every grade will want to get their hands on these essentials (even moms and dads).

Target Yoobi 3D Shape Animal and Food Erasers in Plastic Bag with Clip

75. Yoobi 3D Shape Animal and Food Erasers in Plastic Bag with Clip, $3, Target

Target Yoobi Mini Office Supply Kit

76. Yoobi Mini Office Supply Kit, $5, Target

Macy's Kate Spade New York Candy Stripes Eraser Set

77. Kate Spade New York Candy Stripes Eraser Set, $14, Macy's

Macy's Kate Spade Tackle Box

78. Kate Spade New York Tackle Box, $36, Macy's

PILOT erasable gel clicker pen

79. FriXion Ball Clicker Erasable Gel Pens, $21, PILOT

American Eagle Outfitters BAN.DO Sticky Note Set
American Eagle Outfitters

80. BAN.DO Sticky Note Set, $13, American Eagle Outfitters

Bethany Mota Donut Sticker

81. Bethany Mota Donut Sticker, $1, Target

Target Nate Berkus pencil case

82. Nate Berkus Pencil Case, $9, Target

Minted Kids' Name Labels

83. Kids' Name Labels, starting at $16, Minted

Minted allergy labels

84. Allergy Alert Labels, starting at $16, Minted

Minted lunch box printable notes

85. Lunchbox Note Printables, Free, Minted

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Locker Décor

Give the school locker some flair by jazzing it up with pictures, a cool chandelier or a trendy rug. It's easy to give your locker a personal twist.

HP Social Media Snapshots Removable Sticky Photo Paper

86. HP Social Media Snapshots Removable Sticky Photo Paper, $10, HP

Target Locker Style Chandelier Magnetic

87. Locker Style Accessories Chandelier Magnetic, $15, Target

Target Magnetic Locker Wall Paper

88. Locker Style Magnetic Locker Wall Paper, $8, Target

PB Teen Dry-Erase Dots
PB Teen

89. Dry-Erase Dots, $4, PB Teen

PB Teen Gear-Up Purple Confetti Dot Locker Mirror
PB Teen

90. Gear-Up Purple Confetti Dot Locker Mirror Pocket, $12, PB Teen

PB Teen Decal Picture Frames
PB Teen

91. Decal Picture Frames, $10, PB Teen

PB Teen Gear-Up Locker Beauty Board
PB Teen

92. Gear-Up Locker Beauty Board, $25, PB Teen

PB Teen Gear Up Pool Tie-Dye Locker Mirror Pocket
PB Teen

93. Gear-Up Pool Tie Dye Locker Mirror Pocket, $19, PB Teen

PB Teen Teal Dottie Locker Rug
PB Teen

94. Teal Dottie Locker Rug, $4, PB Teen

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