Shopping for back-to-school outfits is equal parts fun and stressful. (It’s fun for the kids and stressful for mom—let’s be real!) There’s no denying, though, that fresh kicks and crisp new tees make the end of summer and return of homework a whole lot more enjoyable. To help make your buying decisions easier, we’ve prepared this style guide (for boys and girls!) to show you what’s hot in school fashion this fall.
Whether your kiddo wants to blend in or be noticed, camo is a style trend you’ll want to consider when shopping for back-to-school outfits. This versatile print is a neutral (really!), which makes it easy to match with most clothing and accessories—including new purchases or your kid’s existing wardrobe. You can pair different shades of camo (there are lots of colours to choose from these days), add in a solid-hued item or even mix prints.
These casual knit joggers give your kid freedom of movement, while the green camo print screams too cool for school. An elasticized waistband with drawstring, plus fitted ankle cuffs, makes these pants comfortable without looking sloppy.
This full-zip fleece hoodie is not only a back-to-school staple; it’s a year-round essential. As the weather turns cooler, this cozy hoodie will become your little guy’s go-to topper. It looks perfect when paired with green camo pants or layered over a camo tee.
This year, your back-to-school outfits won’t be complete without a face mask. This four-pack of reusable masks includes a variety of classic colours (blue, grey, army green and black), which will each match seamlessly with any camo pattern.
More is better when it comes to patterns this year. And the rule of thumb for pairing these bold, fun designs? Opposites attract. For example, combine a large pattern with a small or micro-print one or introduce multiple textures such as perforated faux-leather or shiny sequins. Leave the rules for the classroom and focus on fun when deciding on cute outfits for school. (Your budding style maven will also love the décor in these creative study rooms.)
Fashion should be fun, especially for kids. Let your little one’s personality shine in a graphic tee that showcases his current obsession—whether it’s the latest Nintendo game or a favourite cartoon character. He’ll also catch the eye of other little fans in his first-day-of-school outfit—a surefire way to make new friends!
Parents who grew up with Mario and Luigi (the Super Mario Bros.!) will appreciate that the popularity of the game lives on in this adorable short-sleeve T-shirt with an officially licensed Nintendo graphic. (We’re betting your child will also love our roundup of Nintendo Switch games for kids.)
Tip a hat to his love of sports or gaming with this “Game On” ball cap. Not only will he look great, it’ll give him some sun protection while he’s out on the playground. Plus, an adjustable Velcro strap closure provides a custom fit, just the way he likes it.
With its eye-catching nod to Marvel’s Spider-Man, this digital watch is a super-fun accessory that’s also easy to read (your child can choose a digital or digital analogue clock!), making it great for kids who are just learning to keep track of time on their own.
Love athleisure? Think of fleece as a similar streetwear trend for your little ones. Its lightweight warmth makes it the perfect transition fabric and it can easily be styled up or down—with the right accessories. Fleece is always a good idea for fall school outfits.
A classic that’s always in style, denim is an absolute must in your kids’ arsenal of back-to-school outfits. While denim jeans are an obvious first choice, there are many other denim accents to explore. Play around with layering denim washes and definitely don’t shy away from the Canadian tuxedo.
Slim fit denim jeans like this five-pocket style from George will be well-loved by your little guy. (Tip: Buy multiple pairs so you can sneak in a wash every now and then without him even knowing!) The cotton-rich denim weave ensures these jeans will hold up during rambunctious play and tons of wears, while added stretch equals a more updated look and feel.
Shoes can make an outfit and that’s exactly what these navy faux-leather sneakers do. Your little guy will achieve the perfect fit thanks to the adjustable Velcro closure while a durable outsole and padded ankle ensure comfort and support for all-day wear.
Fit to be Dyed
One of summer’s favourite styles continues to trend for fall. If your DIY tie-dye didn’t quite work out the way you’d hoped, there are plenty of professional, yet affordable, options you can pick up for back-to-school outfits.
Fit to be Dyed
Life’s a dream in this cute and comfortable tie-dye hoodie with sparkling sequins. No need to stress about complicated care instructions; this hoodie is made from a polyester, rayon and spandex blend and can be machine washed in cold water.
Fit to be Dyed
This multi-compartment backpack has room for everything your child needs to tote back and forth between school and home. The bright tie-dye print means she’ll be able to easily spot it, too. (It’s also the perfect place to stash her lunch—and we’ve got easy school lunch ideas that are ready in 10 minutes or less).
Fit to be Dyed
Tie the tie-dye look together with a shimmering rainbow-hued belt that’s as stylish as it is practical. (Liked this fall fashion guide for kids? Check out even more tips for making the transition back to school as seamless as possible!)
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