Four kids - one boy and three girls - smiling and posing, dressed in trendy back-to-school clothes like a sequinned skirt, a graphic t-shirt and a tie-dye sweater.

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.

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6 Back-to-School Fashion Trends
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Camo pants

Camo Calling

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.

Camo Calling

George Boys’ Printed Pull-On Knit Jogger

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.

fleece hoodie

Camo Calling

George Boys’ Full Zip Fleece Hoodie

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.

4 reusable masks for kids

Camo Calling

4-Pack Reusable Masks for Kids

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.

Camo slip-on shoes

Camo Calling

George Boys’ Riley Sneakers

Slip-on shoes (in either camo or faux black leather) are both comfortable and practical, especially if your guy frequently switches between indoor and outdoor shoes.

Boy wearing black pants, a graphic t-shirt and a grey jacket next to a girl wearing a printed sweater and black sequinned skirt.

Pattern Play

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.)

Eyelash heart sweater

Pattern Play

George Girls’ Eyelash Heart Sweater

Does your little one wear her heart on her sleeve? This adorable girls’ sweater made with cozy eyelash yarn has a fun pattern that’s not too over-the-top.

Girls sequinned skirt

Pattern Play

George Girls’ Sequin Skirt

We’re swooning over this sparkling sequin skirt and love how it looks when paired with a cozy sweater.

Faux-leather sneakers

Pattern Play

George Girls’ Remi Sneakers

The trendy cut-out pattern on these faux-leather sneakers is subtle in black so it won’t compete with the rest of the outfit. Elastic insets ensure these slip-on sneakers stay put while still being easy to pull on and off.

Three pack of reusable star-patterned masks

Pattern Play

3-Pack Reusable Face Masks for Kids

A star-print mask will keep your kid shining while she helps keep germs at bay. It’s available in both adult and child sizes so you can even match with your mini-me while doing school drop-offs.

4 boys' graphic t-shirts

Graphic Art

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!

Nintendo boys' t-shirt

Graphic Art

Nintendo Boys’ Short Sleeve T-Shirt

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.)

Green twill joggers

Graphic Art

DNM.WORKS 5-Pocket Twill Jogger

A causal boys’ pant pairs best with the low-key vibe of a graphic tee. These five-pocket denim-and-twill joggers nod to current adult fashion trends.

Blue ball cap with words

Graphic Art

George Boys’ Game On Ball Cap

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.

Graphic Art

Spider-Man Kids Smart Watch

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.

Girl wearing purple fleece zip-up hoodie

Soft Touch

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.

Soft Touch

George Girls’ Fleece Hoodie

Kids will be nice and toasty on chilly early mornings in this full-zip fleece girls’ hoodie. Lined pockets provide the perfect place to warm up small hands.

Girls' skinny jegging

Soft Touch

George Girls’ Skinny Jegging

Dress a fleece hoodie up with a pair of jeggings. They look like jeans but put comfort first with durable stretch denim and an elasticized waistband.

Soft Touch

Athletic Works Girls’ Cross-Front Top

This long-sleeve athletic top is made of comfortable jersey knit and also features a cross-over front hem detail.

Rhinestone bracelets

Soft Touch

Rhinestone Bracelets

Add a stack of pretty bangles to a casual outfit and it’ll instantly elevate the look. These rhinestone charm elastic bracelets fit any size wrist.

Daring Denim

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.

Boys slim-fit denim jeans

Daring Denim

George Boys’ Slim Fit Jeans

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.

Blue longsleeve hooded top

Daring Denim

George Boys’ Long Sleeve Hooded Top

Ease into the denim-on-denim look without fully committing thanks to this long-sleeve hooded top in multiple shades of blue. The yellow stripes at the elbows give it a sporty edge.

Boys' crew neck tops i assorted colours

Daring Denim

Fruit of the Loom Boys’ Crew Neck

Made with a super-soft poly-cotton-blend fabric, these Fruit of the Loom tees are designed to be the softest crew ever. Layer one under a long-sleeve top or wear it alone with a pair of slim-fit denim jeans.

Faux leather sneakers

Daring Denim

George Boys’ Tim Sneakers

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.

Girl wearing tie-dye sweater and blue reflective sunglasses

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.

Multicoloured fleece hoodie

Fit to be Dyed

George Girls’ Brushed Fleece Sherpa-Lined Hoodie

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.

Girls' active leggings

Fit to be Dyed

Athletic Works Girls’ Active Legging

Layer a loose-fit tie-dye hoodie over a pair of moisture-wicking (i.e. fast-drying) girls’ leggings in a solid colour (or complementary pattern) for a retro look that stands the test of time.

Tie-dye Sketchers backpack

Fit to be Dyed

Skechers Backpack

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).

Girls' rainbow glitter belt

Fit to be Dyed

George Girls’ Rainbow Glitter Belt

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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