6 Trends To Know Before Back to School Shopping

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Back to school is the #1 time to refresh your child’s wardrobe. Whether they’ve outgrown items, are aging into new styles, or simply want to stay in line with the trends, don’t be surprised if your children are clamoring for some new clothes come fall.

Of course, it’s impossible to purchase every single trend out there. The trick is to pick out the top styles that’ll help your child fit right in while balancing them with some more affordable wardrobe staples. A budget of $100 per child is a great starting point to get an entirely new wardrobe filled with essentials and what’s trending. Here are some of the top trends for kids this back to school season – plus inexpensive basics that’ll go the distance, all from Old Navy!


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Sporty Style


Graphic Football-Style Tee for Girls – $12
Graphic Baseball Tee for Girls – $12
Slub Knit Team-Style Graphic Tee for Boys – $12.99
Fleece Bomber Jacket for Boys – $29.94

No matter what sport they play (or if they’re simply a spectator that’s ready to cheer on their friends), fall is the kickoff for tons of different teams. It’s no surprise then, to see a bunch of jersey-influenced styles pop up in the shops. Up the athleisure look by pairing them with super cozy jogger pants for girls or boys – they’re perfect for playtime, running around the playground, and lounging at home on a rainy fall day.

Show Your Shoulders

Relaxed Cold-Shoulder Top for Girls – $16.94
Tiered Off-the-Shoulder Dress for Girls – $26.94
Ruffled Off-Shoulder Swing Dress for Girls – $12.97

The weather may be cooling off, but cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses for girls are hotter than ever. If you’re going to spend on this trend, consider buying in a slightly bigger size than usual to ensure your child can wear it next summer as well, or opt for items that can be paired with thicker layers like a cardigan or denim jacket.

Unexpectedly Denim

Chambray Button-Down Collar Shirt for Boys – $19.94
Denim Tie-Waist Shirt Dress for Girls – $26.94
Cinched-Waist Chambray Romper for Girls – $24.94

Denim isn’t just for your pants (or skirts) anymore. Designers have fallen in love with this rugged material that wears well as the weather cools down. During the transition from summer to fall, opt for chambray, a lighter-weight denim. This heavier denim dress looks great with a pair of leggings or tights that can then be mixed and matched with other items in her wardrobe.

Color Blocking

Color Blocked Crew-Neck Tee for Boys – $12.94
Color Blocked Tank for Boys – $12.94
Relaxed Vented-Back Puff Print Tank for Girls – $14.94
Americana Cold-Shoulder Tee for Girls – $14.94
This colorful trend first hit the scene a few years back and hasn’t let up since. Pairing bold blocks of color with simple silhouettes is a great way to make your child’s wardrobe look way more luxe than it’ll cost you. Keep it simple on the bottom; add a pair of complementary jeggings or khakis to finish off their ensemble.

Divinely Distressed

Slim Distressed Jeans for Boys – $26.94
Distressed Roll Cuff Shorts for Boys – $19.94
Distressed Jeggings for Girls – $24.99
Embroidered-Patch Ballerina Jeggings for Girls – $34.49

You heard it here first: Distressed denim is still uber cool. This rugged, rough and tumble look gives an instant edge to any kid’s outfit. Bonus points for already having that lived-in look; any more wear and tear will only add to their hip factor. Just add a solid color top with a twist or a classic Henley in a pop color that can be easily layered as the days get chillier.

Go Global

Long Leggings for Girls – $10
Crochet Yoke Wide-Leg Jumpsuit for Girls – $24.94
Built-In Flex Ripstop Cargo Joggers for Boys – $29.99
Graphic Crew-Neck Tee for Boys – $7.00

Tribal prints, safari khakis and boho flair are all super sources of fashion inspiration for your child’s back-to-school wardrobe. From Far East-inspired animal prints to classic khaki and military green staples that wouldn’t look out of place in the outback, adding a little ‘wild style’ to your kids’ closet is a fun way to stay with the times.



  • Janine Mojica

    Off the shoulder is not acceptable for dress code at school for girls as well ripped jeans is also unacceptable. These are cute for weekends and at nights, but schools try to maintain business fundamentals where kids are learning what is appropriate and what is not appropriate attire for learning with less distractions.

    • https://www.coupons.com/thegoodstuff Jennifer Freeman

      Thanks for reading and commenting. We’ve seen lots of different dress codes, and seen a lot of schools just going to uniforms altogether. Certainly makes getting the kids dressed in the morning! — Jennifer, editor of The Good Stuff