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Style Grade A+: Back-to-School Fashion

Earn high marks with awesome clothes for tweens and teens.

By Linda Moran Evans

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Field Report
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Field Report

At ease! Military flair makes any wardrobe current. On-trend cropped jackets, embellished coats and camo jumpers are all strategic picks.

Tween boy: Jacket, Guess Kids, guesskids.com, $79.50. Button-down, American Living for JCPenney, JCPenney stores and americanliving.com, $18. Jeans, Wrangler Jeans Co., Walmart stores, $17. Boots, Dr. Martens, drmartens.com, $120. Teen girl: Jacket, Decree by JCPenney, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $30. Floral top, MNG by Mango for JCPenney, $44. Shorts, H&M, hm.com for locations, $40. Hat, Boden, bodenusa.com $48. Backpack, Olsenboye for JCPenney, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $48. Boots, L.L.Bean, llbean.com, $89. Tween girl: Camo dress, Diesel Kids, Diesel Kids Soho NYC store and diesel.com, $99. Striped dress, Children's Place, thechildrensplace.com, $25. Button-down, Mossimo for Target, Target stores and target.com, $23. Hat and belt, H&M, hm.com for locations, $6 each. Oxfords, Target, Target stores and target.com, $25.

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Social Studies

Seventies-era style is hip again, with faux-fur vests and capelets. Light-washed, bell-bottom jeans, skinny sweaters and a mix of printed mash-ups give off a groovy vibe.

Teen girl (left): Striped sweater, Missoni for Target, Target stores and target.com, $45. Jeans and bag, American Eagle Outfitters, ae.com, $49.50 and $39.50. Boots and necklace, Boden, bodenusa.com, $164 and $48. Hat, Simply Vera Vera Wang, Kohl's stores and kohls.com, $26. Bracelet, Worthington by JCPenney, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $15. Teen girl (right): Shearling vest, Boden, bodenusa.com, $138. Gray knit vest, Converse One Star available exclusively at Target, Target stores and target.com, $30. Blouse, Lucky Brand, Lucky Brand stores and luckybrand.com, $99. Shorts, Missoni for Target, target.com, $40. Sunglasses, Foster Grant, 877-363-4537 and meijer.com, $15. Wristlet, Target, Target stores and target.com, $13.

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Honor Roll

Old-school classics, only trendier—think metallic-clad cardis, studded shoes, funky hats, even suspenders. Put it all together for a best-in-class look that's the ultimate hall pass.

Teen girl: Cardigan and white button-down, Boden, bodenusa .com, $148 and $68. Striped shirt, DKNY Kids, Macy's stores, $26. Skirt, H&M, $30. Boots, Boden, bodenusa.com, $194. Necklace, J.Crew, jcrew.com, $150. Bag, Ellington, ellingtonhandbags.com, $188 with FC reader discount code: FamilyCircle10. Socks, Diesel, 877-433-4373 and diesel.com, $45. Tween boy: Button-down, P.S. from Aeropostale, ps4u.com, $12. Corduroys, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, ralphlauren.com, $55. Cap, Kangol, kangol.com, $48. Boots, Dr. Martens, drmartens.com, $130. Messenger bag, Aeropostale, aeropostale.com, $22. Tween girl: Shirt and jeans, Diesel Kid, 877-433-4373 and diesel .com, $45. $75 and $129. Loafers, L.L.Bean, llbean.com, $89. Hat, Kangol, kangol.com $42. Suspenders, American Apparel, americanapparel.net, $18. Wrap bracelet, Mixit by JCPenney, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $10. Backpack, Olsenboye for JCPenney, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $48. Socks, No Nonsense, nononsense.com, $6.

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Honor Roll, part 2

Teen girl: Trench, Diesel, Lord & Taylor stores, 877-433-4373 and diesel.com, $195. Cardigan, Mossimo for Target, Target stores and target.com, $20. Tunic, H&M, hm.com for locations, $40. Boots, P.S. from Aeropostale, ps4u.com, $20. Fur collar from shearling dress, Pendleton Woolen Mills, pendleton-usa.com, $258. Belt, Diesel, 877-433-4373 and diesel.com, $70. Socks, Hue, $14. Tween girl: Vest and skirt, 77Kids by American Eagle, 77kids.com. Dress, DKNY Kids, Macy's stores, $59. Flats, Call It Spring at JCPenney, JCPenney stores and jcp.com $30. Knit hat, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe stores and charlotterusse.com, $12.50. Belt, Material Girl, similar styles at Macy's stores, $15. Socks, Hue, hue.com, $6.50. Teen boy: Vest, G by Guess, gbyguess.com, $49.50. Button-down, H&M, hm.com, $40. Khaki pants, Dockers, dockers.com, $52. Boots, Dr. Martens, drmartens .com, $130. Cap, Callanan, 800-367-3626, $55. Tie, Pendleton Woolen Mills, pendleton-usa.com, $68.

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Art Project

Grab their approval with easy-to-move-in layers in vibrant crayon shades. Swap out the baggy look (so last year) for a new trim fit and everybody wins.

Tween girl: Vest, Diesel Kid, diesel.com, $109. Top and jeans, P.S. from Aeropostale, ps4u.com, $13 and $25. Boots, Dr. Martens, drmartens.com, $80. Cap, Boden, bodenusa.com $48. Messenger bag, Old Navy, Old Navy stores and oldnavy.com, $15. Tween boy: Shirt, Old Navy, Old Navy stores and oldnavy.com, $15. Jeans, Levi's, levi.com, $68. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $45. Hat and belt, Shaun White at Target, target.com, $10 and $8. Headphones, Merkury Innovations, merkuryinnovations.com, $30. Bag, Burton, burton.com, $70. Teen boy: Button-down, Shaun White at Target, target.com, $15. Tee, Guess Kids, guesskids.com, $24.50. Red sweatshirt, Diesel, 877-433-4373 and diesel.com, $79. Jeans, Levi's, levi.com, $69.50. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $50.

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Gym Class

Sweats, redefined, are a smart choice. Fleece shows up in street-wear shapes like short pencil skirts; slimmed-down pants worn over high-heel lace-ups are a kick.

Teen girl (left): Jacket, Aeropostale, Aeropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $35. Button-down, Mossimo for Target, Target stores and target.com, $23. Tee, Sol Angeles, sol-angeles.com for locations, $98. Pants, J.Crew, jcrew.com, $49.50. Boots, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe stores and charlotterusse.com, $42.50. Infinity scarf, Lands' End Canvas, 877-877-1963 and landsendcanvas.com, $24.50. Socks, Hue, hue.com, $7. Teen girl (right): Cardigan, Aeropostale, aeropostale.com, $22. Striped top, Boden, bodenusa.com, $38. Skirt, Petit Bateau, petit-bateau.us, $74. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $55. Hat, Echo, echodesign.com, $32. Watches, Digi Tech at JCPenney, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $10 each. Socks, Hue, hue.com, $6.50. Bag, Aeropostale, Aeropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $20.

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Sweater, H&M, $25, H&M stores

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Pant, H&M, $15, H&M stores

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Tulle skirt, Old Navy, $23, Old Navy Stores

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Skirt, H&M, $25, H&M stores

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Vest, Gap, $60, Gap stores

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East Side Cozy, DKNY, $49, Bon-Ton department stores, Lord and Taylor, and Macy's department stores

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Coated jacket, Old Navy, $50, Old Navy Stores

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Navajo sweater, Lucky Brand, $148, Lucky Brand stores

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Camo cargo pant, Old Navy Boys, $20, Old Navy stores

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Ballet cape, Old Navy Boys, $25, Old Navy stores

Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.

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