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21 Stylish Back-to-School Outfits

Cool back-to-school clothes, affordably priced. Talk about saved by the bell!

By Linda Moran Evans

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Mixology 101

Clever mash-ups of classic and trendy styles let tweens and teens express their true colors.

From left to right:

On Teddy: Shirt, Aéropostale, P.S. from Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $12. Vest, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $15. Pants, Shaun White, Target stores and target.com $19. Hat, Forever 21, forever21.com, $7. Bag, Lands' End, landsend.com, $39. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $60.

On Macey: Jacket, Converse, Burlington Coat Factory, $110. Dress, Harajuku Mini for Target, target.com, $25. Glasses, Tommy Hilfiger, see your optician for availability, $130. Bag, Harajuku Mini for Target, target.com, $17. Socks, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $8/package of 3. Sneakers, Keds, striderite.com, $35.

On Lauren: Sweatshirt, Aéropostale, Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $27. Sweater, American Eagle, American Eagle stores and ae.com, $45. Pants, American Eagle, American Eagle stores and ae.com, $45. Hat, Shaun White, Target stores and target.com, $10. Sneakers, Nine West, macys.com, $65.

On Emily: Poncho, Roxy, roxy.com, $64.50. Shirt, Decree, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $13. Pants, Mudd, Kohl's stores and kohls.com, $48. Scarf, Topshop, us.topshop.com, $36. Boots, Unionbay, Kohl's stores and kohls.com, $70.

On Andre: Shirt, Arizona, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $16. Sweater, Gap, Gap stores and gap.com, $27. Pants, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $18. Hat, Odin at Target, Target stores and target.com, $15. Glasses, Warby Parker, warbyparker.com, $95. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $55.

On Ava: Shirt, Lipgloss, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $14. Pants, JCPenney, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $30. Hat, The Children's Place, childrensplace.com, $9. Sneakers, Converse, converse.com, $32.

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Lab Experiment

Your student will merit a best-dressed citation with a bold blend of preppy elements.

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On Emily: Shirt, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $40. Skirt, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $18. Hat, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $7. Bag, Forever 21, forever21.com, $20. Socks, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $8/package of 3. Heels, BCBGeneration, bcbg.com, $89.

On Teddy: Shirt, Old Navy, oldnavy.com, $17. Vest, The Children's Place, childrensplace.com, $25. Pants, The Children's Place, childrensplace.com, $25. Hat, Forever 21, forever21.com, $6.80. Glasses, Warby Parker, warbyparker.com, $95. Bowtie, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $13. Bag, American Eagle, ae.com, $40.

On Macey: Shirt, Gap, gap.com, $25. Striped Shirt, Kiddo by Katie Ellis, forwardtoall.com, $38. Pants, Crewcuts, crewcutkids.com, $52.50. Bag, Aéropostale, Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $20.

On Lauren: Pants, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $60. Bag, Princess Vera Wang, Kohl's stores and kohls.com, $49. Suspenders, Claire's, similar styles available at Claire's stores and claires.com, $8.50. Heels, Worthington, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $37.

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Social Networking

A mod new mix of old-school plaids and checks will earn you an A+ for getting it just right.

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On Andre: Sweatshirt, American Eagle, ae.com, $40. Sweater, Uniqlo, 1-877-486-4756, $30. Flannel, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $30. Pants, Levi's, levi.com, $58.

On Teddy: Shirt, The Children's Place, childrensplace.com, $13. Sweater, Gap, Gap stores and gap.com, $30. Flannel, Aéropostale, P.S. from Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $15. Shorts, Arizona, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $16. Hat, The Children's Place, childrensplace.com, $8. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $47.

On Emily: Shirt, Junk Food Originals, junkfoodclothing.com, $60. Dress, Forever 21, forever21.com, $30. Sweatshirt, Aéropostale, Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $45. Hat, Forever 21, forever21.com, $6.80. Boots, Candie's, Kohl's stores and kohls.com, $80.

On Ava: Shirt, Uniqlo, 1-877-486-4756, $20. Jacket, Princess Vera Wang, Kohl's stores and kohls.com, $54. Shorts, Roxy Girl, roxy.com, $34. Hat, Forever 21, forever21.com, $7. Backpack, Kipling, kipling-usa.com, $89.

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Team Spirit

Score big with winning looks that effortlessly fuse street and sporty.

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On Andre: Shirt, American Eagle, ae.com, $50. Shorts, Adidas, adidas.com, $30. Socks, Adidas, adidas.com, $13. Sneakers, Adidas, adidas.com, $115.

On Ava: Sweatshirt, Lands' End, landsend.com, $35. Vest, Harajuku Mini for Target, target.com, $20. Leggings, Aéropostale, P.S. from Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $12. Visor, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $6. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $55. Backpack, The Children's Place, childrensplace.com, $19.

On Lauren: Jacket, Adidas, adidas.com, $100. Sweater, American Eagle, ae.com, $45. Shirt, The Children's Place, childrensplace.com, $16.50. Shorts, Forever 21, forever21.com, $23. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $65.

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Art Class

Fun combos like electric neons paired with graphic prints will inspire your creative genius.

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On Macey: Shirt, Aéropostale, P.S. from Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $17. Skirt, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $18. Leggings, Aéropostale, P.S. from Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $10. Sneakers, Adidas Originals, shopadidas.com, $65.

On Ava: Shirt, DKNY Jeans, macys.com, $39 . Vest, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $35. Pants, Aéropostale, P.S. from Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $25. Headphones, Urban Beatz, merkuryinnovations.com, $40. Sneakers, Aéropostale, Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $17.

On Lauren: Blazer, Olsenboye, JCPenney and jcp.com, $17. Pants, So, Kohl's stores and kohls.com, $36. Boots, Princess Vera Wang, kohls.com, $85. Bag, Princess Vera Wang, Kohl's Stores and kohls.com, $49.

On Teddy: Shorts, Billabong, billabong.com, $54. Hat, New Era, lids.com, $35. Sneakers, Vans, vans.com, $45. All jewelry, H&M, hm.com for store locations.

Originally published in the September 2012 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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