Style Grade A+: Back-to-School Fashion

Earn high marks with awesome clothes for tweens and teens.

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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,, $79.50. Button-down, American Living for JCPenney, JCPenney stores and, $18. Jeans, Wrangler Jeans Co., Walmart stores, $17. Boots, Dr. Martens,, $120. Teen girl: Jacket, Decree by JCPenney, JCPenney stores and, $30. Floral top, MNG by Mango for JCPenney, $44. Shorts, H&M, for locations, $40. Hat, Boden, $48. Backpack, Olsenboye for JCPenney, JCPenney stores and, $48. Boots, L.L.Bean,, $89. Tween girl: Camo dress, Diesel Kids, Diesel Kids Soho NYC store and, $99. Striped dress, Children's Place,, $25. Button-down, Mossimo for Target, Target stores and, $23. Hat and belt, H&M, for locations, $6 each. Oxfords, Target, Target stores and, $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, $45. Jeans and bag, American Eagle Outfitters,, $49.50 and $39.50. Boots and necklace, Boden,, $164 and $48. Hat, Simply Vera Vera Wang, Kohl's stores and, $26. Bracelet, Worthington by JCPenney, JCPenney stores and, $15. Teen girl (right): Shearling vest, Boden,, $138. Gray knit vest, Converse One Star available exclusively at Target, Target stores and, $30. Blouse, Lucky Brand, Lucky Brand stores and, $99. Shorts, Missoni for Target,, $40. Sunglasses, Foster Grant, 877-363-4537 and, $15. Wristlet, Target, Target stores and, $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,, $194. Necklace, J.Crew,, $150. Bag, Ellington,, $188 with FC reader discount code: FamilyCircle10. Socks, Diesel, 877-433-4373 and, $45. Tween boy: Button-down, P.S. from Aeropostale,, $12. Corduroys, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear,, $55. Cap, Kangol,, $48. Boots, Dr. Martens,, $130. Messenger bag, Aeropostale,, $22. Tween girl: Shirt and jeans, Diesel Kid, 877-433-4373 and diesel .com, $45. $75 and $129. Loafers, L.L.Bean,, $89. Hat, Kangol, $42. Suspenders, American Apparel,, $18. Wrap bracelet, Mixit by JCPenney, JCPenney stores and, $10. Backpack, Olsenboye for JCPenney, JCPenney stores and, $48. Socks, No Nonsense,, $6.

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Honor Roll, part 2


Teen girl: Trench, Diesel, Lord & Taylor stores, 877-433-4373 and, $195. Cardigan, Mossimo for Target, Target stores and, $20. Tunic, H&M, for locations, $40. Boots, P.S. from Aeropostale,, $20. Fur collar from shearling dress, Pendleton Woolen Mills,, $258. Belt, Diesel, 877-433-4373 and, $70. Socks, Hue, $14. Tween girl: Vest and skirt, 77Kids by American Eagle, Dress, DKNY Kids, Macy's stores, $59. Flats, Call It Spring at JCPenney, JCPenney stores and $30. Knit hat, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe stores and, $12.50. Belt, Material Girl, similar styles at Macy's stores, $15. Socks, Hue,, $6.50. Teen boy: Vest, G by Guess,, $49.50. Button-down, H&M,, $40. Khaki pants, Dockers,, $52. Boots, Dr. Martens, drmartens .com, $130. Cap, Callanan, 800-367-3626, $55. Tie, Pendleton Woolen Mills,, $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,, $109. Top and jeans, P.S. from Aeropostale,, $13 and $25. Boots, Dr. Martens,, $80. Cap, Boden, $48. Messenger bag, Old Navy, Old Navy stores and, $15. Tween boy: Shirt, Old Navy, Old Navy stores and, $15. Jeans, Levi's,, $68. Sneakers, Vans,, $45. Hat and belt, Shaun White at Target,, $10 and $8. Headphones, Merkury Innovations,, $30. Bag, Burton,, $70. Teen boy: Button-down, Shaun White at Target,, $15. Tee, Guess Kids,, $24.50. Red sweatshirt, Diesel, 877-433-4373 and, $79. Jeans, Levi's,, $69.50. Sneakers, Vans,, $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, $35. Button-down, Mossimo for Target, Target stores and, $23. Tee, Sol Angeles, for locations, $98. Pants, J.Crew,, $49.50. Boots, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe stores and, $42.50. Infinity scarf, Lands' End Canvas, 877-877-1963 and, $24.50. Socks, Hue,, $7. Teen girl (right): Cardigan, Aeropostale,, $22. Striped top, Boden,, $38. Skirt, Petit Bateau,, $74. Sneakers, Vans,, $55. Hat, Echo,, $32. Watches, Digi Tech at JCPenney, JCPenney stores and, $10 each. Socks, Hue,, $6.50. Bag, Aeropostale, Aeropostale stores and, $20.