Send them back to class in styles that reflect their personalities, but are also wearable all day long.

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It feels like summer just began, but it’s already time to start picking up new clothes to start the school year off in style.

Some fun, on-trend fall outfits may even get kids excited to head back to class. Here are some picks for kids and tweens (yeah, teens are on their own) that are comfy, cute and easy to mix into their wardrobes.



Most days, she may wear jeans or joggers, but when she wants to dress up a bit, the J.Crew Tiered Pull-On Skirt in Giraffe Print ($49.50) is a perfect fit in lightweight cotton. As the weather cools, she can pair it with leggings and a bright sweater.

The Athleta Kickin’ It Poncho ($48), from the fitness line’s new girls’ collection, is a great athleisure piece that can go from class to practice with ease. It even conveniently comes with a hair tie.

On Seahawks game days, she can show her support in style with the Girls Youth Junk Food Royal Seattle Seahawks Game Time T-Shirt ($28 at The Pro Shop). What could be better than her favorite team’s logo and glittery accents?

A practical sneaker definitely doesn’t have to be boring. If she loves color, check out the New Balance for Crewcuts 410 Sneakers in Heather Rainbow ($55 at J.Crew), with retro sneaker styling, rainbow fabric and bright-pink straps. Velcro straps make them easy to throw on and keep them secure.


Plaid shirts are a Northwest classic, and Tucker + Tate’s Woven Plaid Shirt (on sale for $26 through Aug. 7 at Nordstrom) offers a variation on the style by contrasting a plaid print with solid sleeves.

The Zara Two-Tone Tie-dye Sweatshirt ($23) will go with him everywhere. It matches almost everything, with two tones of blue and a fun patch pocket to set it apart from basic sweatshirts.

The Cat & Jack Galaxy Print Joggers ($15 at Target) are soft and comfy with a great space-themed print. And the new line is guaranteed for up to one year with a receipt.



Yes, Target’s new kids’ line is making a strong debut. Girls can mix and match comfy-cute pieces such as the Cat & Jack Heart Print Graphic Tee ($5), Jean Vest ($17) and Skinny Utility Pant ($17, all at Target) for everyday wear with flair.

The Tucker + Tate Geo Pattern Flyaway With Hood (on sale for $36 through Aug. 7 at Nordstrom) is a bohemian take on the classic cardigan. Its flowing, draped front and cozy hood will make it her go-to sweater for cooler days.

Older tweens and teens will love the versatile, ultra-soft Michael Lauren Kenny Pullover ($108 at Horseshoe Boutique, Ballard). It can be worn to school with jeans, and transitions into the perfect loungewear for nighttime study sessions.

In the sea of plaid, Roxy Juniors’ Plaid Shirt ($49.50 at Macy’s) stands out thanks to an embroidered black-and-white-patterned trim that runs along the button strip.

If she wants to add some color to her denim collection, the DL1961 Kids Chloe Skinny Jeans in Licorice ($69 at are a bold orange option that adds pop to simple tops.


For picture day or any day, he can pair the Zara Contrast Cable Knit Sweater ($26) with chinos, jeans or joggers for an elevated look. The plush, solid sleeves give the traditional cable-knit sweater a modern twist.

The comfy Gap Striped Sleeve Henley Tee ($19–$20) is sporty and more interesting than a plain tee. Available in eight different color schemes, he’s sure to find one (or a few) that he loves.

The new school year practically requires purchase of a new pair of chinos. The Volcom Kids Frickin Modern Stretch Chino Pants ($50 at are a classic, slimline option that he’ll be able to wear to school and on special occasions.

Young soccer fans can show their Seattle pride with Strideline’s Sounders FC Pacific Blue Strapped Fit 2.0, MLS Socks ($18 at Strideline). Prominently featuring the team logo, these locally designed athletic socks will be a hit on or off the field.