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Back to school wishlist for your preteen

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Send your child back to school in style with this wishlist

With the first day of school right around the corner, why not beat the crazy mall crowds and get your shopping done a little bit early? Because we know preteens can be super picky, we've picked out some seriously stylish stuff that any 12-year-old trendsetter would appreciate.

1. Steve Madden Troopa Boots

Steve Madden Troopa Boots>

If your tween girl is growing like a weed and already getting too big for her boots (in more ways than one), help her step up her style game for the first day of school in a brand spanking new pair of shoes. These chic Steve Madden boots are available in three different basic colors and look great with everything from jeans and a flannel tee to a skirt and blouse. (Macys.com, $109)

2. Levi's Boys Slim Fit Jeans

Levi's Boys Slim Fit Jeans

A nice pair of jeans is an essential for any growing tween boy so trust us when we say your little man will literally be too cool for school in these slim black Levi's. Plus, you'll love them too considering they're more than half off. Now, that's what we call a steal. (Levi.com, $20)

3. Herschel Heritage Backpack

Herschel Heritage Backpack

No need to sacrifice quality for style when it comes to picking out a grade-A backpack that will make it through the school year and beyond. Herschel's Heritage Backpack not only looks hip on the outside, but it's also built to last, which we know is equally, if not more so, important to moms. (Herschelsupply.com, $55) 

4. Levi's Button Front Shirt

Levi's Button Front Shirt

Get your tween up to speed on the ombre trend with this soft denim button-down top in Malibu peach color spray. It's one shirt we're sure she'll be stoked to rock on the first day of school and all throughout winter on into spring too. (Levi.com, $23) 

5. Forever 21 Dotted Floral Shirtdress

Forever 21 Dotted Floral Shirtdress

Your preteen may not be 21 yet, but for the trendier stuff on her wishlist, this is a great place to go. Moms and daughters alike will adore this sweet dotted floral shirtdress perfect for both school and birthday parties on the weekend. (Forever21.com, $18)

6. Tween Nike Flex Run Athletic Shoe

Tween Nike Flex Run Athletic Shoe

Cool enough to wear with jeans and absolutely ideal for PE, your preteen is guaranteed to get a ton of use out of these shoes. Buy them in basic black to go with everything or jazz up his look with a pop of red. Better yet, let him pick. (Journeys.com, $70)

7. Organic Cotton Lunch Bag

 Organic Cotton Lunch Bag

If your preteen has already ditched the cutesy lunch box in favor of brown paper bags, we bet this baby will change his or her mind fast. It's made from washable, unbleached cotton and has a fold-over velcro closure to keep food fresh. Most importantly though, it just looks rad. (Grassrootsstore.com, $9)

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