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Best back to school styles for girls

Schooled in fashion

Summer's just about over -- time to get ready for a new school term! Back-to-school fashions for your kids are lots more exciting than they used to be. Whether your child wants to rock the halls in a geometric tunic and a quiff or hang out mysteriously in grunge gear, we have the lowdown on back-to-school looks that won't break your bank.

Tween Girls in Back to School ClothesKindergarten kool

It's not just your preteen who's interested in fashion: Little ones like to emulate their siblings in gear they can play in. Check out Francie-Pants.com. Designed to spare blushes when performing playground cartwheels, these shorts are worn under a skirt, so no one needs to see her underpants. Pick out a pattern and try it on the virtual doll before you buy.

Classroom debate

For the nearest thing to a real school uniform, check out the striped tuxedo shirtdress available at J.Crew. Team with leggings or tights and a cute pair of metallic ballet flats. Available in pale blue and pink.

Keep them guessing

For teenagers who don't fall into any particular fashion clique and prefer to assert their individual style, check out the latest in leggings from Rock and Republic. Team with a dog-tooth check tunic from Forever 21, then add some attitude for a look that is both daring and dashing!

The boyfriend look

Take one pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans, available at Nordstrom, then add a long, slim-line cardigan and a simple block colored t-shirt for a style that's comfortable and trendy. Accessorize with flower brooches from Forever 21 and headbands from shopjustice.com.

Flower girls

There's no mistaking this season's shout out to the hippies of the 60's. Flower-power tie-dye t-shirts are worn with bohemian long skirts or brought up to date with skinny jeans. Check out the latest collections at Marshalls for prices that won't cause sticker shock.

Preppy pastels

Whether adorning pretty blazers with ruffled collars or perking up skinny jeans with polo shirts, accessories are key this season. And for a splurge, there's always that quilted school satchel from Juicy Couture.

Kids rule

Does your child's school enforce a strict dress code? Keep the designer gear for the weekends while stocking up on the basics. Old Navy has a refreshing range of school gear designed to keep her comfortable while she studies. From twill uniform skorts to stretch Bermuda shorts, she can smarten up with a polo shirt in pretty pastels. For cooler climates, try the cozy, fleece-lined hoodies available in her school colors.

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