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Top 10 back to school wardrobe essentials

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Kids fashion trends

Gearing up for back to school clothes shopping for your kids? Let us help you streamline your shopping with our list of the top 10 back to school wardrobe essentials for kids. Covering both trendy clothes and basics to stock up on, your kids will be going back to school in style.

6Girls cropped jacketVarsity looks

Stock up on striped rugby polo's and knit basketball jackets for boys and mixed stripe hoodies for girls. Go team!

7Cargo pants

These heavy-duty pants are a back to school essential for boys. Pair them with everything from a striped rugby polo to a graphic tee or plaid shirt for a cool look. One good choice is the Artillery cargo pants from Gap.

8Jackets

"A must-have for both girls and guys is a light jacket -- cropped for girls and regular length for the guys," say the experts at teen trendsandtips.com. Pictured above is the Kovis Ruffle Trim Crop Jacket ($33) from Nordstrom.com. Boys will love the lightweight feel of the Gap Cargo jacket ($48).

9Kids Converse All-starsLeggings

Whether you prefer black leggings or the new denim leggings (also known as jeggings), this is a hot look for teens! Pair them with a belted tunic top, knotted scarf and boots for a stylish look perfect for back to school. Check out Old Navy's line of leggings ranging from solid to stripes -- and even prints!

10Converse

The classic shoes are a must-have for both guys and girls. They are casual, yet totally hip and look great paired with everything from jeans to leggings. Pick up a pair of Converse All Star at Zappos.com for $28.

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