Versatile back to school fashions

by SheKnows
Jul 27, 2010 at 5:05 p.m. ET
Plaid shorts - Great for both girls and boys alike, plaid shorts blend a multitude of colors and match up with tons of tops.

1 /15: Levis skinny jeans

1/15 :Levis skinny jeans

Skinny jeans - Pick up a couple of these snug denims like Levis Skinny Jeans and pair them up with virtually anything.

2 /15: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Donatello vintage print t-shirt

2/15 :Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Donatello vintage print t-shirt

T-shirts - From skater tees to vintage print tops, the t-shirt is one of the most adaptable pieces of clothing your kids can own.

3 /15: Fleece zip-up hoodie

3/15 :Fleece zip-up hoodie

Fleece zip up hoodie - There's no doubt that you'll see plenty of fleece hoodies, which keep your kids warm while letting them show off their new duds.

4 /15: Long sleeve plaid buttoned shirts

4/15 :Long sleeve plaid buttoned shirts

Long sleeve buttoned shirts - Not just for dressing up, plaid buttoned shirts can be worn by themselves or layered over a cool tee or tank.

5 /15: Khaki skirts

5/15 :Khaki skirts

Khakis - Whether you opt for khaki pants, shorts, or skirts, these go-with-everything garments are a must-have when sending you brood back to school.

6 /15: Embellished clothing

6/15 :Embellished clothing

Embellished - Think glitter, lace, rivets, and appliques, everything from shirts to pants to shoes have a little something extra on them, helping to make mixing textures and fabrics easy.

7 /15: Striped shirts

7/15 :Striped shirts

Striped shirt - Not only are stripes way in this season, they make it easy to pair one top with lots of bottoms.

8 /15: Polo shirts

8/15 :Polo shirts

Polo shirts - Preppy is the look for boys this season, so polo shirts are a back-to-school staple.

9 /15: Camouflage pants

9/15 :Camouflage pants

Camo shorts or pants - Green, brown, grey, or pink, camouflage pants and shorts match up with just about any color top.

10 /15: Jeggings

10/15 :Jeggings

Leggings and jeggings - Leggings have been around for the last couple of years, but jeggings, a cross between skinny jeans and leggings, are the latest craze in fashion. Pick up either to layer under your sweetheart?s long tops and skirts.

11 /15: Denim jacket

11/15 :Denim jacket

Denim jacket - A denim jacket not only says your kid is in style, it goes with everything.

12 /15: Tank tops

12/15 :Tank tops

Tank tops - Both boys and girls can layer tank tops with other clothing to create a different look each time he or she steps out of their room.

13 /15: Tiered skirt

13/15 :Tiered skirt

Layered skirts and shirts - Ruffles and tiered skirts bright hues can be paired with leggings and tanks to create looks to your back-to-schooler's liking.

14 /15: Tunics

14/15 :Tunics

Tunics - Whether worn alone or over leggings or skinny jeans, tunics are a style that can be worn year-round.

15 /15: Layering helps stretch your child's wardrobe

15/15 :Layering helps stretch your child's wardrobe

When shopping for your family, the key word is layers. "I love bargain hunting, and buying a few pieces that can be layered with other pieces is a great way to stretch my kids' clothes budget," says Jenetta Penner of frugalfreebiesanddeals.com and thecloseoutkid.com. "This lets them create a new outfit every day!" From plain tanks to buttoned tops, layering is the easiest way to mix and match look