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    32 Stylish Clothing And Accessories To Buy Ahead Of Back-To-School Season

    BRB, wishing these fantastic items came in adult sizes.

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    1. A trendy tie-dye sweatshirt with a fun smiley face emoji, a must-have for the kiddo who is a bit hesitant about going to school and could use a little boost of morale when they look in their mirror.

    a pink acid wash sweatshirt and a brown acid wash sweatshirt both with smiley faces on it
    BFFS & Babes

    I own quite a few products from this woman-owned small business and have nothing but good things to say! Their clothing is sooooo soft and I know your kiddo will love curling up in this sweatshirt on a chilly day. 

    Promising review: "AMAZING quality sweatshirts! I can’t wait to have my girls matching in them! 12/10 recommend!" —Kristen Gallagher

    Get it from BFFS & Babes on Etsy for $54 (available in unisex sizes 2T–6T, 7Y, and three styles).

    2. A Tune Squad pullover that'll make sure your kid's new teacher knows they KNOW what's good and fill you both with delightful nostalgia.

    a child model in a gray sweatshirt with bugs bunny and the tune squad on it

    Get it from H&M for $17.99 (available in unisex sizes 2T–4T and 4–8).

    3. A darling denim jacket to bring the magic of Disney into your kid's wardrobe and ensure they actually want to wear an extra layer to protect them from those chilly back-to-school mornings.

    two children wearing denim jackets at Disney
    the back of a denim jacket that has a name on it and the it's a small world structure
    Moms of Main Street /Etsy

    Moms of Main Street is a small woman-owned business that sells Disney-inspired apparel for kids and adults. This adorable jacket can be customized your kiddo's name!

    Get it from Moms of Main Street on Etsy for $55 (available in unisex sizes 2T–5T and S–XL).

    4. A V-neck sweater that looks so wholesome and cozy you might as well buy it for your little one in every color so they can wear it on the reg (good news, it comes in five!).

    a forest green v-neck sweater
    Old Navy

    Promising review: "This sweater is so soft we ordered it in three colors for our boys! Perfect fit, not too tight but not too loose. My boys wore this for our holiday photo and I loved how they turned out." —Taylor

    Get it from Old Navy for $16 (originally $22.99, available in boy's sizes XS–2XL and five colors).

    5. An adorable unicorn backpack and lunch bag your tyke will be able to fit their books, lunchbox, and whatever else they pick up along the course of their day (you seriously never know) inside. Added bonus? It's so unique they'll always be able to find it alongside everyone else's.

    a reviewer's photo of the pink unicorn backpack and matching lunch box
    the backpack in lunch bag in black with pink designs on it

    Promising review: "High quality. The lunch box is made out of a thick scuba-like material. Easy to clean and insulated. The backpack has padding on the back. The straps are padded and comfortable. Really cute and it's water resistant material. Good buy!" —Kags

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in six styles).

    6. A basic pair of jeans you simply won't be able to go wrong with! Your kiddo can pair them with a graphic tee, a sweatshirt, a sports jersey, or a button-down shirt (if that's their thing!) because they'll truly go with everything.

    three pairs of kids denim in different washes

    Promising review: "These pants are very nice and fit my son very well. He looks excellent in them. I thought going back to school shopping or any kind of shopping with a boy who grows out of his clothes faster than I can buy them would be an end of the world kind of thing. But the Children's Place makes it really easy to buy affordable jeans at any size. So clothing my son properly and in a way that he can walk into school confident has been a lot easier with them because they have children in mind." —L.E.L

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in boy's sizes 4–18, in standard, slim, or husky, five washes, and in sets of two, three, or four).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    7. A set of quirky and adorable tees your little one can mix and match all school year long. Make sure you teach 'em how to accept the many compliments that will surely be thrown their way.

    a reviewer's child with their face covered with an emoji, wearing one of the tees
    four different kid's t-shirts

    Promising review: "I love these shirts! I hope they get more in in different varieties for different sizes. I bought both my daughters a different four-pack and they fit well, a little big but that’s great because they can grow into them! The shirts are made well, very cute designs, perfect for children to play in and wear something cute without breaking the bank. " —Stephanie

    Get them from Amazon for $20.90+ (available in girl's sizes 2T–4T, XS–2XL, and 11 sets).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    8. An outfit that's so fabulous you'll be glad you didn't have to try and put it together yourself, a must-have for your tyke who is already a bit of a diva when it comes to getting dressed.

    a child in a floral shirt with bell sleeves and ripped green jeans
    a black blouse with puffy sleeves and ripped jeans with fringe at the bottom

    Promising review: "Amazing outfit at a great price. Both pieces can easily be mixed and matched with other tops or bottoms. The jeans are super soft and comfy. She has worn the jeans several times with different tops and they always look incredible. So pleased with the purchase and such an amazing price." —Cristina

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in girl's sizes 1T–4T, 2 years–6 years, and 40 styles).

    9. A plaid dress for a classic fall back-to-school look that'll never feel outdated, so in 20 years when your kid is looking through pictures they won't have too much "why did you dress me like that???" ammunition.

    a child wearing a plaid dress with a collar and long sleeves

    Get it from Maisonette for $34.80 (available in girl's sizes 3–4 and 6–7).

    10. A set of leggings in a variety of colors and patterns for those mornings when you're all running late and need to throw your little one into something cute but *quick*.

    Promising review: "Amazing quality! Thick material, very well made. Bright colors and cool patterns. I love them, they are 100% worth the money. Will definitely be buying more!" —Mahal209

    Get them from Amazon for $20.90+ (available in girl's sizes 2T–4T, XS–2XL, sets of 3, 4, or 5, and 38 styles).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    11. A polo shirt that'll keep your fussy kiddo looking fresh for picture day without causing them too much distress if they prefer to be in a comfortable tee most days.

    a child in a blue polo shirt
    a black polo shirt and a light blue polo shirt

    Promising review: "I did a lot of searching to find these shirts. My son is 9 and he attends a private school that require polo shirts with school logo printed on them. This material has served us well so far in to the school year (3 months in) it washes nicely, it's wrinkle free and the overall look is sharp. My son's only small complaint is during PE class the shirt makes him sweat. The fabric has a spandex like material so it doesn't breathe like other materials but it's still an overall quality shirt. And when the time comes I will certainly order more." —Tina

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $20.70 (available in boy's sizes 2T–4T, XS–2XL, and seven sets).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    12. Marvel-inspired socks, for any tyke who typically refuses to put socks on but just might compromise when they realize their favorite Avenger is on 'em.

    a reviewer's child wearing iron man socks
    avengers socks

    Promising review: "These socks are great. I bought the 4T/5T for a 3-year-old who wears size 8 shoes. They fit perfectly. Toe to heel looks how it should, and not too tight around the ankle/leg. They are very soft. My son loves the patterns! He’s so excited to pick out socks everyday." —Tree Bear

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes 2–5T, 5 years–6 years, and also in Spider-Man styles).

    13. A classic baseball tee you can count on to become your little slugger's favorite shirt thanks to how soft and breathable it is.

    a child in a baseball tee in white with blue sleeves

    Promising review: "My son is pretty picky with his clothes, but he really loves this shirt for warm days. It’s soft, yet strong. True to size." —Nillothwen

    Get it from Target for $4+ (available in boy's sizes XS–2XL and two styles).

    14. Knee high socks complete with little accent bows that are practically perfect in every way and'll quite possibly get your kiddo more excited about getting dressed for the day.

    aa child wearing white argyle knee high stockings with a bow on them

    Promising review: "These are the perfect socks with boots for little girls. My daughter wears them with her cowgirl boots and she loves them. Holding up after a few washes and that makes everyone happy. Just ordered more because now my 8-year-old keeps stealing them." —Tanya M. Spiegel

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.98+ (available in one size and four sets).

    15. A chic overshirt you might just end up searching the web for a similar one in an adult size so you two can match.

    a blue overshirt

    Get it from Zara for $27.90 (available in boy's sizes 6–14).

    16. Stylish Adidas sneakers featuring a sock-like fit that'll slip right on and be perfect for the kiddo who hasn't learned how to properly tie their shoes just yet (or is simply always moving around so quickly they don't want to waste time doing so!).

    black slip-on sneakers

    Promising review: "I bought these for my 6-year-old because he had to have a pair just like his older brother. They are so easy to put on especially right before getting him out the door for school. I also love that he doesn't have to tie his shoes. They feel very flexible and they seem like they would be very comfortable. It would be nice if they weren't so expensive but I am pleasantly pleased and sometimes you have to spend a little more for a great product." —Katie

    Get them from Amazon for $23.16+ (available in unisex little kid sizes 1–13, big kid sizes 4–7, and 10 styles).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    17. An oversized knit chenille sweater for when your mini-me inevitably wants to dress *just* like you — and who could blame them???

    a child in an oversized green sweater with balloon sleeves

    Promising review: "Love this sweater, got it for my daughter as I have a similar one. Can’t wait for us to be twinning." —H&M customer

    Get it from H&M for $17.99 (available in girl's sizes 2T–5T and 6–10).

    18. A Minnie Mouse top and floral leggings you can count on to brighten your mini-me's day even if they're headed to school instead of the Magic Kingdom.

    a yellow top with minnie mouse on it and blue leggings with daisies on them

    Promising review: "This outfit was purchased for my granddaughter as a gift, she loved the outfit. The pants fit perfectly and didn’t need the extra stretch but nice feature. The shirt is not as thick as the pants but nonetheless, great outfit and will buy another in a different pattern." —Charlene Denver

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in girl's sizes 12–24 months, 2T–4T, and 5–12).

    19. A cropped button-front cardigan that'll look absolutely darling come picture day! I dare you not to tear up when you get those photos back.

    a pink button-down cardigan
    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $34.99 (available in girl's sizes XS–2XL and 2X).

    20. A two-piece Champion sweat set you'll pat yourself on the back for buying when you haven't had your coffee yet but still need a matching outfit for your kid to wear to school. You're welcome.

    a two piece navy sweat set with the champion logo on it

    Promising review: "I bought this for my grandson's birthday. They were a little too big but as everybody knows he's only 5 and still growing. But he refused to take it off. I'm very happy with this." —Clarice Spencer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in boy's sizes 4–6 and two colors).

    21. Overalls that'll look *so* cute you won't be able to help yourself from taking a quick 20 photos of your little one before they head off to school.

    white children's overalls with yellow sunflowers on them

    Promising review: "The overalls were cute and they fit perfectly!" —Tammy Lloyd

    Get them from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in girl's sizes 2T–5T, 5 years–7 years, and six styles).

    22. Puffy velvet headbands that are all the rage right now and will make your mini-me feel like royalty when they head to class.

    a child model wearing a purple and pink headband
    another child model in a blue and purple headband

    Promising review: "My daughter who hates headbands loves it. It’s very pretty and easy to match with your kid's clothes. It’s super light and soft." —Jasmine

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95.

    23. A skater dress they can wear as is when first returning to school in the warm weather then pair with a jacket and tights as it gets colder outside.

    a red skater dress with small flowers on it

    Promising review: "Perfect casual dress. Purchased a few colors and we are happy with the quality and fit! Runs true to size." —Ashleyrane

    Get it from Target for $8 (available in girl's sizes XS–2XL and five styles).

    24. Iconic T-shirts featuring inspirational ladies who have made all kinds of history, surely to impress the teacher and any other cool parents who see your kid during morning drop off.

    a child model in a shirt with a kamala harris graphic on it
    another model wearing a shirt featuring malala

    Piccolina is a small business that sells incredible children's clothing, each shirt in their Trailblazer Collection is inspired by a historical woman.

    Promising review (for the Kamala Harris shirt): "I bought this for my granddaughter. She is too young to understand the significance, but with products like this she will grow to understand the women before her that paved the way to greatness." —Tamela M.

    Get them from Piccolina: Kamala Harris tee or Malala Yousafzai tee (both available in unisex sizes 2T–5T, 6–14, and an array of styles).

    25. A colorful tee only true Taylor Swift fans will be able to recognize as a reference to her song and Netflix special — any kiddo who was born a Swiftie will want this in their closet.

    a white tee with an american flag on it and
    xojonny / Etsy

    xojonny is a small business based out of Dania Beach, Florida that sells pop culture–inspired apparel. Good news — you can get this shirt in adult sizes as well!

    Promising review: "I got the Miss Americana kids T-shirt for my Taylor Swift–obsessed daughter, the turn around was quick and the product is flawless! Thank you so very much! I cannot wait for her to see this on her birthday!!!!!" —Luke Dunnington

    Get it from xojonny on Etsy for $19 (available in unisex kids sizes S–XL).

    26. A three-pack of tie-front tanks to help your kiddo get through the warmer start of the school year — and just think of cute they'll look under a sweater in the winter!

    three tie-front shirts in various shades of blue and different designs

    Get them from Amazon for $14.38 (available in girl's sizes XS–2XL).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!