Fashion Notes For School Days

As kids across the country get ready for a new school year, they can jump straight to the head of the class with some of the latest back-to-school fashions. The Early Show style maven Christy Ferer has the following suggestions.

Trend: Multi-colored
Smart kids know that when it comes to fashion, color is key. This ultra chic multi-colored poncho from The Children's Place for $19.50 is a must for fall. Pair it with a sparkly tee, $7.50, denim skirt, tights and patchwork clogs for a look that's A+.

Trend: Animal Prints
The classroom is where the wild things are this fall with girls in animal prints. She will look sleek and stylish in the faux-fur leopard coat, $59.50, from The Children's Place worn over a pink corduroy skort, $24.50, and top, $12.50, both from Land's End. Finish the look with fun tights and some colored Mary Janes, $29.50, from Lands End.

Trend: Camouflage
Boys will be boys in this season's hottest print. Pair army green pants, $34.50, that convert into shorts for dual-action with a matching camouflage patch sweater from The Children's Place, $19.50. Have him slip into these Airwalk corduroy slides from Payless ShoeSource, $14.99, and he'll be ready to take the classroom by storm.

Trend: Orange
She can make a bold statement dressed in THE color for fall. Head-to-toe orange will lead her straight to the head of the class. Mix-and-match orange corduroy skirt, $28, with a colorful tunic sweater, $48, both from United Colors of Benetton. Add some navy rain boots, $19.50, from Lands End, and a classic quilted navy jacket, $34, perfect for those breezy mornings. Your child can also make some friends with a personalized lollipop from popartcandy.com.

Trend: Preppy Retro
Adding a brand name to a school uniform is a trend that pleases both parents and children. These Izod uniforms are wrinkle free, have stain guard and are affordable. Pair this plaid dress with a red cardigan, some tights and a fun pair of red Converse sneakers, $24.99, at Foot Locker to show your personality. Izod clothing ranges from $14-20 and is available at your local department store.

Trend: Preppy with Personality
Young men are learning how to dress up without looking dated. Try pairing this Sean Jean blazer $125 and dress shirt $37.50 with some Levi Jeans. Kids are always on-the-go and now these Brooks Racer ST Running Shoes can keep up with them. In stylish orange and white, these shoes are sure to be a kick this fall. Available at www.shopping.com for $48.95.

Trend: Feminine Fun
This vintage-inspired floral stretch corduroy blazer from The Gap for $68.00 is sure to be the staple of the season. Pair it with an antiqued floral top, $38, cropped jeans, $49.50, and an embossed leather belt - all from The Gap - and some flirty ballet flats, $15.99 from Payless ShoeSource, and you'll be ready for class.

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