Back-to-School: Tips for the Perfect Style Score

A new school year calls for a new look! Start with the staples: laid-back looks, plenty of athletic inspiration and a whole lot of denim. As for what’s new this season? Colours and cuts that look surprisingly grown-up. This fall, fashion is all about small sizes that are big on comfort and easy to wear. It’s child’s play, really!

Kids - Girls

Style Star: Everyone’s favourite girlie shade is still going strong! This season, pink goes beyond sweet to please both princesses and tomboys alike.


Also trending: washed-out denim, floral and animal prints, pleated skirts, graphic tees, printed leggings, sparkly and embellished sneakers, backpacks with colourful logos, word patches and badge-like details.


1. Jacket, t-shirt and skirt, Forever 21, $29.90, $12.90 and $19.90 / 2. T-shirt, H&M, $14.99 / 3. Jeans, H&M, $29.99 / 4. Bomber jacket, Hudson’s Bay, $55 / 5. Bag, Hudson’s Bay, $70 / 6. T-shirt, skirt and sneakers, H&M, $14.99, $24.99 and $24.99 / 7. Bag, H&M, $14.99 / 8. Top and skirt, H&M, $19.99 et $17.99 / 9.  Bag, The Children’s Place, $16.95 / 10. Headband, The Children’s Place, $9.95 / 11. Jacket, The Children’s Place, $44.95 / 12. Legging, The Children’s Place, $16.95 / 13. Shoes, The Children’s Place, $39.95 / 14. Shoes, The Children’s Place, $39.95 / 15. Sneakers, H&M, $34.99 / 16. T-shirt, The Children’s Place, $22.95 / 17. Skirt, Hudson’s Bay, $39.50

Kids - Boys

Style Star: Sports make an impact across the board, while orange and grey rule boys’ closets (buh-bye blue!).


Also trending: hoodies, dark-denim jackets (plain or with badges), jogger-style pants, skinny jeans, bold stripes, sports-team-inspired logos, camouflage prints (on both clothing and accessories) and sneakers with Velcro straps.


1. Hooded jacket, H&M, $17.99 / 2. Sweater, pants and sneakers, H&M, $24.99, $14.99 and $29.99 / 3. Bag, Hudson’s Bay, $79.99 / 4. Jeans, H&M, $29.99 / 5. Top, The Children’s Place, $19.95 / 6. Bag, H&M, $19.99 / 7. Hooded sweatshirt, pants and sneakers, H&M, $17.99, $12.99 and $29.99 / 8. Sweater, The Children’s Place, $34.95 / 9. Pants, H&M, $14.99 / 10.  Sneakers, The Children’s Place, $39.95 / 11. Sweater, Hudson’s Bay, $49.50 / 12. Jeans, H&M, $29.99 / 13. Hooded jacket, t-shirt and jeans, H&M, $17.99, 12.99 (for 2) and $29.99 / 14. Jacket, The Children’s Place, $34.95 / 15. Bag, The Children’s Place, $34.95 / 16. Sweater, H&M, $14.99 / 17. Boots, H&M, $34.99 / 18.  Sneakers, H&M, $29.99 / 19.  T-shirt, Hudson’s Bay, $29 / 20.  Pants, The Children’s Place, $26.95 / 21.  Jacket, Hudson’s Bay, $90

Teen - Girls

Style Star: The bomber is the ultimate topper for every budding fashionista.


Also trending: skinny jeans (in black and grey, the new cool shades), floral prints, patches, pink paired with black, plaid, statement stripes, hoodies, metallic and sparkly finishes on accessories, and thick-sole sneakers and shoes.


1. Bomber jacket, Hudson’s Bay, $90 / 2. Shirt, H&M, $17.99 / 3. Sweater, H&M, $14.99 / 4. Bomber jacket, hooded jacket and jeans, H&M, $39.99, $19.99 and $24.99 / 5. Hooded sweater, H&M, $19.99 / 6. Jeans, H&M, $29.99 / 7. Dress, Forever 21, $12 / 8. Hooded jacket, t-shirt and shorts, H&M, $29.99, $7.99 and $24.99 / 9. iPhone case, Le Château, $18 / 10. Bomber jacket, top and skirt, H&M, $39.99, $12.99 and $19.99 / 11. Bomber jacket, H&M, $39.99 / 12. Bag, Boutique Spring, $39.99 / 13. Legging, Forever 21, $6.90 / 14. Bag, Le Château, $69.95 / 15. Sneakers, Boutique Spring, $49.99 / 16. Sneakers, Boutique Spring, $49.99 / 17. Shoes, Boutique Spring, $59.99

Teen - Boys

Style Star: Anything with a pared-down silhouette and neutral colour palette that takes its cues from young men’s love of minimalist style.


Also trending: combinations of black, grey and white, slim-fit jeans, white tees, bomber jackets, sporty stripes, athletic logos, tapered chinos, pants with elastic cuffs, chambray shirts and white sneakers with everything!


1. Bomber jacket, H&M, $34.99 / 2. Hooded sweater, H&M, $29.99 / 3. Bag, Hudson’s Bay, $54.99 / 4. Hooded sweater, pants and sneakers, H&M, $19.99, $19.99 and $29.99 / 5. T-shirt, Guess, $44 / 6. Pants, H&M, $24.99 / 7. Hooded jacket, Hudson’s Bay, $45 / 8. Shirt, Hudson’s Bay, $49.50 / 9. T-shirt, Hudson’s Bay, $20 / 10. Shirt, pants and sneakers, H&M, $19.99, $24.99 and $34.99 / 11. Bag, Hudson’s Bay, $52 / 12. Sneakers, H&M, $34.99 / 13. Sneakers, Hudson’s Bay, $80