The kids usually like to wear something brand new on the first day of school. But while shopping, don't forget the cooler weather later on. Some picks to pick:
Leather is as desirable for the schoolhouse set as it is for grownups. A boy's black leather jacket ($150) from Lands' End could be one of his first investment pieces.
The young biker can capture the look with a boy's "pleather" motorcycle jacket ($34) and techno pants ($26), both at The Children's Place.
Also at the Children's Place is a colorful and versatile girl's plaid poncho ($16), fringed and with a stand-up collar.
Keep warm with layers when the leaves fly. Start with a thermal henley ($22), add a plaid flannel shirt ($23), and top with a sport fleece vest ($25)
all from OshKosh B'Gosh. Though aimed at boys, these items can be worn by girls, too.
A variation on OshKosh B'Gosh's trademark coverall look is a girl's denim apron dress ($27) with contrasting chest pocket and ties. Older girls will go for the vintage rose top with flower print bell sleeves ($19), paired with denim flare pants edged with braided floral edging ($32), both from OKBG's Genuine Girl line.
Another take on denim is a girl's front-pocket jumper with floral embroidery tracing the hemline ($28-$30) from Healthtex. The same treatment is offered in denim pants ($25-$27).
The sweater girl at your house can make a fashion statement with a classic cotton funnel neck ribbed sweater ($29) from Lands' End. She could wear it with capri pants ($28) or perhaps the ingenious convertible skirt ($26), which lets her choose long or short with the flick of a zipper.
Cargo shorts ($26) or cargo climber pants ($32) from Lands' End have those commodious pockets for boys to stash all those mysterious gizmos they like to collect. Top either with the shoulder stripe rugby shirt ($29.50) or a long-sleeve T-shirt ($12).
Have it all in one with Timberland's 3-in-1 Zip Off Pants ($88), a cargo style which zips off below or above the knee for two short lengths. The lower sections zip together to form a carrying bag for the upper sections and other belongings.
Nylon streetwear pants with contrast trims by Joe Boxer have zips that turn long pants into shorts. Continue the theme with a fleece top with sleeves that zip off to become a vest. More versatility still with a reversible shirt or jacket
a blue flannel shirt jacket can be turned over to an orange quilted jacket. Pricing for the Joe Boxer line is in the $16-$40 range.
Dorm dwellers will appreciate the cozy toes offered by Hush Puppies' line of College Clogs ($45), which feature color logos of 24 top colleges or universities in the United States. The clogs are water-resistant suede with thick rubber outsoles and can be worn outside, too.