If you've been dreading the back-to-school clothes-shopping spree, don't fret. This year, we teamed up with some of the best brands in the biz to tap the trends that will take your fashionable kiddo straight to the top of his class (at least in the looks department). Fall clothing is colorful, cool and easy to wear (think jeggings and cargos) and can be mixed and matched (read easy on your wallet).
Check out our behind-the-scenes video from the photoshoot.
"This year is definitely going to be a more colorful season for back-to-school," says Michael Giannelli, designer at The Children's Place. "We're offering back-to-school styles that are 'wear-now' appropriate, so you'll see more short sleeves, shorts and skirts."
In addition, parents can expect to see a little more "retro," says Lynn Husum of Appaman.
Designers are keeping the basics, but adding twists like pops of color or different fabrics. "We're making corduroy jeans in fine wale for girls and wide wale for boys in vivid colors and neutral this season," says Sara Louise Petty, vice president of Trend, Color, Concept from RUUM American Kid's Wear.
Parents want a good value.
"I look for a current style that is up to date and fits," says Guadalupe Terrazas, mother of Juan, 10, our cover kid.
Tanisha Calhoun Jimmerson says her daughter, Amani, 12, shops for her own clothes but that it's sometimes hard to find age-appropriate clothes. "I look for anything layered."
Photos were taken at the beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art by photographer Thomas M. Kubik.
Leily Rendon-Sanchez, 8, of Palos Hills
Sequin zip front hoodie, $39.50, RUUM
Short sleeve tee in turquoise and gems, $9.99, Target
Zippered ponte pant, $29.50, RUUM