September typically means fresh starts and new clothes (those lucky kids!). This year we’re embracing a whole(some) new approach to back to school fashion. Here are our picks for cool, comfortable and totally-not-boring clothes your stylin’ kid will love. Cue the #girlpower!
Clothes parents can actually feel good about their kids wearing
Pixie DressDesigned in Canada using pre-shrunk non-toxic fabric, this stretchy A-line, empire-waist dress comes in a pink or blue option. It's the perfect playground piece that'll take 'em confidently from warmish Sept. to cool Dec. (just add tights).
$64 at PeekabooBeans.comPeekabooBeans.com
Graphic Patch Girlfriend JeansWith its frayed edges and poppy patches, these faded jeans positively scream effortless chic. For extra oomph, she can roll up the cuffs and pair them with Doc Martens or ballet flats.
$54.95 at GapKidsGapKids
Print T-ShirtThis cotton tee is kinda the clothing equivalent of notebook sketch art. It's sassy, fun and a great match with skirts or jeans.
$9.60 at ZaraZara
Cheetah-Print JeggingsAnimal print is the new black and cheetahs are the new lion. These stretchy pants would look fab with a graphic T, blazer or jean jacket. Hear her roar!
$25 at Old NavyOld Navy
Flared Floral One PieceWho says florals don't work in cooler temps? Throw it on with a jean jacket, black boots and thick tights and this loose romper can be worn straight though till Xmas.
$26 at Joe FreshJoe Fresh
Laurel BootiesThese southwest-inspired boots are perfect for gals on-the-go. Style them with skinny jeans or a boho-style skirt. Best of all, for each pair purchased, TOMS will donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need.
$80 at TOMS.caTOMS.ca
Book Hugger T-ShirtFollow the reader! Girls Will Be makes shirts that are the perfect middle ground between fitted and boxy – they also help empower girls with slogans and colours that don't gender stereotype.
$24 USD at GirlsWillBeHQ.comGirlsWillBeHQ.com
Denim JumpsuitSoft denim is the answer to all fashion ennui. Plus, not having to choose too many pieces in the morning might actually get her to the bus on time.
$26 at Joe FreshJoe Fresh
Biker JacketThis bold piece says it all: Tough on the outside, cool as a cucumber on the inside.
$34.99 at H&MH&M
Plaid Shirt DressThis easy-breezy dress has a patch pocket and tie belt, so it can be worn fitted or slouchy. Best of all, the curved hem is slightly longer at the back so she can play with wild abandon.
$44.95 at GapKidsGapKids
Patterned DressThis buffalo check dress has a drop waist, ruffled skirt and turned up sleeves. It's also totally on point with the '90s trend (just don't tell her you had the exact same one back in the day).
$14.99 at H&MH&M
Varsity JacketTeam jackets are de rigueur this season. With its quilted detailing, this grey-and-black model is a touch more stylish than most. For a whole lotta cheer, she can pair it with jeans, leggings or even a maxi dress.
$34.94 at Old NavyOld Navy
ROCK T-SHIRTThis rocker shirt's relaxed fit, asymmetrical hem and black metallic ink (with studs) positively screams edgy cool.
$17.99 at SearsSears
Spoon-Print SweatshirtSpanish design house Bobo Choses pieces are not cheap, but they're built to last and we love how their collections are totally gender-neutral. This whimsical sweatshirt can be worn any day with any thing and make every kid stand out from the crowd.
$95 at Advice From A CaterpillarBobo Choses
MOTORCYCLE-STYLE JACKET SKIRT SETWith its tweed fabric, faux-leather trim and flouncy skirt, this four-piece set (it comes with a t-shirt and necklace) looks exactly like something Alicia Silverstone wore in Clueless.
$49.99 at SearsSears
Denim Hooded JacketWith its distressed denim and plush hood, this cozy piece looks like it was borrowed from a bigger sibling's closet. Play it down with leggings, or up with a ballet-style skirt.
$21.97 at Walmart Stores Across Canada (**not available online)Walmart /a>
Metal Rain BootsHunter boots are handmade and totally fabulous. Plus, any girl can channel her inner super hero in a pair of silver wellies, don'tcha think?
$90 at Hunterboots.comHunter
Girl Powe(RED) T-ShirtThis GapKids x (RED) statement tee has cool capped sleeves, banded cuffs and a subtle screen-printed skateboarding graphic that's totally awesome. And, proceeds from the sale go to the fight against AIDS #goodcause.
$29.95 at GapKidsGapKids
Glitter LeggingsA tuxedo stripe adds a touch of class to pretty much anything. Throw on some glitter and she'll look too cool for school.
$32.50 at J.Crew.comJ.Crew