Fashion-conscious kids and budget-conscious parents often find themselves at odds when it comes to shopping for a back-to-school wardrobe, and parents know all too well that finding neutral territory on the topic is an eyeroll contest waiting to happen when what you wear on your first day back is so incredibly, crucially important!
If that sounds about right to you, then our collection of 28 low budget, high style fashion finds is for you. These top back to school bargains are sure to earn approval from kids and parents alike.
Take up to 70% off designer kids' clothing and shoes at Ralph Lauren. Be sure to check out the "Additional 50% off" filters in the left column to find the most exceptional back to school bargains from this classic designer label. Our picks are the Boys Welsch-Wash Skinny Fit Jeans for $25 (originally $59.50), the Boys Plaid Cotton Blake Shirt for $15 (originally $35) and for girls the completely adorable Junior Girls Sander Boat Shoe for $20 (originally $60) and this Striped Cotton T-Shirt Dress for $15 (originally $39.50) .
Hallelujah for outlet stores, where the dollars drop off the cost of designer duds! All items in J. Crew Factory's Back to School Shop at 30% off, and we've got a few fashion favorites here as well. We like these Girls' Polka-Dot Flats in Vibrant Fuschia for $19.50 (originally $54.50), the Girls' Terry Zip-Up Sweatshirt for $29.50 (originally $49.50) and for the boys the Stripe Half Zip Pullover for $27.50 (originally $39.50) and Novelty Washed Shirt for $24.50 (originally $36.50) caught our eye.
Check out back to school clothing and accessories at Bon-Ton and other regionally branded stores Carson's, Bergner's, Herberger's, Boston Store, Younkers and Elder-Beerman for some pretty incredible deals on really cute clothes for the kids. This Girls' Embellished Pocket Tee drops from $20 to $6, and this adorable Lace Skater Dress is marked down from $32 to $14.39. For the boys we like the Ruff Hewn White Shark Graphic Tee for $7.19, originally $20, and the Izod Yellow Argyle Sweater Vest marked down from $36 to $16.19.
P.S. For any items in the Back to School sale that aren't marked as "yellow dot clearance" you can use promo code BTSKIDS2514 to take an extra 25% off.
With hundreds of accessories ranging from headbands and scarves to sparkly cellphone covers, this is definitely a stop for the girls. Luckily for them (and for your budget, mom and dad), Claire's is currently taking 25% off back to school items when you apply promo code TEENVOGUEBTS to your order. We like the Yarn Dye Striped Drawstring Backpack for $20 (originally $28), the Turkish Tile Headwrap for $6.50 (buy a second headwrap for 50% off!), this Sequin Star Print Lunch Tote for $10 (originally $16), and the super cute Rainbow Stripe Happy Cutout iPhone Cover for $8.
Stage may not be the first place that comes to mind as a fashion destination, but there are some great back to school fashion finds in this sale. Shopping the Stage Back to School sale, you score up to 50% off clothes for the kids, plus an additional 25% off with promo code 25247. Our picks for the girls are the Twirl Rainbow Butterfly T-Shirt for $6.98 paired with a pair of Wishful Park Bridge Wash Bootcut Jeans for $18 (originally $36). For the boys we like this Infinite Vision USA Soccer Club T-Shirt for $5.96 (originally $7.98) with these U.S. Polo Assn. Carpenter Jeans for $18 (originally $36).
Finding style bargains at ASOS can require a bit of digging, but their list of 50 Back to School Items under $50 is a good place to start. Our picks below are for the girls since men's fashion deals are harder to come by at ASOS, but the clearance section is worth a look. From left to right, we liked the spot-on-trend Half Kitten Cat Eye Sunglasses for $15.48 (originally $23.22), the Noisy May Skater Dress for $21.28 (originally $30.96), the vintage look of Grandma's Locket Necklace for $5.80 (originally $11.61) and the so-cute-we-can-hardly-stand-it New Look Male Check Slip on Sneakers for $17.41 (originally $25.18).
Back to school style reaches far beyond apparel and accessories, especially when you're outfitting a dorm room in addition to your wardrobe. One of our favorite stops for dorm room essentials is the Kohl's Back to School sale. Study in comfort with this Memory Foam Butterfly Chair for $49.99 (originally $99.99) and put your feet up on the Brentwood Lattice Pouf while you're at it, priced at just $14 after a price drop from $69.99. Headed to the showers? Don't forget your Chevron Mesh Storage Caddy for $9 (originally $19.99) and one of these cute Tweet Washcloths, which are $11.99 for a 6-pack (originally $19.99).