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Back to School Essentials: Dress the Part

Stay styling through the school season.

Often, the most frantic part of the day occurs as kids desperately search through the closet in need of that perfect outfit. Prevent that common commotion by stocking up on plenty of back to school essentials, dress-up items and wardrobe basics.

For young ladies, is a one-stop shop for all your fashion needs. Plenty of basic tanks and tees are up for sale at excellent prices. Stock up on lengthy lace trim camis in an array of colors. The casual tank is perfect to wear underneath t-shirts and other tanks, but the lace trim steps it up a notch so that it's also compatible with skirts and dressier pants. Even better? Right now these camis are buy one, get one at 50 percent off.

Middle school and high school girls often love to show off their evolving senses of style. A few fashion-forward yet classy tops such as the ruched v-neck top with belt, the boxy top with zipper and the rosette button-down shirt help take your tween or teen from elementary to the big fashion leagues.

As a Catholic school graduate (who loved her uniform, by the way), I know what it's like to want to go back to school clothes shopping without breaking the school dress code. Cute headbands , stylish handbags and patterned tights help make kids stand out in the crowd (just make sure you check your school's clothing rules first).

has tons of back to school essentials as well. Hanes Boys' Print Fleece Full Zip Hoodies keep kids warm as the autumn chill starts to fill the air, while the Starter - Boys' Graphic Mock Hoodie gives the same illusion of a true hoodie, but is a bit more friendly to indoor wear.

Budding prepsters will love outfits created for their style when they leap into a Faded Glory - Little Boys' 2 Piece Polo and Shorts Set or a couple of the great pieces in the George - Boys' 9 Piece V-Neck Sweater Vest and Flat Front Pants Value Bundle on the first day of school. The latter set includes a long-sleeve oxford shirt, a 5-pack of Hanes short-sleeve crew tees, a V-neck sweater vest, flat front pants and Hitch sneakers, all for $50.

Purchase plenty of pants options for your little girl as well. With choices from a two pack of George - Girls' Flat Front Pants to Hello Kitty - Girls' Terry Pants, a full range of styles is covered in the selection.

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