School-age

Four must-haves for back-to-school fashion

We round up the essential pieces that’ll have your kid looking snazzy in and outside of the classroom

In partnership with H&M

Back to school season may look a bit different this year, but if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that our kids grow—and outgrow their clothes—at what feels like a mile a minute. Luckily, there’s no need to spend a fortune every time they sprout a little taller. 

Enter H&M: the one-stop-shop to have our kids looking back-to-school cool, without blowing the budget. With kids’ essentials starting at just $5.99, there’s even room to treat yourself to a little peek in the grown-up section. 

Here, from comfy basics to playful graphic prints, we round up four fashion must-haves that your kids will love, in and outside of the classroom.

Long-sleeve shirts 

Your kid can just about live in these long-sleeved jersey shirts from fall through spring. Not only are they breathable and stylish, but they come in several different colours, designs and patterns, so you can mix ‘n’ match every day of the week. 

Young boy wearing a "Boston" varsity shirt on sidewalk

Styled by Chad Burton. Photo by Carmen Cheung. Saahil wears a printed jersey shirt ($5.99), skinny-fit jeans ($12.99), hoodie ($17.99) and slip-on shoes ($17.99).

A carry-all hoodie 

It doesn’t get any easier than the oh, so reliable zip-up hoodie. Dashing out the door for a bus stop drop-off? Leave this go-to staple by the door for a last-minute layer. Too warm for it? Tie it around their waist in case the classroom AC is on full blast. This hoodie’s paired with another one of our favourite long-sleeve tees. 

Young girl wearing pink leggings and a hoodie watering plants in backyard

Styled by Chad Burton. Photo by Erik Putz. Margot wears a long-sleeve tee ($5.99), leggings ($14.99), hooded jacket ($19.99), slip-on sneakers ($19.99) and a headband ($6.99).

Comfy joggers 

Ultra comfortable and effortlessly cool: these joggers give your kid all the freedom of movement that their energetic hearts desire. The slouchy-yet-tapered fit make these wearable for both inside the classroom and at home, during homework hour. Plus, they’re made out of 100% sustainable cotton, so parents can feel good about what they’re buying. 

Eight-year-old wearing joggers and a hoodie in backyard beside tree

Styled by Chad Burton. Photo by Erik Putz. Kaleb wears a hoodie ($19.99) and cotton-blend joggers ($14.99).

Denim on denim 

We love denim, because it’s durable enough for all the wear and tear your kid is likely to put their clothes through. Look for fabrics with a cotton-denim blend, which can provide a bit more give and comfort. 

12-year-old girl wearing denim dress and jacket, jumping in on the front porch

Styled by Chad Burton. Photo by Carmen Cheung. Malia wears an overall dress ($29.99) and sneakers ($19.99).

Young boy wearing hoodie and denim jacket outside

Styled by Chad Burton. Photo by Carmen Cheung. Shaan wears a hooded jacket ($17.99), straight-fit chinos ($24.99), denim jacket ($24.99) and a jersey shirt ($7.99).