Affordable fashion can sometimes seem too good to be true, but in the case of Target’s back-to-school collection, the promise of affordable, functional, and fun picks for fall delivers 100 percent. For girls, pattern play and whimsy abound with tulle skirts and delightfully sweet accessories. For boys, the electric rocker look is king as the collection boasts intense colors and tough-guy graphics. Check out our picks from the new collection, where you’ll find everything from desktop goodies to arm candy that’s back-to-school brilliance on any budget.
Sticky Situation: Getting excited for school is hard for some kiddos, but organization can be fun with awesome supplies like the Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser. Available in both Chameleon and Shoe shapes, this is the perfect desktop friend for girly-girls and tomboys alike. After all, who says school supplies have to look like school supplies? $8.99 each
Fanciful Fashion: The Cherokee Graphic Tee is a chimerical scene straight out of Grimm’s Fairytales that she won’t want to take off. Whether worn with jeans and sneaks or a frilly skirt and her shiniest shoes, this tee works wonders for under $10. If she’s often found picking wildflowers, regarding the butterflies, or petting small animals, we know she’ll fancy the “friend of the forest” graphic that adorns this winsome piece. $7.00
Robo-style: Circo Boys’ Short-Sleeve Tee is for little rockers who love to stand out. This super original graphic t-shirt has the blue and red double-printed effect of 3-D glasses that definitely makes you do a double take. Funky and crazy cool, this tee will take your mini Mick Jagger or little Lou Reed to school with all the swagger he needs. $6.00
Denim Diva: This denim mini may look polka-dotted, but look closer and you’ll notice it’s speckled with itsy-bitsy hearts. Style it with high-tops and a beanie and it’s got skater-girl attitude, or play up the femininity with a bit of pink and a sparkle or so. It’s all in the details, and this fresh, darling basic doesn’t just blend—it adds some pop to your sweetheart’s back-to-school wardrobe. $12.99
Perfect Timing: This feisty watch outfits your little rascal perfectly to start the year off hip and punctual. The bright orange face sports a daring skull that will please spunky rug rats who like to dress with attitude—even on their smallest accessories. For petite punks, the Cherokee Boys’ Fastwrap Skull Watch hangs tough, but it’s never tardy. $9.99