There is a decidedly nostalgic vibe to a lot of the upcoming fall trends for kids. Maybe this retro spirit is being driven by our longing for a simpler, safer time, when stylish students were more concerned with outfits than with masks. And yet, for every old-school classic making a comeback (think Clueless plaids, vintage rock tees) there are fresh looks to inspire future fashion fans. Here’s to brighter days ahead.

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1. Colorblock Coats

Fluffy and rainbow bright (but cruelty-free, of course), soften the back-to-school blow with cuddly and colorful outerwear.

Get the Look: Hatley's Girls' A-Line Coat ($79); Kids' L.L.Bean Down Jacket ($99); Stella McCartney Faux Fur Coat ($203)

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2. Cruella Dots

Disney’s fashion fantasia was such a hit, a sequel is in development. But while we wait to see if Emma Stone will reprise her role as the titular Brit-punk baddie, these Dalmatian-chic looks should hit the spot. (We even found dotty dad sneakers!)

Get the Look: H&M 2-Piece Sweatshirt Set ($18); Janie and Jack Dot Poplin Shirt ($42; $26);Blowfish Kids Loverli K Sandals ($35; $32); Naturino Flower Mountain Yamano 3 SS21 Sneakers ($77; $55); The Animals Observatory Kangaroo Blouse, Red Dots ($114; $80)

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3. Vintage Rock Tees

Your kids may have been born decades after these bands filled stadiums, but they can still appreciate the classics. Here’s hoping your next road trip playlist just improved dramatically.

Get the Look: Vintage 1980s Journey Tee ($10); Kids Pink Floyd Graphic Tee ($38; $15); Ozzy Osbourne Simple Tee ($44; $22); The Beatles Vintage Portrait T-Shirt ($23)

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4. Mom Jeans

TikTok has spoken: Skinny jeans are out; baggy jeans are in. And you know who’s not mad about it? A generation of kids enjoying the comforts of roomy denim. It’s time to junk their jeggings. High waists. Wide legs. Can’t lose.

Get the Look: Levi’s Kids High Loose Paperback Jeans ($44; $26); H&M Relaxed Fit High Jeans ($30); ; Boden Girlfriend Jeans Mid-Vintage Denim ($50)

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5. Tie Dye

If your kids are anything like ours, they spent quarantine tie-dying every item within reach. Well, good news: The summer of love’s signature pattern will absolutely dominate autumn. From rain boots to backpacks to bucket hats, there are now a million ways to hippie hippie shake things up.

Get the Look: Madewell Tie Dye Bucket Hat ($30); Steve Madden JCeeCee Crystal Embellished Sneaker ($60; $40); Lola + The Boys Crop Set ($62)

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6. 90s Plaid

Oversize grunge flannel shackets worn over crop tops and Aaliyah-level low-rise jeans? Check. Cher Horowitz-inspired plaid minis? Cheee-yeck. Thanks to ongoing 90s nostalgia, your checkered past will live again.

Get the Look: Kids’ Knit Skater Skirt ($29; $19); Kids Flannel Shirt ($35); Nellie Quats Marbles Dress, Hay Plaid Linen ($99); Burberry Kids Headband ($160)

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7. Pumpkin Spice Sweats

Call it the Kanye effect. Matching sets of oversize athleisure in rust, putty, beige or cocoa are now the official uniform of under-10 influencers. Cozy autumn leaves-inspired looks: coming soon to a closet near you.

Get the Look: Leveret Kids’ Sweatpants ($17); Girls Clementine Youth Hooded Pullover Sweatshirt with Pouch Pocket ($24); H&M 2-Piece Cotton Set in Dark Beige ($35); all the babies Lil’ Sweat Set, Radish ($75; $60)

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