Back to School Outfits for Teens #AEOStyle


It’s August, and my Facebook feed is slowly filling up with back to school pictures and anecdotes about the end of summer and the start of a new school year. Thankfully, here in Pennsylvania, the kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month. I’m all for eeking out every last drop of summer, but I realize that many of you are in the throws of back to school shopping or have kids who have already started school!

As our kids get older, back to school shopping tends to get less exciting and more angsty. It’s hard to know where to shop and how to find styles that are stylish yet modest. Our kids are developing their own personal style, and sometimes we don’t see eye to eye. It can be stressful.

I’m fortunate that my daughter and I generally agree on her wardrobe choices. Ever since she graduated to the junior’s department and started shopping women’s sizes, American Eagle Outfitters has been one of our favorite places to shop for her, so we’re excited to team up with them on this post to share a couple of back to school outfits for teens.

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C is going into 8th grade this year, and it will be her second year at the middle school. Last year everything was new and unknown, but this year it’s old hat. We know what to expect, and she is more confident in her choices, so we’ve had more fun shopping together.

This one is a jeans girl like her mother. She lives in jeans and cute tops — even in the summer, she often wears jeans. Clearly the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. All of her jeans are from AEO. They have a great fit and quality, and the price tag doesn’t break the bank. They often run nice promotions on their jeans too. In fact, right now they are BOGO 50% off so it’s a great time to give them a try or stock up on your favorites.

C tends to have a little boho chic going on. She’s drawn to flowy tops with ruffles and lace details — unlike her younger sister, who is happiest in athletic wear. It’s fun to see how they differ in their clothing choices.

We went online to order her a few things for school, and she was immediately drawn to this Lace Bell Sleeve Top in the brown. Online it looked more rust, but it is definitely brown. It also comes in blue and ivory.

Back to School Outfit for Teens #AEOSTYLE

I love the lace detail and the hi-lo hem. Look how cute it is from the back.

Back to School Outfit for Teen Girls #AEOSTYLE

I personally didn’t think the top needed the tank underneath, but that is our go-to solution for any top that pushes the limits of modesty. She almost always wears one, even under t-shirts. I think it just feels comfortable to her.

She’s wearing the AEO Denim X Skinny Jeans and Mix Buckle Sandals.

Back to School Outfit for Teen Girls #AEOSTYLE

These jeans are made with 53% Cotton, 34% Viscose, 12% Lyocell, and 1% Elastane for a high-performance stretch that is designed to hold its shape and hug your curves. They’re a little large on her right now, but the size she’s been wearing were getting snug so we decided to size up. She’ll grow into them in a blink, I’m sure.

She will wear sandals to school for the first few weeks until it gets cold. We both thought these were super cute, and she says they’re quite comfortable.

Back to School Outfit for Teen Girls #AEOSTYLE

She also picked up this adorable ruffle hem sweatshirt in orchid. We both love how it combines the comfort and practicality of a sweatshirt with the trendy hi-lo ruffle hem. For size reference, she’s wearing a small in both tops, and she’s about 5’3″.

Back to School Outfit for Teen Girls #AEOSTYLE

AEO also has a lot of cute jewelry. I always have to drag her away from that section when we’re shopping in the store. She picked out this Cream Stone Charm Necklace to accessorize the sweatshirt since the front is rather plain. I’m not sure what happened to the other charms. Ooops!

Back to School Outfit for Teen Girls #AEOSTYLE

These are the same jeans and shoes from the previous outfit, but we also bought her these skinny jeans in Blue Heaven. These are made of 83% Cotton, 16% Polyester, and 1% Elastane, and they fit more like a traditional stretch jean.

She also has a pair of their Jeggings, but those fit super tight and have a lot of distressing so they’re not really appropriate for school. (She loves them, though, and they are really cute!) I personally like the Denim X Skinny Jeans on her best of all.

Back to School Outfit for Teen Girls #AEOSTYLE

This is the type of outfit my 13-year-old wears every day to school. It’s simple, cute, and comfortable.

Back to School Outfit for Teen Girls #AEOSTYLE

AEO has tons of different styles of jeans and a huge selection of tops and tees as well as shoes, accessories, and outerwear. In fact, we purchased C’s winter coat at AEO last winter. She is also a HUGE fan of the AEO Soft & Sexy Tees and their Twill Midi Shorts. She has multiples of both.

If you’re back to school shopping for your teens or looking for some affordable jeans for yourself, this is a great time to shop because for a limited time AEO jeans, pants, and shorts are BOGO 50% off at!

Everything we’ve ever bought at AEO washes and wears extremely well, and their styles fashionable, casual, and affordable. It’s definitely our go-to retailer for back to school teen fashion.

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32 thoughts on “Back to School Outfits for Teens #AEOStyle

  1. She looks so pretty in all her boho chicness! Definitely has great style at a young age.

    LOVELOVELOVE that she has a strong sense of modesty! When my girls were AEO shoppers, it was all low jeans and crop tops… We really had to work hard for them to shop there AND stay covered. Kept having to emphasize that skin is never the feature for which you want attention. 🙂

    Great job, mom!!!

    1. She definitely has a strong sense of modesty. I think it is just the way she is. I’m the same way, and I was much like her as a young teen. I hope she stays that way! 🙂

  2. How I’d love to see some middle school boys’ outfits. Mine insists that no one wears anything but Nike sport shorts and shirts. Help!

    1. That’s all mine wears. 🙂 He does like AEO jeans, though, for when he has to wear something other than gym shorts. They have a lot of stretch and are more comfortable than most brands.

    2. Me too! My middle school age son is finally wanting to wear more than Nike athletic wear this next school year! Yea!

  3. She is lovely! Hooray for a young woman with modesty! My daughter and I always had fun shopping for back to school clothes! Enjoy! ????

  4. My daughter was so excited to be able to shop at AEO for the first time! She can finally fit in some of the XS, she’s in 7th grade and not totally hit her growth spurt yet. Caroline looks adorable! Good luck for your first day of school!.

  5. I love these outfits! Great job, Caroline!

    Had to laugh at the comments about your son as my 7 year old is the same way. It’s like I’m torturing him to wear non-athletic shorts or a shirt with a collar!

  6. She is adorable! I love her outfit choices. It makes me so happy to hear of a young lady who dresses modestly. My daughter was the same way and even at 20 she still holds those values.

  7. Caroline looks adorable! She has a great since of style just like her momma. Her hair is really a pretty style for her. Btw, if you don’t want boys around her yet, you’ll have to dress her not so attractive!

    1. Ha! Good luck with that. She pretty much dresses herself. She does her hair herself too. Fortunately she still thinks boys are annoying and silly, so I have some time. 😉

  8. She is a beauty! I love her style! Both outfits look great on her. What shoes will she wear in the fall? Please update then! I’m enjoying seeing Paul and the kids in posts, you are fun and everything but it’s great to see everyone else.

  9. You have beautiful children! I love these outfit ideas. This is exactly what I need to shop for my teen. I will be purchasing g the top and jeans for my teen. Thank you.

  10. Your daughter certainly is a beauty! I love all of her outfit choices. It makes me feel nostalgic remembering shopping with my daughter for back to school clothes. She’s in college now, but will send me selfies while trying on clothes for my opinion, if she’s shopping near campus. 🙂

  11. These are outifts are great and she is a cutie pie for sure! My daughter has always like AEO too and they do have some super cute and quality clothing for young people.

  12. She is BEAUTIFUL!! Just like her mom!
    Love the looks, I tend to be drawn to BOHO looks as well.
    I have boys, but I know all the pre teen and teen girl moms appreciate this post.

  13. Such a cutie you have! Love her clothes choices & she goes for modesty. Looked up stores near us and seems they’re all closing. ???? These teen years can be challenging to find clothes both my daughter & I like. So many styles are not appropriate. Good luck with back to school.

  14. What a cutie pie! She is very photogenic like her Mom and has a great sense of style. I understand her wanting to wear a cami under the blouse. I love these Boho tops but most have that deep slit in front; even when tied it can still show a lot. Look forward to seeing her in future posts! Way to rock an outfit, Caroline!

  15. Caroline looks so cute! My son is starting Kindergarten and has to wear polos or a school spirit shirt every day. He is NOT looking forward to that, he’d be much happier in basketball shorts and a soft tee each day…or better yet, his pjs!

  16. Beautiful girl! 10 years from now when people are talking about the ‘awkward middle school years’, she will have no idea what they are talking about. I think she is ready to start her own fashion blog! What tanks does she find to be the most comfortable?

  17. Love this! Just took my 12 year old shopping and tons of fun at Aeropostale (yes, I pulled a “that mom” and butchered the pronunciation to pester her!) Its nice to see a nice selection of modest, non athletic stuff in the stores this Fall. She’s also very modest/sensible in what she wears but wants to be cute & polished too all while being comfortable. We’ll have to check out AE next time.

  18. No surprise, but your daughter is beautiful (and so grown-up!). Can you believe we’ve been following each other’s blogs for almost a decade? Maybe more… 🙂

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