Sweet, preppy back-to-school classics for your kids (that might inspire your own fall wardrobe)

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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 2:45 PM EDT

There is some kind Pavlovian reaction in us: heading back-to-school means plaid. And saddle shoes. And maybe a headband (that's plaid, natch). All of the items worn together might turn your daughter into an extra from a John Hughes movie, but just a few add the right touch of timeless goody two-shoes. And the '80s prep look is so utterly au courant, you might find yourself seeking out oxfords and pleated skirts in your own size.

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