The 15 back-to-school fashion items trendsetting teens can’t live without, ranked by price, in descending order

For trendsetting teens, the general feel for fall fashion is prepster-meets-surfer-girl with a military twist. Many of the items on the list feature cargo pockets or camouflage-print fabric, or, better yet, a combination of both. If they’re not marching to the beat of a fashion drum, teens are catching the next wave of surf-inspired clothing. Hawaiian-prints are back on T-shirts and skirts, albeit in hipper colors. Teens have a way of appropriating traditional styles. Case in point: Paul Frank polo shirts with cheeky cartoon characters and Heatherette plaid too-short-for-parochial-school microminis. They also see nothing incongruous about accessorizing their outfits with utilitarian canvas tote bags — best if emblazoned with the logo of a nonprofit wildlife organization — and glitter earpieces for their cell phones.

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