Back-to-school fashions under $40

Back to school fashion under $40(Photo: iStock)Back-to-school bargains are already on the shelves, so why not stock up on fall must-haves now, before you are stuck picking through the dregs?

Following are 10 of our favorite finds, all at prices that make updating the annual school wardrobe affordable and fun.










Speechless Lace Blouson DressPhoto courtesy of Jcpenney.comSpeechless Lace Blouson Dress

Perfect for stylishly sashaying from summer into fall, this fully lined cute polyester dress is a hallway showstopper thanks to its sweet lace form and grosgrain ribbon.

Available in jade and coral.

$20 at jcpenney.com


(See also: Best jeans under $50)




Coral Animal Print Mini Skirt(Photo courtesy of Wet Seal)Coral Animal Print Mini Skirt

They had us at "animal print," but the on-trend coral color, tiered ruffles and smocked waist on this easy-to-care-for mini make it a flirty-fun option--at an amazing price.

$15 at Wet Seal












Carrie Skimmer(Photo courtesy of Delia's)Carrie Skimmer

There is no such thing as too many versatile flats, and these inexpensive options, which come in 11 colors and patterns ranging from gold to black and white polka dots, make investing in a few pairs an affordable indulgence.

$19.50 at Delia's











Zara Skinny Jeans(Photo courtesy of Zara)Skinny Jeans

The skinny jeans trend is still going strong, and these zip-ups are at a price that makes a fall investment effortless. Pair them with black heels and a comfy tee for instant style.

Available in sizes 2-12.

$19.99 at Zara











Peter Pan Collar Top(Photo courtesy of Piperlime)Peter Pan Collar Top

Bold, cute, and easy to clean, this black-and-white striped blouse makes stylishness effortless. Just throw it on with a pair of skinnies and you're dressed to impress!

$39.99 at Piperlime












Arizona Juniors Denim Cuffed Shorts(Photo courtesy of jcpenney.com)Arizona Juniors Denim Cuffed Shorts

Comfy and well-priced, these classic cuffed shorts can provide stylish comfort through fall's hotter days and debut again next summer! Throw them on with a pair of skimmers and a blouse or tee and you're ready for school.

$10 at jcpenney.com











Lucy Banded Dolman(Photo courtesy of Delia's)Lucy Banded Dolman

Supersoft and perfect for layering, this pretty wardrobe essential makes looking good easy and instantaneous. Available in 16 spectacular colors, it can easily become cornerstone to any fall wardrobe.

Better still is the price--$19.50 for one or $25 for two at Delia's!












Women's Mossimo Black Vivian Pointy Heel in Neon Yellow(Photo courtesy of Target)Women's Mossimo Black Vivian Pointy Heel

Any girl headed off to college should have at least one pair of head-turning heels. These neon yellow numbers, which have no-skid tread and cushioned insoles for optimal comfort, totally do the trick, without a stomach-turning price.

Bonus: They come in a variety of colors!

$30 at Target








American Eagle Denim Trouser Midi Shorts(Photo courtesy of Target)Mossimo Supply Co. Brown Laser Cut Messenger

We love this handbag for its versatile chic style. Pair it with jeans and flats for toting your phone and other small school essentials or with a skirt and heels for evening style.

It's also easy to clean and costs a mere $24.99 at Target










Nikki Short Sleeve Bow Back(Photo courtesy of Delia's)Nikki Short Sleeve Bow Back

With the comfort of a supersoft tee and a style that is sweet and edgy, this striped sensation is perfect for any wardrobe. Available in 11 colors, it can be paired with your favorite skinnies or a sweet skirt.

$19.50 or two for $25 at Delia's












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