New York City kids need more than a lunch box, backpack and notebook as they head back to school. They also need the coolest, trendiest, most fashionable back-to-school clothing around. We scoured some of our favorite NYC kids clothing stores for their newest back to school must-haves. Read on to see our list, and then hit the city to go shopping before the first day.

The Place to Discover New Stuff Every Day: Babesta Threads

New, cute fashions are arriving daily at this TriBeCa boutique. Sure to be sell out fall styles include variations on the iconic happy face, circus clowns and animals, color blocks and geometric shapes, fuzzy cropped sweaters and more. Popular brands include munsterkids and Mini Rodini (including the dress pictured here). (66 West Broadway; TriBeCa)

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Where do you go for unique back-to-school finds? Share your shopping secrets in a Comment. 

–Rachel Sokol