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.

Your Go-to for Basic, Casual Looks: Polarn O. Pyret

The start of school for Polarn O. Pyret is all about inspiration from the sporty aspect of college life with comfortable basics front and center in sweatshirt fabric and jersey, and pants with soft washes. (Pictured: Winter Check Button Down, $42.50; Heathered School Henley, $38; Check Scarf in Deep Sea, $11.50. (200 Chambers St., TriBeCa; 428 Columbus Ave., Upper West Side)

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

–Rachel Sokol