Back-to-school fashion for middle schoolers

Clothing for middle school is as varied as the kids themselves. One thing is for certain, though, the days of the matchy-matchy, coordinated look is over!

Every year seems to bring a new it thing, but by shopping thrift, parents can embrace that ever-evolving sense of style experimentation that middle-schoolers seem to thrive on.

Look No. 1: Embrace a middle-schooler’s sporty side with some name-brand athletic wear and always-stylish leggings. Cost breakdown: Under Armour athletic waffle-weave shirt, $4.99; leggings, $2.49 with 50% off color tag of the week; and Asics athletic shoes, $6.99. Total for 3 pieces: $14.47

Look No. 2: Back the home team with secondhand finds that can’t be beat for value. Cost breakdown: Wisconsin Badgers long-sleeve shirt, $6.99; black Nike shorts, $8.99; and Nike black shoes, $6.99. Total for 3 pieces: $22.97

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at, a women’s apparel website, and It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit

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