Back-to-school shopping with tweens and teens is like a whooole new thing. They have pretty strong opinions about what they love and don’t love. Even more than preschoolers, if you can believe that. (Though at least they don’t insist on wearing their swimsuit and flip-flops to school in the winter, ha.)

So we had a great time putting together this third back-to-school shopping miniguide on behalf of our partner JCPenney, to help you fin tons of cool stuff for your older kids.

And it’s all so affordable. Yes!

From backpacks and school gear to clothing essentials and those fun accessories that make the school year just a little more exciting, we hope you  find lots here to love.

And if you’ve got younger kids, be sure to check out our guides to cool, affordable back-to-school shopping for preschoolers and grade-schoolers too.


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Cool back to school gear for tweens and teens at great prices | for JCP

Clockwise from top left
Nirvana juniors tee | Converse Ripstop and Nubuck Chuck Taylors | Tzumi Bluetooth sports in-ear headphones | Levi’s denim trucker jacket | Sports duffel | Happy face key chain | Lumberjack check journal



Great tween and teen back to school picks at JCP |

JanSport cool student backpack | Sony over-ear headphones | Metallic makeup bag or pencil pouch | Tassel charging keychain | Cats eye UV sunglasses | Retro cheetah lunch pack


Razor electric scooter on sale at JCP

Razor electric scooter


Cool tees, tops and jackets at JCP for tweens and teens, all at great prices |

Faux fur collar midweight bomber jacket | Zoo York graphic tee | Star Wars dark side graphic tee | I believe in unicorns tee | Vest with sleeves jacket |  Vans 1966 retro tee


Iron-on patch set for kids at JCP can help personalized their jackets and backpacks | back to school shopping

ALEX Iron-on patch set


Cool back to school gear and clothes for tween and teen girls | cool mom pIcks

Mixit 2-pack crew socks | Wonder Woman juniors graphic tee | Jansport Digital Student floral backpack  | Vans high zip girls skate boots |  Schwinn Mifflin 24″ suspension bike | Converse All-Star baseball cap


Los Angeles pop art tees and sweatshirts: The graphics are made from words like music, in 47 different languages

Los Angeles Pop Art Sweatshirts:
Brooklyn neighborhood sweatshirt by LA Pop Art | The word “music” in different languages sweatshirt




Thanks to our prtner JCPenney who makes it so easy to find great back to school deals for kids of any age. CMP is an rstyle affiliate and shopping through these links helps supports our work at no extra cost to you.