See What’s Trendy In This Back To School Fashion Show

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Elizabeth Zigmont from Westfarms mall is joined by six young volunteers to show off some of the styles that are popular as your kids head back to school.

Below is Korky Vann’s story about back to school shopping and Connecticut’s tax-free week. Read more at

Connecticut began its annual tax-free week Sunday, which means that for the next seven days shoppers will save the 6.35 percent sales tax on most clothing and shoe purchases priced under $300.

That, along with an explosion of corresponding sales at national chains and local stores, may be enough incentive to get cash-strapped parents to open their wallets.

Despite the discounts and deals, research by the National Retail Federation shows that total back-to-school spending for families with school-age children is expected to be down to $634.78 this year, from $688.62 in 2012. Eighty percent of parents with school-age children say economic conditions will affect their spending and they’ll be comparison shopping online and in stores to find the best deals, according to NRF’s 2013 Back-to-School Survey.

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