Back to school shopping isn’t just for kids – plenty of adults are still finishing up degrees and some want to take their kids to school in style. In the spirit of being prepared, here are 10 must-have back to school essentials for fall 2016. I play favorites in these lists and I have a few of them here, actually the first and second item listed.
These are our favorite top 10 fall 2016 back to school fashion staples for adults that are meant for those of us who have finished up with the majority of our schooling and need to be reminded what it was all for. Fashion lets you do what you want – show off how Back to School works for the adults too. Give the kids something fashionable to aspire to!
1. Gucci GG Marmont Canvas Trimmed Leather Backpack
It’s beautiful right? No point in denying that every detail of this leather backpack is trimmed in perfection, showing off some of the most detailed and beautiful embellishments of the Gucci brand. From the chain straps to the bold gold signature GG on the front, you cannot go wrong with this beautiful bag. I adore the canvas inside, the convenient inner pocket and the well-known Gucci stripe down the center of the flap top, I love the shape and the dangling heart detail. You can get yours at Saks Fifth Avenue.
2. Adidas Originals Off-White Suede Gazelle Sneakers
Adidas is a classic comfy and stylish shoe. Although the risk of stains on the all-white shoe is daunting a toothbrush, some focus and elbow grease will keep them looking fresh and clean (you can also check out YouTube for the best ways to harmlessly clean your white Adidas). They go with nearly anything. Versatility and comfort are always necessary when back to school shopping, and these are a great back to school staple for adults. Buy yours at ASOS!
3. Flower Patchwork Bomber Jacket
Cropped jackets are in, bomber jackets are in and flower embellishments are in. This jacket combines all the three trends and even adds an enhanced sleeve that has zippered pockets. It is interesting to look at and functional. On the back is the French word for The Blind “L Aveugle”. It comes in multiple colors and is sure to keep you comfortable during the fall and catching eyes as you go. Get yours at Storets!
4. See by Chloe Denim Shirtdress
This See by Chloe mid-thigh length denim shirtdress is all at once southwestern and chic with a two-toned denim enhanced design. This shirtdress is the visual definition of just enough. It is just enough denim not to have gone overboard, just blue enough to be complementary on so many skin tones and just enough to be chic and fun at the same time. The indigo and dark blue denim complement each other very well. Get yours at Shopbop.
5. I’m Bananas For You Tee
These tees are fun and mildly adorable with a fruit embellishment on the upper left hand side where a pocket could be. Each has a cute saying like ‘Chili out’ beneath a set of peppers, ‘Kiwi go again’ beneath a kiwi, ‘You’re my other half’ above an open avocado, ‘I’m bananas for you’ over a partially peeled banana and ‘Your one in a melon’ in a banner over a slice of watermelon. They are fun and cute white tee shirts that will comfortably accent your 2016 back to school wardrobe while still making you look fashionably adult. Get yours at Urban Outfitters.
6. Mansur Gavriel Mini Leather Backpack
At one point or another we all loved a mini backpack and they are coming back with the vengeance of a chic fashionable wardrobe hero. This little leather backpack has a drawstring closure beneath a textured flap and a zippered inner pocket. The design is simple and clean and a great reminder of an old favorite. Get yours at Net-A-Porter.
7. River Island Ripped Mom Jean
These jeans are comfortable and ready to go, easy to style and practical, all the staples of a mom jean. Though this is a surprising trend as it has long been the bane of many existences, the mom jean is taking off, with a bit of styling it can go nearly anywhere and the ripped denim is definitely on trend this school year for kids and adults alike. Busy people show the wear in their clothes, fashionable of course and this is how. Order yours at ASOS.
8. Truly Madly Deeply Fresh Ringer Tee
This tee is an online exclusive that is another fun addition. The contrast colored crew neck creates a classic style while the slightly shrunken fit is flattering. The Golden tee has a pineapple, yellow crew neck and the word Golden embellished on it, while the Fresh color has a bright red strawberry over the word fresh and a matching red crew neck. The all cotton T-shirt is soft white and the look is flattering and fun. You can get yours at Urban Outfitters.
9. Off-the-Shoulder Gingham Shirt
This is an off-the-shoulder gingham top that is cute and checkered. The off-the-shoulder design is accented with a ruffled, flared, voluminous cuffed sleeve that creates a sweet and balanced look. The off-the-shoulder design is sweet and the large check of the gingham is definitely an interesting sight. This fun top also comes in black and white as well. You can purchase one at Shopbop.
10. Origami Wrap Mini Skirt
Mini skirts are back and this wrap design is very on trend as well. The use of scuba fabric means that the swap design is evident while the material is crimp free. The look is casual, chic and easy to dress up or down as needed. You can purchase yours at MissGuided.
Photos courtesy of Net-a-Porter, ASOS