Your Definitive Back-to-School Shopping Guide

Written by: Abby McIntosh

There are few things more bittersweet than back-to-school season. With the end of summer comes the end of beach days, ice cream cones, and breezy adventures, but also the excitement of a fresh new year, and, of course, fresh new back-to-school supplies.


We’ll be the first to admit, though, that while back-to-school shopping should theoretically be fun, it’s often total chaos. So, we’ve gone ahead and taken the stress and guesswork out of it by rounding up all of our favorite back-to-school essentials (and some fun non-essentials) so you can enjoy the beginning of the new school year instead of losing sleep wondering if you’ve chosen the right backpack.

1.The Perfect Layering Piece

No back to school fall ‘fit is complete without a good sweatshirt. Luckily, we consider ourselves to be sweatshirt aficionados, and this Emile et Ida I Heart the ‘80s Sweatshirt is our absolute favorite. Not only does it make the perfect cozy layering piece, but its ‘80s-themed print (Converse, skateboards, cassette tapes!) adds the perfect little pop, whether worn on top of a uniform or as the centerpiece of an outfit.

2. Can’t Go Wrong With Corduroy

Turns out, the perfect school outfit does exist. This Bobo Choses Funny Friends Corduroy Dress gets it all right—perfect length, warm, durable corduroy feel, easy throw-on-and-go fit, and super chic color blocking. Trust us, it’ll be a permanent part of your fall/winter outfit rotation.

3. Extra Magical Markers

Is it really a new school year if you’re not stocked up on fun markers? These Magic Markers by OMY are our absolute favorites. They’re durable (read: they won’t come home totally destroyed after one week at school), so smooth, and are double-sided to reveal tons of fun new color combos.

4. The Best of Backpacks

We consider ourselves backpack experts here at Danrie, and we’re convinced that there are few backpacks superior to the ones made by Australian brand Huxbaby. They’re the goldilocks of backpacks: roomy, but not so big that they drag on the ground; super fun and stylish, but rugged enough to stand up to wear and tear; and fully adjustable, so it’ll be yours to keep for more than one school year.


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