Homework, exams, lectures— it’s a pain in the derrierè just to think about hitting the books again. But to avoid scrambling to your nearest convenience store for school supplies (if it’s not Lisa Frank, we’re gonna veto the cheesy paperback folders!), or that bad first day experience of being unprepared, we’re gonna sharpen you up and give you a lesson in back to school essentials to kickstart your return to class!
It’s a new year and that means you have the opportunity to spruce up your wardrobe and make a stylish first impression á la mode! So take some notes as you go through our ultimate back to school list for essentials from PINK and more that will have you oozing with style come September. And don’t worry, because these items all clock in under $100, so you won’t drain your summer job savings!
1. The PINK Campus Short
While sitting at a tiny desk during lecture isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world, that doesn’t mean you should forget style completely. For effortless cool that doesn’t look sloppy, try the comfy must-have PINK Campus Short. With neon accents, mesh animal prints, and bright colors, you’ll be able to get the perfect sporty, yet effortlessly chic campus look that’s on-trend and perfect for biking around campus or heading to the beach after class. Get the look with style tips and pics and shop your fave pieces from the latest PINK Campus Short collection.
Available at Victoria’s Secret PINK, $32.50-$34.50.
2. A Super Stylish Backpack
Amongst a sea of North Face and Jansport backpacks, having a stylish, not so typical bag will make the biggest fashion statement on your first day. Backpacks will be the most noticeable accessory seen around campus, so make sure that yours is eye-catching and shows off your personal style! Our favorite? This blinged-out drawstring leopard print backpack from PINK. If you’re looking for something a little less flashy, try the same style in super bright hot pink. With a bag this cute, you won’t mind carrying around all those heavy books.
Available at Victoria’s Secret PINK, $39.50-69.50.
3. Perfect Pair of Flats
Running across campus from Point A to Point B can be tough on your feet. Leave the five-inch heels in your closet for late night events, and get a new pair of stylish flats instead! These Dolce Vita MINI oxfords with brightly colored soles will have you lookin’ sharp, plus there’s a pair in leopard print. If you’re more of a sneaker person, the Jeffrey Campbell HOMG high top platform sneakers are comfy on your feet and add on a couple inches to your height, too.
Available at Endless and Solestruck, $74.95-$79.
The next way to make a statement is your sunglasses. These ASOS “steampunk inspired” sunglasses with a metal bridge are for the retro type. There’s also these classic Topshop metal aviator sunglasses that are timeless and will look great all year long. For something in between, these half framed Jack Wills Holcombe sunglasses are a mix of wayfarer and come in pretty floral print, tortoise shell, and all white.
Available at Asos, Topshop, and Jack Wills, $19.88-$73.88.
5. A Slouchy Racerback Tank
For those of you in colder climates, layering is key. The PINK’s 2/$28 Slouchy Racerback Tank is all about bold color and comes in a ton of hot-for-fall hues including neon green, bright blue, grey and black. The tank top has a slouchy, open shape that’s super comfy and ideal for layering over bandeaus. You can also mix and match it with other 2/$28 PINK Favorites, including crop tees, tanks and leggings. This top really does go with everything.
Available at Victoria’s Secret PINK, $17.50, 2 for $28.
6. Cute School Supplies
Last but definitely not least is cute school supplies. If you’re as into office supplies as you are into clothes, you’re probably looking for more than just your ordinary notebooks and pencils. We recommend checking out MUJI for their minimalist style stationary where the motto is definitely “less is more.” You’ll find everything from simple notebooks to cute cat shaped stickies. A perfect laptop sleeve to go with the rest of your school supplies is the Hardgraft wool felt and tan leather Macbook sleeve. Obviously of high quality, this sleeve’s refined style will set you apart from the rest.
Available at MUJI and Hardgraft, $.99-$86.
By Amethyst Wang
Images provided by Victoria’s Secret
Other images from Endless, Solestruck, ASOS, TopShop, Jack Wills