The first day of school technically isn’t a holiday and yes, our school days are a thing of the distant past, but something (well, everything) about back-to-school time still excites us. Composition notebooks that—for a short time—weren’t dog-eared or covered with drawings, starchy Jansports (pre marker-tagging), new denim jackets, and thick-knit sweaters symbolized new beginnings.
Today, shopping for a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils, a crimson leather backpack, a silver ID bracelet, fringed leather loafers, or a fuzzy Balenciaga cardigan will do the trick. Our favorite versions of school staples for adults are below. Back-to-class shopping will never go out of style.