Go Back to School in Style

Do you hear that sound? School bells are ringing – loud and clear!

This time of year can be even more terrifying to the parent who’s trying to acquire all the necessary accoutrements to get your child’s school year off to a fantastic and successful start. So let’s begin with the basics! They’re going to need all the help they can get to shuffle all of their school stuff back and forth every day. Might as well make the process fun and fashionable!

Backpacks are a staple of back to school supplies, and I’ve picked out a few that my kids like. Hopefully they’ll have the same appeal to your brood.

Tried and true or bold and new there’s a backpack that will fit each child’s age and personality. It might take a few trips to the local mall, or some online surfing, but you’ll get there eventually. My pair always go off to school on the first day feeling packed up and well prepared for the days ahead.

When in doubt consult an expert or two – I just happen to have a pair under my own roof who will happily give you their opinions whether solicited or unsolicited! No matter what age, kids really like to have a say in choices that are made for them, so here are a few great suggestions.

Airelle backpack

“A is for Apple!”… as in Arielle’s eye-catching backpack from Justice…I know I love personalized anything (and little girls are no different)! This backpack has just enough zing and bling to keep her excited about going off to school! The denim/Aztec combo is definitely something that will make her the “it” girl in the schoolyard when the first bell rings.

Fringe backpack

We’ve seen that fringe is really popular this year across all fashions, and this deep teal fringed backpack (also available at Justice) is a real hit! We loved it at first sight!

Bling is in! Check out this number from Aeropostale that combines fringe and a metallic look…how can you go wrong?

Flower PowerLL Bean backpack

You want to make even a bigger splash, LL Bean is featuring this bright flower power backpack that combines all the traditional features you’d expect from LL Bean with a pop of color and design…such fun!


For my Pre-K student, Julian, we found this interesting solid grey backpack at Pottery Barn Kids that can be personalized with names, initials, and even interests, such as sports. What better way to give your child a chance to make his own statement as school begins? Lunch boxes that match are also available.

Northface backpack

North Face offers a toned down version of their adult recon squash backpack in ice green that is comfortable to wear and has all the bells and whistles of the adult version. This bag is easy to find in a crowd, too!


Sending your child off to school can be a breeze this year! You’ll enjoy seeing them off on that first day ready for a happy, successful school year. Just look at the smiles on the faces of Arielle and Julian…contagious! Get in on the excitement of a new school year all set to begin. Just add hugs and kisses!

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