The Back-To-School Shopping List You Actually Want

Even more than just stressful (because, you're basically making decisions that you're going to have to live with for an entire year), back-to-school shopping can be boring as hell. Let's be frank: After spending a whole day just looking at plain-lined paper and graphing calculators, you're going to want some stuff for school that actually reflects your personality.

So we've put together a list of the other essentials you don't want to miss out on when you're heading back to school.


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Sweet Sneakers
Whether you're a less-is-more type, or someone who wants your sneakers to be the most eye-catching thing in every outfit, a pair of kicks is key to this September shopping trip. We're partial to Puma's Metallic Mesh sneakers that are a little flashy, but still neutral enough to "go" with everything.

Puma Match Metallic Mesh Women's Sneakers, $65 $32.50, available at Puma.
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A Graphic Sweatshirt
Why show team spirit if you can sport YOU spirit? We love these graphic sweatshirts. If you're going to keep one in your locker for chilly days, make sure it's something you won't get sick of for a long time.

Offline Sweatshirt, $50, available at Top Shop
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Useful Locker Gear
Whatever your locker-style might be, you need to make sure you have the right accessories. Magnetic mirror? Check. Pencil holder? Check. And don't forget that good-smelling stuff to mask your gym clothes and shoes.

Gear-Up Pool/Purple Cheebrah Locker Mirror Pocket, $19.50 $12.50, available at PBTeen.com

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A Bomber Jacket
A new school year is a perfect time to reinvent your style, and a bomber jacket is the perfect on-trend piece to carry you through midterms. There are so many colors and designs, that with just a little searching, you'll be able to find the one that distinctly fits your personality.

Pilot Jacket $34.99, available at H&M
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New Favorite Jeans
You can't possibly be prepared for next year without a killer pair of jeans. Of course, you're still going to be wearing your favorites from last year all the time, but no first day of school is complete without a new pair in a trend-forward cut and wash.

Nanda Straight Leg Two-Tone Jeans, $47, available at StyleNanda.com
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A Wild Backpack
Jansport backpacks are back and they come in every non-basic pattern imaginable. Are you dreaming of the stars? Take the galaxy with you to school.

Trans By JanSport Purple Cosmos, $34.99, available at Target
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Emoji Everything
Why just Snapchat your feelings when you can wear them?

BFF Emoji Pin, $8, available at Valley Cruise Press
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A Hybrid Pencil Case/Makeup Bag
You can't forget a cute pencil case to put all of your sweet new school supplies in. Our go-to pick would be shaped like a unicorn, but to each her own!

Shape It Pencil Case, $14.99, available at Cottonon.com
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