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With the new school year right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to stock up on a few new fashion essentials. With year-round wear in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 on-trend style staples — from sweet sweaters to cool tech covers — to consider adding to your closet, and book bag, this fall. Safe to say, these finds are guaranteed to having you hitting the hallways in style.
In the bag
School shopping isn’t complete without considering a new backpack. Ensure your classroom carryall is eye-catching with this Fjallraven Kanken Art Plus. The special-edition style sees a bold pattern and colour creation by Swedish artist Mander added to the fan-favourite Kanken backpack. The durable canvas design also features a custom pen case inside, plus a side pocket for storage, along with a “custom sketchbook” in the front pocket for a fun, three-in-one buy.
$135 | Fjallraven.com
Make every day a good hair day with this Supercrush Dark Tortoise XL Crush Clip. The Vancouver company offers claw-clip styles in different sizes to suit every hair length and texture. Crafted from an “eco-friendly cellulose,” it’s the perfect hair accessory to ensure your classroom coifs are effortlessly elegant — or elegantly undone.
$30 | Supercrush.com
Strut your stuff this school year with these Vans Authentic Stackform OSF sneakers. The footwear company’s classic low-top silhouette sneaker gets a boost thanks to a platform sole and oversized floral embellishments.
$85 | Vans, vans.ca
Sure, the weather’s warm now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth prepping for the winter ahead. Ensure you’re prepared for the changing temps with this Women’s Circaloft Jacket from The North Face. Available in sizes XS to 3XL, the lightweight design features a synthetic insulation for added warmth without the bulk of a bigger parka style. Plus, the topper is “highly packable,” meaning it’s easy to squish down into a much smaller size — it fits into its own pocket or an external “stuffsack” — in order to ensure it finds a home in your backpack when not in use.
$269.99 | Thenorthface.com
Whether you’re headed to high school or university, a button-down style like this Sunday Best Future Oxford Shirt will work overtime in your wardrobe. This relaxed-fit collared shirt adds polish to your favourite jeans or skirts, plus, it’s the perfect top to don for any interviews or after-school work experience. Give this cotton oxford a ’90s flair by wearing it under a sleek sweater vest (more on that below).
$88 | Aritzia, aritzia.com
Did someone say sweater vest? A sleeveless knitted style like this Sweater Tank Top from Canadian retailer Dynamite is a welcome wardrobe addition throughout all the seasons. Wear it early in the school year on its own as a soft tank style, then, pair it with a long-sleeved piece such as lightweight turtlenecks and the aforementioned button-down blouses worn underneath to make it work through winter.
$39.95 | Dynamite, dynamite.ca
If you invest in one jewelry piece this fall, make it be a cool, beaded necklace like this Amavi Pearl style from the Vancouver jewelry brand Melanie Auld. Featuring uniquely shaped Baroque pearls and a 14 karat-gold vermeil clasp, the “coastal aesthetic”-inspired design will add a pretty pop to all your outfits.
$155 | Melanie Auld, melanieauld.com
Sleep in late? No worries. Skip the stress of choosing what to wear, and instead slip into these chic-and-cosy sweatpants from Roots. Available in a rainbow of shades, the Organic Original Sweatpant features a straight fit, elastic cuffs and pockets for storing that on-the-go breakfast bar. Plus, the style is crafted from an ultra-soft organic cotton-recycled blend material for a sustainable spin.
$84 | Roots, roots.com
Ensure your tech gadgets are stylishly secure with this Burrard Tech Cover from the Vancouver-founded brand Herschel Supply Co. Made from a 100 per cent recycled EcoSystem material that features post-consumer plastic, the zippered pouch can securely organize your cables, chargers, small tech devices — and any other assorted odds and ends.
$60 | Herschel Supply Co., herschel.ca
Denim is a back-to-school must for many. Looking for something a little more trendy than your average pair of blue jeans? Look no further than this Levi’s Premium Iconic Long Skirt. With midi and maxi-length denim skirts showing up on the MVP (that’s most valuable product, of course) lists this summer and fall, this classic denim design will earn extra style points in the classroom, and beyond.
$118 | Levi’s, levi.com