18 Stylish Back-to-School Supplies That Deserve an A+
Before we know it, each summer fades quickly into a new school year. A lazy lake or beach day becomes nothing but a sweet, sweet memory—and students everywhere have to trade in the boogie board for a backpack. There are endless things to stay on top of after summer, but luckily we’ve found the most stylish back-to-school supplies to make the transition a tad more enjoyable.
Since we’re pretty sure floppy disks haven’t been a thing since dinosaurs roamed free (at least, that’s what the kids think these days), we’ve rounded up a list of fun and cute school supplies to help every student hit the books in style. From in-class essentials with a fun twist—like floral binder clips and pastel pencils that tout tiny compliments on the side—to smart accessories that make keeping things organized a total breeze, these school supplies are guaranteed to have the whole class asking to borrow a pen. We think every teacher would agree: These picks deserve an A+.
P.S. Not in school? That's okay, we think most of these supplies work just as well in the office.
Compliment Pencil Set
We'll take our No. 2 pencil with a compliment on the side, please. Neon, pastel, holographic—there's a fun pencil lined with a secret compliment for every day of the week.
BUY IT: $10 for set of 10; bando.com
Mesh Pencil Pouch
We like our pencils, pens, and highlighters right where we can see them—in this case, right through a trendy mesh pouch. Eliminate time digging out your favorite writing utensil.
BUY IT: $18; anthropologie.com
"Be Nice, Have Fun, Work Hard" Academic Planner
This planner offers inspiration right on its colorful cover. Inside, it gets even better. Each month is assigned its own color that ties into little surprises: cool artwork, stickers, to-dos, and compliments!
BUY IT: $28; bando.com
Double-Edged Highlighter Set
Get double the color without weighing down your pencil pouch. These aren't just any highlighters; they're double-sided with two different colors, which means you can switch on a whim.
BUY IT: $10 for set of three; bando.com
Letter Bin Organizer
This letter bin makes a great home for any of your at-home school supplies, from your planner to your composition book.
BUY IT: $19; bando.com
The key to a clear mind: hydration. Make sure to stay hydrated with this leak-proof insulated bottle. It comes in dozens of colors and patterns for boys and girls alike.
BUY IT: $35; nordstrom.com
Herschel Supply Co. Backpack
Something has to tote around all of these supplies, right? This backpack—made in children and adult sizes—lets your style run wild. You'll find dozens of color combinations and prints to choose from.
BUY IT: $49.99 for youth size; herschel.com
How to Draw Almost Everything: An Illustrated Sourcebook
Say hello to the best educational stress reliever out there. This how-to illustration guide deserves a spot in the backpack at all times—for when you or your student has a free moment.
BUY IT: $9.50; amazon.com
Floral Binder Clips
Organize your stacks of paper and binders...but make it floral! These cute clips make us want to keep things nice and tidy.
BUY IT: $16.95 for set of 8; papersource.com
Framed Dry Erase Calendar
What better way to keep track of upcoming assignments, tests, or practice schedules? At the end of each month, erase and start again.
BUY IT: $24.95; papersource.com
Rainbow Gel Ink Pen Set
Because having all the colors is much more fun than just having plain black. Duh!
BUY IT: $9.99 for set of 20; amazon.com
Magnolia Sticky Note Set
Part of the stationery line from Draper James by Reese Witherspoon, this sticky note set is about as Southern as it gets.
BUY IT: $15.95; papersource.com
Blue Standard Issue Notebook No. 3
Because something has to go with those No. 2 pencils? Trade in your classic composition notebook for this vintage-inspired one.
BUY IT: $14.95; papersource.com
Customized Phone Case
Not necessarily an essential, but definitely a treat. Make sure no smartphone gets left behind by customizing it in a can't-lose bright color with initials or names.
BUY IT: $78; baublebar.com
Divider Sticky Notes
For a meticulous note-taker, these neon sticky notes are pure heaven.
BUY IT: $4; amazon.com
Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo Agenda
Need something even more involved than a standard planner? Enter: the jumbo agenda. It comes in more than one stylish print from Lilly Pulitzer.
BUY IT: $35; lillypulitzer.com
Scratch-Off Map of The United States
Consider this wall map a two-parter: First, you can scratch off where you've been and reveal your (past and future) path in vibrant colors. Second, you can make sure the skill of reading a real-life map doesn't get lost in the digital age.
BUY IT: $19; amazon.com
Penned Posies File Folder Set
This folder set is cute enough to inspire a very thorough organization of papers, don't you think?
BUY IT: $14; anthropologie.com