34 Stylish Back-to-School Supplies That Deserve an A+
Before we know it, the 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 boards for backpacks. 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 at home or in the office.
Le Pen Rainbow Set
Keep your notes and agenda organized with this set of rainbow pens. With 10 colors to choose from, everything in your life gets color-coordinated. Plus, it's got over 1,000 five-star reviews, so you know they're on to something.
BUY IT: $18; bando.com
Jumbo 17-Month Agenda
Is your backpack really ready for the start of a new school year without a little Lilly Pulitzer? This agenda will hold all the notes and reminders as you launch into a busy year ahead.
BUY IT: $35; lillypulitzer.com
Protect your computer with a fun and flirty laptop sleeve. The signature patterns are just encouragement to tote it with you everywhere you go.
BUY IT: $39; lillypulitzer.com
Monogrammed Letterpress Stationery
For the thank-yous and other notes you're bound to write, with that fountain pen, of course.
BUY IT: $8.95; papersource.com
For those who are fed up with wasted planner space, we present a do-it-yourself option. Weekly pages, to-do lists, and calendars still fill the pages, but it's up to you to fill in the dates. No more buying planners that will end up half-used because they didn't quite coincide with your year. Plus, the prompts will help you focus on "being" as opposed to "doing" in a busy world.
BUY IT: $30; kindredandco.net
#1 Optimist Bookmark
A fun way to bookmark the pages as you make your way through the English reading list. It's also a great way to be reminded to stay positive now that summer is behind us.
BUY IT: $7.95; bando.com
With this shiny pair, everyone's going to be asking to borrow your scissors during art class.
BUY IT: $15.95; papersource.com
This adorable pencil cup is a garden party on your desk. The interior is split into four compartments, keeping pencils, pens, and other writing utensils organized and handy.
BUY IT: $10; riflepaperco.com
Pot Succulent Magnets
Not many can resist a good succulent. These little magnets are all the cuteness but none of the maintenance.
BUY IT: $5.99; target.com
For the girl on the go. It's convenient for the budding journalist or scientist getting out into the field. For a young artist who's been hit with inspiration on a walk. The interior contains a refillable writing pad (with handy perforated sheets) and pocket for all those loose ideas.
BUY IT: $28; riflepaperco.com
Glass Dry Erase Calendar
Not a fan of the chalkboard? This glass dry erase calendar has a lovely, polished finished that will give your home office or study space a sophisticated touch.
BUY IT: $39.99; target.com
Beiluner Luxury Fountain Pen Set
Almost 2,000 reviews and a four-and-a-half star average for this old-fashioned writer's essential. This beautiful stainless steel fountain pen features 24-karat gold plating, a refillable ink cartridge, and medium nib that will make any written task a nostalgic experience.
BUY IT: $21.99; amazon.com
Everything's more fun with stickers. Fun sayings and illustrations for your planner, notebook, and anywhere else you want to stick them.
BUY IT: $12.95; bando.com
This whimsical pencil pouch will help you dream of summer when dreary winter days cut the light short.
BUY IT: $5.99; target.com
Think painter's tape, but a whole lot prettier. It's gentle, sticks on a multitude of surfaces, and will peel off easily.
BUY IT: $13; riflepaperco.com
Keep this full of your preferred hot drink for those late-night study sessions and early mornings before heading to class.
BUY IT: $10; anthropologie.com
Wood Frame Chalkboard Calendar
Get old-school organized with this chalkboard calendar. You won't have to worry about clunky, brittle sticks of chalk here. The set includes two chalk pencils that will keep it neat.
BUY IT: $15.99; target.com
Sometimes notes and papers need a little extra wrangling, and these binder clips do the job with a touch of whimsy.
BUY IT: $16; riflepaperco.com
Strawberry Field Large 17-Month Academic Planner
For the gal that keeps a busy schedule…or is simply filled with ideas, this strawberry-speckled extra-large planner will hold it all while reminding you of those long summer days. As always, plenty of stickers, quizzes, and other amusements remind you to take a break between the to-dos.
BUY IT: $32.95; bando.com
Magnetic Locker Mirror
The locker is a frequent stop, so why not add some affirmations that'll greet you when you open it?
BUY IT: $5.99; target.com
Five Year Keepsake Journal Set
This journal set is a thoughtful gift for the first-year high school or university student. Prompts help her remember big moments and the smallest, everyday details so that she can look back fondly on her memories.
BUY IT: $60; riflepaperco.com
Your most-used accessory needs to make a statement, and who better to help you than Lilly Pulitzer? Floral patterns abound and will ensure that you're never out of style.
BUY IT: $25; lillypulitzer.com
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
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
Apple Watch Band
Keep your watch stylish with this interchangeable band that comes in four different patterns. It's a little brightness that will tide you over until springtime.
BUY IT: $49; lillypulitzer.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
A well-read girl loves her magazines, and this holder will keep them tidy and organized in style.
BUY IT: $20; riflepaperco.com
Herschel Supply Co. Backpack
Something has to tote around all of these supplies, right? This backpack, made in youth 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
Pocket Notebook Set
These will fit right into your purse or the front pocket of your backpack, so there's easy access when inspiration strikes.
BUY IT: $10; riflepaperco.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: $11.89; amazon.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
Divider Sticky Notes
For a meticulous note-taker, these neon sticky notes are pure heaven.
BUY IT: $4.29; amazon.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: $13.99; amazon.com
Assorted Garden File Folders
These floral folders will happily hold last semester's notes and all the other important loose-leaf papers floating around your desk.
BUY IT: $14; riflepaperco.com