5 Back-to-School Picks That Will Put You at Best in Class

Surprise: they work for grownups, too.

Surprise: they work for grownups, too.

If there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s that there’s nothing uniform about this season’s back-to-school-inspired lineup.


The final days of summer have arrived, but keep natural sun-kissed strands highlighted with these sassy gold barrettes. Set of three, $13, marshalls.ca


Gap’s collab with iconic Oregon fabric mill Pendleton (hitting select stores September 12) reimagines plaids from the storied brand’s archives with hats, shirts, dresses and kids’ clothes. Gap x Pendleton baseball cap, $35, Boys Gap x Pendleton Cuffed Denim, $50, gapcanada.ca


Practical and utilitarian are anything but basic with Want Les Essentiels’ classic redesign of the Piper backpack, which gets full marks in sage bouclé and leather. $795, wantlesessentiels.com


Discreetly draw the perfect smile with The Face Shop’s Secret lip tint, a fluorescent pen made with natural hyaluronic acid for a moisturizing, lightweight, non-sticky application. $9, thefaceshop.ca


Fall’s Coach 1941 oversized red varsity jacket reimagines classic Americana in patches with inscriptions, emblems and stars. $1,375, coach.com