12 Back-to-School Pieces From Nordstrom That We're Totally Into as Adults
We may have long graduated from school, but that doesn't mean we're not excited to do a little proverbial back-to-campus shopping. After all, this time of year will always be synonymous with new beginnings, no matter how old you are. So what does prepping for Fall look like now that we're all grown up? From functional backpacks to pops of plaid, there are plenty of classic collegiate items to go around. This year, we're also looking forward to shopping modern outerwear and updated shoes. Keep reading for the editor-recommended pieces that will set you up for success — whether or not you're heading back to school.
An Updated Button-Down
Crisp white button-downs may bring to mind stuffy school uniforms, but this shirt ($345) is a far cry from the kind you wore as a kid. It's easy enough to just throw on and go with a pair of jeans or trousers, but offers a unique and modern twist with the cool asymmetrical placket.
An Everyday Jacket
A lightweight denim duster ($178) serves as the ideal transitional outerwear piece. A step up from your usual denim jacket, you can still wear this duster daily thanks to the versatile fabric and wash, but the longer length allows for more interesting layering.
A Grown-Up Backpack
A backpack's smart functionality is something we'll never grow out of. But instead of cartoon characters adorning the front, look for something that's just as refined as you are. This leather backpack ($795) can convert into a cross-body or top-handle satchel and fits all your essentials, including a laptop. A pretty pastel hue adds just the right amount of playfulness.
Modern Plaid Bottoms
Plaid prints are the epitome of a classic collegiate look. But this time around, ditch the pleated skirt and go for a pair of stylish wide-leg pants ($380) instead. Here, the tailored, cropped silhouette gives it a contemporary spin that you'll feel confident in.
A Statement Coat
A warm coat is a must for when the temperature cools, and this faux shearling coat ($200) is as cozy as it comes. It features a fuzzy fleece texture, a blush hue, and a slightly oversize fit for a fun and youthful, yet still polished effect.
Jeans and overalls were mainstays in our childhood wardrobe for their durable functionality, and this season, we're excited to bring them back — in a totally sophisticated and surprisingly feminine way. This jumpsuit ($350) combines both in one incredibly chic get-up, and even includes a sweetheart neckline for a sweet twist. Wear it on its own now, and layered over a turtleneck later.
A Nostalgic Accessory
The ultimate hair accessory from your childhood is back. This Fall, finish your updo with a scrunchie ($38) — but not just any old scrunchie. This one is made from luxe silk charmeuse in a rich golden mustard hue for an elevated take on the retro trend.
A Functional Tote Bag
If you've graduated from a backpack, but still need something roomy to carry to and from the office, a sleek leather tote bag ($455) is the way to go. The structured shape and neutral shade are sophisticated, plus the keyhole hardware allows you to adjust the length.
Remember the days when friendships were formed over who had the sickest sneakers? Things may be a little different nowadays, but your shoe game can still be strong with these dad sneakers ($130). With the chunky platform and pretty color palette, these are comfortable and right on trend.
A Transitional Dress
No doubt your schedule is even busier now than when you were a student, so it's smart to stock up on effortless one-and-done pieces like a shirtdress ($95) you can throw on and go — no thinking required. This one takes Summer's polka dot trend straight into Fall with long sleeves and a maxi length. It even has slits that are perfect for showing off tall boots once it gets colder.