We’re sorry to break it to you, but summer is winding down and the new school year is just around the corner.
To help you put your best foot forward, here are some of 2019’s hottest back-to-school trends that will help you walk into that first class feeling confident, stylish, and completely prepared.
You don’t have to toss out your trusty flip-flops, but you’ll likely be wearing them a lot less in favor of sportier, more practical models. This year, Teva-styled athletic hybrid sandals are all the rage.
They offer fun, sporty styles you can do just about anything in. Choose from an astounding range of colors, patterns and styles— or, go with black for a classic strap-on option that’s low-key and comfortable.
Your backpack is the one accessory you’ll be toting around every day for the rest of the year, so pick one that perfectly fits your personality. While neutral tones were big last year, 2019 is seeing a massive trend towards bolder, louder styles. Tie-dye, animal print, bright florals, and electric geometric patterns are all a great way to make a statement and jazz up your everyday appearance.
Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Let’s face it: though you tell yourself that you won’t procrastinate this year, 2019 will undoubtedly include plenty of late nights in front of the computer screen. These countless hours of blue light exposure can cause headaches, insomnia, eye strain, and even permanently damage the light-sensitive cells of your retina.
That’s why blue light blocking glasses have quickly become the hottest back-to-school accessory of 2019. Pairs like these, which feature FDA approved blue light filters on both sides of the lenses, are shown to support healthy sleep patterns and protect your eyes from fatigue while you’re slaving away at that 2,000 word essay (or just catching up on your Netflix shows).
Chuck Taylor All Stars
Nothing is quite as timeless (or versatile) as a pair of classic Chuck Taylors. These iconic kicks are a staple of any back-to-school wardrobe in both their high-top and low-top variations. Best of all, they can be worn with just about anything from sundresses to chino pants and everything in between. For an extra edge, pick the style’s “Lift” version, which feature extra-thick soles for an updated, fresh touch.
Designer Smart Watches
Smart watches have come a long way since they first entered the scene as clunky tech gadgets. Now, they’ve been refined into practical, multi-functional fashion items that prove both stylish and useful.
This new wave of designer smart watches are all the rage on campuses across the nation. With brands like Fossil, Timex, Michael Kors and even Armani releasing their own hybrid variations in a wide range of styles and colors, there’s one to suit every personality. Plus, they let you discreetly check your notifications in class without pulling out your phone.
Chunky Throwback Sneakers
These 90s-style “dad shoes” have made a massive comeback on runways and campuses across the nation. This year, they’re a go-to fashion choice for anyone who loves retro style and absolute comfort. For an added twist, pick a pair with a glitzy metallic finish or an extra-bold color scheme.
Canvas and Leather Messenger Bags
If the classic backpack seems just a little elementary for your taste, 2019 back-to-school trends offer plenty of over-the-shoulder alternatives. This year, expect to see plenty of messenger bags, especially those made out of neutral-colored canvas and faux leather. For a relaxed-yet-professional look, pick a convertible model that can easily transition to a briefcase hold.
Bold Patterned Socks
For many years, fashion trends dictated that the “sockless” look was stylish. Now, with the increased popularity of cropped pants and an indulgence of 80s-inspired flair, the world of sock fashion has been re-invigorated, bringing an end to the era of no-show socks.
This year, give any outfit an extra “pop” by outfitting your ankles with boldly-colored socks. Bright patterns, witty sayings, and unmatching variations are equally in vogue. Sock trends have also seen a shift towards longer socks, with ankle-length taking over as the standard and some styles even extending past the knee.
It’s true what they say: history repeats itself, and that means that retro-style and vintage specs are all the rage this upcoming school year. This includes boldly patterned frames, oversized throwback shades, and classic round sunglasses like Nevada.
Pouches Replace Purses
This trendy accessory is the ultra-useful love child of pencil pouches and the wristlet purse. These pouches cut the baggage, making it easy for students to carry their ID, credit cards, pens, cosmetics, and even small toiletries in one easy, compact location. Best of all, they’re small enough to be tossed into a backpack, which lightens your load by eliminating the need to carry a purse.
Stylish eyeglasses are one of the greatest fashion statements— you shouldn’t have to miss out just because you have 20/20 vision. 2019 fashion trends are all about expressing your personal style in all ways possible, and glasses are no exception.
That’s why statement eyewear that features clear lenses is one of this school year’s top fashion accessories. Go for the clean, modern look offered up by the Ainsley or mix it up with the 20th century simplicity of the Micah’s rounded frames.
Return of the Tracksuit
They were all the rage in the 90s and now they’re back and better than ever. Top brands like Gucci, Balenciaga, and even Yeezy have put this trend on the map for the 2019 school year. Plus, they’re an equally comfortable alternative to showing up to class in your pajamas, which admittedly becomes tempting right around midterms.
When it comes to making those early morning classes, comfort is king. Thankfully, one of this year’s top fashion trends is oversized sweatshirts. This style is great for men and women alike, and can be seen on stars ranging from Ariana Grande to Kanye West. Finish it off with a classic pair of skate shoes or chunky sneakers for a fresh and effortless look.