Like the smell of a freshly sharpened Ticonderoga #2, nothing signals a flood of nostalgia quite like back-to-school shopping. This season, a few of our favorite ’80s and ’90s staples have snuck back into our wardrobes, from elevated, modern takes on the classics (see: structured leather fanny packs) to full-fledged resurrections of scrunchied glory. Stock up on these essentials in time for school picture day.
The once-mocked scrunchie is making a comeback. Skip the drugstore version in favor of lush prints and velvet. Chloe + Isabel fuzzy scrunchie, $30, chloeandisabel.com
Carry your lunch to work in style. Neoprene totes keep your snack stash insulated. Uptown lunch tote, $30, builtny.com
Few pieces from a high-school wardrobe can be described as “timeless,” but the classic varsity jacket has enduring appeal. Disney/Coach Varsity Jacket, Coach, $895, coach.com
Modern journals are chicer than your old Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers but still pack personality. Rifle Paper Co. planner, $42, the Merchant, shopthemerchant.com
Fun canvas cases are perfect for corralling all those loose pens at the bottom of your tote. Fishs Eddy Hot Dog Pouch, $19, the Merchant
This article appears in our August 2018 issue.