17 Back-to-School Purchases NYC Girls Have in Their Shopping Carts – M & S
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17 Back-to-School Purchases NYC Girls Have in Their Shopping Carts


You know how people grunt and grumble as soon as they see the first signs of back-to-school ads? I’m not one of those people. Sure, it might be because I don’t actually go to school anymore, but I think it has more to do with being raised in a house where both my parents were teachers. September always felt like January (which might explain why I’m not big on NYE parties), and back-to-school shopping is forever a favorite. Today it’s arguably even more exciting than it was when my priority was finding the perfect Trapper Keeper.

As proof, I asked a few fellow New Yorkers to share what’s in their own back-to-school carts. As professionals who don’t exactly get an official summer break, theirs are filled with pieces that get us all back to reality, back on our A-game, and inspired to shift seasons. Plus, the 17 hand-selected pieces ahead hit on tons of F/W 18 trends that we’re expecting will be all over the streets of New York in no time.

"I'm having a bit of a burry-me-in-animal-prints moment. This is the perfect post-summer dress because it ain't over until we melt through a few 90-degree September days."
"I'm not usually a brown-shoe kind of gal, but this croc-effect pattern is really a game changer for me. This fall, I will wear the heck out of these smart, sleek, and comfortable heels."
"At the first sign of chilly fall weather, I'm slipping into this slightly oversize but still polished cardigan. It's perfect with easy dresses, high-waist trousers for work, and packing for every autumn weekend getaway."
"Some things never change, such as my need to get a new hair accessory for every upcoming school year. This one feels grown up, but it has a hint of sparkle, too."
"My go-to summer sandals have definitely reached their limit. As we approach fall, I'm quickly realizing I need a new go-to. These Tibi low-heel pumps will do just the trick." 
"Fall is my favorite season, and I'm super excited to start wearing blazers again.I was so stoked when they came back on trend last fall even though they're a good classic staple to always have in your closet regardless.Blazers are so versatile, but I love pairing them with a tee, jeans, and some booties.With glen plaid and houndstooth making a huge comeback this season, I definitely need to buy this blazer from Zara ASAP."
"As much as I love florals, leopard print definitely gets me really excited for fall!Animal print is basically the new neutral and can be styled numerous ways. This Who What Wear collection skirt will definitely be on repeat this season.The asymmetrical hem definitely makes this piece.I love how versatile it is, and I can’t wait to wear it with booties and sneakers, jean jackets and knits." Available in sizes XS to 4X.
"Booties and over-the-knee boots have been my go-tos for the past few autumns and winters. but I've been really digging the knee-high boot trend.They pair so well with dresses and skinny jeans and definitely dress up an outfit.I am really loving this nude leather pair from Zara.I think they are so sexy, and the perfect summer-to-fall transitional color."

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