Grown Up Back-To-School Shopping – 8 Things You Need

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Back-To-School Shopping is My Favorite

Each year growing up someone would organize a big Mother-Daughter “back to school shopping day” in August. All of the girls in our neighborhood and their moms would meet at someones house, have breakfast, then caravan over to the mall for a FULL day of shopping. We’re talking 20+ giggling girls taking over dressing rooms as we tried on new jeans and twirled around in mini skirts!

The one thing that we FOR SURE never did each year was leave without at least one matching outfit. That’s right, all of us girls got at least one item that matched along with the normal new clothes.  As we got older it turned into matching accessories, but when we were in grade school it was everything from brightly colored rompers to matching t-shirts and scrunchies.

We would round out this full day of shopping at the Olive Garden, where we would plan out which outfits we would wear on which days in the upcoming weeks.  Just when we thought this day couldn’t get any better, all the dads would be waiting back at home for one big fashion show. We’d run inside, dump the contents of our bags, and walk the runway to music to show the dads the damage we had done…

It was the highlight of my childhood. We did this from first grade to my senior year of high school and they are memories I will always cherish. It was the BEST day of the entire year. 

So it is no surprise that this time of year brings a wave of nostalgia for back-to-school shopping. I crave Olive Garden and a girl’s shopping day full of silliness. So today I’m sharing my grown-up, back-to-school shopping list. Just a few elevated supplies that you’ll love all year long!


Grown-Up Back To School Supplies


Leather Backpack 

I thought it was only appropriate to start off with a backpack! I actually have this backpack and I LOVE it. I never travel without it. It has a very ladylike look to it, perfect for your morning commute and everything after. 

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Hair Ribbon

Nothing says “schoolgirl” quite like a ribbon in your hair. I love this pretty hair tie that will sweeten any workday attire!

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Coffee Table Book

Just because you aren’t spending your life savings at the campus bookstore anymore (PRAISE!!!) doesn’t mean you don’t need to up your coffee table book collection every once in a while. Taschen books are my favorite, and this one is perfect! 

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Desk Organizer

I love boss lady accessories like this one. Chic up your desk and do what Miranda Priestly would do, get yourself a Desk Organizer. 

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Classic Slingbacks

New shoes are a must and THESE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL I COULD CRY. The slingback, the classic silhouette, they are THE perfect grown-up, back-to-school shoe. 

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Pretty Pens

I can never say no to a pretty pen. Especially ones that look like these! Just imagine how fabulous you’d feel scribbling out dates in your agenda with these. Need. 

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Leather Card Case

Can you even imagine pulling out your business card from this GORGEOUS case?! It’s stunning, professional, and well, let’s face it… perfect. 


Fancy Eye Glasses

I have these and every time I wear them I feel Like Elle Woods at Harvard. They are the perfect mix of nerd and fancy and everything you’ve ever wanted in a pair of specs!

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Do you have anything on your grown-up, back to school shopping list this season?!


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  1. August 10, 2018 / 8:34 am

    I couldn’t agree more with you, I still love buying stationery items even though I don’t go to school anymore! Loving these back-to-school list! ❤

    Jessica | |
    Instagram @ what_to_style

    • Ashley Brooke
      August 10, 2018 / 1:22 pm

      Isn’t it just the absolute best?!
      Happy Weekend, friend! xx – AB

  2. August 10, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I love your story about the shopping get-together! I’m an event planner and might do something inspired by this for one of the communities I work in 🙂

    briana |

    • Ashley Brooke
      August 10, 2018 / 5:49 pm

      Ah! Briana! You have too! It really is the most fun ever! xx – AB

  3. Danielle
    August 13, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Would a MacBook Air for inside the backpack?

    • Ashley Brooke
      August 13, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Yes, Danielle, I carry mine in it all the time! 🙂 xx- AB

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