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13 Essentials for Going Back to School in 2020

Ah, 2020—to say you’ve been interesting would be the understatement of the…year? Along with all of the other unanticipated changes that this year has brought so far, 2020 has definitely given ‘going back to school’ a new meaning.


Wherever or however learning is happening this year, we’ve rounded up 13 back to school essentials that channel both style and comfort for tackling the unknowns of a new academic calendar.


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By Nicole Bustamante

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High-Tops

Converse sneakers are the ultimate back to school basic. You can’t go wrong with a classic, crisp white pair of these Chuck Taylor High-Tops (just keep the Magic Eraser close by!).


$54.99 split into 4 payments of $13.75*

Stratus Backpack

Whether traveling across campus or from the bedroom to the living room, this Caraa Sport backpack will get books and laptops safely to their destination. The Stratus has 15 pockets, including a laptop compartment in the back, and is made from extremely light, waterproof Italian nylon.


$195.00 split into 4 payments of $48.75*


Beatrice Framed Magnetic Dry Erase Monthly Calendar

DesignOvation Beatrice Framed Dry Erase Calendar

Bring a bit of the classroom into your home with this magnetic monthly calendar. It’s impossible not to stay on top of every homework assignment, test, and due date with this larger-than-life organizational tool.


$59.00 split into 4 payments of $15.00*



Customizable Air Force 1s

These popular Nike sneakers are becoming the new back to school staple. Put a fun twist on these Air Force 1s by customizing a pair with colorful laces, tips, and even text of your choosing.


$110.00 split into 4 payments of $27.50*



Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to hear the teacher in an online course because of background noise. These wireless, noise-cancelling headphones by Beats ensure a focused learning space no matter what else is going on.


$229.99 split into 4 payments of $57.50*



World Block Hoodie

Comfort clothing is everything these days, and definitely a year-round necessity for in-person or remote schooling. This fun, comfy hoodie from Staple Pigeon can be worn both around the house and in the halls.


$44.80 split into 4 payments of $11.20*



HP 27-Inch LED Monitor

With the potential of a lot more screen time in this year’s curriculum, we predict that this HP LED Monitor will be a helpful addition to keep any student on track.


$199.99 split into 4 payments of $50.00*



Luxury Bamboo Bed Sheets

Class online could also translate to ‘class from bed,’ which means that  amazing sheets are a must! This set from Cosy House is made from a bamboo blend that stays cool, resists wrinkles and stains, and helps keep body temperature balanced throughout the night.


$57.95 split into 4 payments of $14.49*


Hattefjäll Desk Chair

Hattefjäll Desk Chair

Paired with a sturdy desk, this Ikea chair is a necessity for hyper-focused studying. It has built-in lumbar support, an adjustable seat and backrest, and a cushion made of high-quality density foam so you can count on comfort all day long.


$259.00 split into 4 payments of $64.75*



Huntington Middie Slip-On Sneaker

Nothing screams ‘back to school’ like a new pair of kicks! These Seavees are consciously made and go perfectly with fall sweaters, scarves, and cords.


$115.00 split into 4 payments of $28.75*


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Marmalade LED Desk Lamp

Style, meet substance. This sleek LED desk lamp not only looks great in any study space, it’s also super-functional: it does double duty with a built-in USB port for charging devices.


$39.99 split into 4 payments of $10.00*



V-Neck Cardigan Sweater

This Dennis Uniform cardigan is just one of the many apparel options they offer in a range of sizes and styles. A bonus: if you are adhering to specific uniform guidelines, you can search by school to easily locate the items you need.


$36.50 split into 4 payments of $9.12*


Adidas CloudFoam Sneaker

Adidas CloudFoam Sneaker

These Adidas sneakers are spot-on for looking cool at school while also providing all-day comfort and support.


$69.99 split into 4 payments of $17.50*


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About the author
Nicole Bustamante

Nicole Bustamante is a writer and journalist passionate about storytelling and the art of fashion. She has written for The Zoe Report, Angeleno Magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors California, and more in addition to writing for her personal blog.