Summer has reached its mid-point, which means students and parents alike are realizing just how quickly the first day of school will be upon us. Indeed, no matter how young or old the students in your life might be, chances are thoughts of everything from cute uniform ideas to student supply lists and campus wardrobes have already crossed your mind.
Here’s the good news: For every age, South Coast Plaza offers the essentials you need to tackle the upcoming school year with ease and style. From preppy sweaters topping the season’s must-have lists to the latest backpacks to ensure cool cred among your kiddo’s friends, as well as college dorm gifts for recent high-school graduates headed off on new adventures, our roster of exceptional boutiques are ready to fulfill every need on your back-to-school shopping list.
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This Kid Sawyer Reflective Crewneck Sweater in merino wool by Canada Goose isn’t only ultra-classic, in keeping with fall’s highly popular preppy theme, it also includes a feature any parent is sure to love: the tan yarns are blended with a gold reflective yarn that’s subtly woven into the fabric, yet it catches the light easily when kids are walking home at dusk. A double-reflective stripe, a Canada Goose signature, is also featured on the back of this sweater, which also includes rib-knit collar, cuffs and hem to retain its shape; at Canada Goose.
For ultimate preppy style, Dolce&Gabbana has designed a sleeveless midi dress in classic red and black wool tartan as part of the Italian label’s Back to School capsule collection. With a round neck, pleated hem and concealed zipper at the back, this playful jumper amps up the style with DG-logo patch and buttons adorning the front; at Dolce & Gabbana.
This Kids Wardell Polo by Psycho Bunny isn’t only from one of fashion’s hottest brands, its classic styling also ensures it’s uniform-friendly. Crafted of 100-percent Pima cotton, luxe trimmings include tipped sleeves and collar, mother-of-pearl buttons and an embroidered logo that offers a pop of color; at Psycho Bunny.
Lightweight and unisex, this Mountain Daypack by The North Face is water-repellent and crafted from recycled fabric. Ideal for all ages, features include multiple internal and external zipped and cinched pockets, a padded 13-inch laptop sleeve, and key hook and pen holders; at The North Face.
Few brands are hotter than Moncler these days, which allows this padded zip-up cardigan, with a logo accent on the chest, to make an instant statement of standout style. Down-filled with a rib-knit turtleneck and sleeves, this piece is perfect for layering, worn as outerwear during the fall and under coats or jackets in the winter months; at Moncler.
These 1979 Sleenker Z9c17 Skinny Jeans by Diesel are perfect when he needs denim that works for every day but also can be dressed up with a button-down shirt. In a dark-blue rinse, the style features a low waist, a narrow leg and a bit of stretch, as well as an antimicrobial treatment that enables this innovative denim to be washed less often, extending its wear.
This sleek and fashionable nylon backpack by Fendi is perfect for the college student seeking subtle logo styling that’s undeniably upscale. Features include zip fastening with palladium-finish metalware, a breathable technical mesh back and adjustable shoulder straps, while its durable nylon fabric and polished look also make a great statement when students attend job or internship interviews; at Fendi.
The graphic, retro-inspired print of this Jacquard Knit Cardigan by Maje looks as though the fashionable student in your life borrowed it from your closet before styling it in her own unique way. Perfect with jeans for class or dressed up with a slim skirt for a job interview, this chic piece includes metal buttons and elbow patches for a polished look.
The Coach x Tom Wesselmann collection celebrates the vibrancy of the artist’s work via pieces like this ultra-cute denim skirt, perfect for any student who’s a fashion fan. Crafted of 100-percent cotton, the skirt features a button front, leather detailing and slip pockets; at Coach.
Why buy just any backpack when Chanel offers a perfect carryall tote that makes a major style statement? The Chanel 22 bag arrived in boutiques this spring and has quickly vaulted to the top of accessory lovers’ wish lists — crafted in quilted leather with a metal chain strap, the large-size Chanel 22 is sturdy enough to carry everything from books to a laptop; at Chanel.
Pajama styling continues to rank high among dressing trends, especially among fashionable young women who instantly grasp the ease and polish of these pieces. Sandro has leaned into that idea this season with this Flowing Shirt with Peace & Love print, crafted in 100-percent silk. Its versatility and comfort make it perfect for lounging, attending class or stopping in at a party; at Sandro.
For ultimate cozy comfort in the dorms, Pottery Barn offers the Marshmallow Quilt & Sham, crafted using recycled materials. Supremely soft with a fun, touchable texture, both the quilt and sham are made with a polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles, while both pieces also can be machine-washed with ease; at Pottery Barn.
Mid-century modern design is dominating décor trends, an idea that extends to dorm life as well. This Exposior Polished Brass and Walnut Table Lamp from CB2 takes its cue from a 1952 piece, which your stylish student is sure to appreciate for his or her desk. On a walnut base, the adjustable brass shades are crafted of polished, unlacquered brass designed to develop a patina over time; at CB2.
The most enviable small appliances in the dorms are all about retro styling, and nobody does that better than Smeg; available at Williams Sonoma, the Italy-based company that’s been crafting fashionable pieces since the 1940s. This 2-Slice Toaster maximizes its mid-century look with its rounded design and chrome accents, while features include extra-wide slots, six browning levels and reheat and defrost functions; at Williams Sonoma.