The bell is ringing for the start of a new school term.
But even if your school days are a very distant memory, you can still be top of the class with this season’s preppy look. Old-school rucksacks and satchels are having a fashion moment.
It may seem playful, but school-style bags are incredibly practical and cut a dash. Plus it will show you mean business for work or play if you follow the trend to dress up your technology gadgets with stylish covers that will stand out from the crowd.
Functional but fashionable is the lesson to be learned from preppy chic. Accessorize’s autumnal collection of satchels and totes, priced from £22, should ensure you’re head and shoulders above the rest.
Who says satchels have to be bland? Inject some cheer into your everyday uniform with Fiorelli’s bright and beautiful Lorenzo colour block satchel, £59 at House of Fraser.
Go wild in fashion’s print playground with statement leopard. Show your laptop some love with Kurt Geiger’s Leo laptop sleeve, £45 (www.kurtgeiger.com).
Leather plus tan plus structured bag equals good fashion mathematics. Ted Baker’s Moro large leather frame bag will survive season after season, but it’s a whopping £269. Start saving your pocket money.
Bookworms rejoice. Browse all the stylish titles that made the cut on the cover of Lulu Guinness’s black library large Ethel tote, £245 (0843 208 0177/www.luluguinness.com).
Save pocket money with a multifunctional product. Mary Portas’s Pouchette bag gets a gold star for doubling up as an iPad case for work and pretty clutch for play. It costs £59 at House of Fraser.
The Cambridge Satchel Company has given the classic satchel a detention and reworked the style with neons, pastels and brights, like eye-popping purple, £74. You can even personalise your bag with your initials, for £5 per letter (www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk).
If your Kindle has become your best pal, make it stand out amidst your handbag jumble. Topshop’s £15 bright geo print e-reader case should make reading resumption easier.
Do your homework and track down a bag that has pockets aplenty. Aubrey’s Belmont tote handbag has two internal pockets and five internal compartments for all your essentials. It’s £195 at John Lewis.