clockwise from top left: Ralph Lauren Personalized Backpack, Hadleigh’s Slippers, Bow Tie, Tory Burch Trench, Anthropologie Pencils

August somehow managed to creep up on us, but that’s no excuse for being unprepared for the brand new school year. Whether you’re shopping for your youngest child’s first day back to elementary school or your oldest child’s trek to the freshmen dorm, it’s important to grab a few essentials before homework and extra-curricular activities are in full swing. Plus, there’s nothing like back to school shopping that gets us looking forward to cooler temperatures and the start of a new season.

Here are just a few items on our back to school wish list:

This tie would be the perfect accessory to don at the Boulevard for one of SMU’s home games.  This trench is an easy way to look pulled together when it’s time to get in the carpool line. Whether over jeans or sweatpants, it’s effortless chic. These slippers, back pack, and bright hued pencils will make any youngster eager to get back in the classroom.