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Top Back to School Trends & Tips #SchoolHappens

It’s that time again! Time to head to the stores with your kids and shop for the hottest trends and products for the new school year! I can recall as a kid trying to pick out the top styles of the new year and still be “mom approved” selections within a budget. This year, it’s easy to combine the two at Staples!

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Top Back to School Trends

Back to School Trends and Styles

This year is all about funky prints, bold patterns, lots and lots of color, and a splash of metallic! Throw in a few really cool accessories and you’ll be ready for the new school year in no time. The new trend style collections of the season to shop for include: Bohemian Vibe Travel, Tropical Wave, Precious Metals & Metallic, and Fun with Phrases & Animals, or stick with a classic style. These tips will get you started picking out the trends that will help you stand out this year!


Bohemain B2S Style Trends

Bohemian Vibe Travel: Inspired by an easy going, laid back attitude, this collection introduces pastels and bold colors and subtle patterns that will catch your eye. Despite the not overly stand-out patterns, these pretty pieces will still make a big statement. They’ll be remembered even in a sea of colors for their stand out personality!


Tropical Wave: Bring a little piece of your summer vacations into the classroom to keep you feeling upbeat and cheery! This collection features flamingos, pelicans, pineapples and more! This style is all about the cheery colors and whimsical prints and patterns. Even on your toughest school days, it will be hard to stay down with these bright prints. Or even this catchy composition notebook that cheer you up with a big “My Happy Place” phrase on the front.


Metals & Metallic: Following the runway trends, these hot metallic styles will add shimmer to your look. Start with mechanical pencils that will brighten your day or a glittery calculator with a maze game on the back to uplift a dull math class. A little pop of shimmer on the binding of these cute composition notebooks and the fun reflective patterns on Staples Better Binder will catch the eye of your classmates.

fun with animals trends

Fun with Phrases & Animals: Your style doesn’t always have to be serious! This collection is all about fun, whimsy, catchy, and cute. You’ll find lots of neon and bright colors woven throughout and catchy sayings and cartoons to make you laugh! Everyone will love a collection of colorful Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens to bright up note taking.


How to Add Style to the Basics

Back to School Style

Backpack is your Statement Piece – You’ll be wearing your backpack everyday. Use this important piece to really reflect your personality and interests. That could mean a big bold print that stands out in the crowd or something more subtle and soft but leaves an impression. Whatever you choose, go for a style that you’ll be happy with all year.


Play Up Patterns – When you find a pattern you love, look to coordinate and mix-and-match with that pattern across your accessories. Often a style will be carried through from binders, notebooks and folders through to some of the accessories, too! Picking a favorite pattern or two that look great together and a complimentary color will really rock your style!

Dress up the Essentials – Bring more fun into a dull school day with playing up the tools you’ll use everyday. Look for fun colors or scents to dress up pencils, pens, markers and more. Pick out function and style in your dry erase markers, tape dispensers, scissors and rulers. Just because it’s an everyday tool that serves a function doesn’t mean it needs to be bland.


A Top Quality Binder – There are some back to school items that you know will be in high demand. Spend a little more in those areas and you’ll save yourself from having to replace them during the school year. Binders are notorious for starting to rip at the seams from constant use. Choose Staples Better Binder that has completely transformed the basic binder with a tough, flexible spine with reinforced rubber edges and hard poly covers that are built to be durable and last! They are a game changer and come in tons of fun colors and new metallic reflective patterns!



Save on Back to School Trends at Staples

Staples is ready to help back to school shoppers save big while stocking up on all your favorite trends of the season. Check out all the way you can score more at Staples.

Save 25% with Backpack Purchase Shop for both your backpack and your school supplies together and you’ll get an instant additional savings on your school supplies! (Valid in-stores and online with coupon code. Ends 8/13/16)


Staples 110% Lowest Price Guarantee Find anything cheaper with a competitor? Turn to Staples and they’ll match the competitor’s prices plus give you an extra 10% of the difference off!


Less List for School Shop for the absolute essentials at amazing low prices including composition notebooks, two-pocket folders, pens, scissors, crayons, calculators, and more! You’ll even be able to find Staples Earbud with Microphone as part of their Less List for School, just $7!


Weekly School Steals Find popular items for your back to school lists with new extra savings found in each Staples weekly ad!

Score on Tech Items – Staples carries all the tech essentials you’ll need for the new school year at great prices. Like the Gorilla Power Bank Portable Battery Pack that can keep your phone, tablet, and other devices charged wherever you go. It’s a small but powerful way to stay connected. Available from $18.99-$29.99. Or keep you files secure with Lexar JumpDrive 8GB USB Drive 4/pack for $14.99.

Bonus FREE 30 Days of Tech Support Score this bonus with any laptop, desktop, or all-in-one PC purchase at Staples!

Save with Staples Brand – Skip name brands and find big savings with Staples Brand Products that includes a wide assortment all at an everyday value.

Visit Staples stores or this year to save on your back to school style while stocking up on all the latest trends and the essentials for the new year and check off your school checklist in one easy stop!

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Friday 12th of August 2016

My oldest got a cute printed design backpack. My 2nd grader went with the sparkly backpack that says "girls can change the world." Always fun time of year for them.

Janeane Davis

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

I had not thought about trends in school supplies until reading this post. It is nice to let kids have some stylish things their friends have when you can do it in a safe way.

Myrah Duque

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

OMG this year's trends are lovely. Too bad my daughter is off to college and is so picky now about the backpacks and such. It was so easy when she was in middle school. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth Lampman

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

We are going to start our Back to School shopping this week. The kids grew so much this summer. They need all new clothes.

Ann Bacciaglia

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

I love the marbles back pack. I can not believe it is back to school time again. I have two in College this year.

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