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My must-have for going back to school is the classic plaid shirt, especially American Eagle Outfitter's Men's Eagle Flannel Shirt ($40). Plaid shirts made for girls are usually a bit too fitted and short, and if you buy a few sizes larger for that oversized look, you get these awkward armpit/shoulder things that aren't very flattering. Buying a shirt made for guys' broad shoulders and such could make the fit more comfortable and add that lazy Sunday feel.
Another piece for school is the statement bag -- I'm talking colour and hardware. Definitely make sure that it's large and sturdy enough for a few binders (fifty pound textbooks in your bag equals torn lining and loose change going missing; a bit of math for ya), as well as your makeup and pencil case. I suggest Urban Outfitter's Twisted Hardware Doctor Bag($68) in red or Kimchi Blue Harness Satchel ($68) in teal.
As for jewelry, don't spend too much bucks on this. Go for Forever 21's Fantasy Pearls with Floral Clusters Necklace ($8.80) and Linked Mixed Bangle Set ($5.80) which when put together is totally under twenty bucks! Now finish this look off with your favourite pair of black or dark wash skinny jeans and a comfy pair of heels or flat boots, and you're first-day-back to-school ready!