Like it or not, summer is coming to a close (sorry), and everywhere you look, it seems like there’s an ad for back-to-school. Buy your kid these awesome new markers/binders/shoes/backpack/etc, the signs boast. Well, you know what? Back-to-school shopping isn’t just for those returning to an institution to learn—it’s for all of us grown-ups, too.
Let the littles in your life pick out a few new back-to-school outfits, and then treat yourself to a few new wardrobe staples. September feels a lot more approachable when you have a shopping trip to look forward to.
15 must-have pieces for fall (because grown-ups deserve to go back-to-school shopping too)
Moto bootsThe Frye boot is a staple in the modern woman's wardrobe, and a short engineer style like this assures you'll have plenty of opportunities to wear it. Slip them on with some leggings and a fall-ready dress, and you're set.
($478 at Capezio)Capezio
backpackWhile the younger gen will opt for a canvas backpack, grownups (you are a grown-up, aren't you?) can consider a vegan leather bag with a sleek shape.
($150 at Matt & Nat)Matt & Nat
Neutral-hued blouseA neutral-hued blouse is all kinds of versatile. Wear everywhere, from the office to weekend brunch.
($50 at Reitmans)Reitmans
Cozy sweaterLook, the temperature is going to drop, and you're going to want to have a cozy sweater you actually like wearing on hand. Aritzia has plenty to choose from, including this oversized, V-neck. Swoon.
($125 at Aritzia) Aritzia
UmbrellaUnfortunately, that temperature drop sometimes comes with rain, so stay dry with this chic bubble umbrella (in yellow, to remind us of the sun).
($65 at Hunter)Hunter
baseball hatDad hats (you know, the ones with the curved beak and worn look) make bad hair days less bad. This trend has our full support. And Rugrats' Chuckie Finster's, too.
($34 at Urban Outfitters) Urban Outfitters
Raw-edge denimRaw-edge denim stands strong again this season—will it ever not? So grab yourself a pair and get onboard already. (Pairs well with over 80 per cent of this list.)
($103 at Nordstrom)Nordstrom
LeggingsNike forever knows what's up when it comes to fitness gear. Wear these leggings from your workout class straight to the grocery store and no one will blink an eye.
($68 at Nike)Nike
SneakersYour summer sneaks are likely looking tired. Freshen up your footwear with a pair of shimmery (and totally comfy) Keds, just like you would've as a kid.
($90 at The Bay)The Bay
Denim jacketSwap your tried and true blue jean jacket for something with a fluffy shearling collar. The '70s are back for fall 2017, and this coat makes it easy to embrace.
($133 at Levi's) Levi's
ScarfA chic blanket scarf is a more appropriate way to get cozy at your desk than wearing an actual blanket. You'll want this in every hue and pattern.
($65 at Aritzia)Aritzia
timepieceTreat yourself to mixed-metal watch and it'll feel like you've instantly elevated your entire wardrobe. Now there's no excuse for being fashionably late.
($270 at Michael Kors)Michael Kors
long coatA long coat that provides a little extra shelter from the autumnal breezes while still looking chic is crucial. This camel-coloured wool-cashmere blend coat with cinched rear detailing plays that part perfectly.
($398 at Aritzia)Aritzia
LunchbagShow off your personal style right down to the way you carry food to and from work, and opt for a new lunch bag in a quirky, geometric pattern.
($27 at MEC) MEC
Faux leather leggingsThey're sexy, they're badass and you need them on your body this autumn. (Try them with those moto boots mentioned earlier.)
($108 at The Bay) The Bay