Our pick of the best back to school essentials - be inspired by this season’s new term trends
Bags of Fun
Perfectly sized to hold books, papers and all the other paraphernalia little students need as term begins, these backpacks come in a range of cool colour-block designs. Bang on-trend and beautifully constructed in hardwearing canvas, you can even buy matching pencil cases. From £40;
Luna & Curious
Littles will love transporting their treasures in the new range of purses and backpacks from this London boutique. We love the vibrant check design and the supple yet sturdy neoprene-and-canvas construction. Green gingham backpack, £49;
No one wants to mention the coming cold… but it is coming. Luckily, great outerwear makes even the worst weather seem a little worthwhile – and this shearling-lined check coat is more than just great. Completely and utterly snugglesome.
Smart shoes can still be stylish – not to mention striking, singular and cheerfully bright. Gear up for autumn with these sweet leather Mary Janes from Young Soles. Crafted for durability as well as comfort, they make ideal best friends for little feet. £67;
Help tinies take steps towards independence with this fun I Can Dress Myself jigsaw from Djeco. Each piece shows a stage in the process, so little ones won’t feel overwhelmed by the possibilities of all those garments. £6.75;
Channelling vintage Americana with a New York edge, the AW18 collection from Mini Rodini sets the bar very high indeed – then vaults over it like a high school track star. We’re big fans of the Seventies hues and dynamic Big Apple attitude.
Mimi and Lula
Is there any accessory that isn’t enhanced greatly by the addition of glitter? These sparkly specs bring a bit of glamour to scholarly style, and are perfect for playing dress-up or wearing to parties and playdates. They make great party favours, too. £6;
Willow & Wild
Making mama’s fresh flower subscription seem really rather lazy, this brilliantly conceived initiative is sure to engage budding naturalists. Sign up and your little one will receive a regular box of seeds to grow their own plants and flowers, along with recipes and craft ideas. From £7.25 a month;