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Back to School

Summer is coming to a close, and with the end of sleeping in and hanging out in swimming pools comes the beginning of back-to-school fashion and fall must-haves. From learning tools for elementary school children to shoes and schoolbags for high schoolers, students will love these stylish staples that are sure to impress.

The most important purchases for children heading back to school involve learning and educational development – but they can be fun as well! This talking cash register helps children learn coin recognition, as well as teaching them addition, subtraction and place value. An educational game or toy is the perfect way to prep your child for the rigors of new classes and lessons. Magic Box Toys, 5508 Magazine St., 899-0117.

Even with autumn approaching, back-to-school weather in Louisiana is still hot, so why not match the temperature with a light and whimsical frock that will pair perfectly with a light sweater once the weather cools? This printed ruffle detail dress and locket with key necklace are affordable, stylish and perfect for the change in seasons. C Collection, 8141 Maple St., 861-5002.

Make the switch from summer sandals to these practical yet stylish Corso Como leather ballet flats, available in gold, silver and black. The style goes with everything from jeans to dresses, and the custom-fit is comfortable and durable – perfect for putting your best foot forward! Ele Shoes and Accessories, 3316 Magazine St., 309-8674.

The first day of school is the perfect time to shine, and this 6-mm pearl necklace, bracelet and earrings set is a classic gift that lasts year-round. The look is timeless and works for all seasons, so your young lady will always look her best. The silver medallions can also be engraved (front and back – think initials and Greek letters) to add a personalized touch when heading back to school. Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018.

Just because kids need back-to-school staples doesn’t mean the necessities can’t be stylish too. Instead of a drab backpack, this Vineyard Vines tote bag is a colorful and fun way to carry school supplies, snacks, a journal – everything they need for the school year. Montoli & Pitre, 117 Metairie Lawn, 324-8657.

The approaching school season happens to coincide with another important season in New Orleans: Saints football season! This “Cecile” strapless dress with contrast ruffled bandeau and the “Angie” halter top with contrast neck and front ties (also available in the “Catie” dress) bring Saintsational style to back to school. Black and gold never looked so good. TruColors, at select stores throughout the metro area, for more information visit www.trucolorsapparel.com.


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