If you’re like me, you keep dabbling in back-to-school clothes and accessory shopping even after the supply lists are purchased and the first day celebrations are over. It’s never the wrong time of year for a new outfit — or a new pencil case! Pencils and fall just go together.
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To quote You’ve Got Mail, “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” (I’m particularly enamored with these delightful pencil cases from Fabelab.)
1. (& 7.) Asteraki, Switzerland
Subscription boxes are nothing new, but the new fashion box brand Asteraki delights us. You name your budget, style preferences, and size, and the style experts at Asteraki will hand-pack you a box full of fabulously eco-friendly styles. Does it work? Without even seeing the other items I was rounding up for color-themed feature inspired by Instagram’s turquoise and coral trend, Asteraki owner chose a coral puma leggings and dress, seen in numbers one and seven of the round-up above. I’d say they nailed it! asteraki.ch, @asteraki.ch on Instagram.
2. Tivoli Clothing, Slovenia
Tivoli Clothing packs a nostalgic punch for me, since I spent my early schoolgirl days in Ljubljana, the capital city of the country which is now known as Slovenia. Named after Ljubljana’s Tivoli Park and gardens, this boutique brand offers marvelous jumpsuits, pinafores, dresses, trousers and tops, in colorful linen and organic cotton. Details like natural-fiber lace and wooden buttons set Tivoli’s garments apart from the crowd. We tested out the Mara romper at a Frida Kahlo exhibition earlier this autumn: so very on trend! tivoliclothing.com, @tivoli_clothing on Instagram.
3. Peridot Kids, Canada
Did you catch Peridot Kids in our huge Top 50 Baby Brands feature? Known for their small-batch / slow-fashion approach, Peridot Kids is launching styles for primary school kids this fall. We’re super excited about this, since we’re already huge fans of their modern organic looks for younger kids. Want a sneak peek? Look no further than the ruffle tulle skirt you see in number three above! peridotkids.com, @peridotkids on Instagram.
4. Lil Bellies, United States
You can’t go anywhere on Instagram without seeing coral and turquoise, so it’s no surprise I’m naming these two colors as the top trends for school girl style. But there’s another swoon-worthy genre in Instaland right now too, the nature-themed flat-lay, and our next retailer @lilbellies’ Instagram feed is a prime example. Shopping Lil Bellies — with categories like Homestead, Library, and Explorers — will have you snapping your own cinematic nature images in no time. lilbellies.com, @lilbellies on Instagram.
5. Fabelab, Denmark
Danish brand Fabelab is a tastemaker; there’s no doubt about that. From toys to bedding to furniture to party decor and beyond, Fabelab curates a truly perfect symphony of brands, textures, and colors. We’re smitten with the Fabelab Schoolkid collection — gym bags, smocks, pencil cases, oh my! We want one of everything, in each colorway. fabelab.com, @fabelabdk on Instagram.
6. Dotti, United States
As classic as an (organic) apple for the teacher, this Manhattan brand’s dresses are inspired by a vintage photograph of grandma Dotti. With timeless fabric patterns like calico floral, windowpane check, and tiny polka-dots, Dotti reimagines timeless styles for the current millennium. And we think these pure, fresh, flawless vibes are the perfect celebration of childhood, especially for school picture day! dottishop.com, @dotti.shop on Instagram.