The Best Back to School Trends for 2016

Wednesday August 17, 2016

As August draws closer to its close, parents and students everywhere throughout the U.S. are gearing up for the inevitable rush of Back to School buying. While this time of great transition can be fun and exciting, it can also leave millions of people simply scratching their heads about the “right” types of clothes and supplies to purchase for themselves, and their kids. 

Remember when you came home with the wrong colors for your notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, or even (fate forbid) clothes for your young ones? There was nothing but frustration all around! They couldn’t even dream of showing up and having their friends see them that way.

But you swear 2016 will be different. You know all about the hottest, trendiest items that all the students are clamoring for, right? You’re ready to transform your loved ones into the coolest kids in the hall with all the best gear, right?!

If you answered “um...”, not to worry. With our help, you will be.

Let’s take a look at some of the best Back to School items of 2016 to prepare you to pass their test with flying colors:


2016 is the year of the vintage remix. The retro looks of the 70’s – combined with a 90’s modern flair – is making the rounds in classrooms across America. Think fringe, florals, lace, crop tops, and long maxi and midi silhouettes for girls and the classic tough guy/preppy looks for boys.


For the ladies in your life, there are also many fun Back to School hairstyles for fall. The ones that top the charts for 2016 include looks like tousled curls and rainbow strands, loose waves, side parts, single braids, and the ever-chic and modern top knot (perfect for time in the gym). Boys will want to keep it long and messy for a shabby chic look that works.


Along with the standard pens, pencils, and calculators you can purchase at the local Walmart, there are some fun, colorful, stylish items that every student could use this semester to keep track of their assignments and earn a little street cred with their classmates. Our top recommendations include:

  • Kate Spade Ipad Covers
  • Scriven And Taken Pen Set From Mod Cloth
  • Emoji Keyboard Cover Urban Outfitters
  • Gel Pens From Bando
  • Emoji White Board From Claires.Com
  • Monbento™ MB Original Bento Box From Reuseit.Com
  • SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
  • Canon PIXMA MG3620 Printer
  • TARGET Buckles Backpack
  • Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Backpack

Whether you plan to shop online or in-store, when you’re looking for the absolute best printing supplies in the industry, stop into your local Cartridge World location for everything you could ever need