11 Back-to-School Trends That Will Rule the Season

Llamas, Minecraft, self-care, oh my. Here’s what’s hot hot hot for kids heading back into the classroom.

crystal back to school trends for 2019


The wellness trend beloved by earth mamas has trickled down to our offspring, as kids embrace stalagmite-inspired nightlights, desk accessories and grow-your-own crystal kits. Naturally.

Shop the trend: DIY Crystal Growing Kit ($10); Zara “Anthracite” T-shirt ($10); Thames & Kosmos nightlight ($20); West Elm Agate bookends ($24); Glacce Amethyst water bottle ($84)

90s nostalgia back to school trends for 2019

'90s Nostalgia

From bucket hats to Simpsons tees to mini Doc Martens, it’s like our grammar school turned into the set of TRL.

Shop the trend: H&M 'Lisa Simpson' T-shirt ($15); Mini Boden bucket hat ($16); Dadawen ankle boots ($17)

llamas back to school trends for 2019


Blame it on those viral alpacas of Instagram, but these endearingly fuzzy farm creatures are popping up on everything from lip balm to school supplies.

Shop the trend: Swoozie's llama lip balm ($7); Cntqiang llama pens ($12); Shutterfly llama binder ($27) ; Gap Slip On Sneakers ($40)

self care back to school trends for 2019
I Love Klee


We are way beyond DIY bath bombs now, people. Celeb favorite Dr. Barbara Sturm offers $65 face cream and $45 Bathing Milk for children. There’s also the ooh la luxe Chantecaille for Bébés line. Perhaps your kids would prefer to meditate in a silk sleep mask or de-stress with a squishy foot bath. Because homeroom is intense. (Seriously. It is.)

Shop the trend: Klee Kids Golden Honey Body Lotion ($27); Orbeez Luxury Foot Spa ($27); Beauty Counter Kids Bath Collection ($45)

flippy sequins back to school trends for 2019

Flip Sequin Everything

As evidenced by these shiny, happy journals, backpacks, jackets and—of course—T-shirts, the reversible sequin phenomenon shines on.

Shop the trend: H&M T-shirt ($10); Gap Factory T-shirt ($15); Iscream Furry Sequined Swirl Cone journal ($20)

muted prints back to school trends for 2019
Rylee and Cru

Neutrals In Delicate Prints

If your vibe is more Scandi than sequined, designers like Tocoto Vintage, Rylee and Cru and Mabo offer chic, old-school European-style clothing for discerning young customers.

Shop the trend: Dôen top ($48); Rylee and Cru jumpsuit ($50); Mabo romper ($50)

clouds back to school trends for 2019
Crate and Barrel

Celestial Decor

A great reason for kids to keep their heads in the clouds.

Shop the trend: Ceramic Cloud Shaped Night Light by Drew Barrymore Flower Kids ($32); Crate & Barrel Cloud Wall Shelf ($33); Pottery Barn Kids Moon Shaped Shelf ($129)

video games back to school trends for 2019

Video Game Merch

Kids are so obsessed with multi-player online games like Minecraft, Fortnite and Roblox, they’re dressing to demonstrate their devotion.

Shop the trend: Minecraft T-shirt ($15); Roblox lunch box ($17); Fortnite backpack ($30)

emojis back to school trends for 2019
Oriental Trading

Emoji Everything

The expressive characters inspired by their parents’ constant texting are now and forever a part of modern childhood.

Shop the trend: Oriental Trading scented keychain ($6); Meri Meri emoji enamel charm bracelet ($10); Osh Kosh Bg’Osh Emoji Flip T-shirt ($12); Gap Emoji sneakers ($40)  

slime back to school trends for 2019


The DIY sensation is still expanding, fueled by insanely popular YouTube channels devoted to home-made putty, glop and gaak. As the school year gets underway, you will likely meet a slime specialist at a slime-theme birthday party. And there’s plenty of new merch that lets kids take their goo on the go.

Shop the trend: ORB keychain ($8); More Than Magic journal ($9); Flea Circus Designs pin ($10)

jojo siwa hair bows back to school trends for 2019

Giant Jojo Siwa Bows

Flyaway taming. Bump smoothing. North West approved.

Shop the trend: The Hair Bow Company hair bow ($4); Claire's hair bow ($8); Jojo Siwa Mini Rainbowerrific hair bow ($10)