Top 5 “Back to School” Essentials

A new academic year is upon us! Hurrah.

Now, I’m no Spring chicken. I’ve been through education. But I know that finding things to wear to school/college/uni can be the most ridiculous and mind numbing thing IN THE UNIVERSE!!

So, I have decided to compile my top 5 essential items for the fashion forward geek. With such long and brainy days, comfort needs to come before style. These basic items in your wardrobe will provide the basis to extend your individual style.

We are all unique after all!

If you aren’t in education anymore, fear not my friends! All of these pieces can be worn by all!

So…here we go!!

1 Satchel


The most important thing you will need to carry you through the academic year. Satchels are practical, unisex, and comfortable. They are the perfect size to fit iPads, Netbooks, textbooks, and all your other daily bits and bobs. I picked this one up for £9 in Primark (it’s nifty to be thrifty), and I think it’s the bee’s knees really.


Aw…I wanna go back to school!

2 Oversized Cardigan

It’s big, it’s chunky, it’s woolly,…what is it?!

…no, not a woolly mammoth!

Cardigans are amazing! Especially ones in neutral/monochromatic tones because they go with EVERYTHING!! Throw one on over your clothes in the chilly Autumn months, and you’re good to go. (And if you get warm, a cardi is a great cosy protector for your laptop…tried and tested theory!)

You can pick this one up from Primark for £16.

Graphic Print T-shirt

Bargainous if you ask me

This is where you are going to have your fun. Looking at graphic print t-shirts make me “squee” inside. There are literally so many different designs out there. You can find ones for your favourite game, tv show, film, book….the list is endless!

I love cute designs with food related puns myself.


If you are more of a tv show/gamer fan, online stores like TruffleShuffle and David & Goliath have an extensive collection to choose from.

They’re so cute!

This is where you can unleash your personality…go for it, and have fun!

4 Comfortable Flats

Flats are an absolute essential; especially if you are at uni and have a really hectic schedule. Now I love shoes, and wouldn’t give up my heels for the world, but trust me when I say that no matter how much you love them….

….Heels will ruin your feet…FACT!


If you want to add some geeky chic-y edge, you could go for some flatforms or creepers, but personally…I like a good plimsole. Takes me back to the good ol’ days of obligatory PE lessons, and playing Super Mario on my SNES after school!

Good times!

5 Blouses

The ultimate in geek chic attire, blouses come in different colours, shapes, styles, sizes, and not only are incredibly comfy, but can be worn with a multitude of different things. I own so many of these bloomin’ things, and I LOVE them.

No matter what you wear at school, you need to remember that your clothes are an extension of your personality, and no matter what other people might think, you shouldn’t be afraid to unleash your own style unto the world! <insert empowering music>

So get out there, and have fun….Geek is the new chic y’know!!

Published by Mark Brassington

Father and Husband. Works in Corporate Banking. Loves Books, Comics, Cycling, Music, Games, going to the Gym and Writing.

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