While tuition, books and other mundane necessities may be eating into your seasonal budget, your style doesn’t necessarily have to suffer. As part of our ongoing Back To School Week we have curated a list of quality, stylish and affordable essentials to keep you looking fresh for the new academic year. Brought to you via our curated shopping channel What Drops Now, these items have been chosen for their style and all come under $100.


Lightweight Jackets

A lightweight jacket will not only serve as a great layering piece for when the post-summer temperatures start to cool, but if you keep it clean and simple it’ll work with pretty much any look on its own. Zara have a sleek all-black Varsity jacket ($99) with contrasting tonal sleeves and ASOS keep it on-trend with an elongated all-black zip-up ($87), while Topman’s classic MA1-style bomber ($95) goes for a boxier fit, perfect for layering on top of sweaters and hoodies. Those looking for something more standout should check out Elwood’s bandana-patterned bomber ($58) or adidas Originals’ sporty classic Superstar track jacket ($93).


Clean Tees

If you’re on a budget and your jeans, sneakers and accessories are looking a little tired, a fresh grip of tees will rejuvenate your steez levels in no time. For those who want to keep it on-trend, try ASOS’s side-zipped tees ($39), Lazy Oaf’s Raf Simons-inspired Lazy Crew tee ($64) or Topman’s elongated athletic striped T-shirt ($36). If you prefer things classy then check out size?’s 3-pack of basics ($47) or Stussy’s always-classic graphic tees ($63).


Button-Down Shirts

A men’s staple no matter what your style – whether you keep a crisp oxford buttoned up to the top or a flannel tied round your waist – a good quality button-down will serve you well all-year round. Uniqlo offer great quality denim and oxford shirts ($30), COS serve up a clean blackwatch flannel ($78) and Dickies’s work shirt ($67) will make for a great layering piece. Those who want something a bit more cutting edge should check out Zara’s black and white color-blocked button down ($60) and Criminal Damage’s team-printed flannel ($87).


All-Black Sneakers

A fresh pair of black sneakers will not only work with any outfit, but will hide dirt and grime where lighter colors will look grimy. Vans’ Perforated Leather Slip-On ($60) give a contemporary spin to the casual low top, while Converse’s Jack Purcell ($60), the iconic Nike Air Force 1 ($90) and adidas Originals’s Stan Smith ($75) never go out of style.



The right accessory can lift any ordinary outfit into serious steez territory, while the right accessory combined with a great outfit will see you ascent to a street style god level in no time. You could do much worse than Stussy’s $$$-emblazoned bucket hat ($35) and a handy Herschel Supply Co. hip pack ($76) for your day-to-day essentials, while Rastaclat’s Tiffany-colored braided bracelet ($12) and HUF’s socks adorned with magic mushrooms ($12) are the perfect way to top off an already stylish fit.

See the rest of our Back to School Week features here.

Words by Alec Leach
Digital Fashion Editor

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin, where he leads Highsnobiety's digital fashion content.

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