Back to College: The One Detail Your Backpack Needs

We’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to showcase their favorite back to school looks. From style trends to décor tips, we love seeing how these fashionistas gear up for the year ahead.

Choosing the perfect bag for class is crucial and what you put in it is even more important, so this week we’re welcoming Meredith from The Other Coast to share with us what she’ll be carrying in her bag all semester.

Even though the birds are still singing and summer is still in the air, my mind is already on going back to school. I’ve left behind the days of themed backpacks and loads of school supplies, and opt for a much more low-key and lightweight alternative for my college student lifestyle. And more importantly, I’ve picked up the perfect bag and a few adorable essentials from Meijer that I’ll be carrying with me all semester!


If there’s one thing every backpack should have this year, it’s fringe. My bag is an edgy black long-fringe Massini backpack from Meijer with a large space inside for all my stuff and an awesome zipper pocket. I love this backpack because it adds so much style to any outfit. The backpack has a drawstring design top with a large flap that snaps closed on the front, and adjustable straps so that everyone can rock this pack!


The first thing I always need when I’m out and about on campus is a cosmetic bag to hold my favorite mascara and lipstick. The large inside pocket in this backpack is great for holding this adorable lime green Modella zipper bag, which keeps everything in one place! The mascara I’m currently living for is the Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ Push Up Drama. You can grab this and my favorite Revlon HD Matte Liquid Lipstick in the Meijer Beauty section. This lipstick is the easiest thing for everyday wear—its matte finish doesn’t smudge and bonus, it smells AMAZING!


I don’t think I can go a whole day without my sunglasses, that’s why I love having a safe place like the Modella cosmetic bag to keep them. These rounded frame Massini shades take any look to another level of edgy style just like my backpack.

Because I’m a busy college student, I’m almost always writing things down. Due dates, deadlines, meetings and class times—it practically never ends, but this super cute hot pink notebook will keep everything together and look great while doing it! I love this notebook because not only does it have a cute design, but its hardcover makes it perfect to tote it around all day in your bag.

I wouldn’t be honest about all the contents I’ll carry in my bag without mentioning my real addiction to fashion magazines. Whenever I have a free moment, I’ve got my nose in a glossy magazine. Just like any good style addict, I like to always keep my favorite mag with me just in case I ever hit a dull moment or need some instant inspiration. This Harpers Bazar is only one of the dozens of magazines I chose from at Meijer, I think if my bag were any bigger I would carry them all with me!

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My school year wouldn’t be complete without any of these items and I can’t wait until I head back to school so I can show off my edgy new backpack and enjoy my sophomore year of college! Good luck finding everything you need to make this school year a great one!

Meredith is an Advertising/PR student living in Chicago and the fashionista behind The Other Coast, a blog full of fun style and beauty tips. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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