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Back to School Means Back to Style

Whether you’re hitting the books again or just gearing up for late-summer fun, these must-haves are at the head of their class


Burton Prospect 2.0 20L Backpack

1. Burton Prospect 2.0 20L Backpack

The Prospect has ergonomic straps, plentiful pockets, and a stylish profile.  $54.95,


Apple Watch Series

2. Apple Watch Series 4

Keep time — and keep fit — with the latest and greatest Apple apparat. $399, Apple Watch sports band in canary yellow, $49,


My Clarins Re-Move Purifying Cleansing Gel

3. My Clarins Re-Move Purifying Cleansing Gel

This silky cleanser is vegan and free of phthalates, parabens, and sulfates.

$20, Macy’s


Beats by Dre Powerbeats

4. Beats by Dre Powerbeats

Lightweight, sweat-proof, and water-resistant, with a 9-hour battery life.

$249.95, Apple Store


Ban.Do “Get it Together” Pouch

5. Ban.Do “Get it Together” Pouch

This artist-made pouch holds pencils, pens, or cosmetics.



Vans Plaid Checkerboard Era Platform Sneaker

6. Vans Plaid Checkerboard Era Platform Sneaker

Kick it old-school with these classic Vans with a little extra lift.

$60, Vans in the Fashion Show Mall

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Back to School Playlist


“MATH WIZ” Luna / Dean Wareham’s struggle with arithmetic is a relatable, melodic salve. 

“HALLOGALLO” Neu! / Krautrock is musical Adderall. Find your focus with a 10-minute dose of autobahn hypnosis. 

“MISSISSIPPI GODDAM” Nina Simone / Miss Simone’s history lesson about civil rights is sadly relevant to current events. 

“HEADMASTER” The Kinks / The centerpiece of Schoolboys in Disgrace, an album-long cautionary tale for you class clowns. 

“COLLEGE BOY” J. Cole / The magna cum laude rapper spits a stay-in-school narrative. Maybe UNLV should hire him as president

Mike Prevatt 

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