Old school cool
The bell is ringing this week for the start of a new term. But who cares if your actual school days are a very distant memory? You can still be top of the class with this season's preppy look that show you mean business for work or play.
Old-school rucksacks and satchels are having a fashion moment, but if you want to channel new cool, dress up your technology gadgets with stylish covers to stand out from the crowd.
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Functional but fashionable is the lesson to be learned from preppy chic. Accessorize's autumnal collection of satchels and totes should ensure you're head and shoulders above the rest, from £22 (0844 8110068/www.accessorize.com).
Who says satchels have to be bland? Inject some cheer into your everyday uniform with Fiorelli's bright and beautiful Lorenzo colour block satchel, £59 at House of Fraser (020 70034000/www.houseoffraser.co.uk).
Go wild in fashion's print playground with statement leopard. Show your laptop some love with Kurt Geiger's Leo laptop sleeve, £45 (www.kurtgeiger.com).
Leather plus tan plus structured bag equals good fashion mathematics. Ted Baker's Moro large leather frame bag will survive season after season, £269 (0845 1304278/www. tedbaker.com).
Bookworms rejoice. Browse all the stylish titles that made the cut on the cover of Lulu Guinness's black library large Ethel tote, left, £245 (0843 208 0177/www. luluguinness.com).
Save your pocket money with a multifunctional product. Mary Portas's Pouchette bag gets a gold star for doubling up as an iPad case for work and pretty clutch for play, £59 at House of Fraser (020 70034000/www.houseoffraser.co.uk).
Trick passers-by into thinking your super-sized bag is stuffed with mind-expanding books. Try Sofie D'Hoore's Fez bag for size, main picture, £437 at Fenwick stores nationwide.
If your Kindle has become your best pal, make it stand out amidst your handbag jumble. Topshop's bright geo print e-reader case should make reading resumption easier, £15 (www.topshop.com).
Do your homework pre-splurge and ensure your bag has pockets aplenty.
Aubrey's Belmont tote handbag has two internal pockets and five internal compartments for all your essentials, £195 at John Lewis (0845 6049049/www.johnlewis. com).
The Cambridge Satchel Company has given the classic satchel a detention and reworked the style with neons, pastels and brights, like eye-popping purple, below, £74. You can even personalise your bag with your initials, for £5 per letter (www.cambridgesatchel. co.uk).