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PHOTOS: Too Cool For School? Bergen, Passaic Counties Gear Up To Go Back

Elisheva of Teaneck checks out the cool backpacks at The Purple Bow in Teaneck.
Elisheva of Teaneck checks out the cool backpacks at The Purple Bow in Teaneck. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Metallic backpacks, such as this one at The Purple Bow in Teaneck, are in this year. If it has a saying, all the better, says Owner Sarabeth Fein. The shop carries a wide array of backpacks.
Metallic backpacks, such as this one at The Purple Bow in Teaneck, are in this year. If it has a saying, all the better, says Owner Sarabeth Fein. The shop carries a wide array of backpacks. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
This year kids will be clipping fuzzy keychains, such as these at The Purple Bow in Teaneck, to their backpacks for an "in" look.
This year kids will be clipping fuzzy keychains, such as these at The Purple Bow in Teaneck, to their backpacks for an "in" look. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Carly Kopelman of Glen Rock shops for a back-to-school romper at Eat Your Spinach in Ridgewood.
Carly Kopelman of Glen Rock shops for a back-to-school romper at Eat Your Spinach in Ridgewood. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Anna Anagnos, left, owner of Eat Your Spinach in Ridgewood, helps Carly Kopelman of Glen Rock and her mom, Christine Kopelman, shop for back-to-school clothes.
Anna Anagnos, left, owner of Eat Your Spinach in Ridgewood, helps Carly Kopelman of Glen Rock and her mom, Christine Kopelman, shop for back-to-school clothes. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Lyndhurst's Sacred Heart School Kindergarten teacher Theresa Roman sets up her classroom.
Lyndhurst's Sacred Heart School Kindergarten teacher Theresa Roman sets up her classroom. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Lyndhurst's Sacred Heart School Kindergarten teacher Theresa Roman makes the first introduction on the white board.
Lyndhurst's Sacred Heart School Kindergarten teacher Theresa Roman makes the first introduction on the white board. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Tyler Banuls tries a shirt for size at TJ Maxx in Lyndhurst.
Tyler Banuls tries a shirt for size at TJ Maxx in Lyndhurst. Photo Credit: Deborah Wertalik
Bella and Tyler Banuls grabbing school supplies at Staples in East Rutherford.
Bella and Tyler Banuls grabbing school supplies at Staples in East Rutherford. Photo Credit: Deborah Wertalik
Japanese puzzle erasers, such as these at The Purple Bow in Teaneck, are all the rage.
Japanese puzzle erasers, such as these at The Purple Bow in Teaneck, are all the rage. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Sacred Heart first grade teacher Joyce Gardner has fun decorating.
Sacred Heart first grade teacher Joyce Gardner has fun decorating. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
An emoji equation.
An emoji equation. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Hackensack High School teachers listen in on an opening day meeting.
Hackensack High School teachers listen in on an opening day meeting. Photo Credit: Chris Ryan
New water fountains make their debut in Hackensack High School.
New water fountains make their debut in Hackensack High School. Photo Credit: Chris Ryan
Glen Rock third grade Byrd School teachers Nicole Hirsch and Jenn Burke.
Glen Rock third grade Byrd School teachers Nicole Hirsch and Jenn Burke. Photo Credit: Jenn Burke
Gracie Burke, left, and friend Allison Ohnegian help third grade Byrd School teacher Jenn Burke set up her Glen Rock classroom.
Gracie Burke, left, and friend Allison Ohnegian help third grade Byrd School teacher Jenn Burke set up her Glen Rock classroom. Photo Credit: Jenn Burke
Franklin Avenue middle schooler Jackson Ruffino gets his locks cut by Stag House stylist Noel Baron.
Franklin Avenue middle schooler Jackson Ruffino gets his locks cut by Stag House stylist Noel Baron. Photo Credit: Christine Modica
Glen Rock's Stag House stylist Gwen Roos is the stylist give sMelanie Blohm a trim before she returns to William Paterson.
Glen Rock's Stag House stylist Gwen Roos is the stylist give sMelanie Blohm a trim before she returns to William Paterson. Photo Credit: Christine Modica
Byrd School fifth grader Kate Langin gets styled by Shari Bertani in Glen Rock's Stag House.
Byrd School fifth grader Kate Langin gets styled by Shari Bertani in Glen Rock's Stag House. Photo Credit: Christine Modica
Nicholas meets his new room and teacher at Positive Place Pre School in Hawthorne.
Nicholas meets his new room and teacher at Positive Place Pre School in Hawthorne. Photo Credit: Ginger Pierro
BCCA arts and crafts teacher Kathy Wessel designed this year's bulletin boards.
BCCA arts and crafts teacher Kathy Wessel designed this year's bulletin boards. Photo Credit: Kathy Wessel
The main bulletin boards that will greet students at Bergen County Christian Academy (previously Hackensack Christian School) in Hackensack.
The main bulletin boards that will greet students at Bergen County Christian Academy (previously Hackensack Christian School) in Hackensack. Photo Credit: Kathy Wessel
Brian from Hasbrouck Heights surveys all the his supplies before packing up for the new school year.
Brian from Hasbrouck Heights surveys all the his supplies before packing up for the new school year. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Even homeschoolers like Amelia from Paramus are ready with new workbooks and supplies for the new school year.
Even homeschoolers like Amelia from Paramus are ready with new workbooks and supplies for the new school year. Photo Credit: Jennifer Hicks
Dorothy Mastropaolo from JDM Associates in Lodi helps a mother and daughter shop for uniform and accessories.
Dorothy Mastropaolo from JDM Associates in Lodi helps a mother and daughter shop for uniform and accessories. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
A family from Wallington shop for the proper uniform items for back to school
A family from Wallington shop for the proper uniform items for back to school Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Budget-minded shoppers can find a range of pens, pencils, markers and other supplies at the many Dollar Stores.
Budget-minded shoppers can find a range of pens, pencils, markers and other supplies at the many Dollar Stores. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Middle schooler Katie pairs a necklace and dress, a possible first-day get-up, in Rainbow in Lodi.
Middle schooler Katie pairs a necklace and dress, a possible first-day get-up, in Rainbow in Lodi. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hawthorne fourth-grader Gia rocks her first day swag with confidence.
Hawthorne fourth-grader Gia rocks her first day swag with confidence. Photo Credit: Ginger Pierro
Wayne's Immaculate Heart of Mary 6th grader Isabella Galan, left, and sister Victoria Galan, 3rd grade, are ready for day 1.
Wayne's Immaculate Heart of Mary 6th grader Isabella Galan, left, and sister Victoria Galan, 3rd grade, are ready for day 1. Photo Credit: Maria Galan
Isabella Galan gets to know her locker code.
Isabella Galan gets to know her locker code. Photo Credit: Maria Galan

Only a few more days remain before the first bell of the year will rings in schools across Bergen and Passaic counties.

Until then, teachers are putting the finishing touches on their classrooms and families are stocking up on clothes and supplies.

As for clothing, there’s what’s hot and what’s not.

“No. 1 right now are unicorns,” said Anna Anagnos, owner of Eat Your Spinach Children’s Boutique in downtown Ridgewood.

Also trending, she said, are bomber jackets, cold shoulders, vintage destruction sweatshirts, ultrasuede dresses and pants, chokers, and lace up tops.

Anything with tassels and fringes also are all the rage.

“And emojis never really went away,” Anagnos added.

The all-essential backpack goes glam this year with lots of shine.

“Metallic is very in – gold and silver and other colors,” said Sarabeth Fein, owner of The Purple Bow on Queen Anne Road in Teaneck.

Studs are big, too, and anything with sayings.

The well-accessorized backpack this fall includes a fuzzy keychain and, in some cases, a matching pencil case.

It’s cool, too, to put sticker patches on backpacks.

The usual paper and plastics supplies – notebooks, folders – are flying off the shelves at the Dollar Store and CVS in multiple towns.

But even the same-old stuff gets a bit of a lift this fall.

Move over, plain old pencil top erasers. What’s in now are iwako’s take-apart puzzle erasers, featured, among lots of other items, at The Purple Bow.

Younger kids don’t come to Radio Shack in the Midland Park Shopping Center, according to Associate Tyler Bennett.

But college kids do.

“We’re mainly selling them routers and Ethernet cables so they can have the Internet in their dorms,” said Bennett, who added the store will be running a sale after Sept. 6.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lorraine Ash, Anthony Locicero and Faith Ballantine contributed to this story.

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