Is it already time to GO BACK TO SCHOOL?

It never fails… As soon as summer starts to really heat up, parents and students begin to think about heading back to school. Yes, it does seem earlier and earlier every year, or at least since I was in school it does. None the less, it’s coming! If you’re a student you may be dreading the inevitable or as a parent, maybe jumping for joy; either way we’ve put together a shopping list to help you along the way.

Since it’s been some time since I was in school, I enlisted the help of one of my good friends who will be returning to a Southern college in the fall, (meet Merritt below). Together we came up with the five things you’ll need from AO to make going back to school easier.

A Rain Jacket

With the current weather trend, I think it comes as no surprise that one of the first things on our list is a RAIN JACKET! No one does as much daily outdoor walking as a student going to and from class, and since it rains almost daily, he or she is sure to encounter a shower at some point. It’s no fun heading into an air-conditioned classroom soggy and wet!

Be sure and check out our online selection here >>> Mens Rain JacketsWomens Rain Jackets

Let’s Get Some Shoes!

Back to School shopping means NEW SHOES! The one thing I remember I could always count on when getting ready to go back to school was a pair of new shoes! And isn’t the best part of returning to school, the shoe shopping part?


Whether the need is for running, everyday trekking to class, or style and comfort combined, the selection at AO has got you covered! From running brands like Salomon and On Cloud, to old school style from Saucony and Vans, to the classic Birkenstock, there is a style sure to make everyone’s feet happy! And happy feet = better grades, right?

Gotta Stay Hydrated

From grade school to college, every student needs a water bottle! Whether it’s for carrying water, kombucha or coffee, you’ll want to make sure he or she has a reusable container that will keep drinks hot or cold throughout the day. At AO we carry Hydro Flask, Corkcicle and Yeti, just to name a few.

Back to School without a BACKPACK?… Never!

If you’ve been to one of our stores, you know we have one of the best assortment of backpacks around. Brands such as The North Face, Osprey, and Patagonia have stood the test of time for durability and longevity, with fun color options for boys and girls. You won’t need to look anywhere else!

New Threads… Woolly Threads, that is!

Southern girls everywhere are loving the Woolly Threads pullover. Combining “wool-free” quality construction and simple design, the pullover lets her show her love for her home city or state, while keeping her super comfy. *Local options include Birmingham, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia and Florence.

That wraps up our top five must-haves for back to school. Of course we could have made this list much longer since AO carries such a wide array of apparel and gear. Stop by to see all that we have and good luck on that back to school shopping this year!