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TOP OF THE CLASS; The kids have gone back to school... now you can master the preppy look with Lisa Haynes' 10 of the best.

Byline: Lisa Haynes'

THE bell has just rung 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 shows 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. Here's how to top the style class... TEACHER TOTE 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 pounds 22 (0844 811 0068/accessorize.com). CLASS-Y COLOURS Who says satchels have to be bland? Inject some cheer into your everyday uniform with Fiorelli's bright and beautiful Lorenzo colour block satchel, pounds 59 at House of Fraser (020 7003 4000, whouseoffraser.co.uk).

LAPTOP LESSON Go wild in fashion's print playground with statement leopard. Show your laptop some love with Kurt Geiger's Leo laptop sleeve, pounds 45 (kurtgeiger.com).

TAN TACTICS Leather plus tan plus structured bag equals good fashion mathematics. Ted Baker's Moro large leather frame bag will survive season after season, pounds 269 (0845 130 4278, tedbaker.com).

LULU LIBRARY Bookworms rejoice. Browse all the stylish titles that made the cut on the cover of Lulu Guinness's black library large Ethel tote, pounds 245 (0843 208 0177, uluguinness.com).

CLUTCH EQUATION 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, pounds 59 at House of Fraser (020 7003 4000, houseoffraser.co.uk).

SATCHEL CHIC The Cambridge Satchel Company has given the classic satchel a detention and reworked the style with neons, pastels and brights, like eyepopping purple, pounds 74. You can even personalise your bag with your initials, for pounds 5 per letter (cambridgesatchel.co.uk). STYLE SWOT Trick passers-by into thinking your super-sized bag is stuffed with mind-expanding books. Try Sofie D'Hoore's Fez bag for size, pounds 437 at Fenwick stores nationwide. TECHNO READER 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, pounds 15 (topshop.com).

ORGANISED PREFECT 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, pounds 195 at John Lewis (0845 6049 049, johnlewis.com).

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Preppy look from Paul Smith's autumn/winter collection (left); Lulu Guinness library large Ethel tote, pounds 245 (above); Aubrey Belmont tote handbag, pounds 195 at John Lewis (top) Fiorelli Lorenzo colour block satchel, pounds 59, and Pied a Terre houndstooth swing coat, pounds 235, at House of Fraser (left); Sofie D''Hoore Fez oversized bag, pounds 437, Cherbourg jacket, pounds 993, and Passos trousers, pounds 377, from Fenwick (right)
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2012
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