The New Preppy Uniform Is All Grown Up
Photo: Sharif Hamza

We always have our eyes on the latest trends, and in recent months, we’ve noticed a rise in standout pieces that resemble the classic school uniform. Yes, preppy style has taken center stage and the influence of the schoolgirl has made its way into mainstream fashion. And though gathering style inspiration from a simple uniform may sound juvenile, you can actually make the trend your own all grown up bold shoulders, pussy bows, and tomboy influences.

Easily create instant polish and poise by trying out this look, which brings a classic and vintage feel into our modern world. With everything constantly changing, this Instagram aesthetic comes at the perfect time. Consider it a little nostalgia and a lot chic.

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Markarian Pink Sweetheart Neckline Cardigan

The perfect cardigan is a must-have if you want to nail the school uniform style. Just think Britney Spears in her iconic “…Baby One More Time” music video.

Carel Alice White Leather Mary Janes

Mary Janes aren’t just for kids these days. This shoe trend is the perfect way to showcase your favourite socks, meaning we’ll need a pair in every colour.

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The ’70s Schoolgirl

MICHAEL Michael Kors Checked Twill Blazer

If you’re looking to implement that schoolgirl style into your wardrobe, the first step is a tailored blazer. Anything with a preppy print and you’re already there.

Another Tomorrow Exaggerated Bow Blouse

To nail the school uniform style, you’ll want to stock up on white button-downs. This sustainable choice from Another Tomorrow is worth the investment since you’re sure to wear it again and again.

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For the Tomboy

Co Taupe Wide-Leg Pant

Put a classic spin on outdated khakis with these chic flared-leg pants. They’re an aspect of the school uniform we’re giving an upgrade.

Another Tomorrow Double-Breasted Linen Jacket

As trends come and go, it’s never a bad idea to have a few classic blazer styles on hand. Meet an iconic version that is worth investing in. Crafted from breezy linen, you’ll find true comfort in this one.

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The Must-Have Headband

Jennifer Behr Cruz Headband

Nothing gives you eternal youth like a headband. The schoolgirl look collides with one of the most popular fabrics of 2020: leather.

Lele Sadoughi Graduated Pearl Velvet Strand Headband

For the ultra-feminine girl, always accessoriSe with pearls. This exclusive headband also makes for a great gift and the perfect accessory for the holidays.

After-School Sports

Ganni Software Isoli Crew-Neck Sweatshirt

Elevate your sweatshirt with the high quality fabric and thoughtfully crafted fit that makes this one special. Your trips to the gym can be just as stylish as your other weekend plans.

Tory Sport Pleated-Hem Tennis Skirt

That simple tennis skirt you wore for after-school practice will come in handy once again. Pleats, please! 

You Can’t Forget a Plaid Skirt

Nanushka Blair Gathered Double-Breasted Vegan Leather Blazer

A leather blazer is sure to be your new best friend this season. Another upgrade to the classic school uniform staple pieces, it has a buttery soft feel that is more than enough convincing.

Veronica Beard Roman Checked Tweed Miniskirt

When our mind thinks of the school uniform, it goes straight to the plaid miniskirt. Bend the rules a little bit with one that’s not quite knee length for a flattering fit.

Some Prep in Your Step

Tom Ford Ribbed-Knit Virgin Wool Sweater Vest

You’ve already seen sweater vests everywhere this season and for good reason. Layer one on for an effortless upgrade to any look. Just pair with your favorite turtleneck, button-down, T-shirt, or printed top.

The Row Leather Ballet Flats

Loafers will meet you at the intersection between comfort and style. This is a pair that will go with everything in your closet; the possibilities are endless.  

Prada or Nada

Prada Appliquéd Checked Wool Minidress

The details on this dress are what make it so special. Take the classic menswear print and combine it with this feminine pinafore style to get the perfect schoolgirl-inspired look. The added bow is just the icing on the cake. 

Class Is in Session

Staud Jo Vest

Another day, another vest. This one has added pearl detailing that makes it stand out from the rest. Unfasten the buttons as you please.

Thom Browne Cotton Oxford Shirtdress

A shirtdress is an easy solution to any day when you don’t know what to wear. Layering is key so add a vest on top or your favourite sweater underneath to make this look your own. 

Just Add a Dramatic Blouse

Ganni Peter Pan-Collar Cotton-Poplin Shirt

The oversized collar has been a statement trend that has taken over the closets of the fashion crowd in the past year. It’s just another side effect of the school uniform style, so if you haven’t bought into it yet, now is the time. 

LouLou Studio Moretta Pants

You can’t forget the perfect trouser that will go with everything. This one puts comfort first making it the ideal closet staple. 

This article first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.