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Remember the excitement you felt as a kid for the first day of school? OK, maybe it was more like dread, but you have to admit, your outfit choice was key. (You’ll never live down that New Kids on the Block T-shirt.) Even though you’re not headed back to class, take some inspiration from your school days with these on-trend pieces.

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A Varsity Jacket

Take the already cool bomber, add some Friday Night Lights vibes and you’ve got the perfect fall jacket. Opt for a monochromatic ensemble to keep the look more haute than homecoming game. 

Get the look: ASOS ($65); Urban Outfitters ($98); Marc Jacobs ($595)

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A Structured Jumper

Layered over a button-down, a sleeveless shift transforms into school-uniform-esque pinafore. Modern details like zippers ensure the look is 100 percent grown-up.

Get the look: White House Black Market ($160); Elizabeth and James ($365); Rag & Bone ($550)

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A Pair of Loafers

The timeless style is everywhere this season, and we couldn’t be happier—because, hi, it’s comfortable. Whether you go backless, heeled or classic, you’ll give any outfit a scholarly boost.

Get the look: Steven ($89); Everlane ($170); 3.1 Phillip Lim ($450)

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A Preppy Blazer

The workday go-to you already own feels especially versatile right now. Bonus points for double-breasted silhouettes or academic-inspired details like piping, stripes and crests. 

Get the look: Mango ($130); French Connection ($198); Smythe ($595)

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A Tie-Neck Dress

Raise your hand if Madeline made you think boarding school was the funnest place ever. We’re totally copying the redheaded heroine’s signature outfit: A chic bow is equal parts youthful and ladylike (not to mention oh-so-French).

Get the look: ASOS ($41); Wayf ($79); Michael Kors ($275)

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