Who says kids should get to have all the fun? So we’re not really headed back to school this September, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t reflecting fondly on what we used to wear way back when. In fact, we’ll admit that right around this time every year, we queue up old episodes of prep-school classics like Gossip Girl and The O.C. and take a walk down memory lane for a little style inspiration.
For 2017, we’re embracing those student-favored staples like preppy polos and handy backpacks, all with an updated, grown-up twist. You may have once owned these style staples, but this time around, there’s nothing childish about them. So breathe easy—there’s no picture day on the horizon, but you can still make the most of back-to-school style.
Read on for a walk down memory lane and to shop our favorite back-to-school picks to wear now!
We’ll never forget the agony over deciding exactly what to wear on the very first day of school. To us, these dresses are perfect—polished and a little preppy.
Try layering this dress with an ivory collared blouse underneath.
The comfiest way to dress at the office.
No student’s wardrobe is complete without a backpack (usually stuffed full of heavy textbooks), but for us adults, sleek, understated takes on the style make the ideal choice for the office or running errands.
A unique take on your summer straw bag.
The grown-up version of your high school backpack.
You may not frequent the playground much anymore, but that doesn’t mean you’re not constantly on the go. You need a pair of sneakers that will look cool no matter what you’re up to.
Bella Hadid can't stop wearing these retro sneakers.
Why wear white sneakers when you can have them in Millennial Pink?
This season, polo shirts are making a major comeback. Our favorites: styles with zip details that feel totally 2016.
The perfect complement to high-waisted flare jeans.
We're loving this sailor-inspired polo shirt.
It’s time to accept that preppy prints like plaid and houndstooth are worthy of a spot in your fall wardrobe. A pair of wide-leg trousers or culottes is a great way to get your print on.
We love these super high-waisted trousers with a graphic tee.
Finish off the look with the matching blazer.
Okay, hear us out on this one. We’ve got major nostalgia for the stylish stocks we once complained to Mom about having to wear. Sheer or scrunchable socks will look super cool now paired with sneakers or a killer pair of heels.
For the street style star in all of us.