A Downtown-Cool Take on the Schoolgirl Look for Fall

This stylish street style inspiration is a welcome throwback to our collegiate days, only much, much cooler. Call it nostalgia, but we are still all about schoolgirl pleats, especially when worn alongside sleek, elevated pieces. Thanks to this shot, we now have a great way to wear a pleated skirt or dress that's appropriate for the crisp air on the horizon. That said, we're taking major style cues on how to style pleats this season.

A coat is always essential, but rather than stick with your usual black or navy coat, why not switch things up with a fresh windowpane print for a more graphic feel? This piece can be layered over the pleated dress or skirt of your choosing, and then you can complete the ensemble with chic sunglasses, a mini quilted bag, warm tights, and pointed-toe ankle boots for the ultimate downtown-cool feel.

Scroll on to see the street style shot and how to get the look.

A graphic printed coat instantly adds a cool factor to any outfit.

Go hands-free with a mini quilted bag that you can wear on your shoulder or crossbody-style.

This may just be the comfiest pleated dress ever.

These pointed-toe boots are perfect no matter the season.

Do you share our love for pleats? Tell us in the comments below!

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