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Four ways to rock the varsity style this season

Take inspiration from the classroom to your wardrobe.
November 26, 2021 9:24 a.m. EST

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Gossip Girl fans rejoice—preppy style is seeing a resurgence! Think letterman jackets and rugby shirts mixed with classic scholarly looks straight from the classroom. The varsity jacket is fall’s biggest outerwear trend for all your cozy-weather outfits, ready to replace your go-to leather jacket and oversized blazer with a prep-meets-sport alternative.

But you don't need to be an athlete or Sporty Spice to try this trend! Style expert Mana Mansour highlights four looks to rock this trend and shares tips on how to feel confident doing so.

Plaid outerwear 

Nothing screams classic school girl more than plaid, and a great way to incorporate this trend is in your outerwear! All scales of plaid work here, but Mana suggests going for more neutral colour combinations so you get more versatility with the piece. Keep the silhouette classic—double or single-breasted style is more of an homage to the collegiate look. 


Grey Newsboy Cap, $16.99, Winners

Glen Check Plaid Coat, $229.99, EVER NEW Melbourne

White Shirt Dress, $39.99, Winners

Grey Sweater Vest, $29.99, Winners

Grey Leather Purse, $59.99, Winners

Patent Leather Boots, $292.95, Nordstrom

Penny loafers

Penny loafers are quintessential to the collegiate trend and there are so many different options out there right now. We're seeing a lot of heavier rubber lug soles, as well as unique fabrics to make them pop! Embellishments are also key because they can take your loafers from boring to boss.


Houndstooth Blazer, $149.99, Winners

Striped Cardigan, $36.80, Nordstrom

Vegan leather skirt, $89.99, EVER NEW Melbourne

Rebecca Minkoff cross-body bag, $328, Nordstrom

Black Patent Loafers, $79.90, Zara

Letterman sweater

You don't need to be captain of the football to rock this trend! Adding a letterman sweater is a fresh update to your knitwear, and adds a casual touch to even more elevated pieces. Even if it doesn't have a letter on it, the key characteristics to look for are oversized, a v-neck, and a contrasting stripe along the hem. The sweater can be layered with different pieces, like blouses and turtlenecks. 


Green turtleneck, $19.90, Zara

Forever 21 Letterman Sweater, $40.00, *not available online, check other styles at Hudson’s Bay

Noize Trench Coat, $315, Nordstrom

Plaid pleated skirt, $119, EVER NEW Melbourne

Strathberry Embossed Croc purse, $870, Nordstrom

Combat Boots, $149.99, Winners

Pleated skirt 

Pleated skirts have come back with a vengeance, especially in shorter hemlines! You can go for the traditional plaid, but if you're looking for a more fashion-forward look, Mana suggests trying unique hues and colours. 

Vegan leather is also a hot fall trend right now. Pair the skirt with the same colour tights to create a more sophisticated and seamless look. If you're worried it may be too youthful, just make sure the skirt hits at the knee or just below. 


Maje Plaid Skirt, $238, Hudson’s Bay

Vegan leather skirt, $89.99, EVER NEW Melbourne