Take Note: Schoolgirl Style to Copy This Fall
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Class Acts1 of 11
By Zoe Jones
It's never a bad idea to revisit the classroom for style inspiration—whether you're starting a new semester this fall or not. We studied up on ten of our favorite schoolgirl icons (everyone from Sandy Olsson in Grease to Clueless's Cher Horowitz) to help you copy their looks and make the grade with this season's trends.
Coat Check2 of 11
Ali MacGraw's timeless style in Love Story made collegiate prep covetable. Adopt a similar vibe this fall with a chic belted coat in classic camel.
SHOP NOW: Stefanel coat, $327
Saddle Up3 of 11
As The Last Picture Show's flirtatious tease Jacy Farrow, Cybill Shepherd sported a naughty-but-nice style. We particularly love this iconic outfit: a knotted plaid shirt, high-waisted pants and saddle shoes. Team this authentic-looking pair with similar items—just ditch the white socks to avoid looking too dated.
SHOP NOW: Pinup Couture shoes, $38
Skirt Chaser4 of 11
Played by Olivia Newton-John, Sandy Olsson in Grease was the original good girl gone bad (sorry, Rihanna!). Her wholesome outfits inspire us, especially since those full skirts and pretty blouses echo this season's trends. Try this printed skirt with a graphic tee for a contemporary version of this 1950s look.
SHOP NOW: MSGM skirt, $475
Short Term5 of 11
Though she wore the same outfit throughout the entire film, Sloane Peterson in Ferris Bueller's Day Off was undoubtedly the coolest girl in school—and not just because she was Ferris's girlfriend. Steal her style with these wide-leg Bermuda shorts (and don't forget to add a white fringed jacket!).
SHOP NOW: Bless shorts, $425
In Bloom6 of 11
No one does '80s granny chic quite like Molly Ringwald's Andie in Pretty in Pink. Her offbeat style influenced a whole generation of schoolgirls, so channel the look by layering floral pieces in a similar color palette and going heavy on the accessories.
SHOP NOW: Zara top, $50
Get Sneaky7 of 11
As the school's most popular cheerleader in Can't Buy Me Love, Cindy Mancini's wardrobe included plenty of cool-girl staples, like letterman jackets, button-downs and oversize earrings. We're partial to her preppy white sneakers. which you can team with ankle socks for true cheerleader style.
SHOP NOW: Alexander McQueen PUMA sneakers, $160
Cold Shoulder8 of 11
Power blazers equaled popularity, at least it did for the cool clique in Heathers (their perms didn't hurt either). This classic '80s trend has made a comeback, so make your own statement with a double-breasted jacket. Try it with a pencil skirt for an important meeting or your favorite pair of jeans for a more casual look.
SHOP NOW: Dorothy Perkins blazer, $55
Check Mate9 of 11
Cher's quirky style is just as relevant today as it was when Clueless premiered in 1995. From knee-high socks to argyle prints, her preppy-meets-girlie style made us all want to enroll in Beverly Hills High. Wear this tartan mini with a loose sweater and ankle boots for a fresh take on a schoolgirl classic.
SHOP NOW: Miss Selfridge skirt, $61
Overall Success10 of 11
Before Laney Boggs walked down those stairs in that tight red dress in She's All That, she actually rocked a laid-back, grunge-inspired look—even if it went underappreciated by her high school classmates. Get her style by layering a silk printed blouse over these denim overalls.
SHOP NOW: Topshop overalls, $76
Varsity Team11 of 11
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Emma Watson played a student who was stylish without trying too hard. Her '90s crop tops, floral prints and moto jackets feel decidedly current now. Nail the look in a letterman varsity jacket, a spring trend that's still major for fall.
SHOP NOW: Chicnova jacket, $54