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What is “Collegecore” and How Best to Channel This Fall Fashion Trend?

Our edit of designer back to prep school style - what is the collegecore fashion trend and what are the best ways to wear it in fall 2021?

Who says back-to-school season is just for kids? Every fall, we find ourselves migrating toward those classic wardrobe staples that remind us of the ideal school experience. Could be elementary, high school or college, doesn’t matter – it’s the preppy look and the crisp morning air that make us feel like starting something new and interesting. If you’re similarly inclined, here’s our curated edit of iconic prep school style – we’re dubbing it the collegecore fashion trend – perfect for fall 2021.

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What is the collegecore fashion trend, and what are the best ways to wear it in fall 2021?

what is the collegecore fashion trend and what are the best ways to wear it in fall 2021?

what is the collegecore fashion trend and what are the best ways to wear it in fall 2021?

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12 best designer looks to channel the fall fashion 2021 collegecore trend

1. The loafer

Old School loafers are having a Moment right now. Meaning that you can find a pair that’s chic and sophisticated, like these coffee-colored loafers from Valentino Garavani. They’re made in Italy – and of course, they feature the requisite penny strap.

 

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2. The plaid skirt

Designer Grace Wales Bonner describes her Fall Winter 2021 collection as exploring “a world of Caribbean Thought and Black British intellectualism.” Her fresh take on the plaid skirt – the Kalimba – has layers and layers of meaning. It’s also seriously stylish.

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3. The knee socks

Midi hemlines teamed with loafers demand a chic pair of knee socks to complete the look. Like this GG-print pair from Gucci.

 

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4. The varsity letter jacket

Our go-to varsity bomber jacket is the timeless Saint Laurent Teddy. But if you want to amp up the look, to be sure that you appear to have swiped your boyfriend’s varsity jacket (or to have stolen one from your dad’s closet), we suggest this sassy take on a classic from Monse. In addition to this cropped version in red and white, this season the brand is also showing an oversized version in black and white. Your call.

 

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5. The chunky sweater

Nothing says back to school and “college core” like a chunky cable knit sweater. We love the rich autumn colors in this burgundy sweater from Erdem. The designer says it was inspired by vintage cricket uniforms – and the delicate grosgrain bow at the collar keeps it just refined enough for school days.

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6. The smart spectacles

Bottega Veneta’s tortoiseshell eyeglass frames will definitely make you look smarter. If you care about such things.

 

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7. The book bag

Everyone is familiar by now with the iconic Dior Book Tote. But you may not know that now they come in a smaller size, with a less prominent logo and a softer color palette. We love this warm taupe version, new for the fall season. It’s perfectly sized for keeping essentials close at hand.

what is the collegecore fashion trend and what are the best ways to wear it in fall 2021?

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8. The headband

We suggest going straight to the O.G. for the perfect college core headband: Jennifer Behr.  This new Layla headband in Sienna is a standout accessory for channeling the collegecore look.

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9. The satchel

We love the classic silhouette of the Cambridge Satchel Company’s original bag. This fall, the brand is featuring a collaboration with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. The limited edition satchels are handmade in England, and the colors match the interior of the iconic performance space. So, this red version is done in “the official Royal Opera House red,” with a panel of Harris Tweed tartan handmade in Scotland. A portion of the proceeds from every sale go to support the opera and ballet.

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10. The checked wool blazer

BLAZÉ MILANO delivers a classic windowpane check blazer with a nipped-in waist and the brand’s signature curved pockets.

 

what is the collegecore fashion trend and what are the best ways to wear it in fall 2021?

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11. the cute mini skirt

This season See by Chloé nails the fun flirty mini skirt that’s collegecore all day long.

 

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12. the knee high boots

Ganni’s khaki-green pull-on water-repellent boots are made from a recycled rubber blend partially sourced from pre-consumer waste, making them both stylish and sustainable. If you only buy one pair of boots this season, this one checks a lot of boxes.

 

Our edit of designer back to prep school style - what is the collegecore fashion trend and what are the best ways to wear it in fall 2021?

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best designer looks to channel the fall fashion 2021 collegecore trend

That’s our edit of designer back to prep school style this season, and the answer to the pressing question: what is this collegecore fashion trend, and what are the best ways to wear it in fall 2021? What do you think, dear reader? Ready to pull up your knee socks and hit the books?

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