The Return Of ’80s Prep (And How To Do It Today)

Start binging those classic John Hughes movies on Netflix and revisit your country club best because ‘80s prep is making a return—but with a millennial twist. It girls are bringing back polo shirts, cable knit sweaters and tennis whites, but with their own sartorial touch—be it insouciant leather accessories, an editorial statement heel or unexpected nips, tucks and cuts to a classic prep-school silhouette.

Alexa Chung's Prep-School Layers

A studded belt, distressed boyfriend jeans and Gucci horsebit sandals edge up Alexa Chung’s preppy oxford shirt and sweater-over-the-shoulders pairing. (She’s totally channeling Steff, by the way. Pretty in Pink reference, anyone?)

Photo: @chungalexa

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Pandora Sykes' Pumped Up Polo

Fashion Editor, stylist and all-around posh gal Pandora Sykes took the preppy polo shirt and tennis-white pants for a summery spin. By opting for modern cuts and pairing the staples with unexpected oxblood sandals, the look feels of the moment.

Photo: @pinsykes

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Taylor Swift's Buttoned-Up Oxford

Wayfarers and a crisp white oxford shirt might call to mind visions of Tom Cruise in Risky Business but Taylor Swift made the look feel modern with a pair of black, up-to-there shorts. Showing off that much leg is so very 21st century.

Photo: @taylorswift

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