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

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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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Patent Leather Horsebit T-Strap Sandal

$640

Gucci

Le Skinny Mid-Rise Jeans

$219

Frame Denim

Cable-Knit Sweater

$25

H&M

Joy Cotton Oxford Shirt

$295

Joseph

Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer in The Warning

$22

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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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Baris Leather Slingback Sandal

$225

Via Spiga

Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1975 Red

$32

Charlotte Tilbury

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Acetate Sunglasses

$150

White Smart Culottes

$70

River Island

Tavo Tie-Back Silk Shirt

$1,186

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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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Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss

$28

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Pull-On Shorts

$50

Madewell

Black Lace Loafers

$846

Nicholas Kirkwood

Sleeveless Tie Blouse

$18

H&M

Ray-Ban The Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses

$155

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