As we near the end of the summer, we can’t help but feel nostalgic for that school-is-back-in-session excitement and the preppy dressing that goes along with it. This sentiment is not one that only we share, either. On the fall 2022 runways, the school spirit could not be missed, from timeless varsity-style jackets at Charles Jeffrey Loverboy to Prada’s pleated skirts, rugby polo shirts from Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch tracksuits, and the perfect polo courtesy of Wales Bonner. Fashion’s new-school take on collegiate prepster dressing is in many parts thanks to designers like Wales Bonner and Gucci, whose collections of retro athletic-inspired attire have brought back all the good things about your vintage school uniform. One of the great things about having a wardrobe of uniform classics is that it requires very little effort to get dressed in the morning—an especially important factor to consider as we begin our post-summer return to the office.

Scholarly style staples traditionally worn by the Ivy League elite—like cable-knit sweaters and logo-emblazoned cardigans—can be found from fashion-favorite brands Miu Miu and Gucci, while jock-approved rugby shirts from Kule and Rowing Blazers are also up for grabs. Autumnal argyles from Marni and Khaite and prep-school plaids from Blazé Milano and Sandro are a few fall patterns to replace your summertime florals and stripes. Sport workout attire with a ’70s flair courtesy of a pair of Adidas x Wales Bonner gym shorts, a Balenciaga cropped hoodie, or a vintage-inspired T-shirt from The Row. Retro sneakers are having a moment, of course, thanks in part to Tory Burch and Loewe.

Embracing your scholarly side has never looked chicer, and this crop of designers seems to think so too. This fall collegiate, preppy dressing takes on a high-fashion twist. Shop our edit of collegiate cardigans, varsity-style jackets, prep-school plaids, and more, below.

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Varsity-Style Jackets

Throw on a varsity-style jacket this fall to feel the school spirit. From Saint Laurent to Everlane, these jackets are jock approved.

Saint Laurent Teddy bomber jacket

Everlane The ReWool varsity bomber jacket

Thom Browne Milano stitch bomber jacket

Scotch & Soda varsity bomber jacket

Off-White Embroidered Patches varsity jacket

Givenchy cropped embroidered wool bomber jacket

Pleats, Please!

Preppy, pleated school skirts were all over the runways this season, from Prada and Wales Bonner to Miu Miu and Thom Browne. This is one school-uniform style to stock up on.

Wales Bonner Sitar pleated skirt

Miu Miu pleated raw-edge cotton low-rise midi skirt

The Row Vinsky pleated twill midi skirt

Thom Browne drop back pleated wool skirt

Prada pleated re-nylon skirt

Chopova Lowena Ocean pleated cotton midi skirt

Collegiate Cardigans and Cable-Knits

Scholarly style staples like cable-knit sweaters and logo-emblazoned cardigans can be found from fashion-favorite brands Miu Miu and Gucci. Chevron sweaters from Tory Burch and Lacoste feel especially retro.

Gucci knit cotton v-neck cardigan

Re/Done 50s v-neck cardigan

Tory Burch cotton ribbed chevron v-neck sweater

Lacoste collegiate sweater

Miu Miu lambswool cardigan

Prep-School Plaid Blazers

Prep-school plaid is a timeless fall print, and these checked blazers are the perfect return-to-office wardrobe staple. Pair with a pleated skirt to really enforce the schoolgirl style.

Veronica Beard Oria Dickey checked woven blazer

Madewell Caldwell double-breasted blazer

Sandro Jada Windowpane plaid blazer

Gucci Love Parade checked linen-blend blazer

Blazé Milano Kaos houndstooth wool-twill suit jacket

Argyle All the Time

Like plaid, argyle is another autumnal pattern to consider when building your fall wardrobe. Think of it as a welcome replacement for your summer florals and stripes.

Khaite Hana Argyle-intarsia cashmere polo sweater

Marni long-sleeve argyle cardigan

Ganni argyle wool-blend sweater vest

Manors Golf off-white lambswool cardigan

Miu Miu intarsia knit cashmere sweater

Purdey argyle cotton vest

The Perfect Knit Polo

Designers like Wales Bonner, Gucci, and Thom Browne have mastered the preppy knit polo. Slouchier in style, these look perfect tucked into a pleated skirt or pant.

Gucci cotton knit polo top with stripe

Bottega Veneta striped open-knit cotton-blend polo shirt

Ralph Lauren cable-knit cotton polo sweater

Extreme Cashmere No.198 Salamander stretch-cashmere rugby sweater

Nili Lotan Peyton cotton knit polo sweater

Thom Browne striped polo shirt

Rugby Rules

At Louis Vuitton’s fall 2022 show, the final looks featured striped rugby shirts tied around the models’ waists. If that’s not a sign to invest in the style, then we don’t know what is.

Kool The Women’s Rugby shirt

Everlane The Premium-Weight rugby shirt

Mackintosh wool knitted rugby shirt

Rowing Blazers block stripe rugby shirt

Ralph Lauren striped cropped jersey rugby shirt

Track and Field

Designer tracksuits from Tory Burch, Wales Bonner, and Gucci are elevated versions of your dad’s tracksuits from the ’70s.

Adidas x Wales Bonner WB recycled-fibre blend track jacket

Adidas x Wales Bonner WB recycled-fibre blend jersey track pants

Tory Burch Retroknit track jacket

Tory Burch Retroknit flare track pants

Gucci cropped webbing-trimmed printed tech-jersey track jacket

Gucci webbing-trimmed printed tech-jersey track pants

Recreational Sports

Get physical in any of these retro-inspired workout styles. Gym class never looked so good!

Miu Miu printed cropped cotton sweatshirt

Balenciaga women’s Political Campaign shrunk zip-up hoodie

Adidas x Gucci cotton jersey

The Row Pomorie two-tone cotton t-shirt

Adidas x Wales Bonner Logo-embroidered jacquard-knit shorts

Retro Sneakers

Retro sneakers are having a moment, of course, especially with this navy-and-white style from Tory Burch and Adidas x Gucci’s red velvet Gazelles.

Adidas x Gucci women’s Gazelle sneakers

New Balance 2002R mesh and suede trainers

Loewe Ballet Runner leather and suede sneakers

Tretorn Nylite Plus sneakers