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Sweet Schoolgirl Style

Even though it’s Friday, some of us still had to go to school! After watching the film Bande a Part, I was inspired by Anna Karina’s academic-chic style. She is the epitome of the French schoolgirl in skirts in pleats and plaids, tights and sweaters. Here are my interpretations of her look.

(Jacket, Goodwill, $8 | T-shirt, T by Alexander Wang | Skirt, American Apparel | Shoes & bag, Vintage)

I can’t get enough of this blazer! The fabric content is a wool and cashmere blend, and the oversized fit is just perfect. I’m wearing it here with my AA circle skirt (which I’ve also been obsessed with—I have it in three colors!). I took a cue from Karina and added thigh high socks and a pair of loafers to complete my look.

(Blouse, Vintage | Skirt, Buffalo Exchange, $14 | Hat, H&M | Bag, Urban Outfitters X Pendleton)

Can we just talk about this skirt? It’s vintage Pendleton—I will always be a lover of everything Pendleton. The quality of the wools and the intricate, beautiful patterns are works of art. Genuine vintage Pendleton products aren’t necessarily hard to find, but they usually retail for about as much as current pieces do.) Remember the Pendleton X Opening Ceremony collection?) And finally, with my bag, I decided to “go there” by mixing old and new Pendleton prints. How many times did I just say Pendleton?

(Dress worn as top, American Apparel | Skirt, Goodwill, $4 | Bag, Goodwill, $2.5)

While searching the skirts section at the thrift store, this tiny pastel number caught my eye. Though I never really wear green, I couldn’t resist this minty hue. I chose an earthy mustard-colored bag to contrast with the cotton candy-colored skirt. Pastel colors look great on almost any skin tone, and I’m sure I’ll be rocking this skirt when fall comes with sheer blouses, crop tops, and tanks.

Are you milking your schoolgirl status in outfits like this?