One of the many markers signaling the seasonal switch — aside from flailing temps — is the eager flock of students sharpening pencils, shaking off the summer, and shuffling back to class for the new school year. But, just because you aren’t joining the wide-eyed sea of pupils, that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on bookish goodies and relish in academic-inspired (but totally mature) fashion.
We're talking oxfords, collared tops, and fitted blazers, here — and there are plenty of ways to channel scholarly style in a grown-up arena. Plus, these prep-tastic pieces can go from work to after-hours in a snap. Want proof? We’ve culled 24 standout items that capture that school-in-session feel while still remaining adult-friendly. See our A+ picks ahead.