Style Syllabus: Go Collegiate With Your High School Uniform

If you've ever worn a uniform, you know the value of sartorial freedom better than anyone. But now that you're in college and at least a few months (if not years) out of your jumpers, aren't you feeling just a twinge of nostalgia? Take it from us girls who never got the chance to don a uni: a school girl's uniform deserves to be more than a slutty Halloween costume. But wearing a uniform is not like riding a bike: You've got to make some styling updates, or you'll be mistakenly welcomed as a prospective student. Check out these fearless combinations to turn the awkward staples of your youth into trend-savvy ensembles worthy of your collegiate status!
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Navy Skirts and Dresses — These boring basics become showstoppers when layered with bright colors and prints.

Land's End Box Pleat Skirt, $40, available at Land's End; Mikkat Market Multi-Color Printed Shirt, $44, available at Mikkat Market.
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Long Shorts — We predicted a welcome departure from butt-cheek-baring denim shorties for 2012, and the knee-length shorts you so loathed in school are a perfect way to get in on this trend. Top the look off with the patterned, layered pieces that you weren't allowed to don before college.

J.Crew 7" Chino Short, $48, available at J.Crew.
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Sweater Vest — No longer reserved for nerds and Chandler Bing, vests look great with tailored trousers or layered under a cropped jacket.

Need Supply Eloise Coat, $29.99, available at Need Supply; Old Navy Girl's Uniform Sweater Vests, $16.94, available at Old Navy; Funktional Trousers, $133, available at Shopbop.

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