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In which drawer do you keep your old college sweatshirt? Find it, and you’ll find endless outfit inspiration.
Thanks to the light and dark academia aesthetic that’s running rampant on TikTok — and largely because of the “Euphoria” effect on fashion, with Cassie, Maddie, Lexi and Kat often making statements in argyle miniskirts and polos — the collegiate aesthetic is trending. Of course, it’s easier to express your personality when you’re repping your own personal memorabilia, so think of your hoodie as your most expressive accoutrement.
Style stars offer more ways to master this trend with class, taking the college sweatshirt from the small screen to the streets. Take a tip from some of our favorite TV characters like Issa Dee and Molly Carter in their reunion on HBO’s “Safe” season five. They memorably teamed their Stanford University throwbacks with wide-leg jeans, a Telfer bag, a miniskirt, heeled sandals and a Bottega Veneta crossbody.
Your college hoodie will look amazingly fresh as the base of your pantsuit, complete with a pair of loafers or cropped below the bust and styled with a low-slung midi skirt and waist bag.
Read on for continued inspiration, then shop some of our favorite college dresses available now, from affordable designs to new styles. Even if you choose to play at an Ivy League college you didn’t actually attend, you’ll get bonus points for looking cooler than you did as an undergrad in any of these outfits.