Collegiate Inspired Style

Every fall I find myself gravitating towards the collegiate inspired style. Rugby Ralph Lauren (2004-2013) was a brand that embodied this look perfectly, and I picked up many pieces while it was around that I still wear and treasure. It’s still easy to get that Ivy-League style that mixes the academia inspired pieces with items that are less fussy for the perfect on-campus look.

IMG_0563For this outfit I wanted to bring a more casual approach to the collegiate look with this varsity-style sweatshirt (I’m wearing a boy’s medium) layered over an oxford cloth button down. My hat has an old english letter R on it, and I completed the look with fringe loafers that I’ve had for over 4 years and are still my most comfortable shoe. This vintage-inspired Dooney & Bourke crossbody bag polishes off the look. My favorite piece in the entire look does not show up well in the photograph, but it’s my grandmother’s 1948 class ring. Sadly I have never met her, but her style inspires me today.

Collegiate style includes, but is not limited to:

  • rugby stripes
  • old english (or gothic) letters on clothing
  • tweed
  • blazers
  • loafers
  • varsity letters
  • tie material
  • fair isle
  • cricket sweaters
  • plaid
  • anything borrowed from when your parents (or grandparents) were in school

Here are some of my favorite photos showing examples of collegiate style:

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all images via pinterest

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