Channel Your Inner School Girl with These Preppy-Inspired Celebrity Outfits

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You’re probably out of school but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy wearing a cute preppy outfit. But if you’re worried about crossing the line between preppy-chic and costume-y, try looking up to these celebrities for some styling ideas:

1. Make it look more mature by adding lace touches

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon spotted at a hair salon in Beverly Hills, California on October 24, 2014

Reese Witherspoon exuded a preppy vibe with her white undershirt collar peeking out from her sweater. But her trick to looking great in this school girl-inspired attire is opting for a lace sweater and keeping it loose over the skirt. Throw in a pair of pumps to cement the look.

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2. Going for pleated skirts? Try something in leather

Chloe SimsChloe Sims and ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ cast arrive to film at the Freedom Bar in Wardour Street in London on October 15, 2014

Pleated skirts and collared shirts scream “school girl”. But to make it look more interesting, opt for pleated leather skirts instead.

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3. Wear your a-line skirt with a pair of tall boots

Diana VickersDiana Vickers outside the ITV studios in London on October 14, 2014

Think ‘60s school girl outfits. A-line skirts are a staple to that era. But rather than wearing a collared shirt, opt for high-neckline sweaters and then finish off the look with a pair of shin-high or knee-high boots for a nod to mod style.

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4. Look for a box-pleated skirt with a slightly longer length

Olivia PalermoOlivia Palermo arriving at Valentino Catwalk in Paris on July 9, 2014

One that sits just above your knees would give a classier effect just like what Olivia Palermo was wearing in this outfit. A long-sleeved collared top and a pair of sandals would work quite nicely with your skirt.

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5. Pick a tartan skirt with a modern silhouette

Holland RodenHolland Roden at the Alice and Olivia’s Fall 2014 Presentation – Arrivals in New York on February 2, 2014

Tartan skirts will always have a preppy vibe to them. Try something with a flounce shape or a modern mini cut for a more grown-up feel to your look.

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If these celebrities didn’t inspire you to tap into your inner school girl, we don’t know what will!

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