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6 Varsity Style Essentials

02.26.24Alyssa Foster

6 Varsity Style Essentials

6 Varsity Style Essentials

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School's out, but that doesn't mean we still can't take style cues from the field. With the comeback of ‘90s and ‘00s style, as well as the love for nostalgic and retro style in recent years, there’s no question why varsity looks are so hot right now.

But what is the varsity aesthetic? Influenced by prep school attire and colleges (or universities, on this side of the pond), this style takes inspiration from varsity sports and college uniforms. Taking pieces like varsity jackets and tennis skirts to create a timeless and transitional aesthetic that has spanned decades.

If you're wondering how to style varsity inspired outfits, check out the top 6 varsity style essentials you need to nail that sporty chic look:

Check It Out

Too cool for school? Channel the ‘90s grunge aesthetic with check print in moody tones. We’re talking navy blue, burgundy and deep purple. Offering a unique blend of nostalgia and modernity, you’re sure to stand out wherever you go. Rock a check dress with white sneakers and a headband for days out or try a check skirt with a crop top and ballet flats for casual occasions.

Let's Get Active

Activewear isn't just for the gym anymore; it's a lifestyle. Great for looking on-trend while staying comfy, you’ll be ready for anything your day throws at you. Whether you opt for an active top and leggings or a fitted unitard, it’s the perfect outfit for casual dates and running errands. Just throw on a hoodie, knee high socks and chunky sneakers, and you’re good to go.

Back On Track

Prefer something even comfier? Take your varsity looks off duty with Ally's collection of track pants and track shorts for women. For an outfit that’ll have you saying “Put me in coach”, just mimic the varsity uniform with these ultra-comfy pieces - bonus points for side stripes! Go for a monochromatic look with a matching top or add a cropped hoodie to keep it chic.

Team Player

Elevate your t-shirt game with graphic tees and jerseys! From breathable mesh to cosy cotton, get into the sporty spirit with a jersey featuring a squad number and city or a baby tee with a cute slogan. Pair them with high-waisted jeans or add a dash of feminine flair with a maxi skirt and colourful kicks.

Vest In Show

The perfect blend of varsity and preppy styles, knitted vests still reign supreme. Whether you opt for a cropped or oversized fit, wear it as a top by itself or over a long sleeve button-up shirt with a tennis skirt. Want a more casual approach? Just match it with straight leg jeans and loafers.

Game, Set, Match

The pivotal piece of varsity style is the tennis or pleated skirt. It features iconic pleats and a mini length, enjoyed on and off the court. Tennis skirts perfectly toe the line between sporty chic and feminine. For classic styling, pair your tennis skirt with a collared shirt under a sweatshirt or sweater vest with high socks and white sneakers.

With varsity styles having a major moment right now, it's no wonder why having these items in your closet are a must have! To hit your 'fits out of the park, check out our MVP collection online or head into any Ally Fashion Australia store to update your wardrobe with the latest styles!