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6 Varsity Style Essentials


6 Varsity Style Essentials

6 Varsity Style Essentials

Posted by Leigh Roldan on


School's out, but that doesn't mean we still can't take style cues from college classrooms. With the rise of styles like light academia, old money, and classic design in recent years, as well as the popularity of the new (and old) Gossip Girl series, there's no question why preppy and varsity looks are so hot right now.

But what is the varsity and preppy aesthetic? Influenced by prep school attire and Ivy League colleges, 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 outfits, check out the top 6 varsity style essentials you need to nail that preppy look:

Game, Set, Match

The pivotal piece of preppy 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 with high socks and white sneakers.


Button up shirts are another staple piece of preppy style. This super versatile piece can either be worn on it's own as a top with jeans, or layered with other pieces such as under a blazer or coat. Our favourite way to style this number is underneath an oversized sweater, exposing the collar and paired with wide leg jeans or a tennis skirt.

Tailored To You

Turn 9 to 5 style to street style with our wide range of chic tailored pants. Give college professor or dark academia vibes with a sweater vest and loafers, or make it more modern with wide leg silhouette trousers and match with a cropped sweatshirt or tailored vest. Then, complete the look with shoes like heels, Mary Janes or boat shoes.

Vest In Show

Speaking of vests... tailored vests are an easy add-on to your outfit to take it from casual to preppy. While in the past knitted vests ruled supreme when it came to the varsity trend, these days it's the tailored vest. Wear it as a top with matching or contrasted tailored trousers or take a more casual approach and pair with straight leg jeans and sneakers or sandals.

Let's Get Active

Take your varsity looks off duty with Ally's collection of activewear for women. From track shorts and track pants to graphic tees, sweaters and varsity jackets, create an ode to varsity uniform with these comfy items. Make it extra stylish by adding pieces like a corset top or white tee. Or try layering your matching activewear sets or active unitards underneath blazers, jackets or oversized button up shirts.

A Touch Of Utility

Make your 'fits extra trendy with a dash of cargo and utility flair. In an outfit with a button up shirt or sweater, simply switch out the bottoms (such as tailored pants and wide leg jeans) with utility or Y2K pieces like cargo jeans, cargo skirts and even low rise jeans. And vice versa, you can pair a pleated skirt with a shrug set or corset top to achieve the same on-trend look.

Bonus: Complete The Look

We can't forget accessories - the perfect finishing touch to any look. For any preppy or varsity outfit, opt for practical accessories like utility cross body bags and brown-toned sunglasses, as well as headwear like baseball caps and dad hats.

With preppy and varsity styles having a major moment right now, it's no wonder why having these items in your closet is a must have! This style is all about layering with coats and