By Alexandra Taylor
This season back to school is not only a term associated with college students, but also marked as a trend making its way from the Fall 2010 runways to the racks of department stores and designer boutiques alike. So dust off those collegiate v-neck sweaters, navy blazers, and pleated skirts, because this fall the style-savvy woman will have a little prep in her step. The new collegiate styles gracing the runways are smart, witty, and sophisticated.
Pair a great v-neck sweater or cardigan with a crisp classic button down, throw on a blazer or trench and your set for the academic inspired season. J Crew, a company synonymous with classic and conservative-wear with a spark, is a great buy for traditional basics and scholarly attire. From merino wool cardigans and tweed boyfriend blazers to school girl flannel ankle boots, J Crew carries a variety of quintessential pieces to amp up your wardrobe.
Available: 91 Fifth Avenue NY 10003
Rag and Bone, a label founded on the premise of craftsmanship and a dedication to creating classic yet modern sportswear, has made quite a name for itself since launching in 2002. The combination of quality fabric and traditional construction has pushed the label to the top of the industry as an innovative yet refined sportswear collection. The attention for detail and innovative twists on the classic provides one-of-kind pieces that will remain a staple in a woman’s wardrobe. Rag and Bone will open their fourth Manhattan based store on the Upper West Side in October, with three more in the West Village, SoHo, and NoLITa.
Available: 276 Elizabeth Street NY 10012
Another designer with a twist on American classics is Boy. by Band of Outsiders, the womenswear line in collaboration with Band of Outsiders by Scott Sternberg. With a quirky, neo-American take on traditional sportswear, Boy. by Band of Outsiders has become popular among celebrities and fashion savvy woman alike. This season’s collection is full of great finds from mélange wool cropped sweaters, a skirt produced from classic neckties, to pristinely tailored double breasted flannel blazers.