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Everything old is new again,” as the saying goes. Chances are what you donned in high school is making its way back, if it hasn’t already.

Enter modern prepster: The key to freshening up this look is all in the attitude. The pieces themselves may echo something familiar but aim to mix bright and bold with subtle and classic. So, grab your flashiest headband a la Blair Waldorf and get ready for your own reboot, private school style.

If you’ve read the handbook, you already know that the blazer and the button-down shirt are the foundations of prep-dom.

The reboot: Blazers lean towards boxy cuts, while button-downs get an upgrade with ruffles or high collars. Bonus points for rockin’ bicycle short bottoms.

Cardigans and sweater vests also make a comeback.

The reboot: Look for more blingy buttons or brighter colors and patterns. And instead of khakis (yawn), pair with a “vleather” skirt or oversize shorts.

And finally, no outfit is complete without the shoes. Loafers, Mary Janes, and mules are once again in heavy rotation.

The boot. And the reboot: Color, color, color. Put down that oxblood and pick up the yellow! Expect chunkier heels and platforms, as well as embellishments like big tassels, buckles, and even faux fur.

When in doubt, remember the wise words of Serena: “People don’t tell you who you are, you tell them.”

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Rails Jac BLAZER, Vanessa TOP by Mille in black, biker SHORTS (stylist’s own), Gucci SUNGLASSES, Freda Salvador Ace lace-up BOOTS, and Alana large dome hoop EARRINGS by Loeffler Randell, all available from Oliver Clothing

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BA&SH Baylor CARDIGAN in ecru, AGoldE recycled leather SHORTS in detox, Gia tall BOOTS by Loeffler Randall, and Ann BAG by Anine Bing in black, all available from Oliver Clothing

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BA&SH Ckost BLAZER, Citizens of Humanity Kayla SHIRT in optic white, Citizens of Humanity Charlotte straight PANTS in oblivion, Gucci SUNGLASSES, Freda Salvador Keen MULES, and Eliot Signet gold RING and Edie Chain NECKLACE by Merewif, all available from Oliver Clothing

MODEL: Sydney Brainard (Directions USA) 

HAIR & MAKEUP: Claire Svensson, Delphine + James Salon 

STYLING ASSISTANT: Kelsey Hawkinberry

WARDROBE: Oliver Clothing, 1055 Military Cutoff Road #103

To view more of photographer Melissa Hebert’s work, go to melissahebertphoto.com

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