Published on September 1, 2018

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Style Editor Elaina Sullivan is channeling a preppy back-to-school look for her fall style—think crisp plaid prints, retro desk lamps, and colorful, but classic, notebooks to set the tone for the season ahead.

Bellhop Lamp by Barber + Osgerby for Flos
I’m obsessed with this vermilion revamp of the library lamp.

Poltrona 119 Chair by Dimore Studio, Matter and Shape

In college, I stored my ugly dorm room desk chair in my parents’ basement, swapping in a statement seat. This would have been my dream version.

Cloud Print Notebook by Emilio Braga, CW Pencils, $18
Harriet the Spyfans, unite! A more colorful take on the black-and-white classic is here.

Wexford Fabric, Ralph Lauren Home
Tartan upholstery for every piece in your pad.

Cheerleader Top, HPC Trading Co., $288
Squad goals defined.

Cedric Desk by Kay + Stemmer for Scp, The Future Perfect, $3,910
A handsome design that will live beyond your study hall days. (Try styling as a vanity post-graduation.)

Brass Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco
Ditch the ole No. 2 for a brass beauty that you’ll keep forever.

Tartan Patchwork Wallet by Comme des Garçons, Dover Street Market, $207
The accessory to channel your inner punk—bonus points if you don’t lose it at the kegger.

Footwear Needlepoint Belt, Mister Mort, $195
An updated needlepoint so you won’t have to raid your dad’s closet to get all the Ivy League feels.

Classic Socks, Henrik Vibskov Boutique, $30
Rugby-chic even for those on the sidelines.

Round Shaped N3 Glasses by Kuboraum, Henrik Vibskov Boutique
Keeping it smart and cool.

Versace F/W 2018
Donatella says you don’t have to be an undergrad to rock the head-to-toe back-to-school look.

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue with the headline “Prep Rally.”

See more fall trends we’re loving:
5 Design Trends to Know for Fall 2018
12 Super Rad Mirrors That Can Double as Art
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