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One-Minute Makeover Tip: Do the Varsity Thing With a Polished Twist

The sporty vibe first got its stylish overhaul via Isabel Marant's pumped-up kicks and Rag & Bone's slick tuxedo-meets-racer stripe trousers. Now, it's more than a little evident that the athletic aesthetic has taken a turn for the outright academic. Welcome to the "new school" of sporty, where classic letterman jackets get the polished treatment, baseball caps aren't just for playing ball (and bad hair days), and preppy argyle prints prove perfect for low-key crewneck sweatshirts.

But don't take our word for it, look to our latest crop of style setters for easy OMM (that's code for one-minute makeover, of course) inspiration. The thing is, you don't have to invest in a new set of clothes to achieve a similar brand of too-cool-for-school. In fact, we think it's worth a little journey to the back of your closet — and into your high school styling archives — to nail this look. Interest piqued? Keep reading for our 60-second makeover tips, and perhaps some extra credit, too.

  • Don't limit your varsity jacket (purchased this season, or literally pulled from your days as a high-school jock) to the casual jeans-and-tee combo. It's as cool — and as sophisticated — as a more toned-down, monochromatic blazer. Here's why: the shape of a varsity jacket is strong, structural, and provides just the perfect amount of personality. Paired with a chic LBD and ankle-strap heels, you won't have to worry about the statement jewels. In this case, your outerwear says it all, with a nostalgic sporty twist.
  • Not feeling the sporty toppers? You can err on the side of subtlety with a baseball cap. We're serious. As shown in spades here, you can offset the overt athletic vibe more than one way. Add a crisp white collared blouse and tailored trousers to up the ante on your look; juxtapose the laid-back accessory with a boldly printed pencil skirt; or punch up the textural intrigue with a classic tweedy cardigan.
  • Perhaps one of the easiest, albeit coolest, ways to wear your elevated sportsman slant is this: style a letterman sweater (or again, an argyle printed iteration) with ankle-cut skinny jeans and your favorite pair of kicks. Not only is it a no-brainer, but you'll achieve an equally balanced equation of varsity-inspired meets polished professional.
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