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Close your eyes and try to remember which drawer your college sweatshirt is stowed away in. TBH, I forgot at first too. But if HBO’s Insecure didn’t spark the idea to retrieve it as Issa Dee and Molly Carter headed to their reunion at the start of season five, then perhaps all these smart outfit ideas will. When you see how the fashion crew’s working their old memorabilia into their outfits, you’re going to want to do it too — college experience or cringeworthy memories be damned.
There are countless ways to master the trend with class — a hoodie looks surprisingly cool as the foundation of a striped suit with loafers or slashed and worn as a crop top with a midi skirt and belt bag. Read on to keep the inspiration coming, then shop some of our favorite “college” gear available now. Even if it’s a made-up university (shall we call it “faux”?) or an inauthentic version of Ivy League wear, we promise you’ll think these picks are just as rad as the ones you wore when you were an undergrad.