Your official studious girl autumn lookbook

Bookworms rejoice! It's studious girl autumn...and we've got perfect attendance in all plaid, argyle, houndstooth and glasses-framed glory. Keep things from being too serious by adding touches of sheer, neon and florals, and you'll be sweeter than fiction.

The Leather, the Wit and the Wardrobe

Flannel shirt, $20, Forever 21. Bodysuit, $89, House of CB London. Skirt, $59, Meshki. Boots, $170, Franco Sarto. Earrings, $10, Claire's. Blue light glasses, $40, Privé Revaux. Necklace, $114, Air & Anchor. Argyle socks, $15, H&M.

This isn't your average apple-picking shirt: A plaid button-down knotted over a sheer bodysuit and paired with a (p)leather mini is practically perfect (the early Britney Spears-era pigtails are optional).

A Tale of Two Prints

Sweater, $70, Loft. Skirt, $46, Girstunm. Flats, $180, Alterre. Headband, $14, MyFlowerAccessories. Blue light glasses, $40, Privé Revaux. Earrings, $180, Maison Miru. Bag, $20, Rainbow Shops. Socks, $20, LegsGalore.

A bold-shoulder houndstooth sweater, knee-length polka dot skirt and pearl-trimmed ankle socks all in graphic black and white hearken to the time when real books were the only way to read. Don't worry, though: The headband and nano top handle firmly ground this look in the audiobook age.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Plaid 

Bodysuit, $61, and dress, $85, Lili Sidonio. Shoes, $25, Rainbow Shops. Blue light glasses, $40, Privé Revaux. Earrings, $160, Maison Miru. Bag, $17, PrettyLittleThing. Tights, $15, Target.

It's librarian-meets-Wednesday-Addams: Layaer a proper plaid dress over a black mesh bodysuit, sheer black tights, '70s-inspired glasses and metallic gold loafer-vibe heels. The micro bag keeps your hands free for carrying all those books.

Flowers for Argylenon

Vest, $27, Hyipels. Bodysuit, $23, Buenos Ninos. Shorts, $42, PrettyLittleThing. Shoes, $120, Franco Sarto. Barrette, $4 for two, Kingmas. Glasses, $17, Claire's. Necklace, $195, Maison Miru. Bracelet, $20, Henna Shoppe. Socks, $15, for a set of six, Champion. Ring, model's own.

We know, we know—an argyle sweater vest doesn't exactly scream "wear me to date night," but if you pair it with a sheer-sleeved turtleneck, pearl-encrusted hair clip, flower applique leather shorts, adorable bobby socks and metallic red flats, you just might change your mind.

Vest Poets Society

Vest, $16, and pants, $20, Rainbow Shops. Turtleneck, $50, Charles & Ron. Sneakers, $54, Bobs from Skechers. Blue light glasses, $40, Privé Revaux. Earrings, $32, BaubleBar. Necklace, $92, Air & Anchor. 

Trousers and a coordinating button-up vest have officially transitioned from the annals of academia to modern must-have. This camel set gets a dose of sweetness from the pink sweater and a wear-all-day sensibility from tonal frayed sneakers.

Alice's Adventurers in Whimsyland

Cardigan, $80, J.Crew. Turtleneck, $24, Quiz. Skirt, $15, Rainbow Shops. Shoes, $100, LifeStride. Glasses, $40, Privé Revaux. Earrings, $35, BaubleBar. Necklace, $160, Nialaya. Hair bobbles, $8, and tights, $13, Claire's

Pink and green are a preptastic match made in heaven: not just on this country club-ready cardi, but on the twee strawberry patterned tights, too. Tea, anyone?

Sleeves and Sensibility

Blouse, $17, and shoes, $13, Rainbow Shops. Belted pants, $99, Lili Sidonio. Glasses, $17, and earrings, $8, Claire's.

Channel girlboss bookstore-owner energy in cropped wide-leg houndstooth trousers, a sheer puff sleeve blouse (complete with shark-bite collar), Mary Jane flats, a studded belt and trendy two-tone glasses. The red lip pulls it all together. So page-flipping chic.

Hey, girl! Just wanted to let you know that this story originally ran in our October/November 2023 issue. Want more? Read the print mag for free *today* when you click HERE.

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Credits: Photographed by Mike Azria. Styled by Lo VonRumpf. Hair by George Fragkioudakis. Makeup by Sophia Hutch. Story edited for digital coverage by Annika Chaves.


by Sarah Gaynes Levy | 10/13/2023