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5 Sweet Ways to Wear Your Childhood Clothes Like a Grownup

You're a big girl now!
5 Sweet Ways to Wear Your Childhood Clothes Like a Grownup
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You're a big girl now!

It seems as if schoolgirl chic is en vogue this Fall-Winter 2016—The Row's plush velvet Mary Janes, Gucci's metallic pleats, and Mansur Gavriel's ribboned braids have us ringing affirmative. Before you draw the line ("Please, I got my elementary diploma ages ago!"), let us prove that you can wear your childhood threads like a big girl! Below, these street style stars show you five sweet-but-grownup ways to revive your old favorite pieces.

HAIR: Ribbon

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This otherwise sombre, all-gray ensemble balances out the ribbon's sweetness. Selena Gomez's solemn, ladylike look gets an extra dose of sugar via the subtle sliver of black grosgrain looped around the end of her perfectly messy side braid.

SHOES: Mary Janes

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Feisty model Teddy Quinlivan gives the innocent Mary Jane rock n' roll flair via tough-chick elements: a cherry-red patent finish, textured leather minidress, and a shearling-trimmed biker jacket. Plus points for that oh-so-chic neckscarf.

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TOP: Peter Pan collar

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You could, of course, wear your collared top on its own over a pair of cropped jeans, but for that saccharine Lolita touch, throw it under brightly-hued stripes and gingham like Diana Gavrilina. Here's an outfit both little girls and grownup misses can pull off, no sweat. How cool is that?

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SKIRT: Pleated midi

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This isn't your old uniform skirt. Jenny Walton's slouchy chinoiserie-print silk bomber jacket and socks-plus-heeled-loafers combo make for a look that's delicate vintage chic (and is a tad granny-esque, in the very best way). Also, note how she keeps her colors cohesive!

DRESS: Pinafore

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Anya Ziourova allows the demure pinafore a shot at sexythrow in a high slit and low decolletage together for the full effect! Here's the perfect excuse to slip into that lacy triangle bra. Close your eyes, because this innuendo is so not for kids.

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