Best Bet: Whistles Lara Slate Print Wrap Skirt

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With every other commercial reminding you its back-t0-school season, it's hard not to feel slightly nostalgic about heading back to the classroom. In reality, studying for exams was never fun, but crisp uniforms happen to be a great source of inspiration. Take this skirt — its oversize windowpane-check combined with a wrap silhouette riffs on the classic schoolgirl kilt but in a grown-up way, perfect for the office. Try it with loafers and a perfectly tucked-in white shirt to embrace the academic vibe, or simply throw on a fitted sweater and sleek pumps for an effortless outfit. And should you prefer to make a bigger statement, there's also a matching top for a head-to-toe look with impact. 

Whistles Lara slate print wrap skirt, $206.25 at Whistles.