Wish you were headed back to school? Look the part with our 14 green academia-inspired looks and score an A+ in Sustainable Fashion 101. For more eco-friendly takes on classroom chic, revisit our 2010 back-to-school guide.

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TEACHER’S PET

With its thigh-skimming plaid skirt, double-breasted anchor buttons, and prim (but not prissy) collar-and-ascot combo, this bookish yet playful 1960s minidress gets our vote for “Most Likely to Succeed.:

+ Vintage Plaid Ascot Minidress $37

+ Hallecat Vintage

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REBEL FOR A CAUSE

Made of Tencel, a cellulosic alternative to cotton, Covet’s military-inspired blouse combines buttoned-up propriety with a touch of the iconoclast.

+ Army Shirt $99.95 at Future Standard

+ Covet

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OLD SPORT

Tennis, anyone? Work that on-the-court swagger with a classic V-neck, cabled pullover. Try People Tree’s fair-trade, hand-knit Birkbeck jumper on for size or pick from the vintage options that abound online.

+ Birkbeck Cricket Jumper £55

+ People Tree

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TRAILBLAZER

If traditional wool blazers leave you underwhelmed, this cropped vintage number from the 1980s is an A-grade alternative. It’s also cruelty-free, which means you won’t draw the ire of the PETA club when you stroll past the lockers.

+ Vintage Academic Cadet Club Blazer $28

+ This is a Ghost Town

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WHITE OUT

Place your nondescript button-downs on probation. People Tree’s jazzed-up take, made from 100 percent organic cotton, features a Peter Pan collar, puffed sleeves, and a ruffled peplum to light up the dreariest detention halls.

+ Puff Sleeve Blouse $46.55 at ASOS

+ People Tree

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COLD COMFORT

Cardigans may be standard boarding-school issue, but we’d much rather trade scratchy acrylic for sumptuous 100 percent cashmere. Chinti and Parker’s curve-skimming, boyfriend-style version has a pair of contrast pockets for stashing mash notes.

+ Long Cardigan £258

+ Chinti and Parker

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COLOR YOUR WORLD

Too old for crayons? Never! Show off your smarts with a slim, tapered jean from IOU Project, which uses smartphone technology to connect you to everyone involved in its production. The Crayola-esque hues are a bonus.

+ Slim Color Pant €64

+ IOU Project

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BOOK IT

Derived from 100 percent recycled cotton, BAGGU’s backpack makes the grade with its interior drawstring closure, snap-and-buckle flap, handy front pocket, and burst of fall-ready coral.

+ Backpack $32

+ BAGGU

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KEEP A LID ON IT

Do your best impression of a ’50s schoolgirl with a traditional felt hat, complete with an elastic strap around the chin. Go Parisian with a Madeline-esque vintage topper ($15) or be poised and properly British with a handmade bowler (£34.99).

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KEEP CALM AND CARRYALL

If authenticity is your bag, you can’t go wrong with the Cambridge Satchel Company, which hand-tools its vintage reproductions in the U.K. with quality English leather. Cowhide verboten? You can also opt for a smaller, cruelty-free version made from polyurethane.

+ The Classic £74 at Cambridge Satchel Company

+ BDG Primary Satchel $58 at Urban Outfitters

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WHAT A SPECTACLE

No geek-chic look is complete without a pair of tasteful glasses. Warby Parker goes above and beyond the call of duty with its “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program, which delivers the gift of sight to someone in need with every purchase.

+ Monroe $95

+ Warby Parker

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ROCK ‘EM, SOCK ‘EM

Show your true school colors with a pair of striped knee-highs from RocknSocks. Made in the United States from regenerated cotton, each sock comes with a ribbed top so it always knows its place.

+ Laka Striped Knee-HIghs $13

+ RocknSocks

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SHOE IN

Walk a mile or more in a pair of “pre-antiqued” wing-tip oxfords from Vegetarian Shoes. With their stitched-on soles and nailed-on heels, these cruelty-free brogues were made for traipsing all over campus.

+ Antique Brogues £34.95

+ Vegetarian Shoes