It's that time again! We're kicking off our yearly back-to-school coverage with a spotlight on some of the best cinematic style moments, just in time for you to start culling your weekday wardrobes. First, we're schooling you on how to steal elements of Carey Mulligan's covetable style in 2009's An Education. Carey plays Jenny Mellor, a 16-year-old living in the London suburb of Twickenham. The film follows Jenny's journey from uniformed schoolgirl to bright, superstylish young lady, who ultimately gets swept off her feet by an older man (played expertly by Peter Sarsgaard).
As Jenny gets seduced by a new, grown-up lifestyle, her style evolves from button-downs and ties to glamorous LBDs, jacquard shift dresses, pillbox hats, and statement jewels. Carey's ladylike Londoner style in the movie was chic, age-appropriate, and a perfect representation for the era — not to mention incredibly easy to copy. All you need to do is incorporate pieces like A-line dresses and coats, pretty floral prints, and crisp white button-down blouses into your wardrobe to achieve her sophisticated, youthful elegance. Click through now to get an education on Carey Mulligan's striking sartorial sense in the film, and see how to elevate your look for classes this year.