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Dear Preppy Girl,


First of all, I love your website. It is so great! I have been in private school my whole life and this year I am switching to public school and will finally be able to wear my own clothes. I am wondering what you would recommend to wear to school to look preppy.

Thank You!
-What To Wear

Dear What To Wear,
Thanks for the email. Wow, that is quite the transition. You have a lot shopping to do! First and foremost, wear what ever makes you feel most comfortable at school. Look for versatile clothing that will work with many outfits. Make sure to stock up on the basics like white tanks, cords, and long sleeve ts. Here are a few preppy fall staples.

  • Plaid button down / oxford shirts – a staple for every wardrobe
  • Boatneck and v-neck ts – a variety of colors
  • Polos – layer them over long sleeve t’s when it gets colder
  • Black Leggings
  • Corduroy jeans and skirts – earth colors like green, brown and rust
  • Skinny jeans – dark wash
  • Cardigans – both lightweight cotton and wool for when it gets colder
  • Colorful Cable knit sweaters
  • Skinny Belts (look great over cardigans and shirt dresses)
  • Infinity scarf – I have a magenta one. Can’t wait to wear it this fall
  • Riding boots
  • TOMS
  • Sunglasses
  • Ballet flats – black, brown, and a whimsical color
  • Hair bands
  • Bangle bracelets – a variety of colors

Have a great school year!
- P.G.

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I spent Labor Day weekend in Washington D.C. celebrating a wedding. Despite the packed schedule, I managed to attend the George Bellows retrospective at the National Gallery and take a trip to Georgetown to do a little shopping.

George Bellows

The George Bellows exhibit is open until October 8, a must-see for art lovers

Georgetown
Located at the intersection of Wisconsin and M Street, Georgetown is a bustling historic district featuring upscale restaurants, bars, and shops such as Lacoste, Kate Spade, Georgetown Cupcake, West Elm, Anthropologie, Lululemon, and J. Crew. It is also home to Georgetown University and the setting of the film St. Elmo’s Fire. A great place to people watch but I recommend visiting early if you want to get some serious shopping done. On the weekends, the sidewalks are packed by mid-afternoon.

Georgetown

The main drag

Georgetown Trash Can

In Georgetown even the trash cans are classy

The Paper Source

The Paper Source - a graphic designer's dream come true.

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Dear Preppy Girl,

I am starting my junior year in high school. I live in western North Carolina where we have a sunny summer but very cold winters. What do you think are some preppy staples a high school girl like me should have for back to school and the colder winter months?

Thanks!
Back to School Prep

Dear Back to School Prep,
Thank you for the email. I hope you are having a great year. A few fashion essentials to get you from the warm weather to winter are:

  • Corduroy jeans and skirts – many colors
  • Khaki skirt
  • Skinny jeans – dark wash
  • Capris – for fall
  • Plaid button down / oxford shirts
  • Patterned shirt dress
  • Leggings
  • Cardigans – both lightweight cotton and wool for when it gets colder
  • Cable knit sweaters
  • Belts (look great over cardigans and shirt dress)
  • Infinity scarf
  • Pea coat
  • Riding boots
  • TOMS
  • Ballet flats
  • Hair bands

I hope that helps!
- P.G.

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Who said workout gear had to be dull and boring? Check out Thomas Kelly, a California active wear company inspired by east coast preppy style. No longer the sweaty outcast at the grocery store, their colorful clothing can take you from “exercise to errands.” I particularly love their silky Ladera Leggings with gingham cuffs, a cute addition to any workout routine. The matching Malaga Mix top features an open back, perfect for getting some sun on your run.

Thomas Kelly

Love their Logo

Thomas Kelly Malaga Mix Top and Ladera Leggings

Thomas Kelly Malaga Mix Top and Ladera Leggings

Santa Rosa Stripes Top

Santa Rosa Stripes Top

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Hello Preppy Girl,

I’m not poor, but my parents don’t get me a lot of clothes and think that I should use my own money. I love being preppy and it’s hard because I don’t own a lot of preppy clothes. I was looking for advice on things to get on the cheap side. I love Lilly Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, and Vineyard Vines, but I just can’t afford $250 dresses.

Thanks!
Cheap Prep

Dear Cheap Prep,
I feel your pain. Clothing is expensive, especially all of the great preppy brands! I don’t remember the last time I bought clothing at full price. I typically try to shop all of the sales and use web coupons for additional discounts. Sign up for emails from all of your favorite brands, they often send discount codes and exclusive sales information. I also like to run a search on all of the coupon sites before making an online purchase, you never know what sales code might turn up. TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, and Loehmanns are great places to bargain hunt for designer clothes. I also like to shop Old Navy for basics like flips flops, ts, sweaters, and camis. And don’t forget your family, look through your sister’s, mother’s, and grandmother’s closets. You never know what preppy treasure you can find from cute cardigans to retro handbags. Just make sure to ask before borrowing! The Goodwill, secondhand stores, and eBay are also great sources for preppy clothes.
I hope that helps!
- P.G.

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