Preppy Style 101: Dressing the Part

What distinguishes a prep from others? It is their unique sense of style of course. Total preppies can be spotted from miles away due to their varying shades of pink and green plumage.

Preppy Style Basics:

  • Hand-me-down clothing is always cooler than store-bought originals
  • Pastels are a must
  • The more conservative, the better – preppy clothing never goes out of style
  • Never mix prints with critters
  • Madras is for summer time and vacation wear only (click here to learn more)
  • Too many logos displayed on your clothing is considered gaudy, monogrammed clothing is key
  • grosgrain belts and ribbons can improve any outfit
  • synthetic materials are for athletic wear only
  • puffy down vests are a staple of the preppy winter wardrobe

Staples of Preppy Fashion:

  • Burberry – for outerwear, their quilted jacket is a must for all preppy gals
  • J. Crew – casual and work wear
  • Lilly Pulitzer – bathing suits, dresses, handbags, skirts, capris, she has your vacation covered
  • Vineyard Vines – great preppy accessories
  • Brooks Brothers – business wear for men and women
  • Jos. A. Bank – more men’s suits
  • South Moon Under – for the fashionable preppy
  • Lacoste – for active wear

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