If you have a question for the Preppy Girl email it to me at preppygirl@thepreppylife.com.

Preppy Girl,

When I was younger I admired the preps in my school. I was not known. Now that I am older and life is lot better then those days I want to be more preppy. Can you help me become preppy? Are there books or anything that I would be set to become a preppy adult. I need to know everything from what to wear (wardrobe), not to wear, accessories, everything?

Need Help

Dear Need Help,

It sounds like your inner prep is just bursting to get out. Summer is a great time to prepify your wardrobe. The easiest way to do that is to just add color. I like to pair brightly colored shorts and capris with lighter colored or white shirts. A few of my favorite color combinations are navy blue and lime green, lavender and white, pink and yellow, and the ever popular pink and green. Sun dresses are another great buy and so easy to pull together. For chilly evenings, drape a cardigan around your shoulders. Finish off the look with a pair of espadrilles or dressy flip-flops. For accessories, a pearl bracelet is a must. Couple it with a few bangles. In the summer, I like to minimize my load by carrying little clutch handbags. I am a big fan of the basket weave bags. For work, I like to carry a larger tote to stash all of my stuff. Lilly Pulitzer is a great place to gather fashion inspiration. For more preppy tips check out Preppy Style 101 and Summer Staples.

My favorite preppy book is the Official Preppy Handbook. I also like to look to fashion icons such as Audry Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, and the fictional Charlotte York from Sex in the City.

I hope that helps!



SummerSummer is finally here and I could not be happier! I spent the past 6 months working on my thesis, the Preppy Girl finally graduated. To celebrate I’m planning a summer of fun blog posts with a few surprises along the way. Be sure to get outside this weekend and enjoy the start of another great summer.

To get you in the summer mood, check out preppy summer staples and a guide to the beach!


If you have a question for the Preppy Girl email it to me at preppygirl@thepreppylife.com.

Hi Preppy Girl,

I love your website, but I need some advice, I’m a male Prep who lives in Surrey, in the UK. Surrey is stereotyped as being full of mansions and executive golf courses but the people over here are so chavvy. I’ve been a Prep for quite a while an wear the usual brands, but I can’t seem to find anyone else. The cliques at my college are all, Emo, Dungeons & Dragons and Wannabe Gangsta. And being a Prep seems to be frowned upon, everyone stereotypes Preps as being built around financial status. I’m fairly well off but I’m not snobby. The dress code around here is skinny jeans, flat peak caps, appallingly heavy chains and odd plastic sunglasses. No one has any class, what should I do?

- A Prep Among Thorns

Dear Prep Among Thorns,
I am so sorry to hear about your dilemma. It sounds like the hipsters have taken over your college. The chains and flat peaked caps sound dreadful. Do you have any interest in sports? If so, I suggest joining a local (or your school’s) tennis, crew, rugby, or lacrosse club. Club sports are great place to meet like-minded preps since it combines socializing with exercise. Consider signing up for some group lessons over the summer. Group tennis and golf lessons are a great place to meet people since everyone is looking for a foursome to play with. Change your routine, skip the library and study at a cool coffee shop. Eat at a new cafe or pub. Travel! If you have friends at another school, it sounds like a great time to visit. Have them introduce you to their friends. Make it a point to meet up with them often. Before you know it, you will find a great group of preps.

I hope that helps!



May has been a whirlwind of graduations (mine!) and weddings (friends!). A dear friend of mine recently got married at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, which is about an hour and a half drive from Baltimore and DC. St. Michaels is known for its relaxed charm,  quaint B&Bs, and old money (think Christopher Walken in Wedding Crashers). It is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. After a hectic spring of thesis research, I thoroughly enjoyed a low key weekend tooling around the shops and restaurants in St. Micheals.

St Micheals

Talbot Street - the main drag through town


Enjoyed great food and drinks at Marcoritaville. Conch Fritters & Rockfish Tacos

The Preppy Redneck!

The Preppy Redneck

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you! There is an actual store in St. Michaels called the Preppy Redneck. It’s a preppy girl’s dream, brimming with adorable clothing, home goods, and accessories. You can even buy Preppy redneck Ts and hats. This store was the shopping highlight of my trip!


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