Ask Preppy Girl – Preppy Brands for College

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Hi Preppy Girl,

I’m going off to a very preppy and prestigious college this fall and I want to make sure that I fit in with everyone. I love preppy clothing and accessories, but I’d like to know more brand names for clothing, bags, shoes, etc.! What are some key things you’d see a preppy college girl wearing? Sperry’s, Lacoste ?

Preppy Commodity Girl

Dear Preppy Commodity Girl,

Congratulations on your college acceptance! Unfortunately, preppy brands can get pretty pricey. I recommend looking for a couple signature pieces that really flaunt your preppy style. Here are a few of my favorite preppy brands. Lilly Pulitzer is a staple for preppy sun dresses especially down South. Vineyard Vines is another preppy brand that makes a variety of cute skirts and tops. J. Crew and Madewell are good places to find more stylish clothing for class and nights on the town. Lacoste is great choice for polo shirts. If you are looking for a more unique brand of polos check out COAST, Salmon Cove, Loggerhead Apparel, and the Tartan Terrier to name a few. A unique polo can be a great ice breaker. Once the weather turns cold, Burberry’s quilted jackets are the way to go.

For shoes, Sperry’s, TOMS, ballet flats, and espadrilles are all preppy shoe choices. Be sure to look for shoes that are easy to walk in, for those long hikes to class. For preppy accessories, Kiel James Patrick makes a very preppy line of bracelets, earring, and headbands. Instead of a book bag, use a preppy tote to carry your books. Look for a tote with sturdy handles that won’t rip apart when you are carrying a heavy load.

Have a wonderful time in college!
– P.G.

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