Want to pull together your perfectly preppy look? Looking for tips on what you need to do? Well then look no further, I have pulled together a list of tips to help you achieve your perfect preppy look!
I have been told many times that I look preppy. To be honest with you, I never knew what that meant. So I started googling the term to understand what it was all about. When I saw the pictures of outfits associated with the word and the definitions, I completely agreed with that assessment of my style! I dress preppy, not always, but quite a bit. I will own it! Now I want to share my tips with all of you 🙂
Pick the Right Pieces
Preppy looks are based on some very basic, classic clothing items. Looking preppy is all about having these pieces:
- Cardigans and shift dresses are the timeless pieces you must have. These two pieces will help you prep up any look!
- Anything with a collar. I swear collar and preppy are synonymous! Polo shirts, blazers, particularly if they are navy.
- And finally sweaters. These are especially key when constructing your fall and winter preppy looks
Pay Attention to the Colors
Colors are key when pulling together the preppy look. Stick to the classic colors: white, navy, green and red. Think a nautical look. You can choose a wide range of shades from that color family. If you stick to that family as the main color scheme in your look, then match the other pieces in your outfit to complete the look. You can get tips from this post on how to mix and match colors – Styling Tips | Color Combinations
It’s all About the Pattern
Patterns are always important. I’m sure you’ve seen all my posts on plaid lately. Well guess what? Plaid is the preppiest pattern of all! Other classic preppy patterns are gingham and tweed. There are so many ways to mix these patterns with some bold, monochrome clothing items. Like a gingham shirt with a lovely bold red skirt for example!
Simplicity is Key
Now that you have read about the color scheme and the patterns, make sure you stick to it. Solid colors and defined patterns are a particular must for a preppy look. It is also important to note that a preppy look is about being proper and conservative. So stick to clothes that are less revealing as well. Don’t go overboard with accessories. Be classic and simple!
Accessories That Say Preppy
There are certain accessories that scream preppy. Incorporating them in your look usually goes a long way to nailing it! I say usually because you don’t have to incorporate them, use your best judgement! That being said, the preppy accessories are:
- A pair of classic sunglasses à la Audrey Hepburn
- A beautiful pearl necklace is another classic piece
- A watch
- A Hat
- Loafers, Nude Pumps, Boots, Booties
Never Break Two Rules
All the blogs out these will tell you the same thing, but I will repeat for the sake of completeness. Don’t break these 2 rules:
- Loafers are not to be worn with socks! Period!
- Color is important! Wear some color in your look.
My Favorite Preppy Brands
My piece on Tips for a Preppy Look wouldn’t be complete without telling you where to shop! So here is a list of my favorite preppy brands to help you shop for your preppy pieces:
This post in particular is close to my heart. Mostly because I have been doing this all along and not really knowing the style had a word to describe it! I love the preppy look and am so glad I can share all my tips and ticks with all of you. I hope you have fun pulling together your preppy looks with all these tips!
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