Long before the days of "Gossip Girl," the preppy look was a go-to for days that yearn for an outfit that melds comfort, polish and lets the inner trend-savvy gal inside shine. With some staple preppy pieces, learn how to seamlessly blend classic Americana with fashion’s au courant faves and achieve a look that represents the epitome of prepster-gone-chic.
Style Inspiration: The Varsity Jacket
Style Inspiration: The Plaid Skirt
A plaid skirt and knee socks can be executed two ways: ultra chic or ultra kitsch ... the former is preferred. Try a modern, streamlined version like this burgundy, baby blue and mustard skirt from Dillards. Play up the plaid by contrasting with a sheer black button-down, topped with some shiny gold necklaces and a leather (or go faux!) biker jacket. Finish with ribbed knee socks, oxfords and a beret, and it’s time for brunch with Blair Waldorf.
Style Inspiration: The Sweater & Skirt
Pop quiz: how many crew neck sweaters is too many? The answer: no such thing! For a modern take on a classically preppy sweater/skirt combination, texture is key. A basic sweater (or one with a fun print or pattern) gets amped up by on-trend additions. Opt for a leather skater skirt, which differs from an A-line as it requires significantly more fabric to construct. Then add black opaque tights, a studded belt, oversized clutch, trendy wedge trainers and a trendy top knot.
Prepster-chic isn’t an oxymoron per se, but it certainly walks a fine line between cute and cliché. These quick and easy outfit ideas are ideal for trying out the trend while keeping it cool.
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