You might not be a Wasp, you might not have gone to prep school, and you might not be wealthy, but there is nothing stopping you from looking preppy. A preppy wardrobe isn’t just about what clothes you own but how you wear them as well. It is all about being clean and classy. Here are a list of a few timeless preppy fashions that you must invest in.
The Classic Polo. That’s right, no more skin-tight tanks and logo t-shirts. There is nothing that states class like a loose fitting sporty polo. Buy one at Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, or Vineyard Vines.
Khakis. If you’re a guy, say goodbye to your jeans on weekdays. No more torn pants that hang below your butt revealing your boxers. Wear fitting khakis for casual outings with a button down or polo ticked in. Sporting a leather belt adds class and polish to your outfit
Boat Shoes. Wasps are known for summering on the beach, and sailing out in their yachts, and the appropriate apparel has become a part of their regular dress-code. Invest in a pair of sperry topsiders or waterproof loafers.
Pearl Necklace. Preps believe in subtlety not bling or cheap. No more metal hoops or cubic zirconium. If you can’t afford a pearl necklace or earrings invest in crystal accessories. Remember not to make it too big and nothing that clashes with your outfit. Preps look put together all the time. Try Anthropologie for cute accessories.
Large Totes. Preps don’t carry backpacks. If you’re a preppy girl, you will own a longchamps or a Hervé Chapelier tote bag for your books and if you’re a preppy boy, you will own a leather shoulder bag.
Sundresses. There is nothing that reflects the care-free easy spirit of the prep than a trim sun-dress. Wear them at knee-length in paisley or floral prints and in pink and green. Consider Lilly Pulitzer or J. Crew for cute summer dresses.
Cable-knit Sweaters for both men and women are a popular preppy pick. Cardigans over polos work great on men and women. Cashmere sweaters are also an essential for a truly preppy wardrobe.
Large Headbands. There is nothing that states preppy like a wide and brightly patterned headband. Wear with a ponytail or with your hair let down to pull back loose ends.
Silk skirts throughout the year are a preppy must-have. Especially in bright prints, they add class to any wardrobe.
Blazers are must haves for every prep. They come in wool for the Winter and seer-sucker for the Summer. They add class and style to any outfit.