I was definitely missing the prep gene in high school.
While all my classmates were wearing penny loafers and Polo shirts, I was hopelessly addicted to Contempo Casuals (remember that store? It was awesome).
But now in my 30s, I aspire to be Blair Waldorf. What’s the deal? Sure, I may watch too much Gossip Girl, but preppy style has has never been so smart.
Fall’s preps are updated and polished. Fun colorblocking meets buttoned-up blazers.
And stripes! Don’t even get me started.
I was in Washington, D.C for a week recently, and I couldn’t help but notice all the great preppy style going on. Yes, D.C. is the Preppy Mothership — I saw people wearing suits at a barbecue restaurant — but the casual, weekend style was really interesting to me.
The girls there were rocking pea coats, colorful skinny jeans, J Crew sweaters, and of course, stripes and cute crossbody bags. And monogrammed jewelry, charm bracelets and exaggerated necklaces finished the looks perfectly.
So I’m a total prep now — who knew? My high school self would be horrified!
Here are some uber- preppy looks:
1. Smythe Stripe Blazer, Farfetch
2. Legacy Large Leather Clutch in cobalt, Coach
3. Pop-Color Jeans in Blueberry Smoothie, Old Navy
4. Dream V-Neck Sweater in Soft Peri, J Crew
5. Sabine Mixed Beaded Necklace, Piperlime
6. 77 Bright Scarf in Orange, American Eagle