This post is about preppy style which is my favorite style, and I actually often dress this way, but according to my interpretation of preppy. What is preppy style? The term preppy derives from the preparatory courses of private universities in the USA – mainly represented by Ivy League style and its uniforms.
This style used to be perceived as young people style (mostly students), but this is no longer the case. This style is perfectly described by Maria Mlynska on her blog “Ubieraj sie klasycznie” (here – but in Polish only). She wrote:
„The statement that it is students’ style is not true. Preppy is not freeform, as there are some things that are out of the question for this style. There is no place either for vulgarity and sloppiness, or for a typical students’ casual style like oversize, boho or rock style. Preppy is elegant with sport elements. Preppy is conservative although it was originally for young people.”
„Preppy is conservative and it is rather all about the way of dressing – clothes have to be clean, polished, well ironed, with nice clean lines and well-tailored, and is not about crazy stuff like colorful tights, unusual hairstyle or see through underwear” – this is exactly a description of my style.
Preppy style is inspired by outdoor activities like polo, golf, sailing or rugby. Typical essentials are like: blazer, cashmere sweaters, dark denim, chinos, button down shirts (plain, plaid or gingham), simple skirts, utility jackets, parkas, loafers, ballet flats, sneakers, nautical stripes, wellies, straw handbags and pearls.
One of my favorite foreign fashion bloggers is Beth Djalali of „Style at a certain age”, and she wonderfully shows how a mature woman looks stunning in preppy – see here. Another perfect example of preppy is Reese Witherspoon’s every day style – just google her name and you will see lots of pictures.
Today I want to show you some of my preppy inspired outfits in some of my different blog fashion posts and my Instagram.
whole post: Navy blue is my thing
whole post: Gingham shirt
whole post: Shirt dress
whole post: Lady in red
whole post: Shorts and the city
whole post: White blazer
whole post: Stripes, denim and pearls
whole post: Red blazer
whole post: Striped dress
whole post: Bike chic
whole post: Parka or trench
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