How to do preppy perfectly


Preppy girls walking

Release your inner Gossip Girl


Preppy is back. Think Gossip Girl or Cruel Intentions and you’re on the right track. American brands Abercrombie & Fitch, GAP and Hollister have all got ‘preppy’ down to a tee, and now other high street shops are following in their footsteps with the look dominating in a big way this season.

Using Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl as your style icon, you can tap the market of looking preppy, edgy and super stylish all at the same time.

Topshop have hit the nail on the head with their Graduation collection. Featuring polka dots and denim, royal blues and beige; the look has spring/summer written all over it. Preppy is the perfect smart/casual, whether you’re strutting around campus or looking chic and professional in the office.

Calm neutral colours like cream, grey, black and blue are key to the ‘preppy’ look with small detail adding something more, think Peter Pan collars and pussy bow blouses for the office and then experiment with baseball jackets, polo shirts, city shorts and polka dot tea dresses for casual daywear. A cute casual blazer is a great way to mix both work and play.

Accessorising is key with the preppy look, with so many fun options to choose from. A satchel is a must, and works best in brown and beige. You can often find some great battered options in vintage shops, if you want that classic aged look, or if you’re keen to splash out on a new bag, the high street is awash with cute satchels of all shapes, sizes and colours. The bigger options are great for university and the office, while smaller options look chic on shopping and coffee dates with friends.

Brogues are still a key item, so dig out your pair from last year, or invest in one of the many options on the high street. There are flat and heeled versions available and they work great with both smart and casual looks. A perfect investment.

No Blair Waldorf would be seen without an Alice band, the cherry on top of a cute preppy outfit. Accessorize is awash with cute hair accessories, and tonnes of alternate preppy options if you prefer to steer clear of Alice band territory.

Finally, a spritz of Vera Wang’s Preppy Princess should send you on you’re way. Just a brief look at the advert shows its Gossip Girl inspiration, and the fruity fragrance will leave you sweet.

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