The Official Preppy Handbook

Hello Darlings, To begin, please don’t forget our giveaway of the ultimate preppy sneaker – Tretorn Nylites – ending Friday. Click HERE to enter!

Preppy style is a big part of my closet. So I was excited to read The Official Preppy Handbook to appreciate how the preppy culture in the 1980’s affects my fashion choices. The book is fun and light-hearted read. My favourite part is the guide to women’s preppy dressing, with these 10 easy steps to achieve ultimate preppy look:

Men’s Clothes: The preppy look often involves wearing garments from a man’s wardrobe, or near imitation (think wearing a blazer or v neck sweater)

Navy Blue: A perfect foil for colors that don’t exist in nature—shocking pink, poison green, brilliant yellow, Windex blue. Purple is not preppy.

Don’t Wear Black: With the little black dress excused, black clothing makes you look like a fast woman.

Someone Else’s Clothing: Other people’s things have inherited charm. Your roommates needlepoint belt, your boyfriends polo, your mother’s old hacking jacket are all classics.

Underdressing: Get completely dressed for a party, then take off one piece of jewelry.

Layering: Turtlenecks, then oxford cloth shirts, then a Fair Isle with three buttons undone.

Shoes: Divided into two distinct categories: work shoes and play shoes.

Work Shoes: Heel height is two and one half inches maximum, preferably black Chanel slingbacks.

Play Shoes: Tretorn sneakers are the only acceptable brand.

Monogramming: Preppies have known it for years: who needs LV or YSL when you can lay claim to discreet EBW III?

I AM WEARING: Juicy Couture Striped Blazer // Groceries Organic Cotton Tank // 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Jeans // Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneakers // Ray Ban Wayfarer II Sunnies // Alexander McQueen Razon Necklace

What do you think of my preppy look with a monogrammed Juicy Couture navy stripe blazer and a pair of navy Tretorn Nylite sneakers? What’s your take on preppy?

With Love...


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