Northern prep is just about the greatest style ever. Vineyard Vines shep shirts, J.Crew colored denim, Sperry Top-Sider's duck boots, Lilly Pulitzer planners—my heart nearly skips a beat at the sight of any of these items. Northern preppy brands are just so classic and always, always the right decision.
What I love even more about preppy looks is that it is not just limited to clothing. Being preppy is about having the entire look—from a properly done ‘do all the way to those Italian leather riding boots. Being preppy is an art form, really. So let’s start from the basics.
I appreciate the whole messy-dreadlocks-colored-streaks look that many very inspiring Fashionistas and Fashionistos sport, I do. But I also know that I am much better off appreciating that type of look from afar, rather than trying to replicate it. However, a sleek, classic hairstyle? Now that I can manage. The key to maintaining an overall aura of traditional prep is really to just do your hair. Take ten extra minutes in the morning to zap frizzies with a straighter, to recurl those unruly spirals or to rewash greasy bangs. Looking put together is about taking the time to actually put yourself together. This Fashionista touched up her layers to keep them perfectly framing her face and highlighting that envy-inducing bronze glow.
This Fashionista kept her makeup light with a little pencil liner and two coats of mascara. The most important piece to a preppy makeup routine is a clean, even skin tone. A bold red lip is also always a Northeast staple!
Being preppy is all about working with what you have but refining certain elements, like hair and makeup, into a thoroughly classic and charming look.