There is a certain look that many Fashionistas across London have become keen on lately — preppy accessories and clothes. Chalk it up to high school nostalgia but back in the day we admittedly relished plaid, pleated skirts (reminiscent of Clueless), clog loafers and varsity jackets.
This trend, based on the uniforms from colleges and private high schools, has now once again found its way into the minds of greatest designers and their respective catwalks. The preppy trend (also called the college look) is spotted at Marc Jacobs, Paul Smith and Louis Vuitton. For bargain hunters you can find preppy pieces at inexpensive stores like H&M, Zara and Miss Selfridge, which will be sure to include this trend in their collection.
The most used colours are dark blue, khaki, tan, pink, green, dark red and grey. Use these colors with a modern color like pumpkin orange or mustard yellow for a “wow” factor. This season we see very classic skirts with tied up blouses. Loafer heels can play up a simple skirt or tailored shorts for school girl sophistication. You can give it an edgy side or more rock chick by adding non-traditional accessories. The best aspect about this trend is the knitted sweater and the blazer. A blazer will, no mather what, stay classy and elegant. While buttons may have not mattered in the past, it has become a important element in the preppy outfit — images or pretty symbols are often used. Anchors for the traditional preps. Skulls for the neo-preps. Use buttons to add your own flair to a blazer. Look to Alexa Chung, the perfect example for the preppy style, with her preppy outfits updated with her edgy or as a many a fashion blogger would like to dub it, the “Alexa touch”.
It is preferable to take one or two accessories and mix it with other trends. The new age Fashionistas aren't that traditionally preppy anymore, despite what their high school days would indicate so dressing head to toe conservative is not where this trend necessarily interprets. Who knows, though? Perhaps we'll find the perfect pair of oxfords and have no choice but to go back to the blackboard.