STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Preppy Perfection

Style Advice of the Week

While I absolutely adore my Golden Coast sunshine and California boho-chic style, I have to admit I do always love a classic prepster look. I often pine for those lustful looks in the J.Crew and Club Monoco store windows, gushing over the incredibly sleek, put-together outfits. Serena’s style is amazing, but there’s always been a bit of Blair Waldorf in me—her style is gorgeous and polished, having a feminine elegance to all her outfits. She is the epitome of perfectly preppy. It’s all about having a ladylike style which exudes both sophistication and sass. The preppy look is absolutely timeless and an inspiration for all Fashionistas out there.

This Fashionista understands the brilliance of such a look, standing out among the California crowds in her effortlessly preppy ensemble. She dons a tweed Ralph Lauren blazer over a classic pair of dark-wash skinny jeans. I love how she adds just a bit of Cali-style flair with her slouchy, white, Brandy Melville tank. It provides the perfect contrast to her otherwise refined outfit. Her accessories top off her look with a pair of chestnut riding boots, a vintage, leather Italian bag and a retro pair of Ray-Bans. Her gold tassel necklace finishes her look for the win. This Fashionista exudes elegance and confidence in her preppy ensemble, all the while giving off a sexy, mysterious vibe. It’s simply stunning.

Fashionistas—take a hint from the stylish gal and rock the preppy look. The luxurious look has such an appeal with its simplistic ways and fashionable impact. Now more than ever the preppy look is extremely versatile. You don’t have to dress in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger—it’s all about mixing it up with different pieces. To achieve the prepster look, start by adding a staple into your outfit, such as a blazer or riding boots. Then mix it up by working other pieces into the outfit with a different vibe, such as a fur vest or a printed blouse. Lace and ruffles are a good in-between to add to a preppy look. For a fun preppy flair, try rocking a collared, silk shirt-dress. This piece would look amazing with a belt and oxford pumps, and is a great way to modernize the preppy look. Throw on a cropped, pull-over sweater and pop out the dress's collar to complete the look. Another great way to incorporate the preppy look into your style is with a peplum top. Wear it with a simple pair of dark wash jeans and Mary-Jane pumps and you’re good to go. Throw on a cashmere cardigan or a clean-cut blazer to complete the preppiness. Try incorporating boat shoes into your outfits for a perfectly preppy piece, or if you’re going more girly, try a patent pair of oxfords. Also, bows, fedoras and silky headbands are great preppy pieces that’ll help you stand out from the crowd. With fun preppy ensembles like this, you’re sure to be turning heads looking oh-so prepster chic!

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