September 18th, 2015 at 2:00am

Summers in Rhode Island call for anchor patterns, boat shoes and an abundance of pastel colors. College students in the Ocean State are drawn to the preppy trend all season long, but by the time school picks up again the trend has completely faded. Fall is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to kick this trend to the side!

Try substituting those pastel colors for navy and red and swap the anchor patterns for horizontal stripes. Just a few small changes can change your summer preppy look into a great fall ensemble. Check out this Fashionista’s outfit to see a perfect way to execute this trend! Fall weather can be kind of unpredictable, leaving you to wonder whether or not you should wear a jacket. When you are faced with this question, consider a quilted vest! A quilted vest is a great way to stay cool and comfortable during the fall months while also following the preppy trend. You cannot possibly follow preppy trends without having stripes in your wardrobe. The striped cotton T-shirt this Fashionista is wearing is a staple piece for everyone’s wardrobe. Striped tees are so versatile, allowing you to dress it up with classic jeans or go for a more casual look with leggings, all while staying comfortable. Lucky for us, striped T-shirts are super easy to find and are available in multiple sleeve lengths!

When you think of accessories, statement necklaces and handbags may come to mind, but recently backpacks have been stealing the show! Some people cringe at the thought of backpacks, but many great brands have been designing adorable backpacks for this school season. My advice is to use a solid colored backpack so you don’t have to worry about clashing patterns with your outfit. This backpack follows the preppy trend because of its navy color and leather accents. Last but not least, this Fashionista is wearing neutral colored, solid flats that would look great with any outfit. As the temperature drops, you may want to switch up this shoe choice, if so brown leather riding boots are a great way to stay on trend.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “My advice to achieve the preppy trend is to stay simple and classic. If you choose simple patterns and neutral colors, this trend will never go out of style!”