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The 11 Wardrobe Essentials You Need To Ace The Preppy Girl Look

The 11 Wardrobe Essentials You Need To Ace The Preppy Girl Look

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ere’s the thing about fashion: trends on different ends of the tangent can be front-liners simultaneously. While flirty cutouts, minis, and party girl fashun are the moment, conservative structured tweed jackets and white button-down shirts are still a solid thing. The preppy fashion style that has snuck back in is a mix of both worlds, with its signature schoolgirl vibe—but with a 2023 twist! Dressing as a preppy girl isn’t just about following a set of fashion rules or wearing a particular kind of outfit (although it might sound like it). Rather, it’s more of a lifestyle that exudes confidence and class.

The preppy style is characterized by clean lines, high-quality fabrics, and a focus on fit and proportion. These clothes work together to create a cohesive and polished look that conveys an undeniable chic appeal for the modern woman. From rich textures to a plethora of hues, every element works in unison, resulting in a well-put-together get-up. If you’re ready to incorporate the preppy fashion style into your wardrobe, then come on this journey as we share the pieces needed to achieve just that.

Check out 11 essential pieces for how to take on preppy fashion style in full swag…

#1. Plaid skirts

 
 
 
 
 
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You probably guessed this. And you are right. Plaid skirts are a must-have for any preppy girl. You can opt for muted neutral tones or go rogue with colorful coordination. Feel free to pair it with a simple white t-shirt or fitted sweater for a chic look. During winter, add a pair of tights and knee-high boots to complete the outfit.

 
 
 
 
 
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#2. Cable knit sweaters

 
 
 
 
 
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These cozy and stylish sweaters are perfect for chilly weather. For an elevated take, wear a cream-colored or white cable knit sweater with high-waisted jeans and lace-up boots. If you want an extra preppy vibe, layer a collared shirt underneath the sweater and add loafers. Voila, there’s the prep in your step.

 

#3. Pleated mini skirt X blazer 

 
 
 
 
 
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An oversize blazer can be merged with a matching pleated skirt and boots for an edgy look. If you want to keep the outfit easy on the eyes, opt for neutral-tone coordinates.

 

#4. T-shirt dress

 
 
 
 
 
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The shirt dress is a game changer in any preppy girl’s world. You can rock it in your favorite school colors. An oversize t-shirt dress is a casual break from the usual natty theme.

 

#5. Oversized cardigan/sweater

 
 
 
 
 
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Layering is essential in preppy fashion style, and an oversized cardigan is the perfect layering piece for a preppy outfit. Choose a maxi beige option and layer it over a collared button-down shirt. Pair with denim pants or leggings, and finish with chunky loafers.

 

#6. Sassy turtlenecks

 
 
 
 
 
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A turtleneck and blazer combination is a preppy outfit perfect for the office or formal event. Wear a fitted turtleneck in darker shades, with a tailored blazer in a bright color, and complete the look with tailored pants or a midi skirt. Key in pumps or ballet flats for the culture.

 
 
 
 
 
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#7. Functional footwear

 
 
 
 
 
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Loafers, sneakers, boots, and ballet flats are an essential part of any preppy outfit. If you have a pair of penny loafers in hues like brown or black, incorporate them into your preppy mix. For best use, always wear ankle socks under sneakers. Also, a combination of boots and tights isn’t just preppy, but feminine and stylish. And ballet flats? Well, whether in patent leather or suede, they are a great choice, especially when worn with a skirt or dress.

 
 
 
 
 
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#8. Button-down shirts

 
 
 
 
 
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Collared button-down shirts are the best shirts for preppy fashion. It can be paired with jeans for a casual look that hits hard. For a dressier outfit, tuck a button-down shirt into a midi skirt and complete it with pumps.

 

#9. Mini dresses and pantyhose

 
 
 
 
 
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Mini dresses are a great way to ace preppy fashion style. Choose a dress in a classic color, like navy or burgundy, and pair it with your favorite pantyhose and ankle boots. For colder weather, add a blazer or oversized cardigan.

 

#10. Edgy denim jacket

 
 
 
 
 
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These classic jackets are a fancy way to ditch sweaters during the warmer months. Button up the jacket and sport a leather skirt for a sassy take, otherwise, marry a denim jacket with skinny jeans and ankle boots for the best casual look. For a layered fit, style a denim jacket with a collared shirt and a midi skirt.

 

#11. Chic accessories

 
 
 
 
 
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Bow ties, socks, scarves, belts, and pearls are part of the classy preppy fashion. These accessories are mixed and matched to create a chic, modern, and absolutely preppy result.

 
 
 
 
 
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