How to Dress Preppy


You like classic clothing that never goes out of style. Crisp, clean lines and flawless tailoring are your hallmarks, so preppy dressing may define your style. Even if everyone else around you dresses casually, you still prefer a sophisticated vibe that works in the office as well as on the weekends.

Things You'll Need

  • Polo shirt
  • Oxford shirt
  • Cardigan
  • Pencil skirt
  • Khaki slacks
  • Loafers
  • Pumps
  • Socks
  • Blazer
  • Accessories

Wear a polo top or Oxford shirt. These come in short-sleeve and long-sleeve versions, so you can wear them year-round. You can also wear the collar of your polo shirt up for additional preppy style.

Pair your top with a slim-fitting pencil skirt or khaki slacks. Make sure they're pressed to perfection.

Wear a cardigan over your shirt or drape it casually over your shoulders, tying the arms loosely in front. You can opt for a blazer instead, which will work for this look just as well.

Add loafers or pumps. You can sport ankle socks with your loafers, while stockings work better with pumps.

Wear classic jewelry like pearl earrings, a pearl necklace or dainty gold pieces. Preppy fashion calls for small jewelry that's not ostentatious.

Carry a clutch purse or other small to medium handbag. Over-sized totes don't work well with preppy clothing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Argyle is a popular preppy pattern and can be found on vests and socks.

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