We recommend you start with something simple. Relaxed blue jeans can be worn with crisp white shirt and diagonally striped tie, overlaid with a cardigan, preferably in block colours to bring the preppy look bang up to date for this season. Pieces that are inspired by the academy such as chunky white tennis jumpers make good choices as do toggle coats worn over blazers. Another preppy inspired look is the oversized baseball-style jacket paired with roomy double breasted sports coat. It’s all about adding layers.
Take our word for it; girls can’t resist a guy in a rugby shirt. Once the shorts are swapped for a cool pair of denims, the rugby shirt becomes a little bit naughty and somewhat playful. And once you’ve got the hang of it, you can be even more daring. For a touch of anti-establishment, dark blazers with patch pockets and brass buttons over light coloured jeans can bring out the rebel in anyone.
Accessorise with cable knit scarves, leather brogues, ribbon belts and vintage leather messenger bags.
Preppy publications to inspire:
The Preppy Handbook
True Prep; It’s a Whole New Old World
Preppy films to inspire:
Dead Poet’s Society
About A Boy
Preppy people to inspire:
Wil Schuester (pictured)