Naomi Watts looked like a picture of preppy perfection while running errands in Beverly Hills the other day in a polka dot blouse, sweater vest, and loafers. Want to steal her style for yourself? We’ve got all the pieces (for 70 bucks or less!) after the jump… Keep reading »
I was shocked – shocked, I tell you! – when I discovered that Lands’ End Canvas is basically J.Crew but cheaper: super cute preppy stuff, quirky styling, good quality. Being cheaper than J.Crew doesn’t make Lands’ End Canvas cheap, exactly, but it is possible to find some great stuff for $50 or less. Click through for some shorts, tops, skirts, and accessories just begging to spend spring weekends on a marina in Maine.
The thing with preppy style is that sometimes it takes itself too seriously. Put on a seersucker jacket and some argyle, and all of a sudden, you’re unwittingly summing up a whole world of boarding school, the Hamptons, polo matches, and sailing (on that note, check out our intro to Lilly Pulitzer). Somehow, New Zealand designer Karen Walker has managed to make a jewelry collection that’s undeniably prepster, but stops far short of that manufactured-authentic look. Charm bracelets and necklaces come with chunky chains, bright colors, and outlined surfaces to give the accessories a younger and fresher feel. Charming, no? [Gargyle] Keep reading »
Did you tune into Gossip Girl each week for an hour-long fashion fix? Did you ever miss a key plot point because you were daydreaming about Blair Waldorf’s latest Balenciaga handbag? Well…so were the rest of the 2.7 million viewers. Gossip Girl is more than a show about Manhattan’s elite private schools; it’s a cultural phenomenon that has had a great impact on retail trends, making preppy staples like piped blazers and argyle fashionable again. And although the television season has ended (you can watch repeats on The CW Monday nights), we’re sure its ritzy, collegiate style will be showing up in department stores nationwide when the “Back to School” season begins. Now if only there was a definitive answer to: “How old is too old to wear knee-socks and a short pleated skirt?” Keep reading »