Look Muffy! Cute pink and green clothes just for us!

Dorothy Perkins cotton dress
30 GBP – dorothyperkins.com

Jil Sander striped handbag
$690 – net-a-porter.com

Lilly Pulitzer handbag
$98 – lillypulitzer.com

Lilly Pulitzer leather ring
$71 – footcandyshoes.com

Lilly Pulitzer brown shade
$113 – zappos.com

Lilly Pulitzer New Accessories Arrivals
$58 – lillypulitzer.com

It’s official. Prep is back. Although some of us are wondering where it ever went in the first place!

Admittedly, I grew up a prep. Whale patterned Fair Isle sweaters… gumdrop hued espadrilles… interchangeable Bermuda bag covers… I loved it all! In fact, I was voted “Most Preppy” for our Senior Class Awards (Archmere Academy, class of… well, never mind that part.)

Thanks in large part to the release this fall of Lisa Birnbach’s new book True Prep, the sequel to the best-selling The Official Preppy Handbook (1980), prep is back with a vengeance. Designers from Kate Spade, to Hollister, to Tommy Hilfiger, to Lilly Pulitzer (the undisputed Queen of Prep) all have spring and summer collections chock full of delightful, preppy fabrics, patterns and styles.

Didn’t graduate from an Ivy? Don’t have a multi-million dollar trust fund? Fake it! There’s absolutely nothing preppier than the combination of pink-and-green. And, my top picks are so easy to incorporate into an existing wardrobe.

So this spring, release your inner prep!

While you’re here, don’t forget to enter to win a stunning handbag from Ellen Allen Annapolis. The Whitehall bag retails for $225. Contest ends 5-31-2011. ENTER HERE

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition toSusan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!

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