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… pink and green 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!
- 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)
- Monogrammed Preppy Cosmetic Bags (girlytwirly.com)
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