Rainy one day, sunny the next. Sometimes it seems like fall weather just can’t make up its mind. The upside? We get to choose between different textures and fabrics of clothing depending on the temperature or our mood. One of the most flattering styles for in-between fall days like these has to be the preppy one.
Inspired by cool co-eds on university campuses, the style is clean, uncomplicated and effortless. Why not grab your book bag and get in on the preppy trend? This is how to do it.
The Athleisure Trend Goes Preppy
The sporty look has been en vogue for several seasons now and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. And with good reason: it’s the perfect mix of comfort and cool; both urban and practical at the same time.
For this fall season, give your athletic gear a preppy spin. A few accessories here, some trendy sneakers there and you’re well on the way.
Simply Does It
A quick way to sprinkle some preppy charm onto your outfit? Tie a bold red sweater around your shoulders. Keep the rest of your colors crisp and monotone, not forgetting brilliant white sneakers for an athleisure twist.
The Standard of Comfort
What’s the standard uniform of the preppy varsity girl? Here you have it: black leggings, a white T-shirt, and a blue denim jacket.
Leather Goes Preppy
Preppy is by no means boring. How about slick leather leggings for a modern edge? Complement the outfit with a logo T-shirt and an oversized gray woolen coat for cooler fall days.
Elegant Street Style
Funny what a little red lipstick can do, isn’t it? Here a slick of bright color adds some Parisienne chic to this simple ensemble of blue denim, black and white.
For days that are more focused on comfort than glamour, this workday uniform does the trick.
Wearing a Striped Top For Preppy Fall Style
Another spring trend that’s wafted into fall is the classic striped sweater which just so happens to be a stalwart of preppy style.
Think of preppy Hollywood style icons: Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Coco Chanel. These stylish dames all loved their multipurpose Breton shirts. Channel that vintage vibe in a striped tee and play the part of a preppy style star.
This fall, the studious look is in. Co-ordinate a black and white striped top with tailored suede pants and patterned pumps for a dose of nerdy chic.
A silky oversized scarf makes a glamorous addition to this outfit of khaki pants, a striped top and leather jacket.
Rainy Days and Mondays
Need a little extra cover-up for rainy weather? Dust off those trusty boots and sleeveless puffer jacket to go along with a preppy striped top and jeans.
Preppies are the prettiest girls, especially when styled in classic Breton stripes and a frilly ruffled skirt. Accentuate the feminine effect with fine black hosiery and black leather brogues.
Add some edge to your ensemble in the preppiest of ways. Sleek leather leggings along with pointy black boots are cool and ultra-urban.
Tartan is a Prep Fall Essential
Plaid, tartan, check or gingham… whatever name you call it by, we can all agree that this classic Scottish print is a definite fall favorite. Made trendy again by English designers like Burberry and Alexander McQueen, this quintessentially English print has that easily recognizable preppy appeal.
But don’t just stop at the traditional red design. Plaid comes in a variety of gorgeous colorful shades like green, blue, yellow and the ever-sophisticated black and white pattern.
Mix and Match
Don’t be shy to make a statement by mixing your plaid patterns. A red tartan jacket is a perfect partner to blue jeans, red boots and a black and white plaid scarf.
Chic and elegant, this outfit makes use of classic basics to create a sophisticated effect. A plaid blazer in blue and green tones is an unexpected old-world touch.
Make tartan print the focal point of your ensemble. Wear an open plaid shirt over a backdrop of pure white skinny jeans and an easy vest.
Fall is the ideal season to play around with patterns, prints and color all at the same time. This outfit makes use of bold, daring colors plus a pop of preppy blue tartan tweed – just gorgeous!
We can see a grown-up Hermione Granger in this outfit, couldn’t you? Get the sleek look by going for black on top and bottom with a splash of plaid print in the skirt.
The Best of Both Worlds
Cute yet spunky, chic yet edgy – this outfit fits all personalities. Try a high-collared Victorian style blouse in fashionable plaid for a similar modern vintage feel.
Black from top to toe is every true fashionista’s secret weapon. Throw in a bit of preppy appeal by wrapping up in a large plaid scarf for extra style points.
A Taste for
Get into that old English spirit by opting for a stylish tweed menswear blazer this fall. All that’s really needed are skinny black jeans plus sky-high stilettos for a look that’s classically sophisticated.
A Trust For Denim In Autumn
Regardless of the season, you can bet that denim will always be a part of the equation. For a prep look, in particular, boyfriend jeans are the ideal choice to add some spunk to this serious motif. Then, to mix and match styles, throw on a pair of stilettos and create a part-glamorous, part-preppy persona.
If edgy ripped denim is more your style, there’s a preppy twist for you too. Slip-on moccasins and suede loafers may be just the fall switch-up you’re looking for.
Boyfriend Goes Prep
Fast becoming every fashionista’s staple item, even boyfriend jeans can be preppy if worn the right way. Layer a button-down shirt under a sweater and military parka for a fall look that’s bang on trend. Check the article 50 Most Flattering Jeans Style Examples For Summer for ideas and inspiration with jeans.
A must-have for fall weather is a statement coat that can be dressed up or down. For a preppy effect, style it simply with skinny jeans, a black sweater and heels.
A pair of patent leather moccasins will see you comfortably through the fall season. Recreate this look easily with your favorite blue denims and a dark duffle coat.
Crisp Collar Style
Small details like a collar turned over a high-neck sweater can make all the difference to an outfit. Add this preppy touch to boyfriend jeans and a gray coat for superb style this season.
Shaded Preppy Appeal
A trick to preppy fashion is to wear varying shades from the same color palette – in this case, gray.
A pair of suede moccasin loafers is the ultimate preppy style staple. Here it fits perfectly alongside fitted charcoal skinny jeans and a wide-lapelled pale pink jacket.
Mix It With Military
Navy blues, charcoal grays, khaki greens and intense blacks… that’s the color palette that preppy fall fashion encapsulates.
We love the old-world Victorian charm that this style brings. Straight out of a Charles Dickens or Emily Brontë novel, this style will be your new go-to look for upcoming overcast days.
An Ode to Masculinity
Here is an outfit of masculine items worn in an elegantly feminine, preppy way. A long military-style coat is the perfect sophisticated touch to polish it all off.
Get in on the trend by wearing a double-breasted navy blue blazer over cropped blue jeans and a simple white vest.
Let the near-wintry weather inspire your fashion choices. Black, gray and deep navy blue combines beautifully into superb fall preppy style.
Still have that bell-sleeved top from the spring? Give it a preppy fall update by layering it underneath a military coat. Blue jeans and black booties accentuate the look perfectly.
Cover up in the season’s trendiest color: khaki green. For a preppy collegiate feel, wear it with chunky-heeled burgundy boots.
It’s time to dig out all of those thick, luxurious woolen fabrics for the upcoming cold weather. For an urban meets preppy effect, wear your knits with khaki camo-colored pants.
Throwback to the 90s
This look is the epitome of 90’s schoolgirl cool. A black miniskirt, black tights and Doc Martin boots – an outfit straight out of , 90210!
In the Navy
This look means business. Give your blue jeans a preppy upgrade with a striped polo neck top and a no-nonsense double-breasted coat.
That Classic Collegiate
Move over, Blair Waldorf. We’re stealing your Gossip Girl style. Short miniskirts, opaque stockings and cover-up coats are all you need to wrap yourself in the chicest of all preppy styles.
So, what if your college days are over? You can still look the part of a stylish Upper East Sider with these preppy style essentials.
Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you can’t still show some leg. Try this preppy ensemble of a tweed miniskirt, black stockings and leopard-print heels.
New York Cool
This urban look would be ideal for the city streets of , or . Pair a white T-shirt with your favorite denim accessories and obligatory long gray coat – both preppy and cool!
Style up a pair of shiny patent leather brogues with a cute pleated mini skirt and a cream-colored woolen sweater.
Accessory Master Class
Not sure how to spruce up a fall outfit? Start with a canvas of basic black and add on accessories of different textures, weights and colors. The true style winner here is an olive green round-brimmed hat – a preppie fall must!
Timeless stylistic charm: wear a black miniskirt, patterned stockings and thigh-high boots with pale gray woolen extras.
A Preppy Style Statement
This ensemble is edgy and cool with that varsity college twist. Get the look by going for leather separates in glossy autumnal shades.
Dungaree in Demand
If you invest in one item this fall, make it a dungaree dress. Wear it with cheeky knee-high boots and a chunky polo neck sweater for the cutest preppy appeal.
Draped for Comfort
Wrapped in coziest fabrics: grab your softest woolen knits and layer them in a most fashionable way. A preppy twist? Wear shuffle socks with your ankle boots for a quirky effect.