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Wednesday, September 12th 2012

Ask Shopbop: 2 Ways to Wear a Preppy Shirt


Preppy is back for fall and I couldn’t be more excited. What is the easiest way to incorporate it in to my daily style?

Preppy styles like collared shirts, collegiate stripes, chinos, and tailored blazers feel so quintessentially fall. My go-to preppy piece is a chambray button-down. Thin and easy to layer, it’s a great place to start. With the right styling, a shirt, like this one from DSQUARED2, can easily transition from casual to dressy.

The modern preppy look is less crisp than in the past. Ripped denim and slouchy sweaters feel right at home alongside skinny corduroys and structured totes. For this look, I started with a soft DSQUARED2 shirt layered under a semi-sheer Rag & Bone sweater. Pairing with super slim Paige Denim pants, keeps the boyish look from veering too masculine. Polished jewelry and a burgundy tote finish the look with a casual, cool-girl feel.

Primary colors feel very on-trend here, so I tucked the DSQUARED2 shirt under a bright Alice + Olivia jacket. The navy No. 21 skirt complements the dark wash of the shirt as well as the bold jacket, while a stack of bracelets keep it looking young. Anchor the look in the modern, messier prep style with a deep side part and soft tousled waves.


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