I’ve known the meaning of “preppy” for a long time, but hardly thought of it as a whole culture. Having made my research on what being a preppy girl means, I came across a WikiHow post with all the steps you need to fit into this new role of you. Pretty interesting I’d say. Here’s a summary of what it takes to be preppy.

The Style

Get the clothes – The preppy essentials include blazers, cardigans, leggings, skinny jeans, skirts, polos, oxfords, etc. Most preferred colors are pinks and yellows. Blues are also appropriates.

Accessorize – This would involve tote bags, minimalist jewelry, and tiny hair accessories such as bows or why not simple headbands.

Do the Hairstyle – Options here are three – leave your hair all natural, use a simple headband or add a mini pretty hairclip. You choose, just make sure you are well-groomed, and your hair is shiny and clean.

Perfect the Makeup – Stay natural is the key phrase for adding “preppiness” to your look. Right amount of concealer, brushed eyebrows, neat eyelashes, a little bit of blush, and lips in neutral pinks.

Hygiene – Well-cleaned white teeth, light perfume, neat nails, you name it.

The Attitude 

Be Confident – … and build up your self-esteem.

Be Classy – Don’t be a snob, be polite, and be pleasant.

Do Sports – Tennis, swimming, ballet, and everything that makes you feel good and toned.

Be Nice – Don’t be rude, always try to smile, avoid gossiping, and any other mean activity.

After getting to know the culture behind being a preppy girl, I must admit it’s a whole way of living. And it’s not that bad, is it? Here’s my twist of a preppy look – just the way I like it, with a little dash of romance:

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So, apart from wearing a classy skinny pants and a pair of feminine suede boots in black, I’ve opted out for a cardigan in wine red (similar version here), which goes well with the pink roses on my dotted shirt (alternative here). The latter adds a little romance in the entire look. However, since pink is a preppy colors, I’ve also opted for a pink tote bag (similar here). Trying to avoid over-accessorizing I decided to put a cute pink pearl ring. Yet, the outfit was lacking something, so I came up with the idea of wearing something additional and winter-appropriate: a fur scarf in pink (similar here and here). That way I recreated my own romantic version of preppy and inserted a little bit of cosiness through the fur accessory.

As you may have noticed I also involved the natural hair and makeup bit, as well as a positive attitude, which are part of the key characteristics of being a preppy girl.

So, what do you think about the preppy style? Do you dress preppy? Looking forward to hearing your opinion in the comments’ bar. 

See you soon,

Denina ♥

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How cute are you! I’m loving the pops of pink in this look!!

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Thank you so much, Diana!

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Well you look great as a preppy girl ! Love your pink bag, so cute !

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This is a super cute post. I think these are helpful tips for those that aren’t familiar with preppy style. Hard to believe but they are out there. I agree with Style Circus, this is a great interpretation of preppy. Not to mention, you were able to do it on a modest budget.

I grew up preppy, on the Northshore of Long Island and graduated from Dartmouth College. I’ve been around pretty all my life. One of the main colors to always incorporate is green (not forest green). It compliments pink the best. Bows are good but only when you’re 16 or younger. After that, you mature and bows aren’t always ideal. Hair, usually straight and parted in the middle or on the side. Ideal articals of clothing, agreed… polos as a shirt or shirt dress. During this winter season, down vest and most certainly fleece. Come winter, I live in my Vineyard Vine fleece 3/4 zip and two vest (pink & green). Also, flats are key. Ballet flats, boat shoes, flat leather boots, etc. If you do wear a heel, 3inches is usually the max. As for hygene, ummm, every girl should have white teeth, weekly mani/pedi and wear a light fragrance. Activities, I did ballet (I graduated w/a minor in classical ballet) & equestrian (english riding).

This all comes from a girl who only dressed preppy most of my life. Over the years, now 32yrs old, my style/taste has evolved. Living & working in NYC can do that to you. Preppy everyday just got boring to me. I feel, one must have variety in their style to exude their personality. I hope people don’t have a one demensional character. That being said, old habits die hard. We’re going up to our ski house in Vermont on Thursday for a long weekend. What have I packed thus far….. all preppy pieces. Oops, sorry. Ha. The only thing I’ll never apologize for or stop doing, carrying Louis Vuitton or Gucci bags/totes. Preppy, no but I’m not a Dooney & Bourke kind of girl.

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Hi Shoshana,

You can’t believe how happy you made me feel when I read your comment! First, because you liked the post, second because I learned useful things from an “insider” like you, and last but not least, because you made the effort to write all those things. Thank you so much! I really, really value your comment :)

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Perfect look and advice, love the pink bag ! <3

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You make black look good! And that added touch of pink gives the outfit a very feminine touch!

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Such a stunning look. Black and pink is a great combo !

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You look beautiful, Denina! I really love that bag and a scarf! ♥

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Thank you so much, Katya! :)

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It’s a beautiful interpretation of the preppy style!

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Thanks, dear :)

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Great tips! you layered this look beautifully.

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Thank you, Rachel!

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Изглеждаш просто великолепно! :)

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Много благодаря :)

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