Preppy fashion: love it or hate it! The American high school-inspired attire taking its cue from a blockbuster TV show Glee is an emering spring summer trend. Combined with sweetly feminine 1950’s the All-American girl look means cute, casual and perfect for just hanging around.
Thank God we don’t need to move to US to seduce with a swotty preppy clothes we’ve seen in various fashion shows of spring 2011. Christopher Kane’s interpretation of a collegiate style means a rhombus sweater mixed with a statement colour midi skirt (also seen in Moschino Cheap & Chic). Kind of book worm-look. 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dsquared² will help you get full marks in style with menswear-inspired chunky cardigan, boxy shorts, fedora, slipper loafers or stylish leather Oxford shoes. Proenza Schouler and DKNY prefer more feminine reinterpretation of a student wardrobe: their collections mixed preppy wool jackets and blazers with boiled sweet colors and classic spring accessories.
Stylish and sporty, the Letterman jacket goes a long way from the U.S. high schools and colleges to the world runways. Boasting distinctively sportier attitude torwards layering up, the iconic varsity jacket with a tomboy twist is a retro-cool alternative to a blazer. Apart from having school sports letters sewn on them, these jacketsare usually made of wool which makes them perfect for transitional weather.
Collegiate fashion pieces
- varsity jacket
- collegiate inspired cardigan
- posh-preppy heeled loafer
- boyfriend blazer
- top with a graphic print on the front (numbers!)
- leather Oxford shoes
- tortoiseshell specs
- Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses
- pleated skirt
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This is a classy and simple spring look to pull off, and it’s defined by pastel colours, short-sleeved shirts and chinos or slacks (in red or yellow if you really want to play the “rah” card). The shirt should have some subtle but premium branding and should be button-up or polo, while the shoes can be loafers or deck shoes.