The prepster is a true classic in terms of style. It is a genre of dress, and a lifestyle, not just a trend. However, for some it is a fleeting look they do not care for, which may be how it fits into your personal tastes. That being said, for the Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 runway shows, several designers were clearly influenced by the “preppy” look.
These designers channeled this style into their collections through color, texture, or fabric. Looking back, one could see influences from the wardrobes of The Philadelphia Story, Annie Hall, Love Story, Animal House, Dead Poets Society, Clueless, The Graduate, Class, and St. Elmo’s Fire. Cardigans and v-neck sweaters topped off A-line skirts or tailored trousers. School crests were emblazoned on faux letterman jackets (see Jil Sander), warm peacoats topped off many runway looks (see Altuzarra), and loafers were one of the biggest surprise shoe trends of the season.
Loafers (some designers prefer "oxfords," depending) were seen in the classic penny loafer format, as well as high-heeled, velvet slippers, and even designed with tassels. Loafers were seen in bold jewel tones, classic finishes, and even colorblocked platforms. Perfect for the office or as a part of your weekend wardrobe, they might be the best way to invest in joining the ‘prep’ trend for this season.
While tailored tweeds are classic for Chanel, they are given new life from brands like 10 Crosby Derek Lam. Seen in the June 2012 issue of Marie Claire, a tweed 10 Crosby Derek Lam coat grabbed the attention of this writer for its unisex appeal and chic lapels. Another great sub-category in this trend is the use of wool plaids, which are a chic layering piece for top coats and skirts (see Joseph and Thakoon Addition). Still too busy for you? Consider using a quilted vest from J.Crew, Club Monaco, or Barbour to keep you warm from parking garage to office. Transition from bitter winter days to the warming pre-spring season by wearing a classic cable knit turtleneck from Carven or Marc Jacobs.
How would you wear the preppy look this season? Or is your personal style already channeling your inner Ivy League?
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