With the reboot of the iconic fashion series of “Gossip Girl”, the collegiate preppy style has also made a huge comeback from the ’60s with an infusion of ’90s elements. This fashion nostalgia reminds us of school uniforms, pleated skirts, cute hairstyles and knit vests. It’s all about a “modern fashion renaissance”, in which you can mix&match and update your wardrobe, even if you aren’t from Upper Eastside!
These are the top back-to-school trends that will give you aesthetic chills!
ANKLE SOCKS & LOAFERS
The chunky-soled boyish loafer combined with white socks has revived in a chic new way. Either you prefer more classic combos like black, thick-soled loafers and white sporty socks with Nike’s iconic swoosh, or a stacked-heel platform with a twist, you’re still relatable. If you want to pop some color, switch up the colors of your loafers or socks.
PLAID & TARTAN
Patterns, like plaid, tartan, gingham, are seeing a resurgence. The classic “schoolgirl” skirt trend is more versatile than you might think. Fashionistas are nailing it, styling mini pleated skirts with oversized button-down shirts, chunky knits, and combat boots. Also, you can pair it with a cute cardigan, a mini bag and a cool leather jacket on top!
SWEATSHIRTS & KNITS
These couldn’t be missing from this list, as they characterize the preppy style. From sweatshirts with embroidered logos, cable knit vests and oversized knit sweaters, the choices are endless! Tuck a crewneck into your skirt, or knot it over your shoulders atop a basic tee or tank top. For cold days, go for a turtleneck sweater, tights, and knee-length boots to give you extra warmth!
This season it’s all about loose and oversized pieces,and that’s why the exaggerated Peter Pan collar is so popular! It’s your classic white collared shirt but in a hotter version! Try layering it under simple dresses or sporty sweaters and pull the collar and cuffs out from under.
If you want to go all the way with this trend, don’t forget the little details! Headbands, silk headscarves, hair clips, ribbons, bucket hats, baseball cups, scrunchies, claw clips have come a long way to enhance the preppy trend. You can find very cute hair accessories on Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Claire’s, Lululemon e.t.c
Layering is your bestie, especially in winter! A low-key rugby jersey or polo top will keep you looking more preppy. Go bold and wear bright, happy colors or mellow, sunset pastels. They go with everything! Tucked into chinos, jeans, skirts, leather shorts, with a final touch of a checked, double-breasted blazer on top!
This year, the mini bag trend has taken a nostalgic turn with popular bags copying the aesthetics of decades past. It’s also no shock that the 90s have made a come back in the form of mini shoulder bags. When it comes to handbags, preppy girls love classic, understated pieces. Except for classic totes, you can experiment with micro shoulder bags, novelty bags or cute belt bags.