classic style series | preppy style

good morning, ladies! i trust you enjoyed your Easter weekend. here at casa djalali, the weather outside was so delightful that most of the day was spent outside. all of my kiddos and their better halves popped over for brunch. funny story, the house was in order, the table set, and the bloody mary and mimosa bar in place. but yours truly hadn’t shopped for the brunch ingredients. after a day of cleaning the patios and screen porch, i was pooped, so pushed that task to sunday morning, not thinking that Publix would be closed. well…. they were closed as they should be on Easter, and Target too. thankfully for me, Walmart was open, and i scrambled to buy eggs, bacon, spinach, and cheese so i could whip up a frittata for my crew. phew! that was a close one. i have to admit being single, running the blog, and my house, plus chasing after oscar and ollie has its challenges. sometimes i wind up running behind schedule. but i’m learning. if it hadn’t been for the pine pollen cleanup, things would have been smooth sailing. ha!

recently, i started a classic style series on the blog and YouTube. the first installment was where to shop for classic style. today the classic style series focuses on preppy style – a style unique to America. preppy style is influenced by the east coast prep school uniform, which includes chinos, button-ups, blazers, canvas belts, argyle sweaters, crewneck sweaters, and loafers. the term preppy is taken from university-preparatory schools, a.k.a prep school. the style got its start at the turn of the 20th century and more or less has evolved since then. preppy style has also been influenced by the English aristocracy, who once had a strong impact on America and American universities. so you will see an infusion of stripes, plaid shirts, field jackets, nautical-themed outfits, and equestrian apparel.

preppy style fashion for women was epitomized by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, who not only embraced classic style but preppy style. Jackie was known to wear brightly patterned sheath dresses from opens in a new windowLilly Pulitizer and catapulted opens in a new windowJack Rogers sandals into the fashion stratosphere. on a trip to Italy, Jackie spied a pair of sandals she loved. when she returned to the States, she asked shoe cobbler opens in a new windowJack Rogers to make her a pair. the rest is history. women who love preppy style embrace low heels tailored skirt suits, wrap dresses, sheath dresses, shirtdresses, silk or cotton blouses, a-line skirts, and chinos.

while preppy style is unique to America, it has been embraced by other continents and cultures. when Princess Diana stepped onto the fashion scene as a Sloan Ranger, her outfits embodied floral denim and skirts, gingham pants, and bright colors. preppy style retailers include opens in a new windowTalbots, opens in a new windowJ.Crew, opens in a new windowLilly Pulitzer, opens in a new windowRalph Lauren, opens in a new windowTommy Hilfiger, opens in a new windowL.L. Bean, opens in a new windowOrvis, opens in a new windowEddie Bauer, and opens in a new windowLacoste, to name a few.

classic style series | preppy style

today’s ootd is preppy style all the way. it starts with an opens in a new windowa-line skirt with a whimsical pattern from opens in a new windowTalbots. the queen of preppy style Jenna Lyons from her days at opens in a new windowJ.Crew, taught us to pattern mix, so i decided a striped tee (old, opens in a new windowsimilar here) was in order with the opens in a new windowflower and vases skirt. but to keep the overall outfit from going over the top, i added a opens in a new windowwhite denim jacket. as for footwear, this time of year, the choices are endless. white sneakers, driving mocs, sandals, or ballet flats would all look adorable. the weather is warm in Georgia, and my pedicure fresh, so i slipped into a pair of sandals (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere). guess what? the opens in a new windowwhite handbag from opens in a new windowRalph Lauren is back in action.

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classic style preppy style

classic style preppy style

opens in a new windowskirt | opens in a new windowsimilar tee | opens in a new windowdenim jacket | (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere) | opens in a new windowhandbag

classic style preppy style

opens in a new windowskirt | opens in a new windowsimilar tee | opens in a new windowdenim jacket | opens in a new window similar sandals | opens in a new windowhandbag

classic style preppy style

classic style preppy style

classic style preppy style

 

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40 Comments

  1. Love the combination.
    You know, how to put bright colors so well together.
    I love it, and even though is preppy it does not look ridiculous.
    Thumb up on these one for sure!!

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • such a fun and whimsical outfit perfect for spring.

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  2. Anon wrote:

    This is a very nice look on you. Another win!

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
  3. Kathleen McDermott wrote:

    Simply adorable.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
  4. Love this outfit. The skirt and jacket together with the stripped top is so cute! Casual and so put together.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
  5. Beth, you look fabulous! Life a burst of sunshine. I have been looking at that skirt on the Talbots website and it looks wonderful on you. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
  6. Janet Pindoley wrote:

    I love preppy since I‘ve been a little girl! Love your outfit…. Land’s End is another preppy retailer I shop at. Thanks for all you do, Beth. It has got to be exhausting at times…..

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • thanks for the reminder! they always have great clothes. always love to hear from you!

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  7. Kim wrote:

    Great post and love the combination of stripes and florals. Smiled when I read about Jackie Kennedy. Just finished a biography about her. She hated the iconic pillbox hat but wore it out of respect for her husband. She felt it was inappropriate to be seen at official events without her head covered.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • i will have to check her biography. is it a new one? or old?

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  8. Sue wrote:

    Funny story about your Easter lunch- at least the drinks bar was ready, lol. Thank goodness you found a shop open.
    I am in the U.K. and I also love preppy style, though didn’t realise that was what it was until I started reading your blog! I love loafers, chinos, stripes, bright colours, etc. That skirt looks such fun and you carry it off really well.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • all’s well that ends well! but for a moment i was thinking we would be eating Sausage McMuffins from McDonald’s…

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  9. Paula wrote:

    What great refreshing colors and the Easter story was funny!! Oh well you did it!
    When you talked about preppy I remember Ali Macgraw in Love Story. She also brought preppy into our lives. I also noticed that she just celebrated her 82 birthday and still looks great! I do love and have always loved the preppy look.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • she is just all that whether 22 or 82. what a style icon!

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  10. Susan D White wrote:

    You are a rockstar to accomplish all that you do, including pulling together a last minute frittata. Kudos to you and know your family appreciates the figurehead you are in their lives.
    I am for the foreseeable future, bound to sneakers due to a stress fracture to my femur. It is coming up to a year sense the incident. I tried to wear sandals for Easter with arch supports and that was a failure. I am looking forward to continuing my casual dress and happy to know how versatile sneakers can be with pants, shorts, skirts and summer dresses.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • sorry to hear about your feet issues. that is not fun! but you will look adorable rocking sneakers!

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  11. Andre wrote:

    What a great idea for a blog series!

    Locke that outfit, especially the skirt. It reminds me of toile patterns, that I have always loved. White denim jackets are the modern casual blazer. Excellent post.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
  12. Gayle Woods wrote:

    I love this outfit! I was trying to comment and like it on face book but for some reason I can’t find any place to comment or any place to like!

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • anothe reader was asking about trouble commenting or liking too. not sure what’s up with that. there’s always something with Facebook…

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  13. Gayle Woods wrote:

    Hi, sorry to bother you again but for some reason it will not let me be a fan. I did make a negative comment on ONE post and then when I realized how it sounded I deleted it and I said I was sorry. Is that why I can’t become a fan or am I doing something wrong?

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • hi gayle,
      i don’t even know how Facebook awards being a fan. but i always thought they (Facebook) controlled being a fan based on the interactions
      made on the page.
      sorry, not much help.

      Posted 4.6.21Reply
  14. Lori wrote:

    You look fabulous, the preppy style is perfect for us older girls. Back in the day we called it collegiate, with brands like Villager& Lady Bug. Also loved the blue dress from last week. My sister beat me to the Talbots website to order!

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • that dress is so darn cute and comfy to boot. you will love it.

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  15. Sangita M wrote:

    I hope you had a cocktail (or two) after your harrowing Sunday morning! Nice to know I’m not the only one that has an “Oh no!” moment or ten!
    I’m sure it all turned out great, as did your outfit for today!
    Have a great week.

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • right?! i had visions of McDonald’s Egg McMuffins for Easter! all’s well that ends well.

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  16. Sheila wrote:

    Beth,
    I really like the outfits you put together for yourself. I especially enjoyed reading what you’ve written about the classic-preppy style. My question is this -is there an age where a woman would be too old to wear classic-preppy? I’m 72.
    Thank you ,
    Sheila

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • i am of the firm belief there is no age limit when it comes to fashion. if you love it then wear it!

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  17. Deanna wrote:

    Love the OOTD. And the more I see that purse, the more I think I need to get one! Chuckling just a bit on your delayed brunch food shopping trip. Women do toooo much. It’s our nature. And sometimes not enough time in the day to get it all done. Hope you have a more restful week. Maybe you need a personal assistant? (hand raised….lol)

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
  18. Georgia Peach wrote:

    Oh my gosh I love this cute skirt! I bought it last week to wear w/a white eyelet blouse and sandals. I couldn’t wait until the weather turned warmer so I styled it w/my denim jacket and Keds. So versatile .
    You look darling. Love your yellow sandals.
    Speaking of yellow, this pine pollen cannot end soon enough.
    Ugh!

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
    • i think the pine pollen is coming to an end! praise the lord!

      Posted 4.5.21Reply
  19. Lori wrote:

    Beth can you please share what brand your Apple Watch is? We greatly appreciate all you do !

    Posted 4.6.21Reply
  20. Sue wrote:

    You look great in a skirt! Do you use a sunless tanner that you could recommend? My pasty looking legs need help.

    Posted 4.7.21Reply
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