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it will comes as no surprise that preppy is my go-to style. it always as been, and it always will be. preppy lends itself naturally to the spring and summer months. but how do we keep that aesthetic alive and fresh when we’re in the cold, dreary depths of winter? if you’re looking for some essential items to prep up your wardrobe—or if you’re looking for a little color to offset the gray days—today’s post is for you. i’m going to give you some outfit essentials that will show you exactly how to keep the torch burning strong—how to dress preppy in the winter.
yesterday on the blog, i was feeling neutral: it was all about the whites, grays, and blacks. (and for those of you that are wondering, Ann Taylor restocked the herringbone shawl collar wrap coat that’s all the rage. so if you were looking to pick one up and missed out, make sure to head over and grab one.)
today, it’s all about the color pop. we’re no strangers to color over here on the blog, and we talked extensively last fall on how to introduce color into your wardrobe. preppy is all about well-placed color additions, and the outfit of the day features a blue monochromatic base. some people shy away from monochrome, as it can sometimes feel redundant and/or aesthetically uninteresting. however, monochrome is an easy way to introduce color to your wardrobe, and a simple way to successfully do it is by picking a base—shirt/pant, sweater/shirt—combination that runs the two ends of a particular shade spectrum.
here, i’ve chosen a dark blue gingham shirt and layered it with a light blue sweater from J.Crew. i’ve added visual interest to the outfit by pairing my base with a pair of houndstooth jeans that pick up both colors.
i’m fortunate that Athens weather often permits me loafers during the winter. if you too live in an equally forgiving climate, a pair of penny loafers is an obvious but timeless way of prepping up an outfit. i picked this pair up from J.Crew, but if you’re looking for alternatives, check out these Oxford loafers i featured last week on the blog. but if it’s Minneapolis-like weather where you are, make sure to check out this Easy Spirit winter shoe guide I put together a few weeks ago. there are a couple of booties that would go perfectly with today’s outfit!
a puffer jacket is one of my top 5 essential winter jackets to own. not only is it quintessentially preppy, but it’s just so darn versatile. if you’re headed to work, out and about shopping, or meeting a friend, reach for your puffer. it’ll keep you warm, and you’ll look good while it’s doing it. this one is older but i’ve found a similar one at Nordstrom—totally reasonably priced—but head to your favorite retailer for yours.