So why exactly have I deemed the satirisation of Muffy van Winkle post-worthy? As amusing as they may be I couldn’t care less about True Prep’s extensive list of social do’s and don’ts, but the preppy ‘fashion rules’ really caught my eye. Don’t panic, I’m not suggesting that we all ‘wear sportswear’ (good, God no!) or that our ‘underwear must not show’ (hello, underwear as outerwear was SUCH big news this summer)… The whole book is designed to make a mockery of its subject so it’s style commandments are hardly meant to be taken literally, and I’m about as likely to do so as I am to up-sticks and move to Conneticut.
But the tales of Muffy and her like got me thinking about preppy style in general, and I realised that I love it! True Prep may not be written in all seriousness but it did make a couple of seriously good points about stylish dressing. For example, ‘cowboy hats may not be worn by anyone who is not technically a cowboy or a cowgirl’, ‘sarongs are for the beach, not for the mall’ and my personal favourite ‘You can never go wrong with a trench coat’ (so true!).
|DKNY fall/winter 2010 collection|
If the memory of your old school uniform sends a shiver down your spine then it’s time for an unpleasant surprise. This season kilts, blouses and knee-high socks are making a serious comeback. With it’s emphasis on luxe fabrics, classic pieces, and wearability, preppy style has never been chicer.
|Marc Jacobs fall/winter 2010 collection|
Classic, elegant looks are seriously hot property. From Marc Jacobs, to DKNY to Lacoste (the perennial preppy favourite) the fall/winter 2010 catwalks were overrun with plaids, pleats, knits, cute collars and back-to-school styles.
|Lacoste fall/winter 2010 collection|
For the past few seasons, fashion has been caught up in a love affair with tougher looks such as studs, leather, exposed zips and distressed denim. I’m have always been slightly envious of girls who can really rock the model-off-duty, grungey vibe in oversized Alexander Wang tanks, high-top trainers and bed-head hair, but not anymore… Sleek, chic, prep-tastic looks are bang on-trend right now and I am rejoicing in fact that groomed, well put-together styles have come back with a vengeance. This season I’m going to unleash my inner WASP in pop socks, loafers and pea coats galore!
This stylish fellow was also clearly channelling the preppy vibe when I spotted him strolling down Kensington high street…
Ok, so at first glance this guy may not look like a style setter. He’s not wearing an oversized lumberjack shirt, artfully distressed skinnies and those All Saints biker boots that every fashion conscious London male seems to own, but there is something about this outfit that I just can’t get enough of. Everything is well made, well-fitting and well-coordinated… and I love any man who has the confidence to wear a pair of trousers THAT bright without the slightest hint of self-consciousness. For fall/winter 2010 it is all about low-key luxury, good-quality classics and attention to detail and this deliciously preppy ensemble ticks all the boxes.
So, even if leather trousers and boudoir lace aren’t for you then do not dispair! Just make like Blair Waldorf, invest in a headband for every occasion and work this seasons smartest looks, preppy-style.
Love Ella. X