Preppy, preppie, or prep (all abbreviations of the word preparatory) refers to a modern, widespread fashion style. Preppy fashion started in the 1950’s as the Ivy League style of dress. Although preppy styles have their roots in Ivy League fashion, various preppy styles take cues from New England and Tri-State Area nautical attire from the twentieth century. My favourite fiction character known to rock this style is Blaire Waldorf from Gossip Girl series.
Accessories: headband, bracelet watch, brooch or pin with greek letters, silk scarf, Tiffany’s bracelets and Pandora charms.
Hair: long hair is a must, in a bun, in a pony tail, fringe in a french braid with your hair down, loose hair with a hairband.
Fabric & pattern: avoid chiffon and silk, your fabrics should be wool, cotton, linen and anything that resembles these fabrics, solid and non shiny, avoid glitter and see through, patterns such as argyle, sabre tooth, and pleats are ideal. Also remember to wear mostly solid colours, with throughout matching colors (i,e, same colour headband, shoes and purse).
Make up: Rosy year round or mauve for fall cheeks, natural eyes, mascara in brown or black, pink lips, keep an array or shiny lipgloss.
Nails: Red, navy, black, pink, nude, beige, brown, white, and grey. Solid matt colours are preferred.
The word Bohemian comes from Bohémien, a term for the gypsy people of France originating in the early 19th century. Hence, bohemian style is a gypsy influenced look. Bohemian style in short is “boho”; also known as boho chic, boho rock, boho glam and hobo-grunge. Originally a gypsy inspired look it was later influenced by the American hippie look reaching its height in 2004. Famous women known to rock and influence the boho style are Sienna Miller, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie and Kate Moss.
Wardrobe: floaty long skirts, furry vests, embroidered tunics, cropped jackets, large coin belts, sheepskin boots, cowboy boots, baggy cardigans, empire waist tops, hobo bags, and leggings.
Accessories: golden or metallic bangles, large jewellery pieces - earrings & necklaces, hoop earrings, fake flower/s in your hair, one colour or pattern bandana, hippie hair bands, and oversized sunglasses.
Hair: Loose long hair.
Fabric & pattern: Floral patterns, multi coloured stripes, embroidery edging, lace edging, solid colours, specs of gold/shiny elements.
Makeup: Red cheeks, red lips and dark for brunettes and red, nude lip with natural eye and rosy cheek for blonds, black mascara and thick eyebrows.
Nails: Nail polish with metallic finish, nail polish in gold, silver, black or red. You can glam up your look with any colour you like really.
All these different style names are driving me insane. What is this supposed to mean: “You are so boho chic today?” or “Your jacket is too military for my taste. ” or “OMG Look at that outfit. It is sooo prep. OMG! ” I have a feeling that fashion industry comes up with all these names on purpose to confuse us and make us feel not up to date - so that we would be chasing after those latest magazines, craving to find out what all this means: Boho, Glam, Prep, It Girl, Bombshell, Bohemian, Classic, Princess, Military, Retro, Vintage, Casual, Trashy, Edgy, Sophisticated, Pin Up, Dressy, Sporty, Hippie, Urban, Chic, Artsy and the list goes on and on. With my articles “My style?” I am going to explore each individual style with its key elements, and who knows maybe you’ll find the look that you have been searching for all along :)