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Question: What is preppy style and how do I pull it off?

Answer: Preppy style is all about looking classic. A uniform of basics is essential to mastering this look.

What you need:

1. Classic lapel blazer or cardigan

2. Navy slacks or pleated skirt

3. Simple chain

4. Easy-to-wear shoes

The preppy girl look originally surfaced as a result of students accessorizing their school uniforms. It was then was adapted to films, music videos (anyone remember Britney’s “Hit Me Baby One More Time?”) and malls across America. This look is forever timeless and simple to achieve. These basic wardrobe pieces will allow you to achieve the preppy style:

First, adapt a pleated skirt; it’s flirty, freeing, and no longer for Catholic schools. This skirt can be seen in all types of patterns and it’s currently trending in pale blush tones.

If you don’t want to wear a skirt, try a dress with an a-symmetrical bottom half or slacks.

For your top, don a peter pan blouse. This top has an elongated collar and looks great sleeveless. Many stores like Forever 21 offer it in sheer fabric or lace detailing for an extra-polished look.

The it factor here is a cardigan or blazer. Blazers are not just for job interviews — they can be worn casually, too. You can get a blazer in either a shrunken fit or a boxy style, depending on your taste.

Wear loafers or moccasins to pull this look together. A comfortable flat with a low heel will make your outfit stand out.

The key accessories to this look are a structured handbag and a simple chain. Perfection.

If you love this look, check out some old episodes of Gossip Girl and study Blair Waldorf  (Leighton Meester) — she’s the queen of preppy girl style!