CLASSIC CHIC: PREP PRETTY

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A pivotal component of the Classic style is PREP....as a middle schooler, "prep" was my label, I didn't really know what that meant, however, I did like Ralph Lauren girl very much...

Now, PREP style has taken a backseat to my overwhelming drive to be fashion forward, yet I remain loyal to the simplicity of a preppy look, some days I just want to feel comfortable and effortless; the core of Classic style...I would define Prep as Classic style overdone, but overdone in a good way of course... 
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When I hear the word "prep," I think of the East Coast, equestrians, ivy league schools, WASP's...oh and Blair Waldorf...
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Tommy Hilfiger & Ralph Lauren...
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I love the ensemble prep cast in every Tommy Hilfiger advertisement (above), it's as if they are welcoming you into a club of cool plaid...in the Hamptons 
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Preppy colors usually include, but are not limited to, Red, White and Blue...patriotism and British influence at it's best...
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Kate Middleton (above) is a great example...as is Olivia Palermo and Reese Witherspoon (below) all quite preppy in a navy blazer...

I really like how each made the piece their own, very original! My personal favorite is Olivia's look (below, left) the military jacket is classic but the leather leggings give it some freshness...a simple top and neutral shoes keep it effortless...
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Preppy is not how I would define my personal style, but I must say, it is what I look for in a man...

For Kelsey and Beth

-M. Gisele

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