Look no further than a classic “Brat Pack” film like Sixteen Candles or St. Elmo’s Fire to spot the origins of the Preppy style. Once a symbol of 1980’s Ivy Leaguers and wannabes, thirty years later we now know the Preppy look was no fad, but a long-lasting trend that’s seen its fair share of iterations over time.
Plus Size Preppy Style
There is the typically sporty style, like the Polo shirt, sweater-over-shoulders and short-shorts of Lea Thompson’s dream girl in Some Kind of Wonderful. There is the lady Prep- more refined, like Molly Ringwald’s pale pink dress, tall slouchy boots and leather jacket from The Breakfast Club. And then there is the more modern school girl luxe look of Alicia Silverstone’s Cher in Clueless.
Rather than dilute the trend, the fact that there are so many ways to do the Preppy look actually helps to cement its importance in fashion history. First chronicled in the Eighties publication The Official Preppy Handbook, today’s Prep look has brands like Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Preen, Kate Spade and Coach to thank for keeping it in the fashion limelight.
Whether you’d call yourself a Prepster or not, there’s no better time than the cool days of Fall to revive the plus size Preppy style in your own closet. Follow these Prep-ready tips to style it sweet, style it professional or style it sexy to make a timeless trend uniquely yours.
The office is a perfect testing ground for Preppy essentials like cardigans, collared shirts and all varieties of print. Check out Eloquii for lots of great plus size preppy style options. We love their bold yellow houndstooth skirt with a color-blocked cardi and cinched with their nailhead skinny belt. Finish this look with Tory Burch signature peep-toe wedges or classic round-toe pumps and a dash of simple pearls. Whether you’re a high school principle, a corporate attorney or a VP at NASCAR, this look cannot fail.
Now this is a look we all know can skew saccharine sweet or scorching hot. Let’s try both. Start with Eloquii’s tartan plaid skirt, a nod to the uniform without the potential cliché of the pleat. You can’t get more innocent than an easy tee and boyfriend sweater with loafers or bucks. Punch it up for a girl’s night out with a slouchy sequin top from Lane Bryant or DKNY and short Jimmy Choo moto boots. Or va-voom it for that lucky lover with an Alter Ego corset, trench-style long jacket (if you must) and sky-high black patent red-bottoms, a.k.a. Louboutins. If you choose this plus size preppy style, on’t forget to have the Fire Department on standby for date night.
The most classic of Preppy, the sporty look has definitely evolved to its most feminine and fashionable level ever. We love Old Navy’s vibrant green Rockstar jeans paired with a classic and classy Ralph Lauren family crest adorned blazer. This look darn near requires the perfect white layering shirt, so invest in a good one like Lafayette 148’s tux shirting. The stand-up collar is a plus size preppy style maven’s dream. Tod’s driving mocs in creamy camel and a Chloe Marcie bag complete the look.
The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach : Check out this now classic tome for the original low-down on the American Prep. “Fashion That’s Perennially Preppy” by Adam Tschorn of the L.A. Times, clothing images from www.nordstrom.com and www.eloquii.com, film image from www.google.com