A few days ago I was at school wearing a sweater over a plaid button down, skinny jeans, boots and pearl studs, I liked my look and was feeling preppy.

Someone complimented me on my outfit (GIVE ME ALL THE FEELS!) so I thought why not put together a little preppy essentials post.

10 preppy must haves
This post contains affilate links
The products pictured are a little pricey, but the ones I linked are cheaper and I think a good buy!

A Preppy Starter Kit
So these are must haves to any preppy starter kit.
1. Blazers
I personally love blazers and think I should own more. They add a classy and elegant vibe to any outfit. Plus wear a blazer with torn jeans and a grungy shirt for a style juxtaposition! These blazers are super cute.

2. Rugby Shirts
I have a Ralph Lauren rugby shirt with the big logo and the wide stripes and the pink lining that I got yeeeeeears ago and I refuse to give it away/to charity. I have been known to squeeze into it once in a while ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Here are some other awesome apparel.

3. Nautical Stripes
Well anything nautical is preppy for me. I mean anchors? Navy? White? PREPPY. Check out these stripped items.

4. Plaid iPhone Case
So my church/middle, elementary and primary school is Scottish therefore I practically grew up with plaid items. Anything plaid could be considered a ‘prep’ item like these items below.

5. A Simple Handbag
One misconception about dressing preppy is that labels are your best friend. I don’t agree, especially when it comes to bags. I linked some cheaper versions of some simple (but freakin’ expensive!) handbags.

6. Bows
Bows ARE NOT just for babies. Look at these!

7. Pearls
Ahhh, pearls. I think they go with everything and always make an outfit feel 10x classier! Here are some stunning pieces.

8. Monograms
I actually don’t absolutely love monograms (cue thousands of gasps). But another preppy essential is monograms. Check these out:

9. Riding Boots
I’ve seriously been sporting riding boots for years and I want more. I’m currently coveting these:

10. Argyle Sweater
When I was still in high school and I wore an argyle sweater, I got called a secretary, interview ready and an old fart. I don’t care, I thought the sweater was freakin’ adorable! Maybe I just wasn’t wearing it right…

What’re your preppy essentials?

Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

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  • I am not a prep, but these are so on point! The girls I used to nanny would rock all of this, haha.

    • Haha I tend to gravitate toward preppy styles.

  • Collectively Bee

    This post is so true! I love all the preppy items you listed.

  • Adriana

    I LOVE your picks! Those fun bow earrings are to die for!

    • I just got bow earrings from J. Crew and I can’t wait to rock them.

  • Nautical stripes and simple handbags are what I’m all about! Love a clean, preppy style!

    • Yeah it’s all about that clean and simple look for me!

  • That seersucker clutch is so adorable! I love the nautical stripes this season!

    • I seriously have too many nautical striped shirts haha.

  • I love blazers but I never really know how to wear them. I used to be really into the preppy style back in high school, but now I’m more of the classic plain Jane style. But I’m still 100% all about stripes!

    • A blazer cut jacket is like my go to! I like to mix styles and wear them with dresses, graphic tees of even shorts!

  • All such cute essentials! I love pearls.

  • Anna Hubbard

    I’m usually very anti-preppy clothes (they don’t mesh with my personality), but I admire when other people can wear them well!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

    • Yeah it’s either you love it or hate it.

  • thesofieyahdiaries

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I love how these links are so specific to a certain kind of preppy looks xD But I am loving blazer styles 🙂 I think depending on the type of blazer you get, it can give off a more relaxed preppy vibe rather than the uptight one 🙂


    • I’m all about the relaxed preppy style!

  • Cute look! I live for nautical t’s. I have a ton of them 🙂

  • I used to love wearing blazers with jeans and dresses back in high school and in my first year of university haha!

  • Chloé Adams

    My style is deff preppy and these are all staples for me!

  • Patricia Conte

    Great items! I love them all, but especially the bag, and the monogram necklace. So cute and classic!

    • Simple handbags are my weakness haha.

  • I never considered myself to have a “preppy” style but I basically have all of these in my closet haha

  • PCParent

    LOVE those Minnetonkas! Oh my gosh I could LIVE in those.

  • Ashley Mason

    These are great items! I have a similar bag from Tory Burch that I love.

  • Ash Neverson

    A plaid iPhone case? I gotta get that, really lovely tips!
    Ash | http://www.theashtreejournal.com

  • mckenna bleu

    I love the cheaper alternatives you shared!

  • So many great pieces! I am all about stripes!

  • Ivelisse Estes

    Omg I love it all! Especially the handbag!

    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com