We have spirit, yes we do! We have spirit, how ‘bout you? With back-to-school comes collegiate spirit. And with collegiate spirit comes Ivy league-inspired fashions. And with Fall 2012 comes a healthy dose of prep. But before you go hunting for an original copy of the “Official Preppy Handbook” or search frantically for “Gossip Girl” Season One, keep in mind that this year’s prep has a slight twist… a redux if you will.
The classics are still welcome – navy blazer, varsity jacket, letterman sweater, Breton striped top, white button-down, swingy skirt, scholastic tote – but this season also adds pops of electric colors and layers of über lux fabrics like supple leathers, tactile tweeds, and rich brocades.
Not sure where to start building your hip, new prepster wardrobe? Look to lines from Madewell for casual dash-to-class ideas, and J. Crew for more sophisticated and glam options that will bode well for glad-handing alums and administrators alike.
Then hop on over to H&M, Top Shop, and Forever XXI to snap up budget- and book-friendly satchels, saddle bags, and other on-trend accessories to freshen up your more traditional pieces that you already know will take you from school to internship to fab first job.
Now go on, take your place at the head of the fashion class.