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Classic style: How to be a classy prep

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

High society

Designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew and Ralph Lauren may be the essence of this trend, but no need to worry — you don't have to be an Upper East Sider or attend some prestigious private prep school to get in on this look. We've got the scoop right here, so listen closely ladies. Here are four ways to flawlessly pull off the classy prep style.
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High society

Designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew and Ralph Lauren may be the essence of this trend, but no need to worry — you don't have to be an Upper East Sider or attend some prestigious

private prep school to get in on this look.

We've got the scoop right here, so listen closely ladies. Here are four ways to flawlessly pull off the classy prep style.

The look

The first step to looking the part is making sure you know all the essentials that make up this trend.

cashmere sweater

1

Cozy up in cashmere

 

Whether you're still in college or a dedicated woman of the workforce, a cashmere cable knit sweater, $228, is a classy prep must-have. For a more college-friendly school girl-esque vibe, pair your sweater with a pleated plaid skirt, some neutral tights and Mary Janes to match. To achieve a look that's a bit more updated and on point for fall, choose a flirty skirt in a bold, bright hue that will seamlessly complement your cable knit.

 

2

Choose a classic bag

 

classic bagChanel, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent anyone? No matter what your style, we think every woman should invest in a chic, timeless tote to last throughout the course of her years. For the classy prep gal specifically, we suggest this sophisticated and strikingly elegant Classic Q Francesca Tote Bag, $448, by MARC by Marc Jacobs. It's the perfect accessory to polish off your look. We think Blair Waldorf would definitely approve.

 

headband

3

Incorporate feminine details

 

The key to pulling off classy prep is all in the details. Our favorite way to accomplish this is by looking for classic, preppy accessories, such as high heels or a headband, that incorporate girly embellishments, such as bows. To get the look, try a cute polka dot headband, $20, like this pastel pink one we're obsessing over from Topshop.

4

Own it, work it

 

tennis dressThere's no right or wrong way to rock the classy prep trend. But whatever you ultimately decide on, make it your own and sport it with grace, confidence and class. We love the unique styling and modern twist this belted Nanushka tennis dress, $198, puts on the traditional sporty style.

 

 

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