Hello lovelies! Fall is just around the corner *yay for pumpkin spice everything* and here in Dallas I’m beginning to get a little taste of those lower temps every so often. If you follow my blog then you know I’m a preppy dresser at heart, but it’s imperative that I also incorporate some trendy elements in order to mix things up a bit. Fortunately, preppy can also be trendy, and I’m here to show you how.
1. Bomber Jackets
Maybe you recall borrowing your boyfriend’s letterman jacket a time or two in high school, or perhaps you’ve seen those heavy leather versions originally created for pilots. Well, no longer do you have to wear the man’s version of this really beautiful, really grown-up outerwear piece. According to Fashionista’s style writers, the letterman, aka the bomber jacket, is back in a big way. The version shown above from River Island is gorgeous, totally wearable, and only $26 (on sale). Whether for work with a pencil skirt or for play with a pair of skinny jeans, this is a jacket you’ll want to wear all autumn long.
2. Pretty in Pleats
Think school-girl prep with a sophisticated twist, because pleats have been popping up all over the runways for Fall 2016. I’m a big fan of the midi length because it’s a universally flattering cut, and I’m especially enjoying this cheerful floral print from TOPSHOP for $46. Perfect for a smooth summer-to-fall transition, pair this piece with a nice cami and top it with a boyfriend cardigan for the ultimate preppy outfit that’s perfect for work. Heading out for the weekend? Then pair this with your favorite flats, a fitted tee, and a cozy little sweater.
3. Here Kitty, Kitty
According to Lyst’s fashion editors, great pair of heels is a must-have in every wardrobe, but because I’m on the taller side, I tend to hone in on the kitten-heeled variety. Fortunately, these are universally flattering and they’re great for long stretches at work or on a fun night out. As you can see from the pair I’ve chosen here from Franco Sarto, which by the way are only $50 (on sale), the pointed-toe shape is a trending detail, but the supple suede and sweet bow are naturally very preppy. I also love that these are neutral, because neutral colors mean more wear and more bang for your buck.
4. Clad in Plaid
One pattern that’s a prepster’s dream is classic plaid, and according to the trend spotters at Harper’s Bazaar, it shouldn’t be too hard to find this season considering it was a big part in several runway shows for fall. This pattern is excellent when incorporated through accessories, like scarves, or even in the main pieces, like trousers or tops. You know I’m a big fan of classic button-down blouses, so you can imagine my delight when I came across this window pane shirt from Dex for just $38. It would look so adorable with blue jeans, knee-high boots, a quilted vest, and your favorite purse.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my fashion finds for $50 or less! Preppy can be trendy and trendy can be affordable. Now you can stock your closets for fall and still have some cash left for that latte!