Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

The One Piece You Need for a Preppy Outfit

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Can you guess what is the one piece you need for a preppy outfit? A plaid jacket, or anything with plaid! My style is not usually preppy, but this plaid jacket inevitably adds a preppy touch, so I embraced it and paired the jacket with a denim shirt and flared mini skirt. I got this jacket in Asia 3 years ago and it has proved to be quite timeless as I’m still wearing it now. The black and white color makes it super versatile and easy to pair with different looks. I also really like the leather lining on the inside which elevates the jacket and gives it some edge.

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I decided to pair the jacket with navy tones for a true preppy look. I could totally see this outfit on a prep school girl. Not sure what that says about me given that I’m 27, but I digress. To add that touch of feminine schoolgirl flair, I chose my monogrammed pink Gigi New York cross-body bag and Coach floral booties. I also paired the booties with pink socks as a modern take on schoolgirl knee socks. For my jewelry, I kept it feminine with rose gold bracelets. Lastly, I chose dark blue nails for that streak of rebelliousness that all preppy girls go through at some point. A good outfit is all about the details!

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For a preppy outfit, you could also incorporate a plaid skirt or scarf rather than a jacket if you don’t want to commit to so much plaid. It would be totally cute to do a plaid skirt with a leather jacket to nail that feminine-edgy prep school look!

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What I’m Wearing:
Jacket: From Asia (similar here)
Top: LF Boutique (similar here)
Skirt: From Asia (similar here)
Bag: Gigi New York
Booties: Coach 
Bangle: Kate Spade
Bracelets: Audaviv (10% off entire site with code LAYERSOCHICBLOG)
Nails: Duri Cosmetics in Blue Cake

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37 comments so far.

37 responses to “The One Piece You Need for a Preppy Outfit”

  1. mei says:

    Nice outfit! Everything is so cute, I really love your shoes 🙂

    Big Dreamer

  2. Madeleine says:

    Seriously love how you styled this look! Beautiful and the shoes are amazing!

  3. Olivia says:

    Now that it’s fall I’ve definitely been wearing a lot more plaid! Mostly just accessories though!

  4. Aundrea says:

    I love the plaid jacket. I would have never thought about pairing with those cute boots.

  5. Chloe says:

    LOVE this outfit! So in love with your booties, they’re so unique! xo, Chloe

    • says:

      thank so much Chloe, i fell in love with the booties the moment I saw them!

  6. I love this outfit! Such a great plaid jacket, and you styled it perfectly!

  7. Paige Strand says:

    Let’s be friends and you can pick out my clothes! Love your style 🙂

  8. This totally inspires me to revisit the preppy look! So cute! Well done.

  9. Alix Maza says:

    So true! Anything plaid, nautical themed or with pearls remind me of a preppy style.

    Alix |

  10. Rachel says:

    I was so curious from your title what the “must have” Preppy piece was and I have to say I agree! Plaid instantly makes almost anything preppy and classic! (i’m also loving that monogram hand bag! Monograms are a close second Preppy essential!)

    • says:

      thanks so much Rachel! Agreed that a monograms are also a preppy essential!

  11. Abby says:

    Aside from plaid, I think stripes is really one piece that can give a preppy vibe to an outfit. Your look is so fun though!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  12. Jessica says:

    I love how you paired the plaid jacket with those shoes!

  13. Dominique says:

    Oooh Mary! Love it all! Love your pink crossbody and the delicate jewelry in particular!

  14. Love this preppy look! That jacket is adorable.

  15. Jessica says:

    This whole outfit is super cute but I really love those shoes! How cool?!!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  16. Thea says:

    Entered giveaway!

  17. chinella says:

    Love the outfit. From the plaid jacket to the skirt, booties, bag.

  18. Such an adorable outift. Love it all, the plaid jacket, skirt, cross body bag, nails. specially the booties. the colours and prints on those boots are too cute.

  19. Anna Lorena says:

    You look fabulous x Lovely outfit & those shoes are amazing! x


  20. Absolutely ADORE this outfit on you!!!!! That bag is super chic BTW.
    XO Amanda |

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