Anatomy of a Prep

It may be a trend, but it’s a classic one: preppy chic. Although buttoned-up and tailored down, and a look that hints affluence, higher education, and old money, this is one trend that you can put together without spending Chanel-like prices. Piece by piece, here are a few items to pull off the look this fall. (For another prep look, go to charlot temagazine.com and search for “prep.”)

Photo by Chris Edwards/Styled by Melissa Lamkin/Model Wilhemina-Evolution 

 



 

Photo by Chris Edwards

Photo by Chris Edwards

A polo is your starting point.
We love the silver stripes and shiny buttons on local designer Carter Humphrey’s version of a polo.
“Leigh” Special Polo, Carter Humphrey, $120, The Pink Hanger, 2935 Providence Rd., 704-366-7272

Go low.
Sweep your hair back in a simple, low ponytail, chignon, or a classic French braid. But be sure to smooth it over with an anti-frizz serum to keep your coif country-club cool.
Frederic Fekkai Coiff Perfecteur Anti-Frizz Silkening Creme, $25, Sephora, Northlake Mall, 704-366-5080

Grab a Coach bag.
You don’t always have to sport one emblazoned with the line’s logo. Instead opt for one in sophisticated leather and brass accents highlighting a preppy equestrian look.
Leigh Leather Pocket Flap in whiskey, $658, Coach, SouthPark, 704-365-7778

Pearls, ladies.
Borrow some from Grandma or purchase your own. Then adorn your ears, neck, or both with these classic, creamy studs.
Pearl earrings and necklace set, $12, Aldo Accessories, SouthPark, 704-362-2278

Anything argyle.
Trade your solid cashmere sweater sets for one with a print in hues of navy, green, and grey.
Argyle Deep V-Neck Vest, $68, J.Crew, Northlake Mall, 704-597-0392

Twirl in tweed.
Sophisticated, prim, and light enough for an Indian-summer fall day.
Rebecca Taylor Fit and Flare tweed skirt with belt, $259, Coco Fleur, The Fountains, 8145 Ardrey Kell Rd., 704-321-2626

Keep it simple.
Ballet flats are versatile prep—pretty enough for a date, comfortable enough for running errands, and classy enough for the office.
Lucia printed ballet flats in roasted pumpkin, $118, J.Crew
 

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