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
 

More »Related Stories

Hade Robinson Talks Belles and Bright Colors

It’s his job to know Charlotte’s style. So we asked him: How do we look?

Belk's Modern. Southern. Style.

Why the nation’s largest privately owned department store thinks it’s good to be Southern

The Royal Life: Pamela Davies's Style

Queens University president sets her own rules

Leo Soto Reinvents the Classics

The Charlotte Symphony’s principal timpanist is stylish on and off the stage

We invite your responses and discussion. Please refrain from personal attacks, profanity, commercial promotion, or non sequiturs.

Add your comment:

Newsletters

Stay up-to-date on all things Charlotte by siging up for our newsletters. Learn more by clicking here.

Blogs »


Dusk Till Dawn

Jarvis Holliday Chronicles Charlotte's Nightlife and Social Scene, Straight No Chaser

Would Like to Get to Know You -- Dusk Till Dawn Survey and Giveaway

Fill out our reader survey and you could win dinner for two.

Comments


Poking the Hornet's Nest

Greg Lacour on Politics

Get a Job, Morans

One of McCrory's aides advises Moral Monday protestors to drop their signs and learn to weld. Too bad he can't spell his own title correctly.

Comments


Dine & Dish

News, Notes, and Gossip About the Charlotte Restaurant Scene

Try This: Crawdad Fritters

The restaurant on East Blvd is offering up some scrumptious appetizers, the crawdad fritter among them

Comments


Charlotte at Home

Creating Your Space in the Queen City

Beer & Branding Showcase

The results of the home-brewing-and-design competition are released Tuesday

Comments


Poking the Hornet's Nest

Greg Lacour on Politics

Why Did the Legislature Leave Historic Preservation To Die?

The GOP-controlled N.C. legislature has been anti-city from the start. So when it came time to renew the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, which even Pat McCrory praises, it slammed the door.

Comments