Believe it or not it’s just about time to start transitioning your closet from Summer to Fall. But don’t chunk the shorts just yet, one of our favorite trends gets a chic makeover just in time for the cooler season.

Synonymous with letterman jackets, loafers and plaids, Preppy has always been classic (Grease anyone?) and this time around some of our darling celebrities have embraced the trend, of course putting their own spin to it.

Adding blazers, sweaters and trousers gives a fresh and authentic appeal to an otherwise timeless piece of wardrobe history. It’s the time when you can ditch the labels and go for supreme fit and killer tailoring. And yes, you can still express your offbeat personality.

While stars like Pharrell and Lance Gross have perfected the method for men, there is a way to girly up your prep style and even go from school or the office, to a night out on the town.

No longer does preppy equate with old-fashioned and shapeless, so toss your traditional greys and navys and step into prep, the 2012 way.

What items are essential to a prep school look?

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  • Preppy has been my style forever. I have trouble finding blazers, so I my basics are colorful cardigans, pencil skirts, skinny jeans, classic shapes, and geometric patterns.

    Lots of ballet flats and loafers.

    • mikagirl

      If you have trouble finding blazers, have you tired your local thrift store. The women and occasionally mens section have great blazers. Just get them tailored to fit your well

  • Prep was back long before 2012, I’d venture to say around 2009 or so with black guys getting back into bow ties and fitted suits, vintage thrift shopping, and ladies going back into their mom’s and grandmoms’ closets. It’s just now really hitting mainstream, but black young adults have been doing this for a minute, especially among the college elite folk.

  • Bronze

    Tailoring is essential for the prep look. Took me forever to understand this but boy does it make you feel like a millions bucks. I like boxy blazers so I go to the local thrift store to load up on all colors and fabrics just to have them dry cleaned and tailored. Presto…instant style.

    But I’m not a big fan of those cropped pants. I hated them in the 80’s. Dreaded them in the 90’s and will not spend a dime on this this decade.

    Another fall essential are those velvet flats in red, gold and forest green. I will gladly retired these platforms for fall.

  • i mean

    Wait, prep was out?

  • Chris

    lol @ i mean.