Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m a prep at heart! Throw me a blazer and cable knit in any combination, and I’ll start to swoon.
While ‘prep’ usually conjures up images of dorky girls in knee socks, modern takes on preppy staples, like plaid, are adding an air of cool to tradition:
Kat de Luna and Eva Pigford rock plaid in colorful dresses topped off with pretty pumps or ankle boots…
…with or without tights.
Rihanna and Rachel Roy pump up the volume in all plaid coats…
…adding belts to create hourglass silhouettes.
Chanteuse Christina Milian offers just a dash of plaid in a yellow cap…
And Kimora (and kids) go super traditional and super cute in Burberry….
…in blazers, caps, and simple shirts.
Want a plaid look? Try a coat if you’re bold…
Left to Right: Plaid Wool Coat, $180, www.ardenb.com ; Guess? Plaid Wool Coat, $198, www.nordstrom; Coffee Shop Plaid Balloon Hem Coat, $138, www.nordstrom.com.
Pop on a dress for a great work look…
Left to Right: Nine West Belted Plaid Pencil Dress, $65, www.macys.com ; Plaid Belted Dress, $148, www.bananarepublic.com; Semantiks ‘New Haven’ Plaid Dress, $180, www.nordstrom.com.
Or add an accessory for just a touch…
Left to Right: Eugenia Kim Maggie Wool Paid Equestrian Cap, $187, shopbop.com
Burberry Smock Check Scarf, $180, www.neimanmarcus.com; justsweet Women’s Penelope II Open Toe Pump, $100, www.endless.com.
Don’t forget the men!
Left to Right: Shades of Greige Plaid Military Jacket in Grey/Black, $184, www.revolveclothing.com ; Hawkings McGill Market Dress Shirt, $49, www.urbn.com; Hats Off, $20, www.kennethcole.com.
Now flaunt your inner prep with pride!
PS Just for fun, a couple great steals:
Left to Right: Lux Western Buttondown Shirt, $48, www.urbn.com ; Roney Plaid Wrap Jacket, $58, www.rampage.com.
*Keyshia Cole showed up to 106th & Park yesterday in this get up:
*I started salivating when I saw this $670 pair of Alessandro Dell’Acqua Suede Bondage Stilettoâ€™s on shopbop.com
Would you rock these?