3 PREPPY SUMMER LOOKS FOR DAY TO NIGHT

3 PREPPY SUMMER LOOKS FOR DAY TO NIGHT
Preppy doesn’t always involve bow ties and cable knit cardigans, although it is a favourite combination of mine. Especially in the summer, the typical linen and chino shorts can get kind of boring and cliche. And what about an outfit that can take you from day to night? Surely it’s still a relevant issue we’re having if blogs and magazines alike are endlessly hawking these features. I’ve put together three preppy summer looks for some outfit inspiration:

1. The Prairie Girl dress

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Haute tip: lace can sometimes look too formal, broderie anglaise or eyelet trimming is a casual alternative, especially if you’re looking for a simple day look.

Variations of this dress returns season after season, even if it’s not a central theme on the runways it’s a classic and therefore, one of the staple pieces you need for a preppy summer wardrobe. This particularΒ one is a favourite because it reminds me of that Marc Jacobs designed Louis Vuitton SS show featuring carousels, white dresses and feathers. If a piece looks a little pseudo -costume, that doesn’t necessarily take away from the timelessness of it. Rise up to the style challenge and incorporate it into your everyday wardrobe. However, maybe stay away from jackets with tails or gaudy military jackets – it’s not the Nutcracker, it’s summer.

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2. Bright and casual

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Here I went for brighter colours with a cream tweed jacket. This yellow number is actually a BCBG skirt that I styled as a top, a trick I like to do that maximises the wears I get out of particular statement pieces in my wardrobe.

I went for simple Chanel ballerina flats, a key piece in any preppy wardrobe and one of the best substitutes for heels if you want to look ‘dressed up’ but don’t want to torture your feed.

Haute tip: If you’re afraid of rocking bright colours like yellow, here’s a tip to keep it looking classy. Don’t pair it with bright whites, blacks or bold hues. Go for subdued tones to play down the vibrancy of the colour, because flashy looks often look cheap.

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3. Pastel cocktail dresses

Black cocktail dresses may be a classic but in the summer, there’s more opportunity – or should I say, we are in a better mood – to opt for pastels, especially for evening wear.

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Haute tip:Β The shorter the skirt, the lower the heel. You don’t want to look like you’re parading around Mayfair bars looking for free drinks. But if you are, then just do the opposite of this tip, duh.

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86 Comments

  1. 10th June 2012 / 4:02 AM

    Gorgeous! I need a pair of cap toed shoes! These photos are awesome!

    Burgundywhispers.com

  2. 10th June 2012 / 4:59 AM

    just found your blog, and love your style! i just followed you πŸ™‚ hope you'll check mine. and i love the shoes and the top!

  3. 10th June 2012 / 9:36 AM

    You look amazing, once again. Love your shoes. β™₯ Angie

  4. 10th June 2012 / 10:14 AM

    yes agree with angie !!!! u look amazing once again n following u …..xoxo kelly

  5. 10th June 2012 / 11:18 AM

    Andrea, I love that dress! It looks amazing! The whole outfit is so fabulous – totally inspiring! xoxo β™₯

  6. 10th June 2012 / 11:55 AM

    love this dress :3

  7. 10th June 2012 / 1:31 PM

    Thanks for the funny comment πŸ™‚

    And I'm following your blog, I really like your style!

  8. 10th June 2012 / 1:32 PM

    You really are beautiful πŸ™‚

  9. 10th June 2012 / 4:21 PM

    nice photoshoot indeed <3 the pictures are simply gorgeous and i love what you were wearing <3 the yellow just popped!

  10. 10th June 2012 / 6:58 PM

    These photos a just beautiful, I can see why they're your favourites! Love the colour yellow on you too, it suits you perfectly!

  11. 10th June 2012 / 7:14 PM

    you are SO pretty!

  12. 10th June 2012 / 8:48 PM

    you are so pretty girl! love the flats–they are exactly what I want in my wardrobe! πŸ™‚

    xoxo

  13. 11th June 2012 / 4:22 AM

    such beautiful and summery shots! Wearing that skirt as a dress was very clever.

  14. 11th June 2012 / 5:36 AM

    Great outfit πŸ™‚ So bright – I love it!

  15. 11th June 2012 / 9:24 AM

    beautiful outfit and you look beautiful too πŸ™‚

    sammie
    from
    fashionbarbecue.com

  16. 11th June 2012 / 11:43 AM

    love your outfit, you look stunning and the outfit is so cool and summery!

  17. 11th June 2012 / 1:11 PM

    ahh you look so pretty!!
    Nice pictures dear <3 love this post

    Sincerely,
    BERTHA NATASHA

  18. 11th June 2012 / 1:43 PM

    Beautiful pictures, nice combo of lace & tweed <3

    xx
    Virginie/
    Style Reload

  19. 11th June 2012 / 3:03 PM

    Sometimes the simplest get-up makes for the best photos – no distraction, just minimalistic beauty. Looking lovely!

    SIDEWALKCATWALKS.com

  20. 11th June 2012 / 3:41 PM

    great, fun and simple!

  21. 11th June 2012 / 3:58 PM

    Nice pictures! You look amazing; that dress looks so good on you!

    xoxo Sootjeelina

  22. 11th June 2012 / 5:08 PM

    Great photos! Your face looks so natural and beautiful x

  23. 12th June 2012 / 9:50 AM

    Amazing shoes and dress,
    the colour of the dress looks amazing on you!

    L O V E,
    PurePreciousPerfection.blogspot.com

  24. 12th June 2012 / 2:49 PM

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  25. 12th June 2012 / 3:52 PM

    Super cute outfit dear <33

    Looks great on you!

    X

  26. 12th June 2012 / 3:55 PM

    So in love with your outfit!
    You are insanely gorgeous. Seriously.
    xxx

  27. 12th June 2012 / 6:06 PM

    Your photos are always beautiful. Love this look, very cute shoes. xx

  28. 12th June 2012 / 8:44 PM

    thanks my dear!! you’ve got very pretty outfitpictures!

    Heartbeats from Vienna Wedekind

  29. 13th June 2012 / 3:01 AM

    So pretty, love your dress, very stylish.
    parfums

  30. 13th June 2012 / 5:13 AM

    Very nice and clear pictures. Your top and blazer looks good on you =)

  31. 13th June 2012 / 7:30 AM

    Really great photos! everything looks stunning! that first shot is most definitely the best! looking pretty hun! πŸ™‚
    xx
    -S
    Ginger and Lace

  32. 13th June 2012 / 7:56 AM

    These pictures are great!! I love your dress.

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

  33. 13th June 2012 / 2:48 PM

    I love this outfit. Thats a wonderful jacket and really bright and pretty top!

  34. 13th June 2012 / 3:33 PM

    Beautiful outfit! I love the jacket.
    I follow you now & hope you do the same πŸ™‚
    xx

  35. 13th June 2012 / 6:28 PM

    your blog is perfect! I loved everything … and the photos are fantastic! muiot and you are beautiful! * _ *

  36. 13th June 2012 / 7:00 PM

    Andrea'm in love with your blog!

  37. 13th June 2012 / 7:20 PM

    really love the jacket! you definitely know your way around colours that suit you too πŸ˜‰
    thanks for stopping by!
    xo,
    Natalie

  38. 13th June 2012 / 7:26 PM

    Darling you look adorable! Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Let's follow each other and stay in touch, shall we? xoxo

  39. 14th June 2012 / 4:44 AM

    Thank you for your comment on my blog, I wanted to check out your blog and this is lovely! I love the outfit with neon an chanel ballerinas! you just got another follower on bloglovin!

  40. 14th June 2012 / 9:31 AM

    Lovely pics. Love the flats :d
    xoxo

    glamDevils

  41. 14th June 2012 / 12:00 PM

    i want those shoes!

  42. 14th June 2012 / 7:44 PM

    you are flawless my love <3 your outfits and photos are always so effortless and beautiful πŸ™‚ as for summer school, i'm taking a Civilization/Humanities class. A little boring, haha, but I must do what I have to do πŸ™‚ Anyway, hope that you have been well sweet stuff!

    p.s
    your shoes are so adorable!

    love, james

  43. 14th June 2012 / 9:20 PM

    Love your tweet jacket! It's simple indeed but I love it aswell, you shine!
    Thanks for your lovely comment!
    blackfashionbird.blogspot.com

  44. 15th June 2012 / 1:33 PM

    Love it <3

  45. 15th June 2012 / 1:49 PM

    stunning!

  46. 15th June 2012 / 7:26 PM

    you're beautifull !! β™₯
    i follow u.

  47. 15th June 2012 / 7:27 PM

    Amazing pictures, great quality and the jacket and outfit is simply awesome πŸ™‚

    xoxo
    Stella

  48. 15th June 2012 / 10:04 PM

    oh these are great photos! I especially love the one of you sitting on that chair. beautiful

  49. 16th June 2012 / 8:56 AM

    wow, beautiful pics! love your outfit!
    X

  50. 16th June 2012 / 9:41 PM

    amazing look! so summer!! hope you visit my blog!!

  51. 16th June 2012 / 10:03 PM

    Lovely mix and top πŸ˜€

    With love,Mia

  52. 17th June 2012 / 7:54 AM

    I have the same jacket! Love it* Very cute your look πŸ™‚

  53. 17th June 2012 / 10:09 AM

    Adorei o look , muito bonita e elegante πŸ™‚

    Beijinhos

  54. 20th June 2012 / 1:41 AM

    I love this outfit finished off with the Chanel ballet flats. So classic. — J xx

  55. 24th June 2012 / 9:18 AM

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog ! I love ur outfit on this post and the photos are amazing ! Kisses from Paris

  56. 27th June 2012 / 7:34 PM

    Great clothes and pictures. I envy your wardrobe πŸ™‚

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