Fall Style Influences

I did a post back in the summer about the four types of “preppy style” that influence my summer wardrobe. I’d like to do the same thing for fall! I pull from all four styles to influence my fall wardrobe and will work them in interchangeable.

ivy-leagueIvy League Style

A collegiate style that stays true to its heritage by using classics that never die out. It will often resemble repurposing your grandfather’s old college sweater or borrowing your boyfriend’s rowing blazer. These items are meant to look like they have a long history of serving your style well.

Origin: Originally England, then New England, but the style first rose to popularity in the 1950’s when college students at Ivy League schools started sporting the look and naturally the rest of society followed.

Key Pieces: Blazers, Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirts, Cardigans, Varsity Sweaters, Loafers (you’ll also see items with elbow patches, silk tie material, gothic letters, etc.)

Brands: Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger, Weyhill & Wharf


outdoorsOutfitted for Outdoors

This style boasts American heritage that conveys our nation’s love for the great outdoors. Functionality is of the utmost importance to keep you comfortable whether you’re on a hike or running errands.

Origin: Much of the main items in this style originate from early 20th century hunting gear or items worn for specifically for outdoor activities – such as fisherman’s sweater, flannel, etc.

Key Pieces: Bean Boots, Flannel, Waxed Jackets, Quilted Vests, Fleece Pullovers,  Fisherman’s Sweaters

Brands: LL Bean, Eddie Bauer, Patagonia, Moosejaw


Western Americana

This style is Americana at the core as it takes cues from the adventurous spirit of the west and southwest. It’s not the first style that comes to mind when you think of “preppy”, but Ralph Lauren uses this style to influence his pieces that have evolved the look and feel of “all-American style”.

Origin: This style is as American as it gets, and dates back to Native American and cowboy culture.

Key Pieces: Chambray, Leather, Turquoise Jewelry, Navajo Sweaters, Medium Wash Denim, (you’ll also find fringe, suede, larger scale gold or silver accents)

Brands: Ralph Lauren – RRL or Denim & Supply lines, LL Bean, Levi’s, Res Ipsa



Influenced by the uniform of English horseback riders, equestrian style can look both sporty and polished and does so effortlessly.

Origin: Comes from English style horseback riding, primarily dates back to early 20th century.

Key Pieces: Riding Boots, Ruffle Blouses, Leather Accents, Quilted Riding Jackets, Blazers, Riding Pants, Equestrian Style Hardware (horse bit on a purse, loafer, etc.)

Brands: Ralph Lauren, Ariat, Ellsworth and Ivey, Talbots


These are the main four styles I work into my fall wardrobe. My only caveat that I can give is to mix one or two elements of a style into an outfit to avoid looking too much one way or the other. I’ve learned the hard way that wearing all my equestrian style clothes at once causes people to approach me and ask if I just left the barn.

Which is your favorite style? If there another fall style you like to wear?


Thanks for reading,



3 Comments on Fall Style Influences

  1. Claire @A preppy perspective
    October 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm (7 years ago)

    Great post! I also find a lot of inspiration int these styles every Fall, especially the Ivy and Equestrian!
    I love your blog by the way!

    • thedressdecoded
      October 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm (7 years ago)

      thank you very much!!!!


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