There’s four types of preppy, summer styles I like to pull from for my summer wardrobe. All these styles work interchangeable to keep my summer looks fresh.
This may be the most common when you think of preppy, summer style as its a look that takes its cues from the east coast.
Origins: East-Coat, New England Area
Key Pieces: White denim, critter shorts, boat shoes, ball caps, nantucket reds, needlepoint, and anything with stripes.
Like summer camp all grown up, this type of preppy style combines classic staples with a “Moonrise Kingdom” influence. This style is more outdoorsy and emphasizes funcionality of items.
Origins: Maine, also northern U.S. around the Great Lakes
Key Pieces: Summer plaids, heavy-weight chino shorts, long sleeve graphic tees, chambray work shirts, & fleece pullovers for cooler nights.
Palm Beach / Southern Prep
Both fun and bright, this classic style believes life is too short to wear boring clothes.
Origins: Florida, the south in general
Key Pieces: Lilly Pulizter dresses, Jack Rogers sandals, seersucker anything, and monograms
Tends to be a combination of all of the above styles, with slightly more nods to the classic items that are truly Americana. Pulls from retro styles and patterns, such as gingham, and is loyal to the heritage of favorite brands.
Origins: America in general, but more Northeast and Midwest
Key Pieces: Denim, cable-knit sweaters, oxford cloth shirts, chambray
Like the last style, I like to blend all of these styles into one wardrobe for the summer. It all bases from classic, American style that only gets better with time.
Which style is your go-to?