I've never considered my style to be preppy—I have a penchant for neutral colors and haven't worn a pleated skirt since my high school cheer squad. I've always admired preppy style from a distance, though, living vicariously through Gossip Girl school uniforms, but recently I've found myself saving countless Instagram outfit photos full of preppy elements. It seems like everywhere I look I'm seeing fashion influencers across the globe sporting the preppiest trends you can think of, but styling them in ways that feel current as ever.
From exposed collars to sweater vests to polo shirts, preppy elements can be found all over the fashion crowd in the coolest ways. The outfits I've found myself saving are those that pair preppy details with modern pieces, like chunky gold chains or loose jeans, to balance things out. Keep scrolling to see what I mean, as I've outlined the 5 preppy trends fashion people can't get enough of right now.
1. SWEATER VESTS
Sweater vests have made a bold comeback in the past few months, going from virtually extinct to one of the biggest trends on Instagram. Fashion people tend to be gravitating towards oversize sweater vests, pairing them with mini skirts or jeans, or more fitted versions worn atop an oversize button down.
I love the oversize look of this one.
Go full prep with this print.
2. DRAPED SWEATERS
The fashion crowd has been all about the draped sweater for a while now, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. The beauty of it is the simplicity—throw a sweater over your shoulders with virtually any outfit and you look instantly more polished and directional.
The easiest way to add a pop of color.
Talk about a color that goes with everything.
3. EXPOSED COLLARS
Once reserved for prep schools, the exposed collar is taking over the fashion world right now. You can find collars poking out of everything from collegiate sweatshirts to chunky cardigans to bold coats. It's one of those trends that's beyond easy to try out, and you most likely already have the pieces you need.
You'll wear this far beyond spring.
A black version feels like the easiest way to dip your toe in the pleated skirt trend.
5. POLO TOPS
A polo shirt makes any outfit feel polished, whether it's jeans, trousers, or even sweats (hello, quarantine). This spring the fashion crowd is opting for short sleeve versions in brighter colors, and I can honestly say I'll be doing the same.
Spring has sprung with this polo sweater.