Kate Middleton, the reigning duchess of preppy style, just entered Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed Hall of Fame. Enough said. Preppy style prevails, because you can make it work for any occasion—but it’s no small feat. We’re not talking about polo shirts and khaki shorts. Let us show you the preppy style possibilities!
Scroll down for nine modern, Lilly Pulitzer-free preppy outfits to inspire you, and some of our favorite items to help you get your prep on.
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Vince Yaeger Leather Point-Toe Loafers ($425) in Oxblood
These loafers are basically autumn in a shoe.
Sea Plaid Wrap Skirt ($320) in White
Update your schoolgirl-style plaid skirt with this chic wrap skirt.
Zara Polka Dot Dress ($50) in Off-White
Achieve a feminine take on preppy with this sweet dress.
MiH The East Cardigan ($290) in Mermaid
We love the collegiate feel of this chunky cardigan.
Free People Plaid Ankle Trousers ($128) in Black
These cropped trousers are as cool-girl as they are preppy.
Zara Contrast Polo Shirt ($50) in Black/White
Keep this adorable polo buttoned-up.
PLAY by Comme Des Garçons Chuck Taylor Low Top Shoes ($100) in White/Black
We’ll be replacing our old Converse sneakers with this stellar new version immediately.
H&M Pleated Skirt ($30) in Blue/White Striped
A pleated skirt is a preppy style staple. This striped version will definitely do.