Outfit Details: Classic Prep

I like to think of myself as “preppy”. You could classify a “prep” as someone who is well educated, wealthy, a good dresser…but that word has evolved over past years. Although it can still mean all three of those things I just mentioned, I envision “preppy” as more of a way of thinking. I associate being preppy with being a positive, upbeat, stylish human being, who loves the high class lifestyle. I like to focus on the preppy dress style

Sweaters, khakis, pastels, pearls, monograms…all of these things tend to be classified as “prep” or “classic”…that is because these never go out of style. I will never retire my monogram necklace (it is my most treasured item…), I will never give away my sweaters. I will never get tired of my string of pearls I got from my Grandmother when I turned sixteen. There are those simple “preppy” things that are considered to be truly classic.

Classic prep… that is what I call this look I am detailing today. It’s everything I love about J.Crew, prep fashion and truly reflects what I love to wear most. Whether you are heading into the office, attending a baby shower, or going to Sunday service, this look is perfect, and so easy to style.

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This gold polka dot dress is from J.Crew Factory. I picked it up in my outlet haul last summer. I only own a couple of dresses from J.Crew (shocking, right?) and I usually pick them up when they have been heavily discounted. Regardless, they are such great quality and they currently stand as my favourite retailer out there right now.

This colour is a great colour for a dress. Especially if you have fair skin. Why is this? Well, the gold undertone can bring out undertones that you might not necessarily see against white fabric, or a drastic contrasted colour, like black. I am very pale…but in this dress, I don’t look as pale as usual…plus who doesn’t love gold? I do!

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I wore this look to work on a Friday, and because the office can get a little cold at times, I paired it with a white cotton cardi. The white pulls out the white in the polka dots. I wouldn’t recommend pairing the colour gold (at least, this shade of gold) with anything other than white. White and gold go together. Try picturing this look with a pink cardigan…or a black cardigan…wouldn’t look as sharp, in fact, it most likely wouldn’t look good at all.

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Okay…shoes. Shoes are my all time favourite part of most outfits. These are my comfort heels that I wear to work (so my feet don’t die), that I picked up from Payless Shoesource. Every girl owns a pair…cute, affordable, and most importantly replaceable. However, I absolutely love these. They are uber-comfortable, and the perfect nude shade, which happens to go very nicely with this gold dress!

Usually I would have a handbag for the look, but in the grand scheme of the look, a bag doesn’t add or take away anything. This could be accompanied with a simple white clutch, a nude tote…anything that continues the gold-white colour palette.

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This look is the classic prep look. It embodies the pearls, polka dots, gold tones, white accessories, and I see this as timeless. Timeless in that it will never go out of style. I won’t ever outgrow this look and I certainly think that a polka dot dress (or some classic pattern) is a staple in every prep gal’s closet (just my opinion, of course).

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