Preppy style for summer: 4 perfectly polished looks

Preppy fashion has a fresh look this season. Gone are the stiff polo shirts and the odd look of sweaters tied around the neck. Modern preppy designs are fun while still maintaining the conservative feel. It does not matter if you wore this style as a teen, play tennis, or have Northeast roots; you can rock the preppy look today.

4 Preppy Outfits Ideas for Summer

Preppy Brights

Brightly colored jeans as well as pure white jeans are trendy on their own. When you pair the style with a classic polo shirt and a pair of Keds the look is suddenly prep-tastic. Try these Lucky Brand Sweet N' Low Cropped white jeans with a sleeveless Liz Claiborne sporty golf polo for easy summer style. A pair of vibrant chinos is the perfect base for a preppy outfit. Add a white t-shirt and a pair of neutral canvas shoes like these Kate Open-Toe espadrilles for fun look.

Preppy Stripes

Striped t-shirt dresses are the reason I took a second look at preppy style this season. Since several designers are offering versions of this classic look, it is the perfect time to stock up. Expecting? This preppy look has you covered. Check out this Gap Cap Sleeve Striped Maternity Dress that features gathered details along the sides for your expanding tummy. For those of us who are not pregnant this summer, try this Old Navy Striped Tube Dress. The sleeveless style looks as cool as it feels and the red and white stripes are classic enough to give it preppy appeal.

Preppy Pulitzer

You really cannot talk about preppy outfits and summer without mentioning Lilly Pulitzer. Pair this Lilly Pulitzer Lynnie You Gotta Regatta Print skirt with a pure white tank top and a pair of wedge canvas sandals for whimsical preppy style. Pulitzer prints are fun on skirts, dresses, capris, bathing suits and purses, but a little goes a long way. Choose plain, classic pieces to accompany a print and you cannot go wrong.

Preppy Polo

Look perfectly pulled together with minimal effort in a polo dress. Choose a navy blue or a Tommy Hilfiger design and your preppy conversion is complete. This Tommy Hilfiger Emma Polo dress comes in masters navy, as well as red and a lighter blue. Finish your outfit with a pair of red ballet flats and a simple watchband. Carry a classic tote bag and wear a pair of big Jackie O. style sunglasses for an extra touch.

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