You MUST dress preppy. Clothes with brand names I suggest include Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, and Lacoste. Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Bergdorfs, and Bloomingdale's are all recommended if budget is not a problem.
You will need polo and oxford shirts, dark denims and chinos, sweaters (never zip up!), Bermuda shorts, and tennis dresses. Pleated skirts also work wonders. Remember that cotton is your friend! "Fake fabrics" are not! Good shoes are flats, Uggs, moccasins, any type of boating shoes, tennis sneakers, top-siders and loafers, or simple rubber thongs.
You need a signature preppy item. Old Navy and Target are good if your on a budget. A special pair of shoes, a headband, or a cable-knit sweater will work well. Pearls are also highly recommended.
Wear your makeup very light. A little mascara, foundation that matches your skin tone, and clear lip gloss is just enough.
- Fake fabrics are not your friend!
- Pick a "signature item" such as pearls or a special pair of shoes
- Keep the grooming simple and neat
- Keep smiling, no matter what
- Stay away from the flash!
Impeccable grooming is a necessity. Clean nails in pale pink or clear is a must have for girls. Hair should be kept shiny and straight. Trim your hair frequently. Straight hair is best for the preppy look. Straighteners work wonders! A classic bob is a great idea for hair. Guys should keep hair short cut and maybe parted on one side. Gel might be needed.
Girls can use a headband for short hair. Straight bangs brushed downwards are typical. Long hair can be put into a ponytail. It can we anywhere from nape of the neck to the top of the head. Braids (especially French) are perfect! But this won't work as well if you have layers. The point of the braid/ponytail that touches the scalp should have a basic ribbon tied around it in a bow. (The bow should match your outfit!)
Try tennis, golf, lacrosse, crew, field hockey, swim, ballet, sailing or horseback riding. These are all sports that will help you feel preppy and therefore look more preppy. You need inspiration.
Avoid big logos, flashy jewelery, or bright accessories. White socks, tote bags, pearls, and basic ribbons are all you need. Simple charm bracelets are great too. Patterns including neat polka dots, stripes, or plaid will be cute. LL bean totes with initials are classic for preps! Monograms are timeless.