Introducing Get With It: Your Guide to Fashion Lingo!

Karen Alfonso , 27 Jun 2012
Fashion Lingo
Have you updated your fashion lingo? (photo courtesy | Fashiongonerogue)

There’s so much fashion lingo going around that it has left me in a tizzy! So in order to decode what the terms are that you should be adding to your fash-vocab I’ve rounded up a fashion word of the day for those in dire need of an education!

Today’s word of the day is Preppy.

Which refers to a sense of style that is influenced by the preparatory schools and Ivy-League colleges in America. So what does this look reflect? It’s mainly characterized by blazers, argyle (diamond) print sweaters, Madras checks and chino pants. American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is the best known brand ambassador for “preppy style”. His runway collections always reflect this aesthetic.

Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger ad-campaign (photo courtesy | skinnybeep)

There’s no better example of preppy style in popular culture than my favourite show Gossip Girl, where all the characters were outfitted in preppy style for the entire first season.

Gossip Girl
Preppy style best seen on Gossip Girl (photo courtesy | dvdrelease)

Does your look reflect this, or are you a bit inspired? An easy way to transcend into this style is perhaps by pairing chino pants with a checked shirt. This look after all is very geek-chic and oh-so-classy. Will you be channeling preppy anytime soon? Let me know!

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