New Year, New You: Embracing the Prep

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Plaid Shirt – J. Crew (similar)| Sweater – Gap (similar)| Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)| Necklace – JF&A Tradeshow (similar) | Hat – Boutique in Sausalito, CA

It’s 2013, I have a closet full of new items, and I’ve decided to embrace my preppy side.  I’ve always been studious, getting straight As, beating everyone at Trivial Pursuit, reading books the way some people eat potato chips.  Over the years my personal style has ranged from wearing all black (junior high) to wearing an assortment of items that were too big or too small (high school) to basic jeans or black pants and a plain shirt.  For the past few years, though, I’ve been working on developing my personal style into what makes me feel good at work.  And I think 2013 is the year I find it:  the year of preppy.

How do I define preppy?  Tailored, classic items.  Mixing traditional patterns but keeping the silhouette professional.  And occasionally tossing in a fun and unexpected item (zebra print heels, anyone?).

This means I’ll most likely be purging my closet of items that I don’t think are “me” anymore.  Which means all the better for you if your style differs from mine since they’ll be up for sale!

I may extend my preppiness from just my clothes and look towards learning something new.  Whether that’s playing around with my camera, learning some Photoshop skills or just experimenting with different technologies I don’t know yet.  Whatever way I choose to express my prep, I’m sure by the end of 2013 we’ll have all learned something!


22 replies on “New Year, New You: Embracing the Prep

  1. kilax

    I like the sweater over the plaid top look!

    I have a very clear idea of preppy in my head and am anxious to see your version of it this year!

    P.S. We should spend some days having fun in PS together. I have a lot of books with fun tricks in them too 🙂

      1. kilax

        Let’s pick a date!

        Ha ha ha. I think I should NEVER influence you. Unless, it is regarding making stupid race decisions 😉

  2. kelsey

    love this-can’t wait to see!

    I can’t do button down shirts, they are just SO uncomfortable to me but it’s sad because I love the way they look.

  3. Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement

    I love the plaid shirt/red sweater combo! I recently purchased my first flannel shirt and I am in love. I want to get a thinner one to combine with a sweater. J.Crew outlet out in Aurora is amazing…worth the trip!

      1. Jess

        I love the look! I have that shirt in the navy/white/red combo, and I love wearing it with a camel cable knit, dark blue pegged skinnies and leopard flats. I may have to add the necklace to pull it all together.

        Did you know Jcrew has their outlet stuff online now? The quality isn’t *quite* as good as the traditional Jcrew store, but you can get some really fun things there.

        Go preppy!

        1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

          I also have the navy,white & red one! Haven’t worn it yet, though.

          My polka dot pencil skirt is from the J. Crew Factory Store online. I agree the quality isn’t as nice but it’s not too bad, either!

  4. Suburban Style Challenge

    Sounds like you and I are in the same mode: figure out who we are and then get rid of everything that doesn’t suit that person. It’s amazing to finally be in that place, isn’t it? I feel so much better getting dressed each morning (even though I’m not done clearing out the closet) knowing what I’m comfortable in.

    I like that you’re planning on using your style profile to better your life in other ways too. What a great idea!

    And if you have questions about Photoshop let me know… it’s kinda what I do 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Part of me is afraid of getting rid of items from my closet because, you know, “just in case”. But then I realize that if I never wear them now will I really want to wear them in the future??

      I would really, really love to learn how to maneuver in Photoshop!

  5. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I think the New Year is a perfect time to switch up a wardrobe, especially since it coincides so well with Christmas and the gifts that tend to come along with that time of year. Whenever I’ve done wardrobe overhauls, they’ve always been at the New Year for that reason. I’ve never really gone all out and changed my style drastically, but I do enjoy updating my wardrobe every few Januarys!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      This certainly won’t be a drastic change. Just purging some of the more “romantic” items in my closet (i.e. the flowy, chiffon-y stuff) and perhaps FINALLY getting a few things tailored.

  6. H&K Style Journey

    I love a good preppy look, so embrace your preppiness! The plaid top is great under the sweater and I love the pattern mixing by adding the shoes. I have the same shoes 🙂 Heather

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Aren’t these shoes awesome?? What do you tend to wear them with?

      Also, I just checked out your blog and I LOVE the concept! If my mom and I lived closer to one another that would be a super fun thing to do together.

      1. H&K Style Journey

        I have worn them with a black pencil skirt and red, jeans, cropped pants. I like to pair them with bright colors. I found a shoe twin 🙂 You are the first person I have seen that owns the same pair, ha ha!

  7. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    A preppy style seems like it would really work for you, really well made, structured garments come to mind with a very classic feel. How cool to be trying out something a little different, I really look forward to seeing your spin on it and how it works for you. (Really like the hint of the plaid shirt under your red sweater, it looks very festive but still very classic.)

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