Between the fall semester and college admissions work, I have seen a lot of posts about campus style. I have always loved back to school shopping, but this year, I did not need to do much of that since I was studying from home. Through Pinterest boards, I have been shopping in my mind, and I have really fallen for the ivy league look, which is also known as New England prep.
The ivy league look is described as borrowed– not bought. It consists of pieces that are handed down, such as siblings’ cardigans and sweaters, dads’ jackets and shirts, and moms’ handbags and jewelry. It is also a look of well-worn clothing, such as loafers that have been worn for miles. The ivy league look is also about mixing seasons. I love this throwback outfit that pairs walking shorts with tights and loafers. To make it extra-prep, I’ve added a matching headband.
My outfit is pulled together from J. Crew (cotton sweater), Boast (wool shorts), Hue (tights), Eastland (loafers), and Etsy (hairband). I also found inspiration in the book, Seven Sisters Style (Amazon), which tells the story of the best in college prep through Diane Sawyer, Meryl Streep, Ali McGraw, and Jackie Kennedy, among other classic women.
If you are not sure how to get started in creating a college prep style, I would begin with knee socks! I have cable knit styles in a range of colors, as well as argyle, which is an ivy league must-have.
You can find all of these looks on my LikeToKnow.It page.