Cute fall outfits can sometimes feel predictable. flannel scarf? riding boots? quilted vest? We all know this tried and true formula, and if you’re trying to stand out from the crowd, you might be wishing that you could mix up your cute fall outfits with some different inspiration. Many of us attribute a preppy look to that typical Southern preppy style – think lots of Lilly Pulitzer, bright colors, and big accessories.
I draw my biggest style inspiration from more British preppy style – think classic boarding school looks and the royal family (Love the Parisians, too, but we’ll save that for another post). I love mixing luxurious textures, fabrics, and prints, and keeping to a more neutral color palette. Tweed, tartan, pleats, shiny gold buttons, and tailored silhouettes make me drool. In my opinion, it’s just a little more subtle and sophisticated, which is the look I love.
Today I’m sharing 5 essentials that you need to achieve classic British-inspired preppy style this fall. Look out, Kate Middleton!
ONE // Tartan
Whether you opt for a flannel shirt, tartan skirt, plaid scarf, or a full-on tartan blazer, there’s so many ways to wear this luxurious fabric. The best part is that there are so many different patterns and color combinations to choose from, and even a hint of plaid can add a touch of prep that an outfit needs to appear polished. Flannel shirts beg to be layered up when it’s chilly, creating a look that feels well thought-out and perfectly cozy. Pair with a cable knit for maximum effect.
TWO // Blazer
There is truly nothing else that can make you look perfectly polished as easily as a blazer. You can throw one on over pretty much any outfit and immediately look and feel like you could run the world. The best ambassador of the classic blazer? Duchess Kate, of course.
Nothing screams prep school quite like a tailored blazer with a touch of tartan – especially a tartan skirt. The gold embossed buttons and timeless shape of this one make it my absolute favorite to pair with any cute fall outfits for a pulled-together look.
THREE // Trench
The ultimate fall and spring jacket! Obviously the Brits made this one famous with Burberry. It’s a staple that will never go out of style, and the classic beige or camel color goes with everything. Again, a trench has a special way of making even the most basic, boring outfit look chic, like you actually tried when you really didn’t. Bonus points if you stack up these layers: flannel shirt, cable knit sweater, blazer, and trench. Mmm.
FOUR // Riding Boots
I probably wear riding boots more than any other shoe every single fall and winter. They’re a classic for a reason, and I don’t think you can really go wrong with a skinny jean and riding boots combo. This year I finally invested in a black pair, and I can’t believe how much I’ve worn them already. They’re timeless, and a good pair will last for years and years if you take care of the leather and get them resoled when they start to wear down.
Five // Wellies
It may not rain in Philly as much as it does in England, but a classic wellie boot never goes amiss in the rain or snow. Hunter boots are the real deal; I’ve had my pair for four years now! These are the boots that Princess Diana and pretty much every other modern royal wore, and they just look so classic. When practicality and a classic look combine, you know you’ve found something good. I’m strongly considering getting some shearling insoles to make mine more cozy this winter!
Other options for a touch of British sophistication? Penny loafers, tights, tweed, waxed jackets, cable knits, and probably some kind of Spaniel.