The merging of two trends is like a fashion love child, and this fall’s bundle of joy is a result of two trends: varsity and preppy. From varsity jackets over pastel tops to pleated skirts paired with striped detailed sweaters, this combination of trends is as easy as 1-2-3 (a match that should have been made long ago)! Together, a Clueless meets Grease’s Rydell High School type of style is created. Who doesn’t love the sound of that? As if!
The emergence of this trend combo isn’t new. Taylor Swift and Leighton Meester’s Gossip Girl character Blair Waldorf have been sporting these trends together effortlessly. In fact, we’ve gained some fashion inspiration from them on how to merge varsity and preppy apparel.
Start off with a staple of the varsity style: a letterman jacket. Pair it with a basic piece of the preppy style: a feminine blouse or pastel sweater. Then choose your bottoms from either trend: joggers for more of a varsity touch or colored pants for more of a preppy style.
Sounds simple enough, right? Look for the basics, and it becomes easy to pair trends together. Opt for a striped sweater over a dainty dress. Instead of sneakers, wear penny loafers with the joggers, and instead of flats, wear kicks with the color pants. It’s all about mixing this with a little bit of that!
Varsity Meets Preppy feature “Mix It Up: Varsity Meets Preppy” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2014 issue.
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