Prep Stars

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Go back to school as preppy style takes over as one of the hottest looks for 2024, says Amy Norbury.

It was only a matter of time before 2023’s most talked-about film became a fashion inspiration. Set in the Oxford University days of 2007, Saltburn’s clean-cut, moneyed aesthetic has lent itself to one of this spring’s hottest looks.

That’s right; fans of prim and proper polished style rejoice; preppy style is the talk of the fashion world for SS24.

An enduring classic which has never really been off the fashion radar; the preppy look features Oxford button-downs, blue and white pinstripes, polo shirts and academic blazers – all timelessly appealing for their effortlessly put-together vibe.

Endorsed by none less than the fashion powerhouse that is Miuccia Prada, who sent polo shirts authentically styled atop button-downs and paired with low-rise skirts and trousers down the spring catwalks, this season’s take goes for a full-on Y2K feel which pays homage to that ultimate Noughties preppy icon, Gossip Girl’s Serena Van der Woodsen. It’s country club chic, but with a modern twist which still feels fresh and current despite its retro roots.

The trick is to pull off this trend without looking like a college kid, so think blazers with oversized trousers, or a v-neck sweater worn over a flowy collared shirt.

Colour plays a big part in creating that authentic preppy vibe; Ivy League navy is a must, obviously, but throw in some pastels for a vibrant spring-like feel, while khaki trousers are another preppy hallmark.

When it comes to fabrics, crisp cottons marry perfectly with cable knits, boucle jackets with linen – it’s all about the clean, streamlined silhouette.

And accessories must be simple and delicate; a string of pearls here, a gold bangle there – understated elegance is the way to go. Just throw on your neat leather backpack and slip on your ballet pumps – yes, they’re back in a big way for 2024 – and you’re ready to hit the campus in style!