Summertime Makeup Part II: Face

Image from EcoTools.

Hello there lovelies! We hope you enjoyed our summertime eye makeup tips last week 🙂 And as promised, we wanted to share some tips for keeping your foundation, blush, bronzer, and concealer in place this summer even in the bright sun and warm temperatures! Similar to eye makeup the biggest issues are melting & creasing of your makeup.

Foundation Tips:

  • Always start with a primer. Just like you prime your eyelids, you need to prime your face if you want to ensure that your makeup stays crease free and in place all day. We are big fans of Korres Face Primer, available for $28 from Sephora. This stuff is free of silicone, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, mineral oil, synthetic dyes & fragrances, and other unpleasant ingredients! It smells amazing and a little bit goes a long way, so even with a heftier price tag, it’s a good investment.
  • Ditch heavy creamy foundations and opt for tinted moisturizers or BB creams instead. Thick liquid foundation is way more likely to melt and crease. So take the opportunity to lighten up your face makeup in the summer. Use your favorite tinted moisturizer or BB Cream. We’ve mentioned it before, but we LOVE Jane Iredale’s Glow Time BB Cream available for $48 online or in stores at Pharmaca. With a higher price tag, you can take comfort knowing this BB Cream will last you all year!
  • Set your BB cream or tinted moisturizer with a lightly tinted or translucent loose powder. To reduce shine and keep your makeup in place take a fluffy brush and lightly dust a translucent or lightly tinted mineral powder on your face. We love Everyday Mineral’s Finishing Dust on sale right now for $6.99, normally $12.99.

Concealer Tips:

  • Choose a densely pigmented concealer that is creamy (not liquidy) to hide circles and lines. The sun can melt and shine right through lightly pigmented concealers, revealing dark circles, blemishes, and other things you’d rather hide. Again we love the affordable and natural Erzulie Mineral Erase Cream in Light/Medium Light (just $8.50/pot). Just apply the concealer with your ring finger to hide under eye circles and brush to conceal blemishes!

Blush/Bronzer Tips:

  • Ditch the powder and go with a creamy blush during the warmer months. Sweat and powder blush don’t mix well. We love The All Natural Face’s Vegan Cream Blush in Peachy Rose, available for $4 online. Our favorite splurge cream blush is Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush available for $28 online and in stores at Pharmaca. So apply a cream blush to the apples of your cheek and blend with your finger tips or a brush.
  • Apply in the right places. Bronzer is fantastic during the summer. Who doesn’t want to look like a glowing goddess? Just be sure to keep it classy and natural looking by applying in the right places. Apply bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: on your forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. If you want a creamy bronzer option, we love The All Natural Face’s Vegan Cream Lip/Cheek Highlighter available for $5.75 online.

What are your favorite meltproof makeup products?

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Summertime Eye Makeup Tips

Picture of Mona Johannesson from Listal

Hello there ladies! Are you as excited for summer as we are at Y&L? What’s not to love about warm weather, backyard BBQ’s, and relaxing days at the pool? Well nothing except for makeup that melts, smears, and just doesn’t stay put… Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with a few tricks that will keep your eye makeup in place even in the hot summer sun! Oh and be sure to tune in next week when we share some tips for keeping your concealer and foundation set!

So some of the major makeup issues during the summer include: melting eye makeup, greasy lids, and concealer that collects in your creases.

To Combat Greasy Lids:

  • Apply a primer. We love this affordable Magic Vegan Eye Shadow Primer by The All Natural Face (just $7/bottle).
  • Apply eye shadow or finishing powder. After you apply a primer, if you have particularly greasy lids or it’s a humid day add some double insurance and apply a shadow or finishing powder, this helps to set the product. You can go with a nude option, or your favorite color. We love the Pure and Natural Tinted Finishing Veil by Willow Tree Minerals on Etsy (just $13.95)

For Under Eye Concealer That Stays Put:

  • Make sure you moisturize first and let it dry. To keep your concealer from looking cakey you always want to apply moisturizer to your eyes, and give it time to dry.
  • Apply a generous amount of creamy under eye concealer. Using a concealer brush and a cream concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation apply the concealer under your eyes. Start at the inner corner of your eye up towards where the inner brow starts. Continue by making a half moon shape following the lower lash line all the way to the outer corner of the eye. Blend the concealer using your finger tips. We love Erzulie Mineral Erase Cream in Light/Medium Light (just $8.50/pot).
  • Set the concealer with a mineral powder concealer. To keep the concealer in place it’s best to set it with a generous amount of concealing mineral powder. Our favorite is Pure and Natural Mineral Concealer in Beauty Sleep from Willow Tree Minerals ($10/pot). This product has just the right amount of light reflecting minerals to hide under eye circles! Press the powder into the concealer starting at the inner corner and brush across the under eye area, sweeping off any extra.

For Eye Liner That Doesn’t Melt:

  • Start with a pencil. After you’ve primed and applied shadow it’s time to apply liner. When you want eyeliner that lasts you need to apply a few layers of product. It’s best to start with a pencil along your upper lash line (and bottom lashes too if you wear it there). We love Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil in Black ($11 per stick). Just make sure you let the pencil set for a little bit.
  • Apply a liquid liner next. After you’ve applied the pencil, trace your line with a liquid liner and allow it to dry. We love ZuZu Luxe’s Liquid Liner in Raven ($14 a bottle).
  • Set your liner with a shadow in the same shade. Using an eyeliner brush dip it into a shadow or powder eyeliner the same shade as your liquid or pencil. Lightly dab it onto your eyeliner line. DO NOT DRAG IT ALONG THE LINE. Just dab and press, moving along your lashes. This helps to set the product. We love Pure and Natural Mineral Eye Liner in Charcoal Crush by Willow Tree Minerals on Etsy (just $5.95).

What tips and tricks do you have for keeping your eye makeup in place during the summer months?

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3 Ways to Wear Hair Accessories To Work!

Happy Friday you guys! We hope your week was beautiful (and if it wasn’t you can always stop in to Y&L and we can change that for you)! Today we wanted to share some great (but simple) updos and ways to rock hair accessories like scarves in flowers at work! We hope you enjoy 🙂

Flower Hair Accessories – We love this look featured in the Washingtonian. It is so classy and simple. Just toss your hair up into a messy high bun, secure with bobby pins, and add a chic flower just off to the side. Absolutely perfect.

Image from the Washingtonian What I Wear To Work Series.

Bows! – Bows aren’t just for little girls! We love the reverse braid and bun combo! If you need instructions (with pictures) for creating the updo just click here.

Image from Puppy Club

Scarfs: The Summer Edition – We love head scarves, and this link will show you three fabulous ways to wear a scarf this summer. We think all three looks are perfect for a summer BBQ or the office!

Image from The Shine Project.

Which is your favorite accessory to rock at the office?

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5 Resolutions for A Gorgeous New Year!

Happy New Year to all you stylish ladies (and gentlemen) out there! We hope your New Year’s celebrations were beautiful and safe! We know that today some of you may still be debating what your resolutions will be for 2013. And we thought it might be fun and helpful if will shared some of ours with you!

Our resolutions for a gorgeous New Year are:

  • Start rocking bold lips with confidence. A bright and bold pout can be a little intimidating, so this year we want to find our right shades and embrace our edginess!
  • Simplify our makeup bag.Don’t you dream of a clean and organized makeup bag? Filled only with products you love, products that work? Do you want a quick and gorgeous look in around 5 minutes? We do 🙂 This year, less is more, and we are going to explore how to streamline our (and your) beauty routine and get the most out of the fewest products!
  • Make time to focus on our inner peace. We talk a lot about looking your best, and this year we also want to make sure we are feeling our best. We are thinking some yoga and restful meditation?
  • Laugh more.Laugh lines are one of the few facial lines we feel good about. Laughter relieves tension, releases endorphins, and some research suggests makes you more attractive to those around you. This year we want to make sure we get an extra dose of our daily laugh in!
  • Appreciate the present. We want to remember to love ourselves for who we are now, imperfections and all. While growth is important and essential, it’s important to remember that you are beautiful and strong just the way you are! This year why not try to appreciate yourself and those around you as they are in that moment?

What are your resolutions for 2013?

Y&L Stylist Q&A: Megan Knapp

I’m excited to be continuing with our Stylist Q&A series, where we ask them questions about their personal style, and grill them for beauty advice and secrets. This week we have an interview with the blonde bombshell and Y&L stylist, Megan Knapp. Questions are in bold italicized text, and stylist and interviewer (Jackie Blizzard, i.e. my) responses are denoted by normal text.

What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe? What clothing or accessory can’t you live without? 

Megan Knapp: My favorite piece of clothing would definitely be my Lululemon yoga pants! Super comfy and figure flattering! I can dress them up and wear them to work or throw on a tank/jacket and run around the park with my 8 month old in them!

Jackie Blizzard (Me): I love a great pair of yoga pants! I haven’t given Lululemon a try yet (I presently am in love with my Prana Audrey pants), but I’m thinking I will have to. Having a wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down is key for women on the go!

What is your must-have beauty product? 

Megan Knapp: The beauty product I can’t live without would be my Sally Hansen Leg Spray. It’s like makeup for your legs when you need a quick tan and want your legs to look like they are18 again! Perfect for when you are wearing shorts or a skirt for date night (or your school dance depending on your age 🙂 my FAV!!

Jackie Blizzard (Me): Great product recommendation! Especially since tanning can damage your skin and increase your risk for developing skin cancer. It would be a great replacement for pantyhose too (which never looks as nice as flawless tan skin).

Who do you look to for style inspiration?  

Megan Knapp: My style icon would have to be Marilyn Monroe… the way she embraced her body and taught women to love the way they look and love their curves is an inspiration! She looked great—always put together, sophisticated and classy. But always with a touch of sexiness and oozing with femininity.

Jackie Blizzard (Me): Marilyn really is an inspiration, clearly her confidence and comfort in her own skin radiated and added to her sexy mystique. Girls need to look to women like Marilyn Monroe and remember that beauty comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Why do you love working in cosmetology/the hair/makeup/nail industry? 

Megan Knapp: I love working in the beauty industry because I love making people feel good about themselves! Having a career doing something that I am good at and really enjoy doing is such a blessing! Every woman deserves to feel good about themselves, inside and out, and i get to help in a big way with that by enhancing the outer beauty everyone already has!

Jackie Blizzard (Me): It is fantastic to hear that you are in the industry for the right reasons! I love when people are able to blend their passions and talents with their work (that is how it should be after all)!

Why do you love working at Y&L?

Megan Knapp: I love working at Y&L because the atmosphere is great! All the girls that work there are so nice and great at what they do, it makes it so easy and enjoyable to be there! Also the clients are great and so willing to help us by spreading the word to their friends… what’s not to like?!!

Jackie Blizzard (Me): I’m seeing a pattern here—Y&L stylists love their colleagues and their clients! All that love is probably why Y&L is such a great place to bring out your beautiful side 🙂

What is one beauty tip you would like to share with our readers? 

Megan Knapp: The one beauty tip I would like to share is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!! From the inside-out it is one of the most important things you can do for your health and beauty! Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated (and your skin clearer), use moisturizer when you wash your face and your body (don’t forget your neck!!!) to look younger longer, and use sunscreen and repairative moisturizers/conditioners on your hair to keep that beautiful shine and body as long as possible!

Jackie Blizzard (Me): This is great advice! The Institute of Medicine recommends that men drink at least 3 liters of water a day (13 cups), and ladies you need to get at least 2.2. liters a day (9 cups)! Investing in a quality reusable water bottle that makes drinking water easier has been key for me keeping my water intake up. I use the insulated CamelBak eddy Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle, but they also make non-insulated versions that hold more water (meaning fewer refills)!

What do you think of our Stylist Q&A series? Have any questions you want answered? Comment and let us know!

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7 Beauty Lessons To Pass On

Parents pass on lessons learned from their life experiences, and try to impart wisdom about a spectrum of issues to their kids. I remember when my mom showed me how to care for my skin (my first cleanser was good old fashioned Noxzema!), and explained to me the importance of a good moisturizer. Her love and wisdom helped me to appreciate not only my physical appearance but also encouraged me to focus on internal beauty (as cheesy as that may sound).

It can be hard to be kid these days, and just as hard as a parent, sister, or mentor to know what to say. So today we have 7 key lessons about beauty to share with your daughter, niece, sister, or any young female you care about.

  1. Begin a skin-care regimen early and stick to it! Skin type will determine the regimen and products that will work best. Choose natural and safe cleansers, toners, and moisturizers when possible. Look at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to find safe alternatives. Usually a good skin-care starting point is a gentle cleanser and moisturizer in the morning and before bed.
  2. Put off shaving and waxing as long as possible. This can be hard to do, especially if other girls around you are starting to shave (or even wax), but once you start shaving you can’t stop—and you will grow tired of having to shave everyday! The hair will grow thicker and darker. Please don’t shave arms or facial hair!
  3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Moisturizing is important for keeping skin healthy and preventing signs of aging (like wrinkles, lines, and spots). Starting early is key to keeping your skin looking young. Again choose a moisturizer that is safe and natural with an SPF.
  4. Wear sunscreen and skip the tanning bed. This relates to lesson # 3, but it is important enough to be a separate lesson. Sun damage and skin cancer are real dangers if you aren’t wearing a facial moisturizer with an SPF and if you aren’t wearing sunscreen when you are outdoors for more than 15 minutes. And tanning beds are just a bad idea, young girls (early 20’s) are developing skin cancer from excessive tanning. Learn to appreciate your natural skin color and your beauty will be longer lasting!
  5. Use makeup sparingly and choose safe cosmetics. When you are young it’s fun to play with makeup and explore different looks, but it is important to learn that too much makeup can look bad and isn’t good for your skin. Constant tugging at your skin, or wearing lots of mascara or false lashes can damage the goods you were born with! So wear makeup, but not too much—maybe a little bit of eyeshadow or mascara, a tinted moisturizer, and lip tint? Again look at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to find safe cosmetics.
  6. What you put in your body is as important as what you put on it. Eat a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats for healthy skin, hair, and physique.Drinking lots of water is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and looking fresh. Avoid too much caffeine, sugary drinks, and fast food. Your young metabolism may not mind soda and fries, but your body (and skin) will feel it later.
  7. Focus on your inner beauty, and the outer beauty really will follow. This is a hard lesson to hear, especially when the pressure is on from peers to look a certain way. But kind, funny, and happy people really are more attractive and more popular. Audrey Hepburn spoke some great words on the matter (and she was both beautiful and kind):

“For attractive lips speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

Share these lessons for beauty with a special young lady in your life. And if you want a fun way to share these lessons on beauty, style, and fashion think about bringing your daughter, sister, best friend, or niece into a salon for a makeup lesson or manicure. Some salons cater to younger crowds for a memorable time. If you are in the Bay Area, Y&L Style Bar loves to have little girls come in for makeovers and beauty lessons. We even feature mineral makeup and goodies for younger girls!

Do you have any beauty lessons you have shared with your daughter, sister, niece, or friend? We’d love to add it to the list!

Y&L Stylist Q&A: Megha Patel

Y&L Stylist Megha Patel

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring our stylists on our blog, asking them questions about their personal style, and grilling them for beauty advice and secrets. To start off this fabulous series we have the beautiful Y&L stylist Megha Patel. Questions are in bold italicized text, and stylist and interviewer (Jackie Blizzard, i.e. my) responses are denoted by normal text.

What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe? What clothing or accessory can’t you live without? 

Megha Patel: I love my watches, rings, and earings. I never leave my house without those items. Especially a watch. I love wearing different watches.

Jackie Blizzard (Me): I’m glad to see watches aren’t fading out of your wardrobe 🙂

What is your must-have beauty product? 

Megha Patel: My must have beauty product is Eyeliner & Mascara. No matter where I got I have to have one of those 2 items on!

Jackie Blizzard (Me): I completely agree, eyeliner is a must-have for me! I’m pretty sure it would be my desert island product (even though it should be sunscreen).

Who do you look to for style inspiration?  

Megha Patel: I love Kim Khardashian’s hair, makeup and wardrobe. I also love Rihanna’s style its always funky and she mix n Matches a lot of things that I wish i could pull off.

Jackie Blizzard (Me): Great choices, Kim’s look is always so polished and glamourous.

Why do you love working in cosmetology/the hair/makeup/nail industry? 

Megha Patel: I have always wanted to work in the cosmetic industry. As a child I would practice putting on make up on myself. I am finally living the dream that I wanted. I love working putting makeup on myself as well as others. I love working with different colors and creating a look.

Jackie Blizzard (Me): Glad that you are living the dream! Clearly your years of practice are reflected in the work you do!

Why do you love working at Y&L?

Megha Patel: I love working at Y& L because the people are really fun to work with. I also love all the styles that we do at Y &L. I believe in all the styles that we offer because if I was a customer I would want all those looks! I love the styles and I love doing the styles on clients!

Jackie Blizzard (Me): The people are awesome at Y&L. Great women doing great work!

What is one beauty tip you would like to share with our readers? 

Megha Patel: Never leave the house without sunscreen! You may not see it now, but those sun spots will catch up to you!

Jackie Blizzard (Me): This is great advice! This is something we all need to be doing, and it is easy to forget. Readers should consider a facial moisturizer with an SPF to make the process a little easier!

What questions would you like to ask our stylists? Comment and let us know, we will ask and share their answers with you!

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Celebrate With Y&L Style Bar & Learn Makeup Tips From the Pros!

Have you always wanted to learn the tricks and techniques of makeup professionals? Do you want to relax while getting ready for dinner out with friends? Or, do you want to share the bonding experience of beauty with your daughter(s)? Well if you answered yes to any of those questions than gather up your friends or kids and go to a style bar or salon that accommodates groups and parties!

It is so much fun to just hang out and be a girl with other girls! Chat with the stylists and makeup artists to learn tips and tricks while they makeover your look. After you and your friends are made up and relaxed consider going out to celebrate with a fancy lunch or dinner at your favorite restaurant! If you are interested in celebrating a birthday, or simply having a girls night out call your local salon and see if you can arrange a party. AND if you are in the San Francisco Bay area, call Y&L Style Bar ((408) 868-5569), and let us create a beautiful celebration for you!

Or just stop in to see us at:

14410 Big Basin Way
Ste E
Saratoga, CA 95070

 

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Tutorial: Make Your Own Personal Style Guide Using Evernote!

I love planning, organizing, and cataloging — and I think most people do (hence the popularity of tools like Pinterest!). This week I’ve got that tutorial that I promised early on in the life of this blog detailing how to create a style guide with Evernote. I created a style guide for my mother to help guide her on her path to finding kick-ass personal style.

It’s been a long time since my mom updated her look, let alone considered giving herself the much deserved attention required to do so. She’s a hardworking single mother of two college-aged daughters. She moved to a new city just a few years ago and hasn’t had time or energy to really explore and meet new people. She’s about to go back to school for a graduate degree, and with all this change whipping up her world — now seemed as good a time as any to change her look and find her style. But she needed help!

Like many busy women (and men for that matter) the stress of figuring out where to begin and what fits and what she likes was overwhelming her. She had the habit of buying clothes simply because they were on sale. Her closet was stuffed, but when I investigated it I could find little to make an outfit from. So this style guide is a starting point for her — a living document of her quest. It begins with doing a color analysis based on her skin tone, hair, and eyes so that she can figure out which colors work best for her (and only buy clothes in that color family).

Then I asked her who her style icons were, and what she liked about each of them. She came up with Audrey Hepburn and Diane Keaton. She loved the classic, simple, and sophisticated looks that both women embraced. With these ideas in mind, and knowing her body type I set off to gather pictures and set rules and guidelines for each major piece of a basic wardrobe: undergarments, tees/camis, tops/blouses, jeans, skirts, shorts, dresses, jackets/blazers, shoes, and accessories. To organize the style guide, I created individual notes for each major category, tagged each note with relevant tags, and grouped them under one notebook: Kathy’s Style Guide that you can see here.

The great thing about using Evernote to create a style guide is that the program is compatible on computer or mobile device, and is easily synced between devices. So she can be shopping and access this notebook from her iPhone to make sure she is following the basic rules and sticking to her wardrobe plan! She can also take pictures of her existing pieces and outfits that she loves and catalog them in her notebook — making sure she  avoids buying the same things over and over, and to make dressing for presentations, meetings, or dates stress-free!

To create your own style guide using Evernote simply:

  1. Download the free Evernote App for your computer or mobile device here.
  2. Create a notebook titled “Your Name’s Style Guide” or whatever you like really.
  3. Add a new note, and record the results of your wardrobe color quiz if you don’t know which colors work for you.
  4. Add a new note for each style icon that inspires you, and include pictures or key pieces that define that person’s style. It also would be useful to add any style boards, articles, or photos you have saved that define your style (or what you want your style to be) like the style boards we’ve been posting here on Y&L!
  5. Create a new note for each wardrobe category. I recommend having notes for at least the following: undergarments, tees/camis, blouses/tops, jackets/blazers, jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, shoes, and accessories.
  6. For each wardrobe category find pictures or examples of pieces that are within your color scheme, appropriate for your body type, and fit into your personal style preferences. Consider adding rules to remember about what to avoid or look for when buying certain pieces. You can look at the examples I created for my mom in her style guide for ideas. But be creative and have fun with it!
  7. Consider adding a notebook for each major occasion that you dress for and take pictures of outfits you love to keep track of what works in your wardrobe.
  8. Keep a catalog of each piece in your wardrobe to prevent buying duplicates or similar items, or so you can easily see if that new top you are thinking of buying will work with the skirt in your closet.
  9. Publish your notebook, or at least sync it to a mobile device you will be carrying around with you!
  10. Update and play with it frequently!

What do you think of this tutorial? Let us know if you use Evernote to create a style guide — better yet share your notebook with us! How do you organize your style and fashion ideas?

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Preppy Style Breakdown

Keeping with our style breakdowns, this week let’s take a look at the preppy look. Preppy style is a bit of a spinoff from the classic look. Both wardrobes are built on a collection of quality, solid basics. But the prepster generally takes the classic look a step further sporting brighter colors, fun prints, and pieces inspired by preppy sports like tennis, rugby, and polo. So if you find yourself obsessing over Lily Pullitzer prints, swinging a tennis racket, or feeling the need to tie a sweater around your neck, read on for more advice on achieving a polished preppy style!

Style Icons:

Grace Kelly – From Hollywood actress to Monaco’s princess, Grace Kelly was always stylish. Love this neck scarf on her 🙂

Blake Lively – while I can’t say I watch Blake’s show Gossip Girls, I do think she has great personal fashion. Here she dresses up a simple button down with a great necklace!

Michelle Obama – Most people agree, the first lady has style. It’s classy, preppy, and sophisticated… she could be a model for J. Crew!

Wardrobe Essentials:

  • Keep It Simple –keeping your outfit and accessories simple and tasteful is the key to achieving a preppy and “put-together” look. Another bonus of simplicity… it’s friendlier to our wallets!
  • Keep It Clean & Freshlooking fresh and groomed is another essential piece to the preppy look (especially compared to the bohemian look). Keep clothes ironed and neat, and choose fresh happy colors for your pieces.
  • Polo Shirt – a staple amongst prepsters, but please know when to pop that collar. We love Lacoste polos (great quality, fit, and colors), but if you are looking for a budget friendly option you can find polos at just about any story.
  • Oxford Shirt – start with a classic white or light blue shirt that can be paired with just about anything. If you want some more pizzazz explore other colors or simple stripes like the one Blake is wearing above.
  • Jacket or blazer – In the spring/summer give seer-sucker or madras a try, and in the fall/winter explore corduroy or tweed blazers!
  • Polka Dots – tasteful polka dots can be found in almost any preppy wardrobe. Consider a polka dotted top like Mrs. Obama’s or opt for a polka dotted pencil skirt!
  • Chino Pants – chino pants, capris, and shorts are a must have. Invest in great quality pieces like those offered by J. Crew or Banana Republic. Choosing a few pairs in basic khaki, navy, or black color is great, but also consider adding fun pastels and cheery colors.
  • Dark-Wash Straight Leg Jeans – skip the embellishments and invest in a quality piece of dark-wash denim. Straight leg or skinny cut work nicely – but remember to dress for your shape!
  • Tea Length Dresses – Choose a cut that is figure flattering and in cheery prints, madras plaid, seer-sucker, or linen!
  • Ballet Flats – these are a must have shoe for most wardrobes. Go for at least one pair in a basic neutral (nude, black, or brown) and add some in cute prints and bright colors as you expand your wardrobe.
  • Boat Shoes – we love Sperry’s top-siders, and now they are available in a huge array of colors and prints!
  • Pearl Necklace & Earrings – try sporting your grandmothers or mother’s old pearls for a simple and put-together look.
  • Small Simple Handbag – choose a small structured purse in a simple happy color, large unstructured bags don’t usually jive with the preppy look.

Favorite Places to Shop the Preppy Look:

  • J. Crew – Great pieces, sometimes reasonable prices, and really it’s hard to not walk out of J. Crew without sporting a fresh and preppy look!
  • Banana Republic – I bought a trench coat here that I adore. They carry just about everything a preppy dresser could want.
  • Ralph Lauren – great polos and button downs, check their outlet for more affordable prices (you still get great quality!)
  • Vineyard Vines – cute preppy prints and styles.
  • Lacoste – again we love their polos.
  • Lily Pulitzer – adorable preppy prints to be had here!
  • Burberry – pricey, but some things are worth spending the money on, like a great coat or handbag!
  • Nantucket Brand – Great staple pieces for any prepster.
  • Forever21 – you can find great deals on preppy looks here. Just remember to check the quality of each piece. I also love Forever21 for affordable accessories and handbags!
  • Department Stores – Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Saks & Bloomingdale’s all carry pieces to round out any preppy wardrobe
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