STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: PONY UP

If Kate Middleton has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to be born a royal in order have princess-worthy style. She achieved worldwide recognition in the fashion community for her style, which reflects both the regal sophistication of her current royal title and the casual flare of her commoner upbringing. She mixes high and low brands to create versatile outfits that are modern yet classic for every occasion. All in all, she is the new poster girl for the modern prep. Whether attending polo matches, vacationing in the English countryside or hitting the streets of London, this preppy princess knows how to win in equestrian style.

I came across this Fashionista walking through the GW Medical School plaza on her way to the metro. I was instantly impressed with her outfit because it had both preppy and contemporary components. All too often do I see people in D.C. whose idea of preppy is mixing as many pastel pieces are physically possible into one outfit. This Fashionista’s ensemble was an exciting breath of fresh air. She wore her Ralph Lauren Black Label Jodhpur leggings with a Ralph Lauren Blue Label polo blazer. The suede patches on the pants elude to both classic riding-wear and the current trend of accented twill bottoms, while the classic navy blazer is dressed up by the gold buttons and regal crest. The lighter blue pinstripe oxford by the New York & Co. breaks up the monotony of the navy pants and jacket combination.  She brightened up her look with a timeless preppy Hermès Scarf. This true prep found an alternative to the classic side-knot and styled the scarf loosely, thereby keeping the accessory from appearing stiff. She completed her look with Steve Madden riding boots, a George Simonton Couture cape and Juicy Couture sunglasses.

Looking to prep up your wardrobe? Luckily there are plenty of retail outfitters ready and willing to help! Rugby sells preppy-casual jodhpur leggings like the ones worn by the featured Fashionista. For an edgier take on this equestrian staple, Shopbop stocks riding pants from 3.1 Phillip Lim and rag & bone/JEAN. J Brand also made a version of the pant in this season’s hottest fabric, luxe twill. For the classic prep blazer, Brooks Brothers, J.Crew or Madewell offer jackets in a variety of traditional cuts and colors for every season. If you are looking for a dressier, edgy alternative, alice+olivia is great. To complete the outfit with a handsome scarf, Diane von Furstenberg and Juicy Couture fashion scarves in a wide range of preppy prints and bright hues. When shopping for a more downtown rocker look, the timeless Alexander McQueen skull scarves are perfect.

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