April 6th, 2014

The All-American Preppy Look

I saw a blurb on “Seven Sisters Style“, a new book published by Rizzoli, in Vogue Paris (of all places). Many of the images seem to date from my mother’s day, but much of the style is timeless nonetheless. Jacqueline Kennedy, Ali MacGraw, Katherine Hepburn, Meryl Streep, and yours truly, are all graduates of a seven sisters college.


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Quant leopard-print calf hair ankle boots


Kellen ribbed cotton-blend tunic


Brixton horsebit-detailed leather collapsible-heel loafers


Emma shirtdress


Eva silk crepe de chine blouse


Linen-blend culottes


Crossover velvet flatform sandals


GV3 small textured-leather and suede shoulder bag


Almeria leather wedge espadrilles


Patch-pocket cotton coat


Bilbao mini tote


Ginger embellished two-tone textured-leather pumps

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  • Oh I have to get my hands on this! I went to Smith and I hope Gloria Steinem makes an appearance 🙂

    AmmuApril 6th, 2014  10:43 PM

  • The best examples/display of American preppy style can be found in Ali MacGraw’s ‘Love Story,’ and “Goodbye Columbus.’ She wins best in show for an adorable young preppy woman! She is still fabulous–a true natural beauty. She looks and acts her age. I am a huge fan!

    PaulaApril 7th, 2014  12:54 AM

  • Love this! That is some Peter Pan Collar!!

    JamieApril 7th, 2014  7:15 AM

  • Hands down, Ali McGraw defined it’s fashion timelessness beyond campus and club. Her image of American preppy remains definitive – first in the classic Mademoiselle magazine campus feature, and then to a global audience in ‘Love Story.’

    SamanthaApril 7th, 2014  10:15 AM

  • Smith ’86 and I am pre- ordering immediately. Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

    KatherineApril 7th, 2014  12:38 PM

  • I didn’t go to one of those schools, but these images ARE from my time, but a touch earlier. I graduated from high school in 1969…I could have been wearing any of those outfits!

    bisbeeApril 7th, 2014  12:48 PM

  • Very cool! Smith ’03

    BrittaApril 7th, 2014  1:10 PM

  • I’m with Bisbee, a bit before me but within my memory, especially the bottom image. I do remember peter pan collars with initial pins and little print shirts and shorts. Still love the look, can’t help it. John Meyer of Norwich and Villager.

    AprilApril 7th, 2014  1:14 PM

  • Yep, Smith. My daughter was accepted last week, but she wants a larger school. She is at Andover, which is probably half the size of Smith.

    PrestonApril 7th, 2014  1:16 PM

  • Ditto to Bisbee and April. A bit before my time, but close enough to bring to mind the clothes of that era. Villager and John Meyer – plus Ladybug and “nothing blouses”. The styles don’t seem at all ridiculous when I look at old photos, unlike those of the ’80’s and ’90’s.

    AliApril 7th, 2014  4:06 PM

  • I wore clothes like that in the 60s, when I was in elementary school! And there are photos of my mom and her sister dressed like that in the 50s and 60s. My grandmother and great-aunts were Seven Sisters grads (Smith and Wellesley) although my mom and I rebelled (Oberlin and Yale) but now one of my nieces got into Smith and it looks like she might attend–circle of life, I guess. The Smith campus is gorgeous!

    JoannaApril 7th, 2014  5:39 PM

  • Mount Holyoke ’02, definitely ordering this book as well – thanks for sharing!

    BrieApril 18th, 2014  10:12 PM

  • Love,love, love this post. Gotta take some time now to check out each piece!

    ChristinaApril 30th, 2014  10:02 AM


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