A True Prep Summer

I am feeling preppy lately. And if you’ve known me beyond this blog you know that I have preppiness in my blood. As a product of an all girls boarding school with notable alums named Jackie, Lilly and Polly and someone who spent summers on the New England shore I have a pretty refined preppy palette.  Over the years it’s faded and been covered up by other aesthetics but it’s still style most ingrained in me.  And lately I feel it coming back, but in a more modern way.  Long gone are the days of Lilly dresses (and forcing my now husband to wear a matching Lilly tie-UGH) and men’s J.Crew cable sweaters and hair bows- but here are some images that are really inspiring me for this summer- both in my home and closet:

Some fun modern preppy details for home and self:

A new take on the classic American craftsmanship from O&G Studio

Nautical rope bracelets get hip with dip dye from A+R Store

These prints (from Etsy seller RococcoCo.) done on old dictionary pages would make an incredible series on a wall.

Boat shoes are BACK for spring- Cole Haan and classic Sperry Top Sider among them.

Anthropologie has a cute striped blazer with nautical buttons you could don while sipping a G&T in their cool outdoor rattan chair!

37 Responses to “A True Prep Summer”

  1. Kerri@TresChiclifestyle says:

    Love it – I seem to be channeling my “inner preppy” lately too Erin! Great post – thinking of my Summer fun in Nantucket!


  2. Flirtygems says:

    I’m as preppy as they come and have no SHAME in it bring on the preppy summer seahorses and anchors!

  3. A beautiful collection of images – I can’t wait for summer! Those rope bracelets reminded me of the kind, as a child, you used to affix to your wrist at the beginning of summer and as they were abused by sea and sand shrank so you couldn’t get them off. My mother used to have to bribe me to allow her to cut it off at the end of summer. And, I’m adoring the turquoise chair!

  4. sarah g says:

    LOVe this post! this is totally my aesthetic and these photos are all super inspirational.

  5. meenal says:

    such beautiful images..so fresh and yes PREPPY!! love both fashion and interiors featured..lovely to have you back, Erin..have a great new week..do visit my blog when you have a moment! xx meenal

  6. Kristy @ I Design Love says:

    I am loving the etsy artwork! Super cute :)

  7. Love it all. I am such a prepster, with a dab of country thrown in!

  8. What a fun post! Love love love those prints. Hope you had a great vacay and your niece in your FB pics could not be any cuter. Can’t take it! xx

  9. classic American design never goes out of style…good post, Erin. Love the it girl with the striped shirt and leather clutch, the Cape with roses and the Victoria Hagan living room.

    when we were kids, a Cape visit was not complete without a drive to Osterville to get rope bracelets, we wore them until they were disgusting,…. kids in school(in a Cincinnati suburb) asked us where they could buy them, an exclusive item, we wore them proudly

  10. Have to admit I’m preppy through and through. I love those prints!!!! But I am totally fixated on the chest of drawers I love this shot and already thinking how I could replicate it in my home x

    Thanks for sharing – my favourite blog always x x

  11. Love this post!!!! Love the picture of The Talented Mr. Ripley cast. Their styles are all so inspirational for summer!!

  12. Rae says:

    Preppie chicsters unite!

  13. christine says:

    Must know where the second photo is from so I can run out and buy that silk blouse immediately, LOVE! A beautiful collection of photos!

  14. Ali Duffy says:


    I just love this post this am. Thank you for making me smile.

    xx Ali

  15. Love these photos! They really inspire me to channel my inner preppy, which has always been there for me as well!

  16. What a great post, I want to live in that tiny cottage! Thanks for this!


  17. Preston says:

    Great post and I love your site!! p

  18. Danielle says:

    I am loving these pictures–perfect way to start Monday! Thanks Erin!

  19. I like the more masculine looks — loafers, men’s cut trousers, blazers and collared shirts — and mixing it with great hair and makeup.

  20. Wow. That just made my week! Off to buy preppy clothes!

  21. forgot to mention…. I just received my copy of Assouline’s new book, In the Spirit of St Barths, it is very pretty book I think you would really enjoy


  22. Completely down with the preppiness! I had never heard of rope bracelets until today. Now I don’t know how I ever lived without them?

  23. Mimi says:

    I love this post. I am a born and raised New Englander- NEWPORT at that. The preppy capital of the world! When I was a teenager and in my early 20s we thought “preppy” was a dirty word. Now, i am owning my inner preppy! My grandparents would be so proud…

    Take care!

  24. fabulous post! love all of the fashions AND spaces…and i simply must own a rope bracelet.

  25. paula says:

    how preppy and marvelous!

  26. jillian says:

    LOVEEE the preppy looks with the inspired spaces. so chic. your blog is adorable! now following. xoxo jcd :: (ps im hosting a link up for interior spaces and inspiration! cornflake dreams )

  27. As a New Englander I definitely appreciate the prep! Wearing stripes now, myself. Tis the season nauticalness!

  28. Bekah says:

    Love this post! Also, Lilly has some really cute stuff recently – don’t hate! Haha, X

  29. Rachael says:

    Loving the preppy look too! I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of boat shoes. The pairs you posted are going on my list!

  30. Megan says:

    great post Erin; loving the inspiration… seeing all these images all together I realized that I’ve saved many of them separately in my files. I’m with Rae!

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  32. Alex says:

    Erin, I am such a huge fan. This spread is amazing. As a fellow boarding school grad preppy runs deep here too. Love the images all pulled together like this. It really lends to the more elegant side of the prep:)

  33. Sita says:

    Gotta admit, I’m a sailor at heart. I love a good preppy summer. Wind blown, bright colors, and worn in leather. Love your blog, most inspiring!

  34. if we’re calling this modern prep i want more of it. yes, indeed.

  35. Jacquelyn says:

    I LOVE this entire post!

  36. JIll says:

    HUDSON carries the O & G line! Chairs, cubes, and cheese knives, c’mon in and check it ot! Thanks Elements of Style…

  37. Franki Parde says:

    Interesting howwhat goes around comes around and (fashion) history repeating itself…franki