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27/05/2024

The preppy look: a 2024 Spring-Summer trend

The preppy style: softness & elegance are in the place!

In the world of Spring-Summer 2024 fashion, a trend is re-emerging with a refreshing softness: the preppy look. Embodying delicate femininity mixed with timeless elegance, this preppy style seduces with its lightness and refinement. In this article, we'll explore the ins and outs of this trend, from the origins of its name to the essential pieces that make it up. Followed by outfit ideas for every occasion, let yourself be inspired to fully embrace the comeback of ballet flats, Mary Jane and preppy shoes!

Preppy trend, what’s that?

The term preppy (in French BCBG, an abbreviation of Bon Chic Bon Genre), evokes a lifestyle marked by refinement and good taste, conveying an image of discreet elegance. This trend, born in the 1960s in the streets of Paris, transcends cultural boundaries to become a true symbol of French elegance. Originally, the preppy style found its foundations in the dress codes of the wealthy social classes, where the quality and cut of clothes were a guarantee of distinction. However, over time, this trend has evolved to become accessible to everyone, adopted by those looking for a sophisticated look.

Two young women wearing Vanessa Wu's Angelica heeled Mary Jane, in gold and ivory.

Today, preppy style is making its big return to the forefront of the fashion scene with a bold reinvention for the 2024 Spring-Summer season. Reinterpreted by contemporary designers, this iconic style retains its timeless elegance while bringing a breath of modernity. The growing popularity of this trend is partly explained by the strong comeback of iconic series of the time, such as Gossip Girl, whose iconic Upper East Side outfits left an indelible mark. Who hasn't dreamed of Blair Waldorf's impeccable wardrobe, the very embodiment of New York chic? In addition, the craze (particularly among Gen Z) for vintage clothing and thrift stores also contributes to the comeback of preppy style. 

The essentials of preppy shoes:

Luce ballet flats with double straps on a wooden table, in black, gold and white.

Shoes, true jewels of our feet, play a central role in this aesthetic where elegance meets comfort. To embody the preppy style, a few key pieces are essential:

  • Ballet flats
  • Heeled sandals
  • Mary Jane sandals

Ballet flats, these timeless trendy pieces, are undoubtedly the must-haves of preppy style. At the forefront since the big comeback of the Baby Doll trend, ballet flats are now an essential piece for any wardrobe. At Vanessa Wu, you will be spoiled for choice! Opt for the Luce ballet flats with double straps, Mary Jane style, to add a retro-chic touch to your look. Their delicate straps and elegant silhouette bring a note of femininity to every step, making them a perfect choice for those looking for a subtle blend of comfort and sophistication. For a successful summer style, choose the Provence braided ballet flats. Braided ballet flats are the epitome of summer, combining both comfort and style at the same time, with a bohemian touch. Their braided details bring an interesting texture to any outfit, while their sleek, relaxed silhouette makes them perfect for sunny days.

Block heeled sandals add a touch of glamor to any preppy outfit. Their sophisticated look and unrivaled comfort make them a must-have in every wardrobe of fans of this style. With their wide, stable heel, they offer a confident gait while adding height, making them perfect for highlighting an elegant and feminine silhouette. Vanessa Wu's Martha heeled sandals are the perfect pair of shoes for a slender look, with their adjustable ankle strap and square toe.

Two young women wearing Martha heeled sandals, in silver and beige.

And what about the famous Mary Jane? Mary Jane are essential pieces of preppy style thanks to their retro-chic look and their delicate strap. Their small heel brings a touch of sophistication while ensuring optimal comfort. With their baby doll style, these shoes add a note of femininity and innocence to every outfit, making them perfect for completing a preppy look that is both elegant and sweet. Do not wait any longer with the Angelica heeled Mary Jane: the ideal pair for a dose of softness!

How to adopt the preppy look with style?

Now that we have identified key pieces of the preppy look, let's see how we can integrate them into our outfits with elegance and confidence.

Young woman holding Angelica black-heeled Mary Jane.

For a sophisticated preppy look, the Angelica heeled Mary Jane are an essential choice. Pair them with a high-waisted pencil skirt and a silk blouse for a smart and elegant look. Accessorize with a structured bag and delicate jewelry for an extra touch of glamour, perfect for an important meeting or business lunch.

For a casual look, opt for the Luce ballet flats with double straps. Pair them with cropped jeans to highlight their delicate shape and add an oversized blazer for a touch of modernity. With the sunny days coming, the Provence braided ballet flats are the ideal pair of shoes to complete your summer outfits. They fit perfectly with denim shorts and a ruffled t-shirt for a sunny preppy look.

Young woman wearing Provence camel braided ballet flats with denim shorts and an off-white top.

Finally, for a glamorous and sophisticated look, choose the Martha heeled sandals. Pair them with classic shorts and a white linen top for a casual yet stylish summer look. Add a braided leather belt and gold bracelets for an extra touch of sophistication.

Conclusion :

The preppy style, or in other words discreet elegance and refined femininity, is back in force for the 2024 Spring-Summer season. From ballet flats to heeled sandals, including Mary Jane shoes, this trend offers a range of choices to create sophisticated and relaxed looks. Let yourself be seduced by this timeless aesthetic and add a touch of Parisian chic to your summer wardrobe!

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