Preppy Chic

Fall 2021 Trend

As if we’ve stepped into an East Coast boarding school of the future, preppy chic is trending on the runways of Fall 2021.

From classic knits and blazers to riding boots and messenger bags, today’s top designers are rewriting the rulebook so long followed by the Ivy League-bound spawn of the New England elite (though thankfully, almost everyone has managed to avoid boat shoes). Polo, tennis, and rugby codes drawn from the world of the country club are deconstructed and reconfigured, maintaining their air of sophistication while taking on a more independent and artful spirit.

Coach mixes preppy knits with playful pop-art exploration. Courrèges elevates the ballcapped girl-on-the-move look. Tory Burch masterfully mingles in some 70’s influence. Andrea Pompilio smashes gender codes by cropping the rugby shirt and combining it with non-binary shorts and skirts. Vivienne Westwood and Junya Watanabe do the unthinkable – mixing prep with punk. Thom Browne creates an exquisite, oracular vision of a cable knit winter ensemble as only he can.