While the preppy trend falls short of being unexpected, this classic fall look never fails to outdo itself each year.
The fall 2012 prep charm look calls for hints of bold patterns and much needed layering.
This schoolgirl trend includes classic, timeless pieces such as pleated skirts, long socks, blazers, button ups, and loafers.
Brands like Tommy Hilfiger and J. Crew have mastered this signature style from the trend’s evolution to what it is today.
Celebrity style icon Alexa Chung has been noted to influence this transformation of prep charm using dysfunctional collars and patterns and pairing it with simple, classic pieces.
The picture to the left illustrates a classic and clean traditional preppy look. Take a vintage varsity knit sweater and layer it on top of a solid, collared long-sleeve button up. Adding a neutral-colored leather backpack helps achieve a sophisticated collegiate essence.
To spice up this conservative look, the key is to add hints of color. The leopard-patterned loafers serve as the statement piece for the outfit, giving it the modern spin on classy prep charm.
Baroque: a style in art and architecture developed in Europe from the early 17th to mid-18th century.
This old-age art style is better perceived as extravagant, complex and bizarre, or reminiscent of the Shakespearean era.
Baroque pieces consist of heavy fabrics, intricate details and elaborate brocade.
This print is interpreted on Kanye West’s H&M clothing line, in Dolce and Gabbana fall 2012 runways, and in vintage Versace pieces.
This highly decorative trend is popping up everywhere and inspiring daring looks, such as mixing prints and highlighting bold staple pieces.
However, this baroque trend can get “costumey.” Putting together a baroque-inspired look can be tricky.
If you’re not afraid to stand out from the crowd, this elegant, sophisticated look will make heads turn.
Pull off this look with a statement baroque piece, such as the dress shown in the illustration, and pair it with wardrobe essentials such as black stockings.
Baroque styles are best complemented with other thick fabrics like velvet (the purse) and tapestry (the shoes).
The ‘90s called, they want their closet back.
The grunge look includes denim jackets, long maxi dresses, dark lipstick, un-styled hair and an ex-boyfriend’s band tee.
Nineties grunge “anti-fashion” has inspired today’s generation of rebels and style gawkers.
This laid-back look introduced a simple look that oozed sex appeal, as seen on Cindy Crawford’s ‘90s Pepsi campaign, where she wore a fitted white tank top and stonewashed high-waist jeans.
Flashback to the early years of Beverly Hills 90210 or the 1995 teen drama Clueless to get a better idea of this revived trend.
The 2012 version of the ‘90s grunge look offers a kick of glam and femininity.
Designers like Alexander McQueen have taken their own spin on grunge in their own collections, reviving plaid prints, florals, denims and dark colors to evoke this androgynous trend.
Unlike the baroque trend, which tends to be costly, grunge-clothing pieces can be found at thrift stores, parents’ closets and even in our own closets. The trick to putting together a ‘90s grunge inspired outfit is knowing how to style such pieces.
Take a plaid printed garment and pair it with a distressed or worn out T-shirt, such as the example above. The studded backpack gives the outfit a modern, personalized touch. The hardware on the cutout boots masculinizes the attire while giving it a girly flare.
Easily enough, this trend is affordable and requires little effort.