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!


  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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:)

  10. 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!

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

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

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