I got quite a surprising number of hits in response to my recent posting on Preppy Minimalism!
Due to the level of interest, I thought I’d share a preppy-inspired minimalist wardrobe concept I put together recently. Sorry guys – this is for women, but there are some great ideas for you at Daily Prep or Ivy Style.
This “capsule” starter or minimalist wardrobe was modeled after an article by Miss Minimalist. She is a “black-belt minimalist” though; my sample wardrobe is a little bit larger than hers. The Daily Prep blog was also a great source of inspiration.
These are just suggestions, not absolutes – feel free to modify or add more according to your own needs/taste/budget:
Navy or gray slacks
Navy dress (sleeveless is most versatile)
Navy ballet flats
Navy or gray wool pea coat
Khaki trench coat
Sperry Top-Siders (brown)
Dark wash jeans
4 short-sleeved or sleeveless sweaters or blouses
(suggested colors: red, white, blue, pink, kelly green, pale yellow, navy print)
White cotton shirt
Black cocktail dress
Black strappy evening sandals
Pearl earrings and necklace
Navy or saddle tan handbag for day, small black bag for cocktail
Conservative East Coast preps say that true navy is the most preppy. I personally prefer midnight navy (try Lands End or Pendleton). Ralph Lauren has a brighter navy; L.L. Bean has both. Whatever hue you choose, it’s easiest if they match. If you want to add more items, gray is another great preppy neutral color. White is also great in the summer.