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How to Wear Nouveau Prep Like a Pro

Jun 30 2014 - 12:20pm

Preppy isn't what it used to be. We'll always have a soft spot for our well-worn sweaters, but the way J.Crew and Tommy Hilfiger have outfitted their modern prep has a little more eye-catching appeal. With bold colors and prints adding new dimensions to timeless pieces like trench coats and slacks, it's more about the way you put it all together. Nouveau prep is about melding sophistication with an uncanny cool and a healthy dose of wit and whimsy. To help you get the look, we've selected 15 standout pieces. From a denim shirtdress to a pair of metallic oxfords, think of this as your guide to navigating the new prep. Scroll through to shop now.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew

H&M Pleated Skirt

H&M Pleated Skirt [1] ($30)

Striped Banana Republic Shirt

Banana Republic Soft-Wash Striped Shirt [2] ($70)

Gap Perforated Ballet Flats

Gap Perforated Suede Ballet Flats [3] ($40)

House of Holland Initial Sweater

House of Holland Initial Sweater [4] ($131, originally $219)

J.Crew Seersucker Dress

J.Crew Kami Dress in Seersucker [5] ($148)

Rebecca Taylor Pleated Skirt

Rebecca Taylor Pleated & Colorblocked Midi Skirt [6] ($495)

Topshop Gingham-Print Shorts

Topshop Gingham Pocket Shorts [7] ($72)

Express Cropped Trench Coat

Express Boxy Trench Jacket [8] ($60, originally $98)

Colorblocked Cambridge Satchel

The Cambridge Satchel Company Colour Block Raw Cut Satchel [9] ($286)

Boden Cropped Cardigan

Boden Favorite Cropped Cardigan [10] ($58)

Forever 21 Polka Dot Dress

Forever 21 Pleated Polka Dot Dress [11] ($20)

Loeffler Randall Metallic Oxfords

Loeffler Randall Fay Metallic Leather Oxford [12] ($350)

Madewell V-Neck Sweater

Madewell Linen Pavilion Sweater [13] ($80)

LOFT Gingham-Print Pants

LOFT Gingham Seersucker Cropped Pants in Marisa Fit [14] ($70)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Chambray Shirtdress

Marc by Marc Jacobs Catalina Chambray Solid Shirtdress [15] ($298)

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