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How To: Pulling Off Preppy Style For Spring

Nantucket Prep

I was lucky enough to attend a special event last week with Details magazine for the reopening of the Tommy Hilfiger store in Soho, New York. The Tommy team was kind enough to outfit me for the evening in some great pieces from the designer’s latest Spring collection. Everything about my outfit had that classic American style that designer Tommy Hilfiger has been known for. When you think of spring “preppy,” you picture light sun faded colors, crisp whites, even some nautical hints, all in a sophisitcated yet simple execution.

Here’s some tips for pulling off this preppy look on your own. Start with a great pair of chinos in a light pastel color like a pale yellow or faded red for a worn-in New England feel. For a blazer, try something lightweight like an unstructured cotton blazer in a sun-washed blue like the one I’m wearing here. When it comes to your shirt, go for casual comfort. A nice tartan or madras pattern will help to break up the solid colors. As for shoes, a classic boat shoe or derby in a neutral shade will easily complete your look. And remember, the key to this style is classic yet relaxed sophistication so have fun and don’t over-think it!

Wearing:

Blazer c/o Tommy Hilfiger (Similar 1, Similar 2)  //  Shirt c/o Tommy Hilfiger (Similar 1, Similar 2)  //  Pants c/o Tommy Hilfiger (Similar 1Similar 2)  //  Shoes c/o Tommy Hilfiger //  Sunglasses c/o John Ruvin  //  Belt by Club Monaco

Image courtesy of Getty Images. Click for more pictures from the event. (L-R) Anthony Urbano, Izzy Tuason, Beca Alexander and Ludget Delcy

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How To Wear White Suede Bucks/Derby Shoes

Rethink White Bucks

White bucks are a classic American shoe and a great addition to any man’s spring/summer footwear lineup. Now before you go calling the menswear police on me for daring to wear them with anything other than a seersucker or linen suit, please hear me out, k? White or more technically, off-white, is a neutral color so you could easily substitute some white suede shoes for your white Vans authentics and still make it work. The suede or buckskin with the classic brick sole or even a more updated colored sole give the shoe a casual feel so you could even wear them with jeans, not to mention some colored chinos or shorts for a trad/preppy summer look. Here I chose to go the complete opposite of what most people would associate with white derby shoes, ALL BLACK ERRTHANG. (But mostly because, I don’t have a seer sucker suit sitting in my closet. Shocker.)

I really love the contrast here of the white shoes with the black clothes (thanks HOV). It really let’s the shoes stand out but also balances all the dark going on everywhere else. This season I challenge you to rethink white suede shoes and incorporate them into your outfits in some unexpected ways! And if you’re looking for a great affordable starter pair, check THESE out.

P.S. Let’s just also discuss the obvious. White shoes WILL get dirty. There’s just no avoiding it. So rather than stress, just spray them with a suede protector and go about your business. If you do get a couple scuffs, believe me when I tell you it’s a lot easier and more convenient to pay a couple bucks and drop them off at a shoe repair for cleaning. It’ll be worth your time, effort, and OCD tendencies.

Wearing:

Shirt by General Idea c/o Mind The Chap (Similar)  //  Pants  c/o 20Jeans  //  Shoes c/o Tommy Hilfiger  //  Sunglasses c/o Gant Rugger

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