Preppy Summer Outfit Ideas

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The summer season is in full swing, which means the time for bright sundresses and beachy chic style has arrived. The beauty of preppy summer outfits is that they are perfect for literally any occasion: casual weekends at home, seaside getaways, backyard BBQs with friends, staycations, and more. Get inspired to look and feel your best this season with these casual preppy summer outfits and fashion trends. 

Flashy Flamingos

Bright, bold, and PINK—what’s not to love about flamingos? We’ve been seeing flamingo fashion designs everywhere this season, from preppy summer dresses to jewelry and other accessories. So how do you pull off this bold tropical print? Try pairing this flamingo maxi dress with neutral sandals or wedges, classic jewelry, and a simple hairstyle for a look that works on any occasion. These shimmery beaded flamingo dangle earrings are a great way to experiment with flamingo fashion and add an unexpected pop of color to your outfit. 

Flamingo Print Maxi Dress

Navy and White

This nautical color combination is a classic summer preppy style, dating back to the original Ivy League style. On a hot summer day, you can never go wrong with a navy and white striped tee shirt and a pair of crisp white shorts. Throw on a baseball cap and oversized pearl earrings for a classically preppy look. For something more modern and subtly nautical, we adore these navy striped hoop earrings.

Navy and White Striped Tee

Sparkle Sandals

Every outfit could use a little bit of sparkle! Jewlery is the classic choice for glamming up your look, but we love the trend of shimmery sandals and other preppy summer shoes. Our Anna Jeweled Sandal is one of our top-selling shoes for summer, and it’s easy to see why: covered in gorgeous gemstones, these shoes put the perfect finishing touch on any summer outfit. For a beachy vacation or a day lounging by the pool, slip on these waterproof sparkle Jack Rogers jelly sandals

Jack Rogers Jelly Sandals Sparkly

Utility Shorts

We will always have a soft spot for a pair of preppy chino shorts or cutoff denim shorts. But if you are looking to experiment with a new summer style that is just as comfortable as it is cute, utility shorts are the way to go. The relaxed silhouette and adjustable drawstring waist ensure an ultra comfy fit you’re sure to love. Pair them with a t-shirt for a relaxing day at home, or with a silk tank and wedges for a dressier occasion.

Pink Utility Shorts Womens

Tie Dye

This ‘60s fashion trend has made a major comeback—with a preppy twist! We are seeing a ton of tie dyed dresses, blouses, and feminine accessories this season. This dreamy blue tie dye maxi dress will transport you to a vacation state of mind, even if you’re just sipping margaritas in your backyard. Add a splash of tie dye to any outfit with a knotted tie dye headband in luxe pink and blue velvet.

Blue Tie Dye Maxi Dress Womens

Understated Prep

Sometimes it’s fun to branch out and play with other fashion trends and styles, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your preppy roots. Channel your inner prep all summer long with modern and understated accessories like this freshwater pearl anklet—a youthful, boho twist on the classic pearl necklace. Likewise, a colorful gingham smartwatch band adds a subtle pop of prep to any outfit.

Smartwatch Band Gingham Print

Which of these preppy summer fashion trends and outfits are you most excited to wear this season? Have any other styles caught your eye this summer?

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  • Corey O'Loughlin
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