Sophisticated in Shorts. Collegiate Style in the Summertime.

August 7th, 2009

Sophisticated Collegiate Style
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One part prim and proper, one part youthful and fun, this outfit has Blair Waldorf written all over it.  And it’s proof that prep school style doesn’t have to be stuffy or boring.  We’ve given prep school clothes a fun twist with a pair of short shorts and a brightly colored handbag.  Here’s how to get the look of a collegiate who’s not afraid to let her hair down:

1.  Start with a prim and proper shirt: a button down featuring a tuxedo-like ruffle at center front. 
2.  Add a pair of short shorts, tucking the button down shirt into the shorts.  We love the self-belt, which is sweetly tied with a bow.
3.  Toss on a cardigan, tied over your shoulders until it gets cooler in the evening.  Bonus prep points for the two little pockets and the crest detailing.
4.  Finish the look off with a pair of mid-heel pumps (high heels would be a bit much for shorts this short) and a brightly colored handbag. Bright orange pairs well with the greys in the outfit.

How would you make collegiate style fun for summer?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  August 7th, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I ADORE this look! Far to preppy for me, and I am ages away from my college days, but I still love all the feminine details.

  • 2. Bubbles  |  August 13th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    This is CUTE^2. LOVE IT. Is 23 and out of grad school too old to do this look???

  • 3. Trisha  |  August 13th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Bubbles - yes, you can pull off this look :)

  • 4. Bubbles  |  August 18th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Hahaha! Thanks for the support Trisha, it’s just what I needed. I’m def going to try this out! :)

  • 5. StyleHermes  |  August 19th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I’m not sure if there is a cutoff age for this outfit, I think it definitely is, as Sal put it, adorable. Throw a cute headband on and the outfit is complete :)

  • 6. Trisha  |  August 20th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Ahh, the headband would really give it the Blair Waldorf touch!

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