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Monday, 31 October 2016

Preppy Style, over 40 | The Fab 40's!

Fake Fabulous | Preppy Style, over 40 | The FAB 40's!

Welcome back to the fab 40's.

I am delighted to be part of a group of international bloggers, called The fab 40's.
The purpose of this diverse group is to show how eight (very different) women interpret a specific style.
Each month there is a new theme chosen by one of the group.

These ladies prove that being in your forties does not mean you have to be dowdy, frumpy, boring or forgettable.
All of these women are 40+ and fabulous!

Fake Fabulous | Preppy Style, over 40 | The FAB 40's!

This month's theme was Preppy.

Okay... that's me stumped!

I have attempted preppy style before {see it here} but I based the preppiness of the look on the fact I was wearing a blazer.
Blazer = Preppy
Job done.

It dawned on me that a blazer is a great starting point, but it's not really the be-all-and-end-all of the preppy look.
So I "Googled" it.
Grace Kelly popped up.
Jackie O.
Audrey Hepburn.
All beautiful (and achingly stylish) women but, I was none the wiser.

Fake Fabulous | Preppy Style, over 40 | The FAB 40's!

So, today's outfit was as preppy(ish) as my un-preppy self could manage.

Fake Fabulous | Preppy Style, over 40 | The FAB 40's!

I kept the outfit as simple as I could.

{Channelling the clean lines of the preppy look}

Although, I could not resist a pattern.
And a peep of shoulder.
AND a ruffle... maybe not entirely true to the preppy ideal?!

The accessories were kept to a minimum (very preppy).
Adding a simple pair of neutral shoes and a smart bag.

Natural makeup and simple earrings finished my look off nicely.

Fake Fabulous | Preppy Style, over 40 | The FAB 40's!

Blouse: Primark
Trousers: Topshop
Shoes: Clarks
Bag: Charity shop
Necklace: Topshop
Earrings: Zara

Do you like the idea of the preppy look but need some more outfit inspiration?
Look no further!

I have 7 fabulous ladies here, to show you how it can be done.

Introducing our Guest blogger this month... 

Michelle from RetroChicMama.

Michelle seems to have understood the Preppy remit perfectly.
Adding a funky T-shirt twist.
So effortless, and cool.

Classic brands tend to produce items that can easily be mixed together to create a smart (and preppy-feeling) look.
She makes it look easy!

Blazer: Marks & Spencer
Trousers: Winser London
T-shirt: Maison Kitsune
Brogues: Dune London
Bag: LV

Sheela from Sheela Writes.

Sheela never fails to bring a little "something" to her outfit.
This look is fun, sexy, quirky...all the things I love about her.
Ripped jeans, a necktie and statement cuffs made preppy!
I love it.

PJ Blazer & Romantic Blouse: Forever21
Ripped Jeans:NY & Company
Heels & Clutch: GX by Gwen Stefani
Leather Hairband & Sunnies: Poshmark
Lipstick: Be A Rich Bitch from Be A Bombshell Cosmetics

Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

Ann is a natural at nailing the preppy look.
BUT, she always adds a twist to make it her own.
Cute and fun in her tartan breeks and blazer... with loafers too (what could be more preppy than loafers?).
Adding a T-shirt to keep the look fresh and modern.

Earrings: Kate Spade
Various Necklaces from all over
Reading is Sexy T-shirt: Sarah Utter Tee from Buy Olympia
Navy Blazer: Banana Republic with a little DIY with the gold buttons
Trousers: Forever 21
Penny Loafers:Sperry Top-Sider
Crossover Bag:Vintage Coach

Jennie from A pocketful of polka dots.

Jennie has gathered together the key pieces of a preppy look.
A crisp shirt.
A smart blazer.
What a lady!

BUT, she adds her own spin by tucking her jeans into a pair of knee boots.
Jennie always adds a tougher element.
Speaking of which...who could fail to notice her bright pink hair?
Preppy with a fabulous punch.

Blazer: Liz Claiborne
Gingham Oxford: Old Navy
Striped Tee: Joe Fresh
Necklace: Amazon
Belt: Charming Charlie
Boots: Bandolino

Diane from Fashion on the fourth floor.

Diane is back!
{I really missed her last month}
Looking fabulously cute in this feminine/masculine outfit.
Mixing a potentially unisex shirt and tank top with a super feminine skirt.
Check out those patent ankle boots too.
Love 'em!

Button-down shirt: Zara
Sweater Vest: Forever 21
Midi Skirt: Forever 21
Ankle Boots: Zara
Clutch: Zara
Watch: Fossil from Macy's

Mary from Curlybyrdie Chirps

Mary normally wows us with her feminine interpretations of each month's theme, and this time is no exception!
If you like a feminine spin on things then her blog will be right up your street.
She looks super-cute and lots of fun in this simple look.
I love the long socks with the boots (I think I might be borrowing that one).

Dress: Tommy Hilfiger
Black Sweater and knee socks: Kohls 
Booties: Target
Bag: Liz Claiborne 
Jewelry: Ny and Company

Veronica from CID Style file

Veronica is a style chameleon.
She can look super-fierce, cute and feminine or casual and tom-boyish.
I would quite happily wear this entire outfit.
Colourful, comfortable and cosy... with a couple of patterns thrown in for good measure.
Right up my street!

Red Jeans: Jessica Simpson
Boyfriend Shirt: Old Navy
Faux Fur Vest: Charter Club
Tassel Flats: JustFab
Leopard Print Bag: R&M
Glasses: Warby Parker

Over to you...
Do you like the preppy look?
What is your idea of preppy?
Are there any preppy style icons that I should check out?

Please let me know your thoughts by leaving me a comment.
Or contact me!
I love hearing from you.

Linking up to:
I will wear what I like (Monday), Visible MondayTurning heads Tuesday 



  1. Well how well-timed was I, Samantha - I did preppy in today's blog post too!! As someone who describes her style as "preppy with a twist" I think it's safe to safe that yes, I love preppy style ;)

    I'd definitely describe yours the same way - it's got all the touches of preppy style but has your own unique twist on it. The cold shoulder top is fabulous on you and the brogues are perfect, you've reminded me that I don't own a brown/tan pair myself: That needs to be rectified!!

    Lovely to see all these fabulous ladies. Ann is killing it as per usual :)

    Catherine x

    1. I noticed that Catherine and it made me smile!
      You are the "preppy with a twist" queen... although dear Ann is hot on your tails :oP

      You must fill that gap in your shoe wardrobe ASAP (any excuse to look for shoes is a great thing).
      Thank you for popping by to say hello!

  2. I love preppy and you all did an amazing job, girls ! Your look is my favorite...that shirt is fab and love the shoes !Looking so beautiful =) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion & beauty blog

  3. I really like your interpretation of preppy, Samantha! Looking great!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    1. Thank you Andrea. I wasn't really sure what I was doing if I'm totally honest....I just winged it and hoped I didn't let the other prepsters down :oP XXX

  4. Samantha, your look is great! I do love the unexpected cold shoulder top for a edge to a classic preppy look. I've always been a fan of oxford/baroque type shoes. I never really thought of my self as a style chameleon, but I think you are right. I can't really say I have a signature style.

    1. I love that about you Veronica. You can wear anything and it looks like "you". XXX

  5. Your rendition of preppy is something I can SO see Kate Middleton in, Sam, and she is, in my eyes, today's most influential preppy stylemeister :) like her, your outfit has a touch of fun, a touch of flirt, a hint of colour. Just perfect.

    1. Thank you Sheela. I know Kate is a fan of the high street (I like that about her) but I am not sure if she has ever ventured in to Primark?! LOL :oP

  6. Your look is gorgeous as always & I can't get enough of your cold-shoulder blouse! Love your color palette, laced brogues & vintage bag! You bring such a fun little twist to preppy! So fun XXX

  7. Oooooo! I just love the print of your blouse and the colors are absolutely perfect to turn this "trendy cut" into a preppy look. The ruffle adds a whole additional layer of femininity which is just so cool! I love to see a piece of clothing bridge several fashion statements so smoothly.
    Can you believe that I still have only one pair of brogues!!! And they don't really count because they're a light summer look and not really the classic look I'm now craving.
    I really enjoy seeing the originality that each of the participating bloggers brought to this challenge. I think the preppy look can be tricky. Perhaps Sheena is correct that Kate Middleton personifies this look best.
    I really enjoyed this blogger collaboration!

  8. This is a fun series Sam. I do like your look , especially the ruffled shirt and peek of shoulder. My favorite are the brogues as I do consider them a bit preppy. Hmm. I think of diamond patterned socks, a knit vest, plaid..I am not preppy at all, so not the expert! You look lovely :-)
    Thanks for linking with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx


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