With the new season of Mad Men and the movie The Great Gatsby out this month, old school elegance is trending.
Yes, the preppy look can be too conservative and neat for our birthday girls. But that’s the old preppy look talking
-- when it was all about argyle sweaters, khakis, madras, polo shirts and boat shoes. The 2013 version of preppy look is all about pairing florals with chic patterns. By styling it right, you will be ready to rock your birthday with this classic, Hamptons-ready look with a little bit of edginess.
The Garden Dress
Garden dresses are not just for tea parties and 80’s social gatherings. You can totally be sexy and rock out with floral patterns with the right floral patterns, length, and accessories. These dresses will look great with sun hats and your favorite pair of shades.
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Ann Taylor’s Petite Botanical Print Dress is perfect for showing off your curves with a glorious bouquet of sunny florals. The neck line is especially flattering for bustier women.
The pink and blue colors are so summer fab and the vertical pattern really lengthens the legs. Get ready for your summer birthday party with this playfully sophisticated Ellie Tahari Holly Printed Dress!
Pink Mascara Garden Party Dressis perfect for every body type with the cinched waist poofy skirt.
Who says blazers are only for work? You can totally pull off a preppy blazer on your birthday and give that sophisticated yet ready-to-party vibe.
Left: Check out this French Connection Connie Color Blazer! The bright pink is perfect for this summer season and for your fabulous birthday party.
Right: Joie’s Jordyn B Silk Blazer is those of you who aren’t into bold colors. It has right amount of blooming flowers that ensemble together beautifully -- It’s super chic!
Edgy Mary Janes
The key to preppy shoes is to look simple. Don’t go too high -- it gives off a look that you don’t want to transcend with your preppy outfit.
Left: We love KG Kurt Geiger Brisbon Pumps in red. The neutral toned strap makes them so unique in a non-flashy and non-obnoxious way.
Right: The two-tone colors and straps in Jason Wu’s Ankle-Wrap Patent Pumps are a great rendition to the already classic mary jane heel.
Simplicity goes a long way when it comes to channeling your inner prep on your birthday. Avoid heavy eye makeup and go with a natural look with subtle blush. Stay classy, Birthday Girls and remember that less is more when channeling your inner Blair Waldorf!