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“It’s All About The Preppy” at Targét & J. Crew Collection for Fall

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a busy Thursday here at the Prepatorium. Today’s post is very brief, once again we face too much office work and too little time for bloggage. Sigh.

We begin with something that surprised us the last time we were at Le Boutique Targét, take a look at the company’s in-store marketing campaign:


The “It’s All About Preppy Looks” message is seen on signage throughout the children’s department, but when shopping online one doesn’t find much merchandise described as “preppy”.  When doing a search on the retailer’s website for anything “preppy” only five items are returned for that search term.


It doesn’t mean the pieces the company is pushing as ‘preppy’ in-store aren’t available online, shoppers will just need to know what they are looking for by style. (We don’t think that’s much of an issue for TPP readers, not too many of us shop for clothing by that search term.) It’s more of a lack of merchandising coordination, something Target is usually much better at.


Next, we glance quickly at a few of the fall styles from J. Crew’s higher-end “Collection” line.


Via Fab Sugar

‘Collection’ features limited edition pieces like the $995 Starlee Sequin Dress in a very pretty pink (shown on the left), and the $1495 Leopard Calf Hair Jacket.

Other Collection styles are shown below, the Double-Faced Cashmere Popover and the Albertus Swanepoel Fedora at $178. (Mr. Swanepoel is the gentleman doing a collaboration with Target later this year; click here for more on that topic.)

Here is the Capelette Peacoat, $350.

J. Crew Collection

And the Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater.

J. Crew Collection

To see Crew’s fall Collection Lookbook, click here.


Also today, Who What Wear has an interesting piece examining “Preppy Pieces Under $100“.

Who What Wear

From that story:

“When you hear the word “preppy,” a few things immediately come to mind: pearl necklaces, penny loafers, and characters like Blane and Steff from Pretty in Pink. In other words, it conjures up a look that hasn’t been wildly popular since the ’80s—until now.”

Items showcased in the piece include a River Island Padlock Bag at $40 and a Tommy Hilfiger Web Belt, $48.

More from the story:

Whether it’s a pair of nautical-chic wedges or a polished plaid dress, these handpicked items will freshen up your mid-season wardrobe without breaking the bank, so feel free to shop today’s Under $100 story sans stress. Whatever you buy, just know that Muffy would definitely approve…

We do like the ASOS Checked Dress with Bow Belt, it runs $78.

This one makes for an interesting read. While not everything shown in the story equates to a ‘preppy style,’ we are fans of the Who What Wear approach.

G’bye until next time!


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J. Crew’s “Glamorous Prep” (Ahem) for Fall, Hermès on the Beach

Hello-Hello, thank heaven it is Thursday!

As always by this day of the week, it seems we have accumulated many little bits of information we think you might enjoy, so we begin right away, today’s first topic is J. Crew’s Fall collection.  Yes, we know, spring has yet to arrive in many parts of the globe, including here at The Prepatorium, and most of us have minimal interest in looking at fall clothing. However, we feel an obligation to share at least some of the line in our never-ending efforts to keep you apprised of notable events on Planet Prep.

The Crew presentation was Tuesday, accompanied by cocktails and canapés.

J. Crew Courtesy Photo via FashionEtc.

Fashionista refers to it as “glamorous prep”.

For fall, Jenna Lyons, Marissa Webb, and the rest of the J.Crew women’s collection team chose a decidedly preppy look. “Of course they did!” you might say. But it was prep in the way we like to think of it: buttoned up with a bit of quirk and glamor for good measure. There were geeky platform loafers in lavender satin, sky blue cropped trousers, and a fit and flare trench that is sure to become a wardrobe staple for many.”

Courtesy Photos via FabSugar Australia

From FabSugar Australia:

“The US brand’s styling is always on the money, and the Winter line up was no exception with buttoned up blouses providing a preppy base for snappy layering, head to toe tonal ensembles, and a clever mash-up of leopard print, brocade, chambray and sequins. In short, we’ll have one of everything!”

More styles.

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

From WWD’s review:

“The silhouettes were classic, with tailored full-leg trousers and cigarette pants worn with a cashmere V-neck or a vest and simple white shirt. Webb punched up neutrals with bold magenta, green and sherbet orange, often putting the brights on the bottoms for a change.”

Courtesy Image via FashionEtc.

From Refinery 29’s review:

From flares to ankle grazers, we are loving all the deep purple and pink pants that are mixed with jewel- and neutral-toned tops and sweater. Mid-length to long flowing skirts and a maxi sequined dress in a cranberry color that is just to-die-for round out this collection of luxe-looking items that will be staples in every girl’s wardrobe. Even the most notorious lady in black won’t be able to resist these bold hues!

Hmmmm. There some items with tremendous potential, the silk brocade pants lower right could be smashing for the holidays with the right top and accessories.

Courtesy Photos

But then there are things we don’t understand, like the slouchy (comfy looking) chinos in the second photo, and this is ignorance on our part, but how do those differ from mom jeans? (No snark, we genuinely don’t know the difference.) Below, another look via HuffPo.

Via Huffington Post

Below left, the rose and red dress looks like it may be in a satin fabric, a lush and pretty feel for the holidays.  But does anyone else think it looks totally like it belongs at Talbots?

Courtesy Photos

To see all of the images, pop over to Fashionista or Fashionologie.


We dedicate our next portion of the post to the inimitable Summer is a Verb, she is fond of (perhaps more appropriately referred to as a connoisseur?) the classic and coveted Hermès bracelets.


To say we are also fond of the bangles would be an understatement, we do love the bright enamel coloring and designs.  Here is why we dedicated this portion of the post to Miss Summer is a Verb, for she really needs to be on hand for the next one of these:

Jason Loucas/The Australian

This year the Hermès Australia Beach party featured bangles big enough to walk through!

Via Style Me Romy

Now may be the time to start wangling for an invite to next year’s beach bash.


We leave you with two quick notes, the first merely an update on a sister publication that is finally launched, What Kate Wore, where, as time permits, we shall attempt to offer coverage of Miss Middleton’s sartorial selections.


WKW is also on Facebook, as well as Twitter and Tumblr.  However, all that folderol is merely an amusement. Our first love is, and always shall be, The Preppy Princess. 🙂


Much more importantly, our second closing item involves marking the significance of the day, it is a date on the calendar we wait for with impatience.  Every year it finally arrives and we sit with big silly smiles, gazing at the television.

Opening Day

The day brings optimism and hopes that this will be The Year. There is magic in the air.



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