How to Get the Preppy Look with Prescription Glasses

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Preppy fashion is one of those trends that never really goes away. Revolving around classic pieces and a wholesome vibe, it’s easy to wear and eternally stylish.

The preppy look originated from American universities including Harvard, Princeton and Yale and was popular with wealthy students who enjoyed upper-class activities such as sailing, golf and polo. Brands such as Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie and Fitch and Tommy Hilfiger became known for their Ivy League style and remain preppy favourites today.

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Wardrobe staples for the perfect prep include button-up shirts, trench coats, sweaters, polo shirts, blazers and chino trousers for both men and women. Nautical stripes, bright colours and equestrian details are all essential elements and no prep should be without a great leather bag and a pair of brogues.

Of course, glasses are a key accessory for this scholar-inspired style and the right frames will add an instant intellectual edge to every outfit.

But which specs should you choose if you want to perfect the prepster style? Let’s take a look at some of the most preppy glasses available at SelectSpecs and how to wear them.

Preppy Glasses for Women

There are two main styles when it comes to preppy eyewear; round-framed glasses and square-shaped wayfarers. Both of these looks can be worn by women but designs should be kept classic and simple, while timeless colours such as black and tortoiseshell work best.

Our lady’s eyewear picks include the Polo by Ralph Lauren PH2128 glasses (below) and the Joules JO3017 AUDREY over-sized glasses in classic black.

To get the preppy look, we’ve teamed the Ralph Lauren PH2128 tortoiseshell glasses with a classic college-ready ensemble of a pleated skirt, a layered shirt and jumper and a nautical-inspired striped blazer. To finish the look, add flat pumps, pearl earrings and a bright bag for a pop of colour.

Preppy Glasses for Men

Men’s preppy glasses follow the same style rules as women’s; think classic round specs and rectangular frames in easy-to-wear colours to add a refined edge to your outfit. For extra style points, look for eyewear from favourite preppy brands.

For men, check out the Marc Jacobs MJ601 semi-round prescription glasses in grey and the Hackett London HEB048 thick-framed wayfarer glasses in black (below).

For a smart Yale-inspired look, team thick-rimmed glasses with navy chinos, a plain white shirt and a blazer. Classic finishing touches for that preppy appeal include tan brogues, a simple watch and an eye-catching bow tie in a fun print.

Clean-cut, cool and sophisticated, the preppy look is an absolute classic that will never get old. What do you think of our preppy eyewear picks? Let us know in the comments below!

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