5 preppy fall essentials

COAT   navy peacoat (just sold out, similar here and here)   |   DRESS   striped navy dress (wearing size XS)  |   BOOTS   sam edelman camellia tall boot   |   BAG   tassel crossbody bag   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

There’s something effortlessly iconic about that timeless, preppy fall look. While it may seem Gossip Girl-glamorous on Pinterest boards and magazine covers, this east coat-inspired look is actually one that’s simple to recreate on your own! All you need? A few tried and true pieces. Today, I’m so excited to be partnering with Nordstrom to talk about 5 preppy fall essentials!

1. stripes

It’s as simple as that! Whether it be on an easy top (I wear this one year-round) or a dress like I’m wearing above, stripes are an easy way to bring a timeless quality to your ensemble. They’re also surprisingly versatile! Pair with contrasting colors, busy plaids or quilted fabrics for layered looks that strike just the right tone. Any of these would be fabulous wardrobe additions:

2. peacoat

Whether you prefer it in pale pink, knock-out red, lady-like camel or classic navy, the pea coat is one outerwear silhouette that has and will continue to stand the test of time. This is one piece that is splurge-worthy, as you’ll have it in your closet for years! So find a fit and hue you especially love to take you through the colder months in effortless style. Here are a few to get your wishlist started:

3. tall boots

To really put some prep into your step, be sure you’ve got a great pair of tall boots close at hand! This equestrian look isn’t just for jeans and sweaters. Pair with dresses and skirts alike for a look that feels perfectly befitting of fall. Opt for a flat, riding style for more sporty looks, or go for a bit of a heel to dress up your ensemble. These beauties are begging to be worn:

4. classic crossbody

When it comes to putting together an effortlessly preppy outfit, you want to create an ensemble that works seamlessly together instead of highlighting one stand-out piece. That’s why I recommend finding a versatile, wear-with-anything crossbody in a classic shape and color. My advice? Take a look at what shoe color you wear most often, and find a bag in a coordinating shade. Any of these crossbody bags fit the bill quite nicely:

5.. pearl earrings

While this accessory is, in my opinion, seasonless, there’s something about pearl earrings paired with preppy fall outfits that create the picture-perfect finishing touch. Bringing pearls into your look doesn’t have to be boring. Reach for a smaller size, or don a larger, dangle set for a bigger, but still perfectly poised statement. Narrowing down this lot to just one pair is a tough job, heads up:

You’ll find that once you acquire each of these pieces, you are well on your way to a capsule fall wardrobe. Mix and match them into a variety of ensembles using other pieces like jeans, scarves, and sweaters, to create the perfect preppy base, or wear all at once, like I did above, for a timelessly tailored look. You’ll find everything you need, along with a ton of variety to boot, at Nordstrom!

Love from Texas,


Photography by Barbarah Perttula

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post.



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  1. Briana said:

    I love this outfit, girl! So classic and pretty.

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

    Published 10.26.17 · Reply
  2. Allie said:

    I love this classic fall look, I’m so happy it’s finally cool enough in S. FL to wear it. I like the dress idea – makes it cooler for the south xxAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

    Published 10.26.17 · Reply
  3. Tomi said:

    So cute! This is exactly my style.

    xx, Tomi

    Published 10.26.17 · Reply
  4. Katie said:

    This outfit is so cute on you, Kate! I totally agree with your preppy fall essentials!


    Published 10.28.17 · Reply
  5. Erin said:

    This is such a great outfit! I love the classic navy jacket.

    Published 10.30.17 · Reply