fashion TREND ALERT: Preppy Patterns

Every spring we see stripes, but this year we see an expansion on the usual preppy style. This year we’ve included polka dots, gingham, and stripes all used to mix-&-match with one another, really bringing an eccentric take on preppy chic. Kenzo featured this trend throughout a variety of looks. With preppy polka dots being paired with gingham, I couldn’t help but become inspired by that fashion forward combination. To change things up, the preppy looks have ditched the nautical red, white, and blue for romantic violets and feminine blues with vibrant pops of mustard throughout the accessories. You can even see a few looks with animal print added to the mix. Talk about a mix of preppy patterns!

Ready-to-Wear Spring 2019

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This trend can be easy to add to your closet, with these three warmer-weather essentials! Stand out at your next event in the striped jumpsuit, or dress up the off-the-shoulder tunic for a date night! Once the temperatures really rise, elevate your laid back style with the gingham high-waisted shorts, bringing a retro feel to your spring/summer wardrobe. All three pieces are from Minnesota brands, continuing the help you shop small! Happy Shopping!

Striped Jumpsuit -  The Volk Boutique  $55

Striped Jumpsuit - The Volk Boutique $55

Off-the-Shoulder Tunic -  From Anny  $15.50

Off-the-Shoulder Tunic - From Anny $15.50

High-waisted Shorts -  The Volk Boutique  $30.00

High-waisted Shorts - The Volk Boutique $30.00

I am stoked to introduce these beauties into your life: High-waisted gingham shorts! Let the your retro vibes take the stage with these super cute high-waisted shorts. Notice the lightweight fabrication, making them perfect for sunny days on the lake, or a girls night out on the town. Admire the classic gingham pattern, adding some pattern variation to your closet. If you’re not sure how to style these shorts, other than with a tee shirt, don’t worry, I have created 4 looks perfect for all of the Minnesota seasons, keeping you comfortable, stylish and of course showing you the value of these shorts! Maybe these shorts aren’t for you?! No worries, use these outfit ideas as inspiration on how you can rock your favorite pairs of shorts all year long. Happy Styling!

Look #1 Spring Into Style
Welcome spring by pairing these retro inspired shorts with a classic pair of converse sneakers, preferably high-tops, helping you stay true to the retro feel these shorts bring to your closet. Add a grunge vibe by tucking in a vintage graphic tee and layer with a sleek moto jacket, tying your entire look together. Feel free to complete the look by accessorizing with a matching black beanie and mini backpack.

Look #2 Summertime Sass
Add some feminine sass to your closet, by pairing these shorts with an elevated pair of heels or espadrilles, instantly adding glamour to your look. Tuck a crisp white shirt into your new shorts bringing a sleek look to your summer wardrobe. For the more adventurous fashionista, try pairing your new shorts with a floral or leopard print blouse! Accessorize with a classic pearl necklace or over-sized stud earrings, bringing sophistication with you everywhere you go!

Look #3 Falling In Love
As the weather starts to cool down, layers are the key to welcoming autumn. Get playful with your new shorts and transition these short into cooler weather by pairing them with thigh high boots, bringing a unique flare to your fall wardrobe. Tuck a cozy turtle-neck into the shorts and throw on an over-sized boyfriend cardigan, keeping you warm and stylish all season long. Now you’re ready to visit a pumpkin patch in style. In need of some extra warmth, throw on a scarf and top things off with a chic beret! Now you’re ready for a cup of pumpkin spice something!

Look #4 Baby It’s Cold Outside
I know it’s cold in the winter season, which is probably why you are wondering “how in the world do I style these shorts for winter?” Don’t worry, I have you covered! Layer these effortlessly chic shorts over a sleek pair of black tights and front tuck a chunky sweater adding plenty of warmth to a normally cold option! Throw on a pair of ankle booties and you’re ready to take on the winter!


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Meghanlee Phillips is the Editor-in-Chief of The Volk Magazine. With a passion for fashion, a love for writing and her lifestyle focused around mental health; she has been able to bring all three together to create the mid-western fashion/lifestyle magazine, The Volk. Keep up to date with her and her vibrant style by following @msmeghanlee (Instagram)