I don’t “do” preppy very often. You see, preppy for me reminds me of that Taylor Swift/School boy cool vibe, and whilst I will proudly admit to prancing around to Blank Space, sassy hand movements in tow… cool, I am not. But when I saw this preppy, peter pan collar dress in the mothership Primark for an absolute steal at Β£12 – that might be a guess so don’t quote me on that – I couldn’t not welcome it into my wardrobe.
These photo’s were actually taken around a month ago now before heading to the launch of Fleur De Force’s beauty range and I can honestly say, I don’t think I’ve ever received so many compliments about an outfit and bearing in mind that 99.9% of the attendees were bloggers and Youtuber’s… You did well Primark, you did well [insert hand clapping emoji here].
What I love about the dress is that it’s so versatile. You could easily pair this with tights and boots/flats for a more casual look, or alongside heels – as un-gracefully modelled above – and a smarter bag for a more dressed up look. Being the tight arse thrifty being that I am, this makes me very happy.
Said shoes that I paired alongside my “Love ya, never wanna take you off” dress are a purchase from Dorothy Perkins that I made over a year ago now and they are easily one of my most worn pairs of shoes. A classic shape combined with the perfect block heel that’s tall enough to give you the added lift, without making us giants taller ladies feel like The Hulk.
My bag was the classic “I can’t afford Chanel so a padded, furry alternative will do” purchase from Zara that I still love and find useful. And my face? Well, that was my “I’ve had 3 hours sleep, I have a video to edit and fashion week starts tomorrow, FML!” expression that definitely isn’t that rare these days. 
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So that brings me to the end of this post. It was such a shame that I couldn’t get more photo’s from Fleur’s launch as it was such a beautiful venue and amazing night, but the lighting was very dark and if I’m being totally honest? I had far too much fun chatting to so many Youtubers/Bloggers that I hadn’t seen for a while or had never met before but had watched for years… for once I decided to live in the moment rather than through a camera.

I hope you liked the look, what are your thoughts on the preppy trend? Is it for you, or are you leaving it for Taylor to rock? I’d love to know your thoughts.
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

95 responses to “DOING THE PREPPY THING”

  1. This look is so cute, it reminds of a retro school girl uniform

  2. Love this dress Elle, you look amazing! Preppy is right up my street, I'm all about the collars and plaid skirts haha! And yes sometimes it's good to just take a moment and step back from the camera and drink it all in! πŸ™‚

    Heather Xx

  3. Angie Silver says:

    I love this dress! Perfect for work, a meeting or date night! You look lovely hon πŸ™‚
    Lots of love,

  4. I love this dress, and definitely feel like you could do preppy more often πŸ˜‰ The shoes are stunning as well, although I do feel like if I wore those now, I'd FREEZE to death haha xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  5. Beauty Bloss says:

    The preppy look suits you! Love the chiffon shirt underneath also, makes it less schoolgirl, more grown up!
    The Beauty Bloss

  6. Gorgeous! Love the dress πŸ™‚ looks great on you!

  7. Assia Shahin says:

    You look so pretty! πŸ™‚

    Assia |

  8. I love this dress!!! Been looking for one in that style for ages!!

  9. This is such a cute preppy look
    I remember a back to school outfit

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  10. Meg Siobhan says:

    Love the dress and shirt combo. I love the preppy look, but I think I'd genuinely look like I'm skiving off of lessons, when I left school….8 years ago!!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  11. I love this look and wish I could pull it off. Looks lovely on you. x


  12. I love such back to school outfits! And you certainly nailed the look, Ellie <3

    Kisses <3

  13. Jodie Vernon says:

    Preppy is a look that suits you perfectly, you look effortlessly stylish in it!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  14. Call Me Amy says:

    Love this outfit and what a steal! The shoes are so nice!
    Amy xx

  15. This is such a well put together outfit! This dress is gorgeous, I swear I never find anything this cool in Primark. I wonder if it's still available. I loved your autumn video by the way, made me feel all cosy! πŸ™‚

    Kirstie |

  16. Nina Kobi says:

    You look super cute in this outfit.


  17. Lauren S says:

    You look so gorgeous Elle, and I feel the same – honestly I love preppy looks but I always need an edge (or some blue πŸ˜‰ ) to an outfit to feel me! The combo with that blouse though is so cute for autumn!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  18. I like the zips on the dress, they save it from being too preppy and the heels really dress it up

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  19. Kelly says:

    I just found your blog this afternoon and I must say, I have fallen in love with it. The way you write is so creative and different and really makes your blog stand out in comparison to others. You have a new fan!! I also love the dress. The thing with preppy I feel that word has changed over the years, it used to be abercrombie + fitch + cargo shorts + double layered polos + lacoste. Maybe it still is? Your look while yes Very Taylor, is almost more mod to me. Nobody does mod better than the Europeans πŸ˜‰


  20. Paulina says:

    I absolutely love this look! Preppy is not my thing at all, but when I see this kind of modern preppy, I might just convert!


  21. Love this outfit, those shoes look soo comfy!

    Sophie x

  22. crafty-zone says:

    I love your preppy dress, dear, it's very versatile and classy, I really like how you styled it with those heels, dear!

  23. ella grace says:

    I love the whole preppy monochrome look Elle! I am obsessed with your style gorgeous. Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

  24. Olivia says:

    Holy toledo you are so pretty Elle!! Love your blog
    Miss Olivia Says

  25. Alice Spake says:

    I really love this outfit, you look beautiful and I love how you've styled it. I'd definitely go for a tights and boots combo πŸ™‚ xx

    Alice Anne // Annie Writes Beauty

  26. Georgia Jade says:

    This is such a lovely look on you Ellie! I can see why you got so many compliments! πŸ™‚

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

  27. Stephanie says:

    You look so cute! I love the outfit!!

  28. LBG says:

    You look so pretty in this dress! Love it on you. Yes, you will get do much wear from this!

  29. Alina Bostan says:

    I can definitely see why your received so many compliments because this kind of preppy style looks so good on you. I just love how you styled up this absolute steal of a dress from Primark & of course you are looking gorgeous as always x

    Beauty with charm

  30. This is such a cute look – the outfit is perfect! You might not do the preppy trend all that often… But maybe you should! It suits you! Personally, I love the preppy trend, it will always remind me of Blair Waldorf and can only ever be a good thing!

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer

  31. Fii Cridland says:

    Oh this is gorgeous! I all sorts of want it, it looks so adorable. I'm a fan of the prep, which is hilarious because I grew up hating it. I'm also super hoping I can find a pair of shoes like these, because I REQUIRE.

    Fii | little miss fii

  32. This is also one of my favorite looks of yours! The shoes are so beautiful.

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

  33. Rachel-Beth says:

    No wonder you got so many compliments on this Primarni number- you look incredible πŸ™‚ I like this preppy sort of vibe, it sort of reminds me of Alexa Chung's style. I NEED that fluffy Zara bag, Chanel is way out of my league and I would probably just spill ice cream down it anyway!

    Rachel xx

  34. Gemma Magpie says:

    Such a cute outfit, and I love how autumnal the photos look! xx

    Gemma β™₯ Miss Makeup Magpie

  35. I totally enjoyed this post! Happy Wednesday dear! πŸ™‚


  36. crafty-zone says:

    Have a great evening, Elle! πŸ™‚

  37. Such a beautiful outfit, so no wonder why you got so many compliments! I also like your shoes, I need a pair like that πŸ™‚ xx

  38. Gabrielle says:

    This is seriously such a 'girl next door' kind of look (your blog is very appropriately named right now!) – I can understand why you received so many compliment on it, what a perfect dress!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  39. I love those heels! I have a pair just like them and they are so comfy. Definitely heels that you can wear daily and wont kill your feet haha!

    X Marjolein

  40. bryony grace says:

    I definitely love this look! To be honest I don't know which part of the outfit I love more, the shoes are lovely though! x

  41. Mandy S says:

    I'm not gonna lie, preppy is definitely not my style but I really like your outfit. It's just classic. Also, I feel like everyone has a 'I can't afford a Chanel bag, so this is the best I can do' – haha! x

  42. Eden Mint says:

    I'm not a big fan of the preppy look, but this looks great on you! You definitely styled this well with the purse and heels πŸ™‚

  43. Kristine B. says:

    Perfect! I love and i follow your blog, please follow me too

  44. Whaaaaat I can't believe this is Primark! It's so nice! And it looks amazing on you, you look super pretty πŸ™‚ xx

  45. Sounds like you had a blast! I'm sure it's nice to catch up with all the lovely same-minded amazing peeps that bloggers & YouTubers are πŸ™‚
    Gorgeous outfit, btw. Love the preppy look, even though my hubby always teases me about how "posh" it is when I go for it lol. I didn't even know that word before I moved to England *insert the emoji of a monkey closing its eyes lol*
    xox Nadia

  46. Posh Totty says:

    Absolutely love this look you are so beautiful! I'm a huge fan of the preppy look, in fact it was probably all I wore in my Rachel Berry days at sixth form. x

  47. I love the preppy look! You look amazing! Also, so glad you enjoyed the night! It's so easy to get wrapped up in whether you're documenting everything enough x

    Martha Jane |

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