Lash us with a string of pearls, Muffy, and swaddle us in twinsets: Preppy fashion is back. No need to dig up your tattered copy of The Official Preppy Handbook, the 1980 primer on all things alligator — and we don’t mean this season’s ever-present skins — here’s our guide to the new, sexed-up conservatism.
TARTAN IT UP
Tommy Hilfiger goes plaid-heavy with his fall collection. We’re sure Britney will love it.
The Palm Beach maven reprised her kicky, boldly patterned shifts (Brooke Shields and Jenna Elfman are fans). ”The shapes are very modern — really short skirts, form-hugging fabrics, and cuts that are very fitted and young,” says Lilly Pulitzer president Jim Bradbeer.
PINK AND GREEN
Michael Kors puts a new spin on the classic prepster combo. Beats last season’s Diane von Furstenberg watermelon dress.
KARENNA GORE SCHIFF
is twin-set to become the First Daughter of prep chic. Says Bradbeer: ”There is a return to classicism in economic boom times.” Don’t tell Lil’ Kim.