MEGA Lookbook: 5 Looks on How to Style the Modern Prep

MEGA Lookbook: 5 Looks on How to Style the Modern Prep


Want to look classic with a contemporary twist on the side? Learn how to style the modern prep in MEGA’s style guide of do’s and don’ts

Certain styles endure the test of time while adapting to the pulse of the present. One such style is modern prep: a current charge of enduring sophistication with a fresh take. It’s not your grandparents’ prep, but trust us, they’ll love to see your take on it. In this guide, we unveil the secrets to mastering the art of modern prep, from wardrobe essentials to styling tips that will elevate your look with charm…and cash. After all, who doesn’t want to make Grandma and Grandpa proud?

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Embrace Classic Staples with a Twist

DO: Inject a splash of personality into your ensemble by opting for unexpected colors, playful patterns, and unconventional textures. Experiment with pastel hues, bold prints, and tactile fabrics to breathe new life into your wardrobe staples. Don’t be afraid to play with unexpected textures like corduroy or velvet, elevating your outfit with visual interest and dimension.

MEGA Lookbook: How to Style the Modern Prep 

DON’T: While it’s tempting to go all out with clashing patterns and overly bright colors, tread carefully. Yes, innovation is key, but let’s not turn heads for the wrong reasons. Maintain a sense of cohesion and harmony in your outfit choices, steering clear of overwhelming your look with too many competing elements. Instead, aim for a balanced fusion of classic and contemporary elements that seamlessly complement each other, leaving onlookers in awe of your impeccable style sense. It’s about striking the perfect balance between daring and dapper.

Mix High and Low Fashion

DO: Pair high-end pieces with more affordable finds to create a look that’s uniquely yours. Blend luxury and thrift to infuse your style with sophistication while showcasing your individuality and resourcefulness. Elevate a simple outfit with a statement accessory like a designer handbag or scarf, paired with budget-friendly basics. Embrace the thrill of the hunt by scouring vintage shops and online marketplaces for unique finds that add character to your wardrobe.

MEGA Lookbook: How to Style the Modern Prep 

DON’T: while it’s tempting to snag every steal you come across, quality should never be compromised for affordability. Sure, mixing high and low fashion is the name of the game, but let’s not forget the importance of investing in pieces that stand the test of time. Whether it’s a well-crafted blazer or a sturdy pair of shoes, prioritize quality craftsmanship above all else. Even those budget-friendly finds should be durable and well-made, ensuring your ensemble exudes both style and substance. 

Experiment with Silhouettes and Proportions

DO: Have a little fun with your wardrobe by incorporating oversized outerwear, cropped trousers, and boxy shirts to infuse your look with a contemporary edge. Welcome the freedom to play with different silhouettes and proportions, allowing your style to evolve and adapt to the ever-changing trends—and there are lots of them. Mix structured pieces with laid-back garments for a balanced aesthetic that strikes the perfect balance between modernity and sophistication.

MEGA Lookbook: How to Style the Modern Prep 

DON’T: While experimentation is encouraged in modern prep, maintain a sense of proportion and balance in your outfit choices. Avoid drowning your frame in excessively bulky or shapeless garments—instead, aim for a well-tailored fit that flatters your body shape and accentuates your best features. Pay attention to the proportions of each piece and how they interact with one another to create a cohesive and harmonious overall look.

Elevate Your Footwear Game

DO: Choose shoes that complement your outfit while adding a touch of sophistication and flair. Experiment with styles and silhouettes, discovering the perfect match for every occasion. Slide into classic loafers, their sleek lines echoing the confident stride of a leading character. Or lace up sleek sneakers, their rubber soles bouncing with the rhythm of city life, a dynamic dance of movement and momentum. Step forward with confidence and let your shoes mark their way, one step at a time.

MEGA Lookbook: How to Style the Modern Prep 

DON’T: Never underestimate the pivotal role of footwear in polishing off your look. While comfort may tempt you, bear in mind that shoes hold the power to either elevate or undermine your ensemble. Steer clear of mismatched or excessively casual footwear that detracts from the overall elegance of your outfit. Don’t skimp when it comes to footwear—because when your shoes are on point, your entire look falls effortlessly into place.

Pay Attention to Details

DO: Accessorizing is the final flourish that transforms a good outfit into a standout ensemble. Choose accessories that complement your style and enhance the overall aesthetic of your outfit, whether it’s a sleek watch for sophistication or statement sunglasses for a touch of cool. Experiment with layering delicate jewelry such as chains and rings to infuse your look with luxury and individuality. Pay attention to the small details—the quality of materials and craftsmanship—to ensure a polished and sophisticated appearance that speaks volumes about your discerning taste and impeccable style.

MEGA Lookbook: How to Style the Modern Prep 

DON’T: Resist the urge to over-accessorize or bedazzle your ensemble with flashy embellishments. While accessories undoubtedly inject intrigue into your outfit, exercising restraint is paramount. Steer clear of cluttering your look with an excess of adornments or distracting elements that disrupt the overall harmony. Let your style shine through in understated yet impactful ways, allowing each accessory to play its part in enhancing your overall look with subtlety.

Mastering the art of modern prep is about embracing innovation while upholding innovation. By following these do’s and don’ts—adopting unexpected twists on classic staples, blending high and low fashion, experimenting with silhouettes, elevating your footwear game, and paying attention to details—you can create an ensemble that speaks to the prep style of your generation. Raid Grandma’s closet, hit up the thrift stores, and show off your modern prep prowess with pride. Who knows? You might just win over their hearts. 

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