Published on november 16, 2021

Shop These Top 15 Preppy Brands To Achieve That Classic Look

written by Team thredUP

From button-downs to polos and stripes to chambray, every preppy girl knows the classics that go into this wardrobe. Read on to find out about your preppy-style icons along with some new favorites.

Here are our top picks for the best preppy brands to shop!

1. Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren has long led the way in the field of preppy brands. Their go-to clothes have redefined American prep. Known for their quality products and, of course, their iconic polos, you’ll be the picture of preppy in their clothes.

2. Tommy Hilfiger

For classic sportswear, look no further than Tommy Hilfiger. This favorite brand brings you preppy clothes with a twist. From trenches to button downs and everything in between, you’ll look your very best.

3. Escapada Living

Searching for resort wear and preppy outfits? Escapada Living builds on its name, the Spanish word for “escape,” to infuse the everyday with tropical happiness.

4. Brooks Brothers

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Founded in 1818, this leader of preppy clothing brands has long influenced American style. Look to them for innovation in fashion that always features top-quality materials and construction.

5. Southern Tide

On the other hand, Southern Tide is a newcomer to the preppy clothes scene. Despite its relative youth, this brand from South Carolina still delivers when it comes to classically-styled clothing and accessories.

6. Lauren James

Lauren James devotes its preppy offerings to classics that are simultaneously comfortable and elegant. Find everything from everyday tees to wedding-ready pastels.

7. Armor Lux


Ready-to-wear fashion takes on a maritime touch with Armor Lux. After all, any outfit gets better with Breton stripes!

8. Coach

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Take your preppy outfits to the next level with the ultimate preppy accessory: a Coach bag. The iconic brand also brings you shoes and clothes.

9. Vineyard Vines


Founded with Martha’s Vineyard in mind, Vineyard Vines gets you those preppy dresses, shirts, and skirts you need for any getaway. You’ll feel relaxed, wherever you’re wearing these clothes.

10. L.L. Bean

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L.L. Bean has you covered when it comes to exploring the outdoors. Their preppy clothes and footwear stand up to the elements, too.

11. Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade New York is a mainstay when it comes to handbags. Their graphic prints and playful colors exude sophisticated preppy style.

12. Barbour

There’s nothing like an iconic Barbour jacket to pull together your ensemble. Of course, the brand offers plenty of tops and dresses to round out your closet.

13. Lilly Pulitzer

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If your style tends toward colorful, bright florals, look to Lilly Pulitzer. The brand’s prints draw inspiration from everything from beaches to museums to gardens, and their preppy dresses are classics. Whether you’re relaxing at a resort or discovering new local spots, you’ll do it with charm in this brand.

14. Lacoste

No wardrobe is complete without Lacoste. Famous for their polo shirts and iconic crocodile logo, the brand is must have for any sporty and stylish gay.

15. J.Crew

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From shoes to blazers for workdays to drinks with friends, J.Crew is one of those preppy brands that has it all. Mix and match for a look that’s uniquely you.

Any perfectly preppy brands that we missed? Let us know!