How to Dress Preppy 90s Style for Girls

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How to Dress Preppy 90s Style for Girls
Preppy style of the '90s consisted of khakis, sweaters and three-quarter length sleeve shirts. (happy girl image by Mat Hayward from

Preppy styles are characterised by neat, clean matching clothes, like the uniforms that might be worn while attending preparatory school. While the preppy styles from the '80s featured bright colours and soft pastels, the '90s preppy style was much more conservative. Some might find the girl's preppy fashions of the late '90s to be a little bland, but in its own way, this fashion movement was a rebellion against the flamboyant punk-inspired '80s style and the messy anti-fashion statements of the early-to-mid '90s grunge era.

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Things you need

  • Khakis that hit at the hip
  • Fitted women's shirt with three-quarter length sleeves, in the colour of your choosing, or a fitted argyle sweater
  • Chunky heeled shoes or clean, white canvas sneakers
  • Hair relaxer
  • Flattening iron

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  1. 1

    Iron your khakis, shirt and/or sweater to completely eliminate wrinkles.

  2. 2

    Put on a pair of well-fitting low-rider khaki trousers. You want the trousers to look casual and comfortable without being baggy.

  3. 3

    Put on your fitted shirt and button it up. Leave the top two buttons undone. You want the colour of your shirt to match your khaki trousers. If your khakis are black, wear a white or brightly coloured shirt. If your khakis are white, wear a black or brightly coloured shirt. For any other colour of khakis, stick with a white shirt to avoid clashing colours. Alternately, put on an argyle sweater or, better yet, an argyle vest which you can wear over your shirt.

  4. 4

    Put on a pair of chunky heeled platform shoes or canvas sneakers. The '70s-inspired platform heels will be more of a '90s throwback, and the canvas sneakers will give more of a casual look.

  5. 5

    Relax and completely straighten your hair, if it isn't naturally pin-straight. Consider making an appointment at the salon to get highlights for your hair, as this was a popular hairstyle choice that complemented '90s preppy fashion.

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