I am very excited about this post because it is my first in collaboration with PreppyMAG and The PreppyU! For my first post, I wanted to touch on something that I often mention when I describe my style: I can’t identify with just one style because I hate limiting myself.

My style is constantly evolving and changing as I mix classic and trendy pieces. I definitely gravitate towards preppy looks, but I have reached the point where I will buy something because I like it and it makes me feel good. Maybe those new black leather slip-on sneakers don’t fit my ‘preppy’ look, but I will still rock them.

When I studied abroad, I struggled with what to wear, especially on all of my weekend trips, since I was traveling to countries with very different styles and weather. So, I packed as many classic pieces as I could, and combined them with any pieces I picked up while abroad.

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So, how can you own your personal style without limiting it? Find out what you like; what style do you identify with the most? Preppy? Athletic? Boho? Think about where you live, what do your friends wear? If you are the only one rocking a monogrammed vest (aka me at my university), go for it.

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Figure out what style you gravitate towards the most, and start collecting classic pieces that you can wear over and over forever. Try to avoid buying too many trendy items; I stick to trendy accessories instead of splurging on clothes that no one will dare wear a year from now.

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when in doubt, a striped top and white Converse sneakers will never fail you.

Since I got to college, I have tried to adapt my style to be more ‘New York’ while still keeping my classic, Southern style. After a few years in New York and a semester in Europe, I definitely own more black clothing, but I have also increased my collection of Lilly, seersucker and monograms!

Don’t worry about drifting away from a set style. My motto is to wear whatever makes you feel great!

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