10 Signs You're a College Prep | Chances are that if you own a collection of oversized Vineayrd Vines t-shirts, a pair of pearl studs, a Longchamp bag, and are OB-SESSED with Lilly Pulitzer, you're a college prep. Read the other 10 reasons here. | Preppy

10 Signs You’re a College Prep

I have always had my own distinct style when it comes to fashion. I like to say that I am a good mix of Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen: Pearls one day and a leather jacket the next. This eclectic mix of styles is probably why accepting that I am actually a basic bitch  college prep at heart has been a bit of a hurdle for me. I don’t mean this in a snarky way. There is NOTHING wrong with loving what other college girls my age are into. But I must say that I have to laugh at myself on occasion. Preppy college style can get really predictable sometimes. These style cliches got me thinking… what fashion qualities make you a “college prep”?

1. Hagrid Can Fit Into Your T-shirts (guilty) So I don’t know when giant tent sized t-shirts became cool (or if in retrospect they actually are), but I, and preppy girls across America love them. Um, maam… are you wearing shorts under that? Duh… Nike shorts.

2. You Wear Leggings As Pants (guilty) Leggings ARE pants. Shame on you for saying other wise. I mean it’s not like they look inappropriate as pants? My giant T shirt completely covers my bottom anyway?

3. You Cart Your Junk Around in a Longchamp I love these overpriced nylon bags so much. I don’t know why but I do. I have had my eye on a navy one for quite some time now, but still have yet to pull the trigger. They are just a great bag to throw things in for class, or to just use as a regular purse!

4. You Monogram Everything And I mean EVERYTHING. Nothing is safe. Your car (guilty), your binder, your laptop (guilty), your pullover (guilty), your rain boots, you name it… I bet it has a monogram on it! I mean that’s probably smart anyway, what if you forget that it’s yours?!


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 5. Lilly Lilly Lilly Rockin Everywhere (guilty) “Lilly Pulitzer is a goddess. End of story.”  said every prep in America.

6. Your Boyfriend Got You Kendra Scott Jewelry for Your Birthday (guilty) Oh how I love Kendra Scott jewelry. I really do. However, it doeees drive me a bit nuts that at any given time I can point out three girls in a fifty foot radius of me that are wearing it. Just saying.

7. Sarah Vickers and KJP Set Your Relationship Goals (guilty) I mean seriously. How could they not? I want to be proposed to in front of an Irish castle with fireworks in the background!! Sarah V and KJP are New England prep personified.They were one of America’s top thirteen preppiest couples for a reason after all…

8. Pearl Studs Are Your Go To (guilty) T shirt and shorts? Better believe I still have my pearl studs in. They upgrade my outfit at least a solid point just by wearing them. Clearly.

9. Tory Burch Constitutes Half of Your Shoe Collection (guilty) Tory Burch shoes are shoe crack. I can’t stop. I don’t know why I need Reva flats in every color. But I just do!!

10. Your Baseball Hat Collection Is Well… Massive (guilty) I love my baseball hats. They are such a fun thing to collect and they hide my third second day hair quite nicely. J Crew baseball hats got my collection started, but I have had my eye on this one from Southern Proper for a while!

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For more College goodness:

5 Things You Didn’t Know About College– We all have expectations about college. Some of them turned out to be true, some of them didn’t! Read my advice before heading into your freshman year of college.

How to Be THAT Girl– We all know one. That girl that has everything completed on her to do list, makes time to fit in her yoga routine, and has perfectly blown out hair to boot. YOU can be that girl.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target– The moment we have all been waiting for is here! Check out my favorite picks from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collaboration hitting stores this April!



  • Reply Seersucker Sass April 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I definitely rocked the “college prep” look in college! I loved living on the sorority hall because there were always endless random sweatshirts/tee shirts/long sleeve tees that got traded around so that at least there was some variety to the look! Now that I’ve been in the workplace for a few years, my style has definitely matured. But nothings makes me happier than throwing on Nike shorts & a tee when going out and running errands on weekends 🙂

    Great post!

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    • Reply Marie Huang April 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

      I’m conflicted, because I feel like my actual STYLE is way more mature, but my lazy day looks definitely fall into the hagrid sized tshirt category! Best of both worlds I suppose! I must say that I am excited for work place apparel after college. Yay for an excuse to dress up every day!

      Marie H.

  • Reply Claudia April 14, 2015 at 11:48 am

    This post is so funny, I love it!! While I do rock the huge tshirts and leggings as pants, I didnt qualify as a college prep according to your code. Even though I am a college sorority girl living in the south! Great post!!
    xo, claudia
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    • Reply Marie Huang April 15, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      I’m glad that you liked it! I’m not going to lie, I was definitely giggling while I was writing this. I’m wearing leggings and a tshirt right now! No shame. Thanks for stopping by girl!

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  • Reply Meg April 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

    This was totally me in college! and btw I still never take my pearl studs off and am totally guilty of wearing leggings as pants 🙂
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  • Reply Savannah April 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    #1…so true. And #2. I have about 6 pairs of leggings..maybe more. They’re my go-to!

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    • Reply Marie Huang April 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Weekend errands wouldn’t be complete without them! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Reply Tiffany Khyla April 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Going through this list makes me realize that I’m definitely not a prep! Haha. I don’t know what I would define myself as. I do enjoy oversized shirts, but usually just for bed (virtual high five for that Harry Potter reference!), and I do enjoy leggings, but I’m not confident enough to wear them as pants! One day, my friend. One day. I also like monograms, but I realized that I don’t actually have anything monogrammed. What a shame.
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    • Reply Marie Huang April 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      I’m the same way! I love monograms but I don’t honestly have a ton of stuff that is! And yay for harry potter references!! One can never make too many.

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  • Reply Lauren April 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Love this! I never considered myself a college prep but I might be guilty of a few things on this list… hehe! xo


    • Reply Marie Huang April 15, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      I didn’t really think I was until I sat down and started coming up things for this list! Hehe! No shame.

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  • Reply Samantha Bender April 14, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    At first I read the title and thought oh I probably don’t do most of these things… and oh I was wrong. The first three described me today!
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    • Reply Marie Huang April 15, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      I don’t think there is anything wrong with lazy girl chic! Hehe! This definitely describes me today. I don’t have the energy to dress up right now.

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  • Reply Ashley April 15, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I may go to school in the north, but I’m definitely a college prep! Such a cute post!

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    • Reply Marie Huang April 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks girl I appreciate it! I loved your smoothie post btw. I really need to get my smoothie game on this month.

      Marie H.

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