American Prep

There is something to be said for a classic American button down, pinstriped and crisp, paired with a simple sweater. The combination has unwavering style. Wearing it makes me feel like my life is being directed by Ralph Lauren or J Crew. However, the problem with rocking this classic style is it’s often expensive. I recently went thrifting and found a men’s button down for a quarter and an oversized woman’s sweater for $2.50–score! The tops are so oversized that cinching at the waist with a belt is a must. Pair with leggings and flats for a casual look or dress it up with skinny jeans and heels.



Sweater and button down: thrifted!
Belt: H&M
Leggings: Target
Flats: Steve Madden



These splurge worthy flats add shine and spunk to any outfit

My roommate Taylor, and my token thrifting buddy, also found some great finds that adhere to this American Prep style. She found a couple of “grandpa-esque” sweaters to layer over plaid and chambray button-downs. Pair with oxfords and a great bag–like her green Kate Spade tote. Thrifting for classic tops is a great way to save money for the splurge worthy bags and shoes that we convince ourselves we all need. You never know what you may find. Don’t be afraid of men’s clothing–it could end up being your favorite closet staples.

I might steal her bag...

I might steal her bag…

Happy thrifting!

Thank you Athens thrift stores

Happy thrifting, everyone!