Playfully Preppy


Hi everyone, I hope that you are all having a good week thus far.

Yet again, I find myself playing with prints. Contrasting elements, a surprisingly playful pattern cast upon a classical, preppy silhouette creates a harmonic pairing. By layering a sweater over a collared shirt gives a polished backbone to an otherwise trendy print-mixing outfit.

The bright pink lips give an essence of youthfulness that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy so much. Typically, I stray away from brights in the winter months, but this Italian “fall,” (read: Midwest summer) has me feeling like I am still in the begging of summer. Oh yes, it will be a rude awakening to go from this climate o the snowy tundra that awaits me on the other side of the Atlantic.


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Express Blouse // Mango Sweater // Old Navy Skirt (similar) // Karen Walker Sunnies // Coccinelle Bag // Zara Heels (very similar) // Stella & Dot Valor Studs // Stella & Dot Sutton Necklace // Stella & Dot Somervell Necklace // ALDO Watch // Stella & Dot Eden Bangle // H&M Bracelet Set (similar style) // Stella & Dot Stackable Bands (worn as a midi ring) // Stella & Dot Moraley Ring Stack (worn solo) // Lips: Candy Yum Yum by MAC // Nails: Trade Winds by Revlon

As always, thank you for reading.


  1. Dawn Lucy Wrote:

    Love your style!

  2. Michelle redmond Wrote:

    I think this is one of the prettiest looks I’ve seen on you!

  3. Tracy M. Wrote:

    You are adorable and always look so put together. I just started following you a few months ago and am so jealous of your study-abroad. It looks like you are taking full advantage of your time in Europe. I can live vicariously through you 🙂


    • I’m glad I can give you something to live vicariously through 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that, thanks for commenting.

      Xo Brenna

  4. Wow you look incredibly pretty. Love the way you layered them! *flawless* <3

  5. Paula Wrote:

    Black and white is just so chic, isn’t it? I loved the way you mixed patterns here, trendy and cute at the same time. I was never in Italy during Fall, but it looks quite pleasant 🙂

    • Uh, it has been great compared to the Midwest weather mess I am so accustomed to.

      Xo Brenna

  6. I love the neutrals, and the accessories and lipstick are nice touches!

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life (Skincare fanatic? Enter my Enza Essentials giveaway!)

  7. Nancy Wrote:

    Absolutely loveee this look! U look amazing as always

  8. Love this outfit! I’m curious about the size sweater you got. The website shows a fitted style, where as on you, it looks flowy and has enough room for that awesome “tuck”. Did you get a size or two bigger?

    • To as wear your question, the sweater most certainly stretches out as you wear it. I got a size XS! A lot of clothes just run big on me, I just rock the oversized look 🙂

      Xo Brenna

  9. Love this look! I’m curious about the size sweater you got. The website show a fitted style, whereas on you, it’s flowy and leaves enough room for that awesome “tuck”. Did you get a size or two bigger?