When I was a younger person working in New York, I helped produce a style section for a magazine that once ran a feature on the preppy fashion of the moment. The editor insisted that preppy was on-trend – which was indeed true among the fashion set – and our flippant copy reflected that. So even though I believed that great preppy style equated to classic good taste, being the compliant junior editor that I was, I kept my mouth shut. I remember my dad flipping through that issue and coming across the spread. “‘Preppy is in this season,'” he read aloud, with a guffaw he couldn’t suppress. “Well. I never knew it went out.” That preppy would – or ever could – go out of style was beyond his comprehension. I have to admit, however, that it was exceptionally easy to find great classic pieces that year.
Animal prints seem to suffer from the same kind of sad, misinformed treatment. When some supposed style authority pegs them as the latest rage, I have to wonder how close they’ve really been paying attention. Animal prints are always in (though all are certainly not created equal). This fall, however, I’ve noticed some exceptionally great shoe options, making it a great time to pick up a pair or two. Shop now for a few classic designs, and you’ll be wearing them for years to come.