You could say that the preppy trend is having a bit of a style surge at the moment, but if truth be told, it’s never really found itself in the fashion trough either. A true sign of a timeless look, preppy pieces have been cropping up amidst the more whimsical, fast-fashion trends on the high-street. Edging up florals and accentuating tomboy-inspired denims, scholar style silhouettes are big news in fashion and naturally, in the eyewear world. Spec silhouettes don’t discriminate at the school of prep, but classic styles include retro rounds and laid back wayfarers.

Chloe Sevigny glasses

Indie Queen Sevigny in Wayfarer Glasses


Whether the silhouette be neat and tidy, or over-sized and attention-demanding, opt for a 2012 update and experiment with tones of tortoiseshell and red with brands such as London Retro and Element offering an extensive range. For retro rounds and classic styles, the GD Collection should whet your appetite, as well keep things massively purse friendly meaning that you can try something different with our 2 for 1 deal.




Element Norton



For high-end inspiration, take a truly British slant on getting preppy and look at Paul Smith’s AW11/12 show. An avid fan of glasses himself, the British designer sent his models down the fashion pavement in boldly silhouetted acetates, to accessorise their classically Paul Smith brogues and sweats. Fendi teamed a mixture of monochrome and neutral stripes with tinted rimless glasses at their SS12 show, whilst on the celebrity front, Drive star Ryan Gosling has been snapped in circular tortoiseshells frames, much like the John Lennon frames available at Glasses Direct.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling in Circular Frames

Female stars including Demi Moore, Alexa Chung and Chloe Sevigny are all regular specs wearers and expert coveters of the preppy look. So, however far you want to go with this studious and timeless look, you’re sure to add an injection of educated viewing with a pair of glasses. Prescription optional.


Paul Smith AW 2011



Shop from our retro selection for more inspiration, Here.