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Is there a place for black in casual prep style?

Waldo Jeffers

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I think this is very tricky and advanced

how do you wear black casually with a generally preppy wardrobe?

without looking like this

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or this

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or this

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Daniel Hakimi

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Not really.

You could make a place for it, you could figure out how to pair black with a pair of nantucket reds or something, but... I can't really see it in my head, you'd have to carve out a new prep-adjacent aesthetic.

Maybe... black jeans and a... pink u stripe OCBD... or something, wouldn't be terrible, but wouldn't be particularly good or read as preppy.

Maybe... heavy black chinos, a pink shetland, a light blue OCBD, and brown suede pennies? Or black shell pennies?

... eh. Blackness isn't really adding anything there, but it'd be fine.
 

Waldo Jeffers

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I’m thinking black Shetland sweater, white or blue ocbd, khaki pants, black penny loafers

don’t really see many examples of this in real life but seems like it would work

Pretty into black penny loafers now and trying to expand my mind on black beyond shoes/belts.

I feel like texture is key, nothing slick, and pairing with more trad colors like khaki or olive or brown could soften the harshness of black
 

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I’ve got a black shawl collar cardigan; I think that might be a place you could use it at least in the winter. If you’re out and about, the black will help provide more solar warmth, so it’s also more practical! 🤣
 

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Hi there,

I don’t really have much pictures of myself, but here’s one where I’m wearing black penny loafers, a black belt, tobacco colored
trousers and a classic blue OCBD.

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I do wear my black penny loafers relatively frequently with brown trousers but it really depends… with some brown shades and some rougher fabric/textures, I think that it works pretty well but it can also look pretty “meh” with some other types of brown.

There are also times where I’m just like “oh, f*ck it” and just put my black penny loafers on with a pair of very light (ecru/off-white) socks and a pair of jeans, but like with the browns, I only find that it works with some shades of blue and can’t do that combo with all of my denim.

Of course, there are a lot of people that think that some sort of brown penny loafers will always be a better choice than their black counterpart, but since I have a pair of black loafers I’m just trying to have some fun with ‘em and experiment a bit.
 

Waldo Jeffers

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First thing that came to mind.

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But is there a reason you want to introduce black into a preppy wardrobe?

basically my motivation is to wear black loafers more. But now it also seems like a bit of a challenge.

looking at black as a shade of brown is an interesting approach
 

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I don't know why black turtlenecks are not a go, but I wore those under a light grey tweed sports coat and high rise khaki chinos.

Not 100% preppy, but adjacent.
 

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black knits certainly . cricket jumper , turtleneck , etc . imagine prep at a coffee house open mic . also black corduroy .
 

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