Prada was a serious student before joining the family fashion business, and she takes inspiration from her schoolgirl staples. This made-over Mary Jane is prim yet pretty.
Diba Selena Patent Platform Mary Jane in black, $49.95; dsw.com
Prada’s styling relies heavily on knee-length skirts. Wear them to work, and weekend-ize them with simple cotton blouses or tucked-in t’s.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Pleated A-Line Skirt, $59.50; nordstrom.com
A wardrobe heavy on browns and blacks can never seem drab with sparkly extras, like this delicate headband, are peppered in.
Jennifer Behr Encrusted Crystal on Ribbon Wrapped Chain Headwrap in cream taupe stripe, $228; jenniferbehr.com
Saccharine sweet blooms and twirls don’t fit in Prada’s palette. Natural hued prints, like this tan and black skirt, are more fitting with her intellectual style.
Nicname Flowers & Leaves Skirt, $88; nordstrom.com
The fashion flock applauded the day that headbands moved beyond the little girls’ closet. Pair one with a hurried low ponytail for instant style.
Anthropologie Clear Path Headband in peach, $32; anthropologie.com
Prada’s picks are frequently ironic, perfecting the balancing of pretty and punky. We love the mix of this bag’s soft tawny color and studs (on the bottom too!)
Shop Suey Hope Satchel in tan, $58; shopsueyboutique.com
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