Preppy: Books for a Style Revival

By Kat La Mantia | April 4 2024 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllGiftBlog

Preppy is back! But it might not be the polo shirts, khaki shorts, and neat headbands you’re imagining.

While “preppy” style is trending again with Gen Z and Gen Alpha, it’s had a bit of a makeover. A cousin of the “coquette” and Barbiecore aesthetics, the preppy look trends heavily towards pink and other bright colors, feminine accents, and groovy, 70s retro-inspired designs rendered in a poppy modern color palette. Think pink cowboy hats, frilly bows, hand drawn daisies, smiley faces, and hearts. This youthful, cute, girly aesthetic doesn’t seek to blend in like the more yuppie preppiness of the 2000s. Instead it stands out in bright rainbows and unapologetically bedazzled cropped sweatshirts.

With bookshelf wealth trending at the same time, books have become the perfect finishing touch in any room makeover. Check out some of our preppy favorites below that are perfect for adding a pop of color to a coffee table or nightstand or adding some preppy flair to any bookshelf!

More Preppy Aesthetic Titles

Keep It Up, Cutie!
A Not-Quite Self-Help Book
Get ready to dive into this must-read compilation of honest and hilariously encouraging messages designed to make you giggle your way into believing you're already enough— just the way you are!
$24.95 US
Feb 27, 2024
6 x 8
144 Pages

The Jane Austen Gift Set
A Puffin in Bloom Collection
Rifle Paper Co. x Jane Austen classics in a beautiful gift set, just in time for the holidays!
$51.00 US
Sep 03, 2024
5 x 7
Boxed Set
Puffin Books
Age 12 and up

Bubble Tea
Make Your Own at Home
The ultimate book of bubble tea!
$14.95 US
Feb 27, 2024
6-1/2 x 8
64 Pages
Smith Street Books

Heyday (Mini)
A Retro Flower Design Coloring Book
Take a walk down memory lane as you color this book's fun retro designs and beautiful floral patterns—now in a mini size perfect for travel and coloring on the go!
$9.95 US
Dec 19, 2023
6-3/8 x 6
80 Pages
Paige Tate & Co

French Bulldogs
What French Bulldogs Want: In Their Own Words, Woofs, and Wags
This beautifully illustrated guide to French Bulldogs is packed with tips and tricks to keep your furry friends happy and healthy.
$17.95 US
Feb 13, 2024
7-1/2 x 9-3/4
96 Pages

96 Facts About Taylor Swift
Quizzes, Quotes, Questions, and More! With Bonus Journal Pages for Writing!
The ultimate fact book and journal for fans of Taylor Swift!
$6.99 US
Sep 19, 2023
6 x 9
80 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 8-12 years

Taco 101 Deck of Cards
30 Taco Recipes + All the Basics
Tacos as you’ve never experienced them before…as a deck of cards!
$24.95 US
Oct 03, 2023
3-3/4 x 5-1/3
Other Formats
30 Pages
Smith Street Gift

Pizza Night
60+ Recipes for Date Nights, Lazy Nights, and Party Nights
60+ delicious pizza recipes for any night of the week.
$19.95 US
Sep 05, 2023
7-7/8 x 9-4/9
140 Pages
Smith Street Books

Burn After Writing (Floral 2.0)
The national bestseller.Write. Burn. Repeat. Now with new covers to match whatever mood you’re in."This book has made me laugh and cry, filled me with joy, and inspired me."-TikTok user camrynbanks
$14.00 US
Apr 11, 2023
5-5/16 x 8
160 Pages

What Your Birthday Color Says about You
This rejacketed edition of a Quirk backlist favorite (65,000 net since 2006) will feature an invigorated interior design and a new cover emphasizing Pantone's participation.
$19.99 US
Mar 11, 2014
5-7/8 x 5-7/8
432 Pages
Quirk Books

Louis Vuitton
A Passion for Creation: New Art, Fashion and Architecture
One of Rizzoli's most successful fashion titles is renewed and updated to include the past 10 years of paramount collaborations between Louis Vuitton and the world's leading contemporary artists. Continuing in the tradition of Louis Vuitton Art, Fashion, and Architecture, this book is the authoritative voice on Louis Vuitton's richest and most recent outputs.
$135.00 US
Oct 10, 2017
9-1/2 x 12-1/4
536 Pages

Style on the Street
From Tokyo and Beyond
A new guide to Tokyo street style, documenting looks from Japan and beyond, featuring endless inspiration, tips, and tricks to put together that killer look.
$35.00 US
Oct 20, 2020
8 x 10
272 Pages

The Boba Book
Bubble Tea and Beyond
A beautifully photographed and designed cookbook and guide to the cultural phenomenon that is boba, or bubble tea--featuring recipes and reflections from The Boba Guys tea shops.
$23.00 US
Apr 07, 2020
7-7/16 x 9-3/4
224 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Happiness Is a Warm Puppy
This classic gift book featuring Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang has defined friendship and happiness for over fifty years.
$9.99 US
Nov 19, 2019
5-3/4 x 5-1/2
72 Pages
Penguin Workshop

The Puffin in Bloom Collection
A handsome gift set featuring all four Puffin in Bloom classics illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. in a charming keepsake box designed in her signature style.
$68.00 US
Nov 03, 2015
5 x 7
Boxed Set
Puffin Books

Stoner Playing Cards
Get Trippy on Game Night
Get trippy on game night with this psychedelic deck of cards.
$15.95 US
Apr 30, 2024
2-3/4 x 3-7/8
Other Formats
54 Pages
Smith Street Gift

Burn After Writing (Ice Cream Cats)
The national bestseller.Write. Burn. Repeat. Now with new covers to match whatever mood you’re in."This book has made me laugh and cry, filled me with joy, and inspired me."-TikTok user camrynbanks
$14.00 US
Oct 04, 2022
5-5/16 x 8
160 Pages