My Signature ‘Preppy With a Twist’ Style | Daniel Wellington Watches

Preppy style | Daniel Wellington watch
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The watch brand Daniel Wellington is synonymous with preppy style; it’s really fitting because whenever I’m asked to describe my style I usually say “Preppy with a twist”.

I thought I’d show you my signature style and how well it’s complemented by this brand with a preppy weekend outfit that’s perfect for mild autumnal days.

I don’t know about you but when I think of preppy style I think of bloggers such as Classy Girls Wear Pearls or Atlantic Pacific. Both of these girls have amazing style and carry off Breton tops, ballet flats and trench coats with aplomb.

I personally like taking elements of preppy style and switching it up a little. A longline blazer instead of a trench coat, distressed jeans instead of chinos. Pointed block heels flats instead of ballet flats. But I’ll admit to owning a lot of Breton stripe tops – there are some key pieces that you just shouldn’t mess with!

Daniel Wellington watch | Classic York Lady 36mm

When I was contacted with an offer to work with Daniel Wellington I knew it would be a perfect fit because of the brand’s leanings towards preppy style and their commitment to high quality, beautifully made timepieces. In fact it even says on the website “Our vision is that when someone thinks of a preppy dressed person, he or she is wearing a Daniel Wellington watch”. My watch goes perfectly with this weekend outfit I wore for a Sunday morning brunch: Eggs Benedict, almond croissant, orange juice and hot chocolate (sorry if I’m making you hungry!)… That’s what I call my kinda Sunday.

I chose the very sleek Classic York Lady (36mm) with a silver case and dark brown leather band. Amazingly the casing is just 6mm thick: It definitely adds to the feeling of quality when you have a watch this thin. As with most Daniel Wellington watches it also comes in a pretty rose gold. I know I’ve been obsessing over everything in this colour lately (hair included!); however, I have several gold watches but strangely no quality silver watches. With a couple of silver bracelets the watch really does look very classy – there’s something about having a great looking, high quality watch that makes you feel properly dressed.

Daniel Wellington watch | Classic York Lady 36mm

Their watches also have interchangeable straps so you could change it for a fabric (NATO) or a leather one in a different colour if you wished. Wristbands start at just £18 so you could have a “new” watch for a fraction of the price of a whole new one.

I also have to mention the face: If I were to design a watch face myself, it would look like this. I like each of the minutes being marked (I hate guessing how many minutes past it is), and I prefer the minimal design of lines over the numbers 1-12. Plus if I’m not wearing my glasses the large casing size (36mm) makes it so much easier to read the time…!

Finally, Daniel Wellington are kindly offering a discount code to all Not Dressed As Lamb readers! Use code notdressedaslamb at the checkout and you will receive 15% off all purchases. As you will see from the last picture, the watches come in a beautifully presented gift box so they would make a perfect Christmas present for someone (they of course do men’s watches too).

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I’d love to know if you’re either a fan of preppy style or Daniel Wellington! What do you think of the minimal design and classic straps? Do let me know in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

Daniel Wellington watch | Classic York Lady 36mm
Preppy style | Longline camel blazer, Breton top, pointed white flats
Preppy style | Longline camel blazer, Breton top

Preppy style | Daniel Wellington watch
Preppy style | Longline camel blazer, Breton top, distressed denim, pointed white flats
Daniel Wellington watch | Classic York Lady 36mm
Preppy style | Longline camel blazer, Breton top, pointed white flats
Preppy style | Longline camel blazer, Breton top, pointed white flats
Preppy style | Camel blazer, Breton top, snakeskin bag
Daniel Wellington watch | Classic York Lady 36mm
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Blazer: ASOS  | Top: c/o Damart | Jeans: ASOS | Shoes: Debenhams | Bag: c/o Laura Ashley | Bracelets: SENCE Copenhagen / Next | Nails: NYDJ Ltd Edition

Disclosure: I have written this post in collaboration with Daniel Wellington (click here for my full disclosure). All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.


  1. 27 March 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Hi Catherine, the watch indeed looks good to you! Did you win the voting by the way? I wish you all the best!

  2. 29 November 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Oh yes, this is very you. And I agree, a perfect watch. I have a similar one, though slightly more classic, by Longines. Have had it for at least twenty years. Fine wactch. And even with deteriorating eyesight, yoou can still tell the time.

  3. 24 November 2015 / 4:04 pm

    These are some of my favourite photos of you! I LOVE this look… and the watch is gorgeous. Very me ๐Ÿ˜€
    Suzy x

    • 25 November 2015 / 7:57 pm

      I must say I was really pleased with the photos, Suzy – thank you, I'm so glad you liked them too!! The watch is such a classic, isn't it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 25 November 2015 / 7:56 pm

      Hehe thanks Ann my lovely!! MUAH back atcha xx

    • 25 November 2015 / 7:53 pm

      Patti thank you – and thank *you* for hosting!

    • 25 November 2015 / 7:51 pm

      That's so sweet of you – thank you so much!

  4. 21 November 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Just dopped in to say that I've voted for you Catherine and wish you good luck. I love your blog and think you're so generous with all that you know about fashion blogging and then cascade on to us, your followers.
    Anna x
    Anna's Island Style

    • 25 November 2015 / 7:50 pm

      Anna that's so wonderful of you, thank you SO much!! You're an absolute star and so very kind, I'm super flattered and humbled :))) xx

    • 25 November 2015 / 7:48 pm

      Thanks sooooo much Dawn Lucy! Coming up with a way to describe my style was something that I pondered for ages when I first started blogging, and when I finally came up with that phrase I realised it was perfect to describe me ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 20 November 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Lovin' the casual vibe of this outfit. The slightly different detail of the red stripe, those too adorable shoes (although I worry about your ankles getting cold – in November!!) and the lovely texture of the bag. My favourite photo is the overhead one of you – great angle. Was Silver Londoner stuck up a very tall ladder???

    • 25 November 2015 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you Jacqueline! That day was actually very mild (about 15-16C) so my ankles were fine. My hands get cold sooner than my feet, so I can usually hold off wearing socks for slightly longer…!

      And that photo was taken with him standing behind me – if you look you'll see I'm sitting on steps, so he just went a few steps up and looked down over my shoulder. No trickery or props involved at all, hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. 20 November 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Catherine you look amazing! So much love for Daniel Wellington too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Felicity X

    • 25 November 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Thanks, Felicity – their watches really are beautiful, I agree…!

  7. 20 November 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Beautiful look ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the coat and the watch ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 20 November 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Simply love that coat Catherine. The camel with the striped tee… and those lovely shoes. Now, I guess I should go back and look at the watch, eh?

    • 20 November 2015 / 5:34 pm

      Haha yes you should, Susan!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously – thank you, I'm so glad I get to wear this blazer again now that the colder weather is here, it was one of my favourites last autumn xo

    • 20 November 2015 / 5:33 pm

      Yes – perfectly described, Abigail!! Agree 100% ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 20 November 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Love tis look and love the watch!
    Great shoots!

  10. 19 November 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Catherine DW should be thrilled with this post you have written showcasing their watches.
    Wow….your photography is fantastic!
    I especially love the shot of you adjusting the watch (through to your shoes) with your perfect choice of complementary jewellery and those fabulous nails, grey is SO chic!
    Fantastic job!
    I feel that I want to buy one now , to tap into the luxe look.
    Fake Fabulous

    • 20 November 2015 / 5:33 pm

      Aww Samantha that means a lot, thank you!! We were really pleased with this photo shoot… That watch is very photogenic! ;))

  11. 19 November 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Catherine you look amazing in this outfit, actually you look amazing in every outfit!!! I've heard a lot about Daniel Wellingotn watches and would love to get one one day.

    • 20 November 2015 / 5:32 pm

      You can tell as soon as you take it out of the box it's a very high quality watch, Stephanie! Thank you sweetie, you definitely won't regret getting one ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 19 November 2015 / 5:59 pm

    lovely outfit, and lovely definition too, 'preppy with a twist', really cool!
    I like breton stripes and love how you've styled them looking comfy and elegant, wearing your distressed jeans and cute shoes! fabulous ensemble!

    • 20 November 2015 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks, Mrs Allnut – it's such a go-to outfit for me…!

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