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"Preppy" Clothing

harmon25harmon25 Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
edited April 2012 in High School Life
Just curious, what brands or look do you think are preppy? This would help for one of my classes at school. I know it's weird, but it's part of a paper.
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Replies to: "Preppy" Clothing

  • anisha08anisha08 Registered User Posts: 1,438 Senior Member
    American Eagle
    Polo Ralph Lauren
  • ustas06ustas06 Registered User Posts: 420 Member
    yep that pretty much sums it up...
  • MissTiMissTi Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    totally agree with anisha
  • zucky07zucky07 Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    J. Crew too
  • DrumNDukieDrumNDukie Registered User Posts: 313 Member
    Above mentioned as well as Aeropostale and Buckle
  • ali12ali12 Registered User Posts: 175 Junior Member
    Abercrombie, hollister and aeropostale and buckle are not preppy. they may try to recreate preppy clothes, but real preppy is Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew, Jim McLaughlin etc. Heres an urbandictionary definition that is pretty accurate:

    "preppy" has come to mean the opposite or "punk" or "goth"-meaning unoriginal and stuck up, which is completely unfair to the true meaning of preppy.
    (so yes, those of you who define preppy as:LOVES A+F, PINK, MAKEUP,MAKING FUN OF GOTHS and CHEERLEADING!!!!! are wrong)

    the definition:
    "preppy" is a lifestyle; that of many well-to-do and often "waspy" families of New England and New York; most preppy teenagers have been preppy since birth; have attended private/boarding schools in New England all of their lives; enjoy sophisticated, lifelong sports such as (but not restricted to)tennis, sailing, skiing, and golf. Many live in classically preppy areas such as New Canaan, CT; the North Shore, MA; Westchester County, NY; and Greenwich, CT. Many also have second or third homes in Vermont for skiing, or Nantucket/Block Island/Cape Cod for summers.
    Many are legacies at boarding schools/colleges in the North East, many are talented but party as hard as they work; Most are old money (see wasp) but there are "nouveau riche" preps who may prefer more modern customs (ie. abercrombie etc) than the timeless classics of the "wasp" lifestyle.
    Preppy clothing designers include (but are not limited to):
    Lilly Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren, Petit Bateau, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Patagonia, Birkinstock, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, C.K. Bradley, L.L. Bean, the North Face, etc.
    Preppy Designers do NOT include:
    Abercrombie and Fitch, Express, American Eagle, The Limited, Guess, Aeropostale, etc.
    HOWEVER: preppy items may be found at many of these locations (ex: nantucket red girls chinos at American Eagle)
    Preppy (girls) essentials include:
    ribbon belts,minimal makeup (or better, none), minimal hair styling, pearls, oxfords, polos, chinos, birkinstock clogs, sauconys, headbands, cableknit sweaters, brightly colored pants, cropped pants, jack rogers sandals, lilly pulitzer sundresses, longchamp/herve chapelier/vineyard vines/ll bean totes, patagonia fleeces, reef sandals, JCrew bathing suits, rainbow sandals,moccasins/topsiders, and many more.
    preppy (boys) essentials include:
    brightly colored baseball hats, rainbow sandals, Ralph Lauren polo shirts (in ALL colors- the brighter the better), nautical rope bracelets, nantucket red khakis, messy/unkempt hair (or minimal styling), other brightly colored khakis/shorts, crewneck sweaters, flannel/plaid oxfords, rope belts, striped ties, vineyard vines ties, LL bean boots, patagonia fleeces, navy blazers + khakis, topsiders, and much more.

    Read the Official Preppy Handbook.

  • DrumNDukieDrumNDukie Registered User Posts: 313 Member
    Okay so they are wannabe preppy... is that better or worse?
  • ziggythemanziggytheman Registered User Posts: 1,507 Senior Member
    lol bought a new pair of Lacoste shoes today :)
  • ali12ali12 Registered User Posts: 175 Junior Member
    Wannabe preppy is the Abercrombie stereotype that many people see as stuck up and generic, so I would have to say it is worse to be a wannabe prep. Real preps have more class and don't tend to show off their money as much as wannabes.
  • ali12ali12 Registered User Posts: 175 Junior Member
    to add to the above list: anything madras or seersucker
  • ziggythemanziggytheman Registered User Posts: 1,507 Senior Member
    lol that's true. I'm not a wannabe, nor do i have money. just liked the shoes :).
  • leah377leah377 Registered User Posts: 3,834 Senior Member
    yeah..truly preppy people are classy dressers and they don't wear too much makeup. they come from the northeast in well-established families with old money. example: the kennedys.

    the "abercrombie prep" variety is much more annoying. they just wear clothes that are too tight and obsessively straighten their hair and re-apply eyeliner.

    don't get me wrong, i like my naturally wavy hair straight and eyeliner is cute if it's natural-looking--i'm just not going to kill myself to do it allllll the time lol
  • ziggythemanziggytheman Registered User Posts: 1,507 Senior Member
    sounds good. some people try too hard.
  • w1ckedw1cked Registered User Posts: 1,634 Member
    Whats up with the paragraph full of garbage? Anyway, preps are the ones with usually cropped hair, and wear A & F, AE, RL with the big pony logo, and a few lacostes. Funny thing, I love RL dress shirts (the best ever!), but I am definitely not a prep.
  • ziggythemanziggytheman Registered User Posts: 1,507 Senior Member
    lol i remember a thread about this a while ago, it also linked to the urban dictionary page....must have been last year sometime.
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