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What does the term "preppy" mean to you?

cbugcbug Registered User Posts: 614 Member
edited July 2011 in Parents Forum
You read a lot of comments on CC about certain colleges being very preppy. Or a certain student being really preppy. I'm gathering people are talking about more than popped collars and top-siders.

What does "preppy" mean to you?
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Replies to: What does the term "preppy" mean to you?

  • MD MomMD Mom Registered User Posts: 6,728 Senior Member
    I think of it mostly as dress, but perhaps an overly peppy attitude goes with it. If a college's students have a preppy look, all of them look as if they spent some time in front of the mirror before they left the house.
  • xSlackerxSlacker Registered User Posts: 378 Junior Member
    LL Bean, LaCoste, Boat Shoes, frats, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Equestrian, Squash so on...

    :D

    That''s what I think off when I hear "preppy."
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 76,061 Senior Member
    LLBEAN?? My DD would laugh out loud at that one. She and her friends wouldn't walk across the street to LOOK at a catalog from Beans.

    Preppy (to me) means well dressed (not sloppy), trendy in fashion and ideas.
  • DrGoogleDrGoogle Registered User Posts: 11,047 Senior Member
    Kids that went to boarding school like Andover.
  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 18,344 Senior Member
    People who went to Establishment private schools -- boarding schools and mainstream day schools -- and the social markers that go with those institutions. Not just dress style, or vacation destinations, sports, etc., but the whole gestalt.

    Squash is a great marker. So is Mount Gay Rum.

    Artists of high prepdom: Whit Stillman, A.R. Gurney, of course John Knowles, Curtis Sittenfeld. Not: The Preppy Handbook.
  • PackMomPackMom Registered User Posts: 7,667 Senior Member
    Preppy is a look and an attitude (always acting confident, sure of themselves and who they are). It's prob. different in different regions but here in the south, preppy is whatever the greeks are wearing. You can easily pick them out at Fall football games.
    Ralph Lauren Polo,Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines, Brooks Bros.,Sperrys,leather flip flops, khaki shorts/pants,Patagonia jackets, seersucker,sometimes bow ties with button down shirts. Girls with Pandora bracelets and classic jewelry..often monogrammed,bright colors, Lilly Pulitzer,LaCoste (girls and guys) Jack Rogers shoes,classic stuff, always put together in an effortless sort of way even when wearing jeans and a sweatshirt,never overly trendy looking.
  • Gwen FairfaxGwen Fairfax Registered User Posts: 2,435 Senior Member
    republican
  • fauxmavenfauxmaven Registered User Posts: 1,794 Senior Member
    Republican , waspy , and conservative old money . Nick names like bitsy and muffy . Junior League , " the club " and Lilly Pulitizer . Old money and debutantes . Talbott's clothing . etc .
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    To me, preppy is more than a fashion style of popped collars, khaki's, and boat shoes. It's when the style is accompanied by the attitude of:

    --looking down at anyone different from you
    --entitlement syndrome--I get what I want and this makes me better than you
    --take money for granted because they've never had to break a sweat for it
    --very bigoted---whether directly to your face or behind your back
  • momofthreeboysmomofthreeboys Registered User Posts: 16,676 Senior Member
    Socially confident/comfortable around all ages, impecable manners, classic clothing style, lack of facial or tongue piercings or too many ear holes, etc., does some outdoor sport both male and female: sailing, tennis, skiing, lacrosse, golf, hiking and for the most part upbeat personality.

    I don't think it's about "clothes" per se, I've met just as many dreadlocked preppy kids that wouldn't be caught dead in topsiders as I have clean cut ones who live in topsiders. It's more about lifestyle and values. New money is loud, in your face and not preppy. Old money is typically quieter, restrained and preppy.
  • DougBetsyDougBetsy Registered User Posts: 5,830 Senior Member
    This is all very fascinating. What a variety of descriptions and opinions we have here.

    To me, preppy is not the blue blood jet set. In the northeast, I'd say preppy is the nouveau riche, who wish they could be among the true blue bloods; but they're trying too hard to actually break in. In the south, I think preppy is just a style that reflects the "raising ladies and gentlemen" culture there.

    True blue bloods are too sophisticated to be preppy. Their styles are so far out of the preppy league that it would be comical to see them that way. Anything that's gone mainstream (Lilly, LaCoste, etc.,) is unappealing to them.

    At least that's how I see it. $0.2. ;)
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 76,061 Senior Member
    --looking down at anyone different from you
    --entitlement syndrome--I get what I want and this makes me better than you
    --take money for granted because they've never had to break a sweat for it
    --very bigoted---whether directly to your face or behind your back

    My DD is preppy. She does NOT look down on others, she worked very hard all the way through college and has no feeling of entitlement, she earned her own money so it was hard to take it for granted, and she is NOT bigoted in anyway.

    She does have her share of conservative clothing, she is a registered DEMOCRAT.
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    ^You've raised a wonderful girl. My opinion of preppy is not the way someone dresses, but rather the attitude that they carry with them.
  • KajonKajon Registered User Posts: 4,479 Senior Member
    I agree with MD Mom. Especially the part about looking in the mirror.
    I think of it mostly as dress, but perhaps an overly peppy attitude goes with it. If a college's students have a preppy look, all of them look as if they spent some time in front of the mirror before they left the house.

    If asked to select a political party associated with being preppy, I would answered wealthy Northeastern Democrats. So I think it is interesting that others have answered Republicans.

    As my mother would have said "It doesn't cost anything to pass a mirror on the way out of the house, tuck in your shirt, be tidy with your house, and be polite"
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 76,061 Senior Member
    And DD is in the Peace Corps now...no room for the things in post #10 when you're in the Peace Corps in a place with no electricity, and no running water...and no transportation except your feet and some crowded and unreliable buses.
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