Being a prep isn’t just about dressing a certain way. The true prepster understands that being preppy is a complete lifestyle. Sure, it’s about the clothes, but it’s also about the attitude, the hobbies you engage in, the interests you have, and so much more. Simply put, if you’re a true prep, it extends to every part of your life.
Here are 10 signs you could be a total prep.
1. You're a master of traditional social graces
The prepster adheres to Emily Post etiquette and always stays classy, even when around those who are not. This includes doing things like hand writing thank-you notes, always arriving at the party with a gift for the hostess, and simply being gracious.
2. You have the wardrobe essentials
While preppy fashion is always evolving, there are some traditional outfits that are always in style. for women, a shift dress with a soft cardigan and pumps is a classic look. For guys, a white oxford shirt with a navy jacket and khaki pants is a go-to outfit.
3. Your athletic pursuits include traditional, country club sports
Forget basketball, football, or baseball. Preps gravitate toward “classier” sports, like lacrosse, tennis, sailing, croquet, badminton, and crew.
4. You’ve been to the Kentucky Derby
It’s the Super Bowl for preppy sports. The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky that attracts prepsters of all stripes who are dressed the part and are there to enjoy a tasty mint julep.
5. You're always well groomed
Proper grooming and excellent personal hygiene are true cornerstones of the preppy life. A prep truly cares about his or her personal appearance and takes steps to preserve it, including showering daily, moisturizing, keeping nails trimmed and clean, and grooming facial and body hair carefully. Simply put, no sloppiness allowed.
6. You love monogrammed accessories
Can you really be a prep if you don’t own at least one thing that has your initials monogrammed on it? From stationary to handbags and shirt cuffs to hand towels, monograms add class and style to many types of accessories.
7. You would rather wear khakis than jeans
Sure, blue jeans are now allowed for preps, but only begrudgingly so. The true prep is much more comfortable in cotton khakis than in denim jeans.
8. You prefer cocktails over beer
Cocktail hour is an integral part of the preppy lifestyle. The prep's cocktails of choice include the Martini, Dark & Stormy, Manhattan, Mint Julep, and Cape Codder, to name a few.
9. You’re in shape, but not overly muscular
Preps take care of their bodies. They are never exceedingly overweight, but they are also not overly muscular either. Their bodies are athletic but understated and don’t attract much attention.
10. You keep accessories to a minimum
As mentioned in the last point, being a prep isn't about attracting attention to yourself. This is especially important when it comes to wearing accessories. You must be careful not to overdo it and look too flashy, or worse, like you're wearing a costume. Instead pick one or two accessories that you love and go with that.
Now, be honest – are you a true prep?