Looking at magazine covers and Facebook pages, it’s easy to see how Hollywood fashion changes faster than a Hollywood marriage. Thankfully, good taste never goes out of style, even if its understated elegance isn’t always enough to warrant media attention next to a starlet’s outlandish outfit. Keeping that in mind, here is a list of the ten best preppy style icons to inspire your wardrobe choices.
Caught Adrift Blog
A journal of preppy culture, nautical decor, and coastal curiosities.
When it comes to the sea of bloggers, there are many who wish to rise to the top. We’re here to help you navigate today’s best preppy blogs and save you some guesswork. The sites listed below contain more than just a slideshow of outfits and captions: they contain relevant written and photographic material on all things preppy.
With country clubs outnumbering fast food joints and enough equestrian centers to house all the thoroughbreds in the world, a few cities in America have become synonymous with all things prep. For your next vacation, you can wear your cable knit sweater and madras as a badge of pride while strolling the streets lined with list-only bars, perfectly manicured prep school grounds, and all the preppy clothing stores you could want. Start planning your next vacation to one of the preppiest cities in America:
Getting together with friends and family on the Fourth of July is a tradition that most of us look forward to every summer, so why not serve up some traditional American barbecue foods? From homemade Boston baked beans to a patriotic berry buckle tart, this meal is half make-ahead and half throw-it-on-the-grill, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the day.
Packing for your preppy summer vacation should be as easy-breezy as you feel at your destination spot. You want to travel lightly and conserve space, not be bogged down with bags and suitcases. Follow our tips below to learn the best ways to pack for your summer vacation.
Clambakes on the beach, seersucker keeping you cool, and sailboats dotting the landscape—how on earth could summer possibly get better? With preppy summer cocktails in hand, of course! These six classic, refreshing, and not-too-sweet preppy summer cocktail recipes are perfect for serving up at your BBQs and cocktail parties. Whether you are sipping solo on a Sunday afternoon or whipping up drinks for guests, with just a few ingredients on hand, you’ll find yourself spending less time behind the bar and more time enjoying the simple treasures of summer on the coast.
Admit it - Dad is an incredible man. He is a rock you can depend on for support, life lessons, and an endless supply of sarcastic jokes. You know he would never turn down another novelty tie or "World's Best Dad" mug, but the person who taught you your timeless, preppy style deserves a tribute worthy of his station. Because fathers (not to mention men in general!) are notoriously difficult to shop for, here are 7 preppy father's day gifts that are sure to please this Father’s Day.
Vampire Weekend is one of the most unabashedly preppy bands today. Although their funky and catchy tunes showcase a mashup of instruments, influences, and ideas, preppy references dominate most of their hits. Songs like “Walcott” and “Oxford Comma” show that Vampire Weekend love the preppy things in life, and want to share it with the world. Here’s what solidifies their status as the ultimate preppy band:
Vampire Weekend Escape to the Cape
Cape Cod is the go-to summer destination for preps. Vampire Weekend has only made three albums but there are a dozen songs that reference Cape Cod, including “Walcott” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.” Lead singer Ezra Koenig doesn’t just name-check Cape Cod, he gets specific and gives a shout out to Wellfleet and Provincetown, suggesting he knows his way around the Cape.
Vampire Weekend Love Art and Architecture
Art and architecture is as ingrained in the preppy lifestyle as the crests on our Ivy League blazers. Vampire Weekend sings about the mansard roof, a style of architecture commonly found in New England, as well as minimalist sculptor Richard Serra. Members of the Talking Heads may have gone to RISD, but they didn’t name drop artists like they were hobnobbing with Andy Warhol at the Factory.
Vampire Weekend's Music is like Haute Bourgeoisie Film
Featuring harpsichords and gospel pianos, and showcasing strong Afropop influences, Vampire Weekend’s songs are as distinctly quaint and precious as Wes Anderson’s diorama settings and Whit Stillman’s dialogue. These eclectic filmmakers, along with Woody Allen, form the trifecta of preppy cinema. Vampire Weekend's unique style could be a soundtrack for any of these filmmakers next masterpiece.
Vampire Weekend Live the Preppy Lifestyle
Vampire Weekend escaped NYC and wrote their third album at a saltbox cottage on Martha’s Vineyard, which is one of the preppiest destinations on the Eastern Seaboard. In fact, if you take a lap around your Edgartown summer party to freshen up the guests’ drinks, you might even see members of the band playing croquet or slapping dominoes with those lacrosse guys from Brown.
Vampire Weekend Admire Good Diction
“Oxford Comma” is a song about grammar that has the power to get even the most firmly planted wallflower out on the dance floor. To think Vampire Weekend’s tune is a critique of linguistic imperialism and 19th century intellectuals who favored structure over content –now that’s a cocktail hour conversation that all preppies love.
Vampire Weekend Appreciate Classy Etiquette
“The lobster’s claws are sharp as knives” is a lyric from the song "Walcott." It's also why preps favor lobster rolls over cracking boiled lobsters. Wearing a lobster bib over an Oxford shirt is a classless fashion foible, especially if you’re trying to woo a party host into accepting an invitation to America's Cup.
Vampire Weekend Revere Ivy League Lyrics
The references in Vampire Weekend's songs come as fast and furious as a New England Nor’easter. It’s like playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon, but instead of connecting Kevin Bacon to other actors, you connect lyrical references to liberal arts classes. Some references are geographical –Angkor Wat, Astor, Babylon -while others are esoteric: Dies Irae, Dar es Salaam, Dome of the Rock.
Along with wooden tennis rackets, flirting, and drinking Pimm's on the lawn, preps love educated lyrics. Put Vampire Weekend on the stereo and you'll not only have every prep on the East Coast showing up at the door, but you might lure the mermaids out of the sea, too.
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