Whether you like dressing up or dressing down, there are certain pieces of clothing that are essential to every preppy girl's wardrobe. These items are all must-haves when it comes to styling stand-out looks and feeling confident in the clothes you're wearing. Here are seven items that can be mixed and matched, or paired with other pieces to create perfectly preppy outfits.
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.
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?
Nautical style is one of the most popular subsets of the preppy style. It includes enduring items such as cable knit sweaters, boat shoes and new takes such as anchor hoodies. Many people are under the impression that designers, at a loss for a new fashion cue, simply appropriated the style from the clothes being worn by those involved in nautical pursuits. However, the actual story is far more interesting than that.
The term ‘preppy’ has now become quite a generic one and its original meaning is often forgotten. The ‘prep’ in ‘preppy’ refers to the university-preparatory schools in the Northeastern U.S. Wealthy families have been sending their children to these schools for well over 100 years to prepare them for what they hope will be an Ivy League tertiary education. At both the preparatory schools and Ivy League universities, there has always been a strong focus on extra-curricular activities.
On her blog, A Touch of Southern Grace, Lauren proves appreciation for quality, classic clothing knows no geographic boundaries. In a recent post to her blog featuring fashion, décor and all things southern, Lauren shares her love for our very own Women's Cable Knit Sweater. She emphasizes the comfort, style and versatility of the Cable Knit Sweater, as a piece she has paired with jeans and leggings in colder weather and plans to couple with a cute, white skirt in spring and summer.
Preppy clothing’s roots can be traced back to the private universities of the early 1900s in the Northeastern United States. More specifically, it was considered as a uniquely Ivy League way to dress. Those who attended Ivy League schools were usually quite affluent and had grown up with old money. As a result, this style of clothing reflected popular upper class activities in New England at the time, such as rowing, golf, polo, and sailing. Historically, the style is associated with being well-educated and having a high income, but things have changed over the years and now people from all walks of life are welcomed to enjoy these clothes.
So you have decided to change your style this year and go for the “preppy” look. The fashion you were sporting last year is played out, and you want a new look that matches your upwardly-mobile attitude. Are you sure you know what you are looking for? Let's go to prep school and find out.
Written by: Carrie of Carrie On Blogs
One of my favorite things to do is to spend time in my closet coming up with new outfits. I really enjoy making pieces more or less casual. When I got this perfectly classic sweater I decided I wanted to try and make it a little more casual. Pairing the sweater with some riding boots, jeans, and cute necklaces did just that! Everyone needs timeless pieces that are suitable for every occasion. The Cable Knit Tennis Sweater is the perfect sweater for year-round wear. Whether you dress it up or dress it down this sweater always looks amazing.