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Style Guides

Our style guides with seasonal picks, holidays, and more based on the Nantucket lifestyle.

  • 10 Signs You’re a Total Prep

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    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?

  • What is Nautical Style Clothing?

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    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.

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  • Style Guide by A Touch of Southern Grace

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    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.

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  • A History of Preppy Clothing

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    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.

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  • Prep School: Intro to Preppy Style

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    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.

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  • Timeless and Versatile - The Cable Knit Tennis Sweater

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    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.

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  • YourTypicalPrep's Style Guide featuring our Cable Knit Tennis Sweater

    Cable Knit Sweater Style GuideToday we have a guest post from blogger Caitlin Cooper of YourTypicalPrep. Caitlin recently tried our Cable Knit Tennis Sweater and loved it. Here's what she had to say: Continue reading

  • Style StACK: Memoral (Figawi) Weekend Style Guide

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  • Southern Chic: Kentucky Derby Style

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    The Kentucky Derby brings to mind thoughts of galloping hooves, mint juleps, the Garland of Roses and "My Old Kentucky Home." However, what truly sets the Derby ahead of the pack for many is its elegant fashion tradition. Read on to learn more about how to execute spot-on Kentucky Derby style with a little help from Nantucket Brand. Continue reading

  • Gentlemen, meet your favorite new shorts

    Men's Seersucker Shorts Sale

    Seersucker shorts are a classic staple of the American man’s summer wardrobe. We grew up running (and sailing) around in seersucker and still wear it to this day. It’s breathable, cool, and perfect for warm weather.

    Although we love seersucker, we didn’t love the fit of most of the seersucker shorts available. Typically, they’re too baggy and boxy. Occasionally they’re way too short. We’ve spent the last few years perfecting the fit of our shorts are are proud to offer our Whaler Shorts: great fitting men’s shorts with attention to all the details. Order by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday April 8, 2014 and save $25 with coupon code FAVSHORTS.

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    • Made in USA. These shorts were made in an American factory to ensure top quality. Plus, you’ll be proud to wear a American-made shorts.
    • 9” inseam. This length typically keeps the shorts just above your knees - exactly where they belong.
    • 100% cotton. Seersucker is often made from a poly/cotton blend, but that doesn’t work for us. We’ve made sure this fabric is 100% natural cotton to allow for maximum breathability and the softest feel.
    • Nylon zipper. More durable and less likely to break than metal zippers.
    • 2 side pockets. Angled just right to give your arm a natural position when using, but not angled enough to allow items to fall out easily.
    • White lining. We’ve chosen a lightweight, solid white 100% cotton lining for these shorts.
    • Two buttoned back pockets. Keep your wallet in place in the pocket of your choice.
    • Striped blue and white pattern. This is the most common seersucker pattern, and for good reason. It’s simple but fun, pairs well with any solid shirt, and still carries a bit of summer sophistication.

    These shorts come in two patterns: classic blue & white striped, as well as blue & white check, a slight departure from the typical seersucker pattern.

    Click below and order by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday April 8, 2014 and save $25 with coupon code FAVSHORTS.

    Blue & White Striped Seersucker Shorts Men's Blue & White Striped Seersucker Shorts. Made in USA from 100% cotton seersucker.
    Blue Gingham Check Seersucker Shorts Men's Blue Gingham Check Seersucker Shorts. 100% cotton seersucker. Made in USA.

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