Whatever happened to preppies? Why, nothing. They are still here among the crowds, seemingly blending in but somehow managing to stand out. Perhaps you are even a preppy. If you are, then you realize that everything you do needs to reflect your preppiness, right down to your correspondence, including sending out preppy Christmas cards during the holidays.
Originally the term “preppy” referred to someone in prep school. However, during the 1980s, it came to describe an entire lifestyle choice, from clothing to behavior. Here are some important refresher points about what it means to be preppy. First, some notes on behavior. Generally, you should carry yourself as if you are privileged. Exude an air of being in control. Expect only the best surroundings and the best service wherever you go.
Next, regarding clothing, choose a few signature pieces, although styles change every year. Check out designs from J. Crew, L.L. Bean, Abercrombie, Penguin and Ben Sherman. You should own at least one monogrammed piece. Consider investing in a tailor-made jacket. Pull-on polo shirts are other important fashion staples, as they look equally good on the golf course or, for a casual business look, paired with your tailor-made blazer.
Your shoes need to reflect the leisurely world of yachting and resort living. Choose comfortable, slip-on styles such as loafers and topsiders. For the beach, simple rubber thongs fit the ticket nicely.
Once you have mastered dressing and acting so that you reflect the appropriate manner, expand the pattern into everything you do, even down to the holiday cards that you send, because, of course, a preppy will still send out actual cards through so-called snail mail. From good grades to high-paying jobs, preppies focus on doing and having the best of everything. Come to think of it, the feeling of being satisfied with what you have, of thinking that it is the best, is not a bad way to live, even for those who don’t have monogrammed jackets.
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