A prep can take on several forms, but it is most certainly not someone who shops at american eagle, hollister, areo, or abercrombie since 1970. Its a person who comes from a upper class, established family who dresses and lives in a conservative american style. I like to break the prep genre down into three classes:

1) Coastal Sea-farer: A person from an upper class family usually from the New England coast who enjoys boating (sailboats and yachts). Typically has attended a NE boarding school and private college, this education needed to handle their parents' fortune. Can be seen wearing vineyard vines, polo, lacoste, brooks brothers, and anything associated with sailing. When not on the water drives a Land Rover or Mercades. Lives on the coast but does not associate with beach bums or the surfing types, only with other sea-farer families. Family may be established in business, politics, or medicine. See the Kennedy family or the Cleary family from "Wedding Crashers"

2. Country Clubber: Person who can be found at the high end country clubs in most major american cities, though I believe they may be stronger in the south. Grow up at the local private school and wear polo, brooks brothers, lacoste, and other country club attire, drives a BMW. Lives in the high society of their community where the deb ball is more important than the prom and appearance is high on the list of priorities. Plays mostly golf and tennis, though they might suck at both.

3. Outdoorsy Prep: Someone who spends a lot of time outdoors engaging in outdoorsy activities. May draw more from the middle class than the other catagories of prep. Wear Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Northface, and other high quality outdoor gear, drive chevy tahoes with DU stickers. Will NEVER be confused with tree hugging hippies, with whom they share only a love for chacos sandles. Outdoorsy Preps support groups like Ducks Unlimited, not Green Peace. Big into hiking, camping, skiing, hunting, and fishing. Theodore Roosevelt is the god-father of outdoorsy prepdom.
Teenager: Look at that prep coming out of Abercrombie.

Biff: (bitch slapping teenager) Wrong! Look at that prep coming off his fathers yacht, or coming off the TPC golf course, or hunting moose on his family ranch in Idaho.
by Bob1776 August 25, 2006
A prep is not someone who shops at Abercrombie, Hollister, and American Eagle. We shop at JCrew, Polo, Lilly Pulitzer, Neimans, CK bradley, eliza b., Vineyard Vines, Rainbow, and North Face. We carry bags from Herve Chapelier, longchamp, and chanel:Classic and Pretty. Pearls are neccesary and jewlery from tiffany is needed. If you cannot afford those brands you are not a prep. Usually we go to elite private schools and end up in ivy league colleges. A common misconception is that all preps are blond, definitly not true. Most of us preps vacation in Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and the Hamptons. Really preppy towns include: Greenwich CT, and Rye NY. Prep for life.
That girl is wearing a shirt from Hollister and she tells everyone that she is a prep, definitly not.
by Prep for life August 29, 2005
In the past, the word prep was used to define those individuals priviledged enough to attend East Coast prepatory schools. However, more recently, the word prep has evolved to describe any individual who seems like they would be the type to attend a prep school. In most cases, today's preps had relatives who attended prep schools-- their families are legacies at these institutions. Contrary to popular belief, preps do not wear Abercrombie, Hollister, American Eagle, or similar clothing companies. In many cases, shopping at these stores would be seen as a waste of money (and a lack of good judgement). Instead, many preps choose to sport Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, J. Crew, Burberry, Lilly Pulitzer, and anything from Nordstrom, Saks, and Neiman Marcus. Loafers, boating shoes, designer sunglasses, and designer purses are also important. Casually, preps can be spotted wearing designer tees (Michael Stars/ C & C California), Uggs, Juicy Couture, Hard Tail, North Face, Rainbow, and jeans by True Religion, 7 for All Mankind, Rock & Republic, etc. Pearls are a must, along with jewelry by Tiffany & Company and David Yurman. Many preps enjoy sailing, golfing, playing tennis-- stereotypical prep activites. They are often members of a country club and use their time there to associate with other preps. Families of preps generally know each other. Many prep families will remain friends through the generations as they gather for charity benefits, dinner parties, and other social events. Preps usually will attend prepatory schools and attend the universities of their choice. Most preps will go on to attend the Ivies, Duke, or one of many east coast private liberal arts colleges. Other acceptable colleges include Michigan, UCLA, Stanford, and UNC. In short, the word prep signifies the "classic" classy individual-- the type of person who embodies the word "class."
I think that my roommate might be a prep. Earlier today, she was talking about summering on the Cape.

My parents love my boyfriend Nate. His father and my father were on the lacrosse team together at Exeter, so our families have known each other forever. When Nate and I finally get married, we're going to have the perfect prep family.
by prepsteralli May 04, 2006
Everyone says preps always wear the same things but doesn't everyone? I mean, preps wear a lot of the same brands but so do punks, goths and well "thugs" if you will. Everyone does kind of look the same. The style and such. Nothing is truly individual. It does suck when everyone wears the same thing though...Like how "punk" became "in" that was irksome.
punk and/or goth: I'm so glad we're individual. Unlike all those preps. They just follow what's "in"
*punk walks in and is wearing the exact same outfit, hairstyle, wristbands etc"
punk and/or goth: NOOO!!!
by Martha April 28, 2004
people who think they own the world. they wear aeropostale, american eagle, hollister, etc. they act like the plastics on mean girls. think they can scare and intimidate people by sneering at them and whispering about how horrible they are when they say something a lot smarter than them. stupid, narrow-minded people. never give a care about anyone but their friends and themselves. usually rich but can be somewhat poorish. think everyone likes them but they really don't. are not all the same, but no one is really. think everyone is jealous and that they look hotter than everyone else when really a normal person, like me, can be a better model than the most popular girl in my school. get all egotistical when they accomplish something because they have the money to do it. act out in class and the teachers follow along to prevent being sued by rich parents.

girl: i wish these preps would stop talking about us. they do it every day, and i don't know why. it's not like we're bad people or anything.
guy: don't worry, they're just stupid, insecure people that think they own the world cuz they're rich.
by mel676 September 20, 2006
There seems to be a misconception on this post as to what prep is. A prep is someone who prides themselves in academic and athletic achievements. A prep has usually attended a prep school or is now attending a prestigious college. A prep is a young adult that appreciates tradition. A prep needs no further explaination as to what exeter or andover means/are? maybe even knows people there. A prep is usually simple/humble with no need to show off there wealth, because rich does not mean prep. A prep has good mannors.
Fashion-jcrew, brooks brothers, ll bean, vineyard yines, polo, lilly, etc.....polos, birks, oxfords, mandres...(ABERCROMBIE AND AE ARE NOT PREP)
Automobiles- volvo wagon, jeep, old benz or bmw, etc...
Vacation Hot Spots- Cape Cod, Colorado, Vermont, the Vineyard, Nantucket, etc...
Pass Times- sailing, skiing, lacrosse, tennis, golf, frisbee, partys...
Music- phish, dead, widespread panic, jack johnson, ben harpers, keller williams, etc...


"I wear a shirt and tie everyday to school. Sail on the weekends. Took state in lacroose. Partied on thursday night. Drove a saab. Spent the summer in vermont and roadtripping to music fests. In the fall I will be attending Brown." proud to fall in with the preps.
by Nicholas62 March 28, 2006
Preps are generally from a WASP family who tend to be from upper middle class to upper class. They attend preparatory schools on the east coast and are very involved in various activities, including: sailing, rowing, tennis, badminton, lacrosse, field hockey, golf, football and rugby.

Their families usually come from a line of prep families, however new money families are sometimes the exception. Prep families are never flamboyant about their wealth and would much rather buy a very classic architecturally stunning home than an unattractive monster home. Their parents tend to drive cars of good quality such as BMW's and Mercedes Benz but not cars such as Hummers which are very conspicuous.

Their parents either have inherited old money or have very respectable jobs, such as: lawyers, real estate developers, business entrepreneurs, doctors and various different investors.

Their upbringing is very important to the prep lifestyle, they are taught to treat people kindly and with respect unlike common the common prep stereotype which is portrayed in movies such as movies Mean Girls and although it is a very big hit amongst young preps it does not at all represent the true prep lifestyle. Their parents want the best education for their children which is why they end up sending them to prestigious private schools and universities. They tend to belong to various country clubs and/or yacht clubs. Prep families vacation quite a bit to places such as Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard or other exclusives places.

Preps have a very defined style and their clothes are usually in the pastel pallet of colors. They wear brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Lilly Pulitzer, The North Face and Vineyard Vines. A girls wardrobe consists of polos (which are worn with the collar popped up), Lilly skirts, cardigans and oxfords. A guys wardrobe consists of polos (which are worn with the collar popped up as well)seersucker shorts and khakis.

Overall a real prep is not what most people consider one to be (slutty, mean and backstabbing bitches) but more so people that are born into the preppy lifestyle.

Winchester and Richard looked very preppy golfing in their Lacoste and Ralph Lauren polos.
by Richard Van Dusen December 08, 2006
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