The first part of being a prep is having friends preps normally sub-divide from one big clique into gruops of four and five (being a real prep dosent really start till upper school or high school for public school students) and think of each other as sisters and tell each other everything, there is almost always a sense of competition who has the best grades being the top seeing as how clothes arent flashy and money isnt thrown about on stupid stuff just to say they have it there is no competition in those feilds(only the fake A&F wannabees do that type of thing) the group is normally white and contains one or two blacks (normally only one) who just like the white preps dress classy and do VERY well in school they may also date white preps and the others wont take offense to it, public school preps (i met one at murrys.... real preps know what that is) are also the same as there prep school relatives and from what she said are not popular but well know in High school for the way they dress how they talk and the high academic performances they give she even admitted that the fakeies (areo,a&F,AE,Holl.) as she kindley called them laughed at them for how they dressed but says she is not embaressed about going to school in an oxford an sweaters along with brooks brothers socks and clogs from BS and of course silver and pearls from tiffany's which of course every real prep has (no real prep has fake pearls.... all jewlry comes from tiff's trust me) also being apart of a country club is a must or she said that as a public school preps she just opps to take classes with her other preppy friends which I guess is just as good. also one thing you must have is a monogrammed oxford (or do like me and get all of them monogramed if it hasnt been already from an older relative) tote bag (purses are so fake-prep) sweater,polos and silver necklaces from tiff's (the one that looks like it belongs in the return to tiff's collection but is used to monogram) also being a prep you never go to the mall instead opting to drive downtown (ex..Georgetown which is awsome ..o and only if you have a car) or you take the train (go early so no one can try to take your stuff) and of course you always go with the gang you do everything your parents ask of you though of course sometimes you object .....another thing being preppy means being really nice and not showing off your preppiness and just plain and simple being well groomed meaning your meantal and physical selves aswell ..and im not gonna lie most of us do work out and are normally very small around the waist and are medium around the chest hair is always past the shoulders though some do have short hair and your an all-round nice person as i stated before its a really fabulous lifestyle when lived ot the fullest im sure everyone could agree with me on that(you know if your a real prep and such) and that our main foucus is to carry on our fabulous line like true preps we dont have to trry out for cheerleading to get noticed becuase we already stand out o and you cant forget the cute nicknames and ribbon belts which NEVER go out of style.
Missy: yeah but forget about her lets get to studying for the calc exam o and can i borrow your bradley belt for later
Muffy:sure and yeah we have to get an A
Missy:I love how we look in theses nantucket reds and white lacoste polo and pearls classic and conservative ..nice and preppy
Preppy polka dots!
glowing with preppiness
dj musashi preppy style
Preppy to the max....ralph lauren and vineyard vines
note the pearls, polo, and lilly...
i found this girls xanga ^preppy fo real dog
Wears, but is not limited to, Polo, Lilly, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, LL Bean (ie duck boots), ribbon belts, prints (ie cords with embroidered whales, palm trees, etc), sweaters tied around the neck, collar always popped, looks neat and put together. Hair ribbons or ribbon headbands, pearls, and other classic jewelry pull the look together. Preppies are partial to monogrammed and engraved items (ie tote bags, oxford shirts, jewelry, money clips, etc). Colors are always brite (favorites include pink and lime green). Preppies may not always match EXACTLY but they are always coordinated. Hats are worn (ie polo player, Lacoste, Brooks Brothers), but they are unique- not designs you would see in the mainstream and the "mall".
Preppies often attend prep schools (ie Middlesex School, Governor Dummer Academy, and Belmont Hill) followed by New England private colleges.
They are confident and unafraid to express their own styles and be daring in their fashions. Preppies vacation on Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Delray Beach, and on the coast of Maine. These vacation locales are places their families have been going to for years, and have histories there.
It is a common misconception that preppies are snobs. Many people view them as unapproachable, and as a result mislabel them. Preppies are not as rich as people may think they are, but they are often well off. They buy into classics rather than trends, and don't change their lifestyles with fads.
Preppies tend to have bizarre connections with other preppies they meet, always finding mutual friends/ family and people that run in the same circle.
* Wear tight, skin exposing clothing (ie fitted Abercrombie sexual tshirts with tight flared jeans)
* Limit themselves to mall shopping and chain stores. They gravitate towards long-established classic stores and boutiques unique to quaint New England towns.
* Wear heavy makeup and endless hair products. The phrase "less is more" is a preppy creed.
* Glue purses to their arms, especially when going to school. Lip gloss and if need be, a wallet, are thrown into tote bags along with books.
Preppy as in boarding schools and summers on nantucket. Preppy as in WASP and old money. As in LL Bean fur moccasins and ribbons in your hair, and flip-flops when it's 10 degrees outside. As in sailing and Topsiders and looking back on your house from your boat and being so, so happy. Preppy as in buying clothes not for the label but for what they look like. Preppy as in collars up and Nantucket Red shorts faded to pink. As in crew, tennis, squash, lacrosse. As in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine. As in Ivy League and prep schools with the word "academy" in their names.
As you can probably tell, I've had a lot of experience with this sort of person...and I suppose I am one...but so what if I summer on the Cape and wear blue seersucker and play tennis? Preppy is not a trend, it's a LIFESTYLE...it can never go out of fashion. There will always be people trying to emulate the preppy clothes and thinking they are preps, but really it's about your background and your education and where you summer. Not everyone who wears Lilly is a prep-- there is certain fashion that preppies usually wear, but that doesn't mean someone can just pop their collar and pretend they went to Groton or Choate.
(so yes, those of you who define preppy as:LOVES A+F, PINK, MAKEUP,MAKING FUN OF GOTHS and CHEERLEADING!!!!! are wrong)
"preppy" is a lifestyle; that of many well-to-do and often "waspy" families of New England and New York; most preppy teenagers have been preppy since birth; have attended private/boarding schools in New England all of their lives; enjoy sophisticated, lifelong sports such as (but not restricted to)tennis, sailing, skiing, and golf. Many live in classically preppy areas such as New Canaan, CT; the North Shore, MA; Westchester County, NY; and Greenwich, CT. Many also have second or third homes in Vermont for skiing, or Nantucket/Block Island/Cape Cod for summers.
Many are legacies at boarding schools/colleges in the North East, many are talented but party as hard as they work; Most are old money (see wasp) but there are "nouveau riche" preps who may prefer more modern customs (ie. abercrombie etc) than the timeless classics of the "wasp" lifestyle.
Preppy clothing designers include (but are not limited to):
Lilly Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren, Petit Bateau, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Patagonia, Birkinstock, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, C.K. Bradley, L.L. Bean, the North Face, etc.
Preppy Designers do NOT include:
Abercrombie and Fitch, Express, American Eagle, The Limited, Guess, Aeropostale, etc.
HOWEVER: preppy items may be found at many of these locations (ex: nantucket red girls chinos at American Eagle)
Preppy (girls) essentials include:
ribbon belts,minimal makeup (or better, none), minimal hair styling, pearls, oxfords, polos, chinos, birkinstock clogs, sauconys, headbands, cableknit sweaters, brightly colored pants, cropped pants, jack rogers sandals, lilly pulitzer sundresses, longchamp/herve chapelier/vineyard vines/ll bean totes, patagonia fleeces, reef sandals, JCrew bathing suits, rainbow sandals,moccasins/topsiders, and many more.
preppy (boys) essentials include:
brightly colored baseball hats, rainbow sandals, Ralph Lauren polo shirts (in ALL colors- the brighter the better), nautical rope bracelets, nantucket red khakis, messy/unkempt hair (or minimal styling), other brightly colored khakis/shorts, crewneck sweaters, flannel/plaid oxfords, rope belts, striped ties, vineyard vines ties, LL bean boots, patagonia fleeces, navy blazers + khakis, topsiders, and much more.
"Yea I know, and she is very classy too."