Though the Preps on the East Coast get ALL the attention, from TV shows such as Gossip Girl, you can't just think that its the East only has a "Prep" Class.
Well, honey, welcome to the West Coast.
The West Coast Prep is like the stereotypical east coast prep, with a twist. One major difference is that WCPreps aren't as 'racist' (you may say) than the ECPrep. There are black & white preps, and any other race (though the other races are kind of hard to find). WCPreps are known for being more relaxed about the whole race issue.
For fashion- WCPreps tend to be more vogue/celebrity with thier clothes and accessories. Theres more 'bling' found on the West Coast than the traditional ECPrep would have.
A true WEST COAST preppy is someone who:
Wears (yet isn't limited to)
Clothes: North Face, Juicy, Lacoste, Penguin, Le Tigre, Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion, Joe's, Rock & Republic. Just designer clothing, in general.
Accessories: Any designer sunglass (Preferably Chanel, Dior), diamonds (not pearls), vintage jewelry, Chanel/Louis Vuitton handbags, LeSportsac , Totes(occasionally, during the summer).
**REMINDER** Just because you own some of these items, it doesn't mean you are a 'prep'
WCPreps don't wear as much bright color as the east coast which is famous for their 'pink and lime green' for girls and 'blues and whites' for the guys. The WCPrep MUST own as much black, white, and grey as they can. This applies mostly to the NW corner (Seattle, Washington) but if you move down to CA, such as the famous Laguna & Newport beaches, you find more flip-flops, swimsuits, totes, sunglasses & definitely MORE COLOR.
WCPreps, like the ECPreps are always looking neat & pulled together, and usually they have the most money and drive the best cars. They are not to be confused with fashionistas or just any other popular kid- the West Coast Prep will occasionally dress according to the latest celebrity stile, but isn't found to have their own sort of 'personal' style. The WCPreps do occasionally shop mainstream, but still find a way to be 'higher class' and unique.
Though an unwritten rule, the WCPrep attends a private school (In Seattle: Lakeside, U Prep, Seattle Prep, SAAS), then attend IVY League schools, or international schools. This is a symbol of how well off the Prep is. They usually hang out with only each other (but some still accept others outside of their 'circle'), and have known each other for a long time (anywhere from 4 years to their whole life- but years varies on how cool you are/much money you have).
Preppies vacation anywhere in the world- many have houses on the islands of Hawaii, Mexico, Cabins in Canada, or Yachts in the Caribbean or Europe. Sometimes they also vacation to the East Coast, but usually only if they have family there. There aren't really any family histories at many of these places, but they are modern, hip, and perfect places to party.
(Excerpted from the 'preppy' definition from sayler)
"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."
WCPreps are just like ECPreps in this way (and i did take reference of this before, if you're wondering why you think you're hearing the same thing over)
Although they seem perfect, perfection has to be set by a group of rules--
WEST COAST Preppies don't
(also excerpted from 'preppy' definition by sayler):
* Wear tight, skin exposing clothing (i.e. fitted Abercrombie sexual t shirts with tight flared jeans, but they can wear cute Abercrombie polos/jackets/sweatshirts , and jeans that aren't showing their butts)
* Limit themselves to mall shopping and chain stores, WCPREPS: They are allowed to shop at Nordstrom- a true West Coast company that supplies them with high fashion & accessories, as well as unique labels. You cant find a lot of unique boutiques in Seattle.
* Wear heavy makeup and endless hair products. The phrase "less is more" is a preppy creed. This applies to EVERY PREP.
* Glue purses to their arms, especially when going to school. Lip gloss and if need be, a wallet, are thrown into tote/Lesportsac bags along with books. (WCPreps are also allowed to carry backpacks- we tend to be smarter, but the purse rules applies)
* NICE SHOES ARE A MUST!- Any designer shoes, pumps, and sneakers (no messy sneakers--- Chuck Taylors are definitely allowed, but Sketchers??? SO OUT!)
* NO FAKE DESIGNER CLOTHES/BAGS/ANYTHING ELSE!!! You will be kicked out of the Prep class forever, and I know this sounds mean, but it is true.
* NO MYSPACE WHORES- Facebook is so much classier than myspace.
Other things that are the same between EC/WC Preps:
They play the same sports
Drive the same cars
Have formal, rich, and fabulous families, some with deep family roots with the city, or with the school they attend.
Live in humongous, or just bigger-than-average houses
Go to amazing, private schools
Own other 'playthings' such as boats, the most expensive phones, etc.
Now leaving you on that note...
Preps remember: You know they love us!!!
The two girls thought Sienna looked so stereotypically prep- with her own West Coast twist. She wore a new white North Face, her dark Rock & Republic Jeans, Black Lacoste, White Chucks, rhinestone studded black aviators, and held Grey Juicy bag. She stepped out of her Black C-Class Mercedes she got for her 16th Birthday the year before, and kissed her perfect Lacrosse-playing boyfriend, Anthony, as they headed towards the party.
She truly lived a perfect, preppy life.
A true preppy is someone who:
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.
Apparently, a group of wealthy Americans with surplus money and lesiure time, possessing an incredible ability to write lovingly about themselves.
Every other definition on this page.
Most of the best definitions of preppy have emphasized Northern or New England birthrite preppies, but let's not forget about Southern preppies, as in folks living in Mountain Brook, Alabama, or the West End, Virginia, or the Garden District in Louisiana, or Buckhead, Georgia, or Belle Meade, Tennessee (if you've never heard of these Old Guard, old-money, preppy southern suburbs, than you're not a birthrite prep). Southern preppies wear most of the same classic clothes and styles as their northern cousins, including Lacoste, Lilly, L.L. Bean, Vineyard vines, Topsiders, Brooks Brothers, tevas, Polo, and especially Patagonia (shorts and fleece are key for guys). And the more monograms, the better. Girls love grosgrain and totes from Vineyard Vines and Bean. They also like outerwear by Barbour, Cole-Haan bit loafers, and wallobies by Clark. Southern preppy girls have straight, shoulder length hair. Their preppy mothers and grandmothers may have stiff, helmut hairstyles that haven't changed in decades. Preppy guys have longish, shaggy, wind blown hair. So do their daddies. They look so much alike. Preppy Southerners would attend day schools such as Altamont or Westminster or Harpeth Hall or boarding schools such as Woodberry Forest or Baylor or Foxcroft or Madiera, rather than a New England prep school. For college, they may attend state schools such as Bama or UVA or UNC or private colleges such as Vanderbilt or W&L or Hamden-Sydney (the preppiest school in the country accord...more...
What do people mean when they say "preppy" (and I'm not talking about the slutty Abercrombie-type prep that everyone seems to talk about here).....?
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.
"Preppy is a lifestyle, not a clothing style," Bitsy sighed as she observed the West Coast girls trying to pull off Reds. Her friend Buffy nodded before they resumed their tennis game.
"preppy" has come to mean the opposite or "punk" or "goth"-meaning unoriginal and stuck up, which is completely unfair to the true meaning of preppy.
(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. ...
A preppy person is someone who is classic and conservative. True preps attend some sort of private school. They don't have to have loads of money but basically all of them are at least "well-off". One can find preps shopping at store like J.Crew and Ralph Lauren because they have classic styles. Preps do own clothes from Abercrombie and American Eagle, but only certain things like sweaters and capris. They do NOT wear provacative clothing or really tighting fitting jeans. Most of them are relativly smart and athletic. Their friends and family are proud of them. They are polite, but still know how to have a good time when they go out with their friends! One can count on a true prep to be respectful.
"Wow look at that girl, she is really nicely put together!"
"Yea I know, and she is very classy too."
A prep is typically a well-educated, good-looking person who comes from a solid, well-established, "old-money" family. Preps lean towards conservatism, and generally are well-dressed and buttoned-down in public. A prep is inclined to wear clothes from Brooks, Lacoste, J. Crew, and Lily Pulitzer - NOT Abercrombie or American Eagle, as some non-preps believe. A prep is usually an all around good guy (or girl) and would be unlikely to brag about their status or wealth. Preps shouldn't be characterized as spoiled underachievers - if they were, where would top-tier schools like Princeton get their preppy reputations? Colleges and universites are becoming more democratic each year; an unqualified student wouldn't gain admittance on family wealth alone. People who bash preps have probably only had contact with the A & F, A & E kind of wannabe-prep - and in many cases I would agree with their comments. But a true prep is far more understated; they would drive a Volkswagen GTI over a Cadillac, vacation on the Vineyard or on Bermuda rather than on St. Bart's, favor subtlety over ostentation. The people on this site who don't like preps are either jealous or haven't actually met a real one.
Muffy and Bif spent much of the summer drinking G & T's and playing tennis at the preppy club in Old Lyme.