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!!!
She truly lived a perfect, preppy life.
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."