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i am really amazed by lots of these entries. a lot of them seem to get the whole jist of being preppy.. but much of them don't. there really isn't even.. a certain way you have to be which a lot of these people here are saying. preppys are just normal people. just like any person, they can be nice, mean, snobby, perfect, hideous, amazing.. you can't help how you were born. being preppy is the life you were born into. typically, it means attending a prestigious private school (usually boarding) and then continuing on to a prestigious private college. it's a priveledged lifestyle. that's really all. there are tons of preppys in the world, typically, yes they do live in the northeast but if you live in a suburb of boston and then your family needs to move to.. idk.. florida.. you are still you. your preppy family has it's ways and that's how they live. also typically preppys do wear clothes from places like polo ralph lauren, lacoste, patagonia, ll bean, vineyard vines, jcrew, and anywhere! it's all about the classics. the stores i just listed are where you can get everything preppy. but you can find a classic piece at any store. just look.
being preppy is just a lifestyle.
by guesswho2 September 08, 2004
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There are the private old school, polo shirt & loafer wearing preppies that summer in Nantucket and love sailing, rugby, squash, etc. Then there are the public school, mall shopping, Abercrombie and Finch wearing preppies who love football. You can even hear the difference in their grammar (Old school don't use valley girl as do public school) and speech. For instance when a person says apple, car and please. Old school would say "for instance", Public school says "like".

They are two different groups. Public school preps (PSP) have a tendency to "need" to point out to others they are popular while in high school. Where an old school prep (OSP) is concerned with family pride and life style that lasts into adulthood and until they die. True the OSP made say something not nice BUT they are polite most of the time. PSP often are rude to others. Want to get back at a PSP? Tell them they are not OPS which is what they are imitating whether they realize it or not. When they say they are, ask them when their family arrive in America was it over 200 years ago? Or when the last time they went sailing?

Preppy is slang for preparatory school. A pubic high school, though provides a good education, is not prep-school where students take college level classes. There should be two different names for old school prep (OSP) and public school prep (PSP).
OSP Girl: "Daniel, a PSP is waving at you." PSP Girl says to Nathanial: "Oh, My, God ! Dan, I have not seen you in sooooo long." Grabs at Daniel for a hug. Daniel unhappy but polite: "Hi, ah...Niki. What are you doing here?" "I can't believe I ran into you...OMG It is totally awesome to see you...Do you like my preppy new shoes?" OSP Girl: "Hello, I am sorry to interrupt your conversation but we are on our way to meet some of our friends. It was a pleasure meeting you." PSP: OMG it was totally awesome to run into you. We should get together. Wait let me send you a text."
by We Have Been Here March 10, 2010
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A Prep is one who above all has class. Yes, some may be snobs - but its just to put others in their places. Only kidding. Preps have a good sense of humor, of course. A prep can be seen sporting Lacoste, Polo, J.Crew, Lilly, Rainbow sandals, boat shoes, etc. Popped collars and searsuckers are ALWAYS found in a preps closet. Girls are not seen without their pearls. Most venture out with purses that could have been their grandmothers, such as Vera Bradley, and they must be monogrammed! Croakies are worn to keep sunglasses on, and afternoons are spent on the boat, sailing, playing tennis, playing golf, at the fitness center, etc. Hair and nails are always perfect, and though preps do not wear make-up, they always look flawless. Pink is a must-have. Alwys looks as though dressed to have brunch at the club. Well-off. Two houses - one downtown, one on the beach. Nice cars - Mercedes, BMW, Lexis, or older models of volvos, jeeps, tahoes, etc. Private Prep Schools then Southern University. In a sorority or fraternity. Parents are lawyers or doctors, or just have family money.

Preps are conservative and classy. Preps are not: Abercrombie, American Eagle, Mall clothes, etc. Preps are not public school. Preps are not trashy.
While having tea with her grandmother at the club, the girl saw many other preps; all were wearing searsucker or nantucket red pants, lacoste shirts with the collars popped, croakies, rainbows or boat shoes, and the girls all had on their pearls.
by a prep July 09, 2005
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Clothes:

-Brands: Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, Lilly Pullitzer,
Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, etc...
-Not: Abercrombie, Hollister, Charlotte Russe, etc...
-Occasionally: Something from American Eagle or maybe
some chino shorts at Old Navy
-Will Wear:
-Ribbon Belts
-Pearls
-Polos
-Cardigans
-Oxfords
-Bright colors but will also wear classics like navy
-Chinos
-Argyle Sweaters/Socks/etc...
-Bright headbands
-Madras shorts
-Will Not Wear:
-Denim minis
-Trends like leggings, boho skirts, UGG boots, etc..
-Skin tight clothing
-Revealing clothing

Make-Up
-In a few words: None or little

Activities:
-Tennis, golf, polo, ballet, etc...
-Isn't one to roam around the mall doing nothing on a
Friday night
-Summers in the Vineyard, Nantucket, the Hamptons, etc..
-Does well in school usually and will most likely go to
a private East coast college or an elite public
university like UVA.

Personality:
-Like any stereotype (goth, punk, jock), their
personality ranges from person to person. Some preps are
nice just like some jocks are nice. Some preps are mean
just like some jocks are mean. It just depends
Girl at J. Crew: "I love that pink and kelly green ribbon belt. Very preppy"

Girl at Abercrombie: "I totally wanna get that denim mini and sheer cami. I'm like so totally preppy."

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preppy is someone who comes from a certain amount of wealth and is raised within a certain lifestyle. Although "being preppy" is often conceived as one dressing in polos and popping the collar, there are different ways to approach the idea. First off, typically, preppies lean to the conservative side never wearing anything that would by any means be provocative or sluttly. Classy, not cheap and not thrown together. Tradition not trends. True preps don't just enter the everyday mall and buy things from the mainstream chains where the business thrives on the "hot" new fashion. Old, well respected establishments is the way of life. Education is pivotal, although one does not have to attend a New England prep school to reach said status. There are exclusive suburban public high schools who are a breeding ground to the preppy lifestyle. Ergo,preps are not limited to the New England and even the Southern areas, the North Shore in Illinois is a good example of true preps outside the stereotypical locations. Some may say that preps are ALWAYS snots, but that is not ALWAYS true. Yes, some are type A snots and probably should be smacked, but some are actually caring, nice people. It's not like they are this superior race, they are like any other demographic, consisting of the brats and the down to earth. Being preppy isn't just dressing in pastels and popping the collar it's a way one lives day to day. It's a mindset, and the look a prep has is just a supplement to the pattern of life.
preppy is more than fashion, it's tradition and excellence and respectfulness and a way of life.
by KTWHIT June 20, 2008
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relating to or characteristic of well-educated, fairly wealthy young people who are known for their neat, traditional, often expensive clothing style.
The girl who goes to Phillips Andover is very preppy becuase she dresses neatly and is very well educated
by Amanda Fox March 11, 2004
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Concrete Definition of Preppy:

One who is stylish and spends a lot of money on their clothing. Typically dressed in Ralph Lauren Polo, Lacoste, and Lilly Pulitzer. A true prep goes to a prep school, be it a day school or a boarding school. Most of these schools are located on the East Coast. They are not religiously affiliated. There is no such thing as a true public school prep. Preppies are subtly flashy, and tend to purchase things for comfort and style. Silver jewelry is particularly common, as are pearls. Flip-flops and ribbon belts are must-have accessories, as well as real (or sometimes fake) pearl earrings. Preppies take good care of their nails, but do not get acrylic fakes. Many get their eyebrows waxed. Preppies strive always to appear to spend less time than they do on their appearance, and do not brag or draw attention to their achievements openly. Preppy clothes never truly go out of style, but are frequently replaced. Preppies love their khakis, especially males. They will pay three times as much for a polo player, alligator, or palm tree on their shirts. Common vacations include, but are not limited too: Massachusetts coast, skiing out west (it is more expensive), and Caribbean island vacations during the winter (also very expensive). Most preps have, in their life, skied, and played lacrosse, tennis, and golf. Preppiness is found in its truest form after several generations of wealth in the family. First-generation preps tend to be flashy. True Preparatory (Prep) schools have near 100 years of “experience in educating young men/women” and nearly all of them send 100% of their graduates on to college. Preps tend to proceed to Ivy League, or other “big-name” colleges. Their level of intelligence varies greatly. They may have, but do not need, trust funds.

Preppies value staying in touch, which is why many have cell phones. They claim to buy their more expensive items so that they “will last.” (Examples are Oakley sunglasses, Columbia Sportswear and LL Bean outerwear, and Polo shirts.)

Preppies are not slutty, and do not wear American Eagle or Abercrombie, except for some of their sweaters. They focus instead on the more expensive brands, since they can and will pay 50-75 dollars for a short sleeve shirt. Preppies strive to wear different shirts each time they are around the same person. True preppiness can not be adapted, but it is a part of birthright. Wanna-bee Preppies never quite achieve what true preps are born with.
"She mixes pink and green like a true preppy"

"Their hair ribbons are so preppy."

"I dig the preppy style."
by Meg February 16, 2004
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