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 according to Lisa Birnbach). And they will almost always join a fraternity or sorority. Preppy families live in historic or historic looking houses in nice, woodsy neighborhoods, that are comfortable in size but never ostentatious (no electronic gates!) Inside, family antiques, silver, china and portraits are found and all rooms are always used. It is an elegant yet comfortable environment. Southern preppies and their families belong to private town clubs and country clubs such as the Piedmont Driving Club of Atlanta, the Commonwealth Club of Richmond, and the Mountain Brook Club of Birmingham. Southern preppy families don't emphasize cars as status, but typically drive volvo wagons, mercedes sedans, Jeep Cherokees, Hondas, and sometimes SUVs (although they feel guilty about them!). It is more important to have money in the bank than in the driveway! Southern preppies enjoy sports such as tennis, sailing, soccer, lacrosse, and golf, but also quail hunting (in season) and attend Steeplechases in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. And they love to watch and attend college football games in fall. Tailgate parties! While some southern preppies journey northwards to summer on Martha's Vineyard or in Maine, most old southern families summer on Sea Island or St. Simmons's Island in Georgia, the mountain towns of Linville and Highlands in North Carolina, or the north Georgia lakes of Lake Rabun and Lake Burton. Southern preppies believe strongly in giving back to the community and are active members of their church, sit on symphony and museum boards, volunteer at children's hospitals, and run historic preservation societies. In fact, most old-family southern debutantes are required to participate in volunteer work during their debut season. Old-family, southern debutante balls are still important and traditional rites of passage for southern preppy girls as debs and preppy boys as escorts or marshalls. All southern preppies seem to know one another and have a large group of friends and acquaintances. Southern preppies have large, extended families and lots of cousins. They always go to the family country place for Thanksgiving and play football and ride horses. Preppy as a fashion trend may come and go, by preppy as a lifestyle will always continue and exist, and probably more so in the South than elsewhere. Remember: the Virginia colonies were settled by England before Massachusetts and the rest of New England. And Virginia is very prep.
Kappa Sigma at Hampden-Sydney is full of blond, shaggy hair guys who play lacrosse and are from Buckhead.
by Alex September 22, 2004

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Preppy- Preppy people are people that DO NOT shop at a&f or american eagle.
To find out if somebody is a true prep they must have these qualities-
1. They are old money
2. live in places such as nyc,palm beach,virginia,kentucky,pennsylvania,mass., and conneticut and some rich areas of texas.
3. summer- on the coast of maine,fishers island, or any foreign country...the hamptons, cape cod and nantucket have become too new money and are no longer prep.
4.preps wear gucci loafers,barbour jackets,wear pearls, tiffanys jewelry,wear ribbon belts, rainbow flip flops or any flip flops,wear lacoste or lilly, rl polo has become too cheap, wear j-crew pants, rl cable knit sweaters,ribbons in their hair,not veyr much makeup,jack rogers shoes, and wear sevens or citizens jeans.
5. preps do not go to malls and if they do the only place they hit is saks, neimans or nords (those are last resort) and always hit bendels and bergs and c-orrico
6.preps ALWAYS attend boarding schools such at foxcroft,deerfield,miss porters,middlesex,taft,hotchkiss,episcopal,kent, or saint pauls.
7. preps always are from a long line of preps that have race horses that run in the kentucky derby etc.
8. preps also play sports such as lacrosse,field hockey,golf,tennis,polo, and they ride.
9. preps are always nice people.
Foxcroft is so prep.
by Helen October 10, 2004

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Although there are numerous definitions of "preps" from America, i would like to subject people to the English preps. Like their international counterparts, the English Preps often come from Old-money backgrounds. Some may live on larger farms, or have extensive estates, they may indeed live in manor houses. they are less conservative than the description of the americans, and often like to do sports such as lacrosse, polo, tennis etc. before the Ban, many preps would also enjoy hunting.
"oh suzie has such class"
"Well yes, she is rather preppy"
by Gorgeous trumps everything May 03, 2006

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Preps are those who are refined and sophisticated individuals. They are usually well-off, but their money comes from a long line of wealth. All preps are considered "old money;" their grandparents attended college. They may not be extremely wealthy, but their family/relatives are refined and come from a long line a "blue blood." Lacoste, Polo by Ralph Lauren, Jcrew, LL Bean, and Brooks Brothers are the only brands worn by true preps (with few exceptions: including rainbow sandals). Preps in the south tend to go to small private colleges or universities such as UVa or Wake Forest. Preps often belong to the local country club, drive nice cars (but aren't "showy" with their wealth, everyone already knows; they have no need to talk about money constantly). Most preps are extremely intelligent and most are athletic. They play sports such as tennis, golf, racquetball, and squash; country club sports. They DO NOT listen to rap nor do they "fix" up their cars. A true prep drives a BMW, Jaguar, Volvo, Mercedes, or Porsche, and blasts Dave Matthews or OAR. Preps are somewhat snobby and are usually friends with other preps, but it's natural for preps to surround themselves with people of similar standing. Preps attend numerous "black tie events" and often go to colleges where suits are worn to all football games. So when you see a fake prep decked in Abercrombie and Fitch and in their "suped-up" cars politely laugh under your breath.
"Hurry up Bradford! We're going to be late for the DMB concert! I'll be waiting in the BMW!"
by Prep4life August 02, 2004

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A person who rarely, if ever, makes wild assumptions based on inaccurate B movie depictions (usually involving William Zabka) and can spell challenging words such as "Abercrombie" and "arrogant," but never wears one and never subscribes to the other.
Presumptuous Ignoramus: You are wearing abercrombi so you are arrogint.

To which our Preppy responds: Actually, it's L.L. Bean, and I wouldn't just assume you dropped out of middle school because of your spelling.
by Learned Gentleman May 12, 2006

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A guy or girl who dresses perfectly without trying to. They appear to do everything well and with ease. They are frequently the descendants of "old" money and are very well off financially. Despite this, they don't need obsequious displays of wealth (i.e. wearing Versace) to convey that they are better off than everyone else. The usual clothing of choice is Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Lilly, L.L. Bean, J. Press, and Brooks Brothers to name a few. Abercrombie & Fitch is *not* a preppy staple, as it has been co-opted by the nouveau and hoi polloi. Connecticut has more preppies per square mile than any other state (i should know, i was born and raised there, a child of privilege). The highest concentration of them are on Connecticut's "Gold Coast", Westport, Darien, New Canaan, with smaller yet densely clustered habitations in Madison, Clinton, Guilford, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Farmington, Avon, Old Saybrook and Stonington. No, East Lyme isn't preppy, they're poseurs, simply nouveau riche trash flaunting daddy's hard-earned money. Preppies aren't snobs, per se, they simply don't wish to waste their intellect and humor on a lesser being, hence the popular notion of their being snobs. They simply have their style, mannerisms, codified behavior and traditions. One cannot be a preppy unless you are born into this station in life. Don't worry poseurs; they real preps can see through your pretenses, false as they are. They vacation in places not likely to be frequented by trash or nouveau riches, so they revel in places such as Martha's Vineyard, Block Island, Fisher's Island, Hilton Head Island and Sanibel Island. To the trained eye, once can identify a Connecticut preppie immediately. Because, quite simply, Connecticut preps are top shelf. It's key.
The place: The Caribe Hilton, San Juan Puerto Rico.
The date: Christmas Eve, 2004
The scene: the bar/club at the Caribe Hilton. A large group, a family walks into the club, ages ranging from early teens to adults in their 50's. They are all clad in pastels, khakis, collars popped up, the Polo horse insignia emblazoned on all of their shirts, no noticeable makeup on the females, conservative hair styles for the males and females, they all have a healthy glow to their perfect caucasian complexions. They sit at a table and appear to enjoy themselves immensely. Theirs is a clubby, exclusive circle that cannot be penetrated or imitated by wannabees or other covetous outsiders. An onlooker in the club turns to his wife and comments: "Where are THEY from?" His wife replys, matter of factly, "From Connecticut, dear, can't you tell?"
by Preppy in Connecticut May 03, 2005

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A preppy girl is not always the one who wears hideous amounts of pink and green. True those are our signature colors but there is a lot more. Preppy girls are NOT the mean snobs, those are the wannabe preppies. Us true preppies spend our summers on Martha's Vineyard (etc.) and attend prep schools like GDA and Noble & Greenough. We are not the ones that wear slutty clothes from Abercrombie although we may wear a few pink and green things from there. We are the nice kids who tend to do very well in school but have fun while doing so. Our children will eventually be preppy too. To be preppy you have to be NICE!!
Ally looked preppy in her pink lacoste shirt (with collar up) and cuffed chinos from Brooks Brothers.
by Meg June 16, 2004

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A true "Preppy" is an individual that has or had the privilege of attending a private or preparatory high school in preparation for college. Examples of prep schools on the east cost include Exeter and Handover and on the west coast include Harvard-Westlake, Flintridge Prep, and Poly Pasadena. Those that are not currently attending a prep/private school or are not alumni/alumnae of a prep/private school and just try to dress the part are by most definitions a wannabe.
Now he is a true preppy.
by TheSeven July 28, 2011

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