Preppies live very privileged lives (and we all know it too) and they are grateful for the opportunities given to them. They realize that not everyone lives a charmed life and are therefore not brats such as those on MTV's Super Sweet 16, but rather they acknowledge how much mom and dad have done to give them a good life, and are properly grateful.

Another defining characteristic of preppies is their work ethic. Preppies work hard for top grades and to be admitted to top-tier prep schools and colleges. The myth about daddy paying for lazy kids to go to Yale is not true. Our parents feel we should work to get to the top, and our work ethic usually pays off, which is why you find us at colleges such as Dartmouth and Yale.

There is, of course, the matter of the distinct preppy clothing style. Rather than the mall shops such as Hollister and American Eagle where the so-called "mainstream preps" shop, a real New England preppy shops at stores such as Vineyard Vines, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and Murray's. These clothes are admittedly more expensive than those found in the mall, but they are of much better quality, and therefore last longer, proving to be a smarter, better investment. The reason we can get away with wearing clothing for so long is because preppies do not follow trends. Our style of polos (collars popped essentially until marriage), khakis, topsiders, and other classic pieces has been in style for decades, and will continue to be in style for decades to come.
A preppy has been given opportunities but rather than waste them or take them for granted he or she works to earn this privilege after the fact. Class act.
by Nantucketreds0527 April 08, 2010
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
first of all, there are basically two types of preppy. while both date back to the original root of the preppy style. there is an east coast prep, and a west coast prep.
both of these types of preppy go back to the original polo shirts like lacoste, lilly pulitzer, ralph lauren, jcrew and other brands.
l.l. bean, lands end and patagonia are also preppy favorites.
while some west coast preps do shop at baercrombie, it's not for any tight or revealing clothing. it's for basic slimt fit chinos, nice skirts and oxfords. preppy does not mean snobby, and rich although most preps are from well off families.
preps are not mean, condescending people.
we often play sports like lacrosse, golf and tennis.
and while most of us do drive nice cars, and do pop our collars (without a crease, of course) we are not mean and rude to people.
a true prep respects everyone and is well mannered.
many times we volunteer our time to charity and helping the less fortunate.
more importantly we must always look collected and neat, have good manners and NEVER reduce ourselves to making fun of others.
most preps go to a private school, like myself, and stay with the classic preppy looking never trading it in, but sometimes it's nice to add something to the classic look.
anyway, people need to stop saying preps ONLY wear abercrombie and that stuff because actually, most of us don't.
we are not snobby as MANY of you have tried to say, if you get to know a prep we're actually really nice.
we love ribbons in our hair, printed belts, jane fox flip-flops and most importantly tote bags!

you all should really give preps a chance before you judge them as self centered rich kids!
catie looked super chic prep in her sky blue lacoste polo (collar up, no doubt!), khaki chinos and vera bradley tote, and the ribbons in her hair totally accentuated the look.
by bri August 16, 2004
Most of these definitions are pretty accurate, but none of them mention Canadian preps. We enjoy the same lifestyle as American preps, but we live in places like Oakville, London (ontario), Kanata, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, And some parts of British Columbia. We sail our boats on lake Ontario, we ride our horses along the Trans Canada trail, we don't shop at the malls, and if we do, it's only because they have stores like J Crew, Banana Republic, Lilly Pulitzer, or Ralph Lauren. We don't shop at Abercrombie and Fitch or American Eagle. We summer on the cape of in the vineyard. We belong to country clubs, and party as hard as we work. We attend boarding schools in the USA, or Candian ones like Ridley. Or we attend private or gifted/enriched day schools. We usually have pretty good relationships with our parents. We respect them, and they are very good to us. We live in historic (or historic looking) houses with manicured lawns and well cared for gardens. We don't have gigantic stone gargloyles or electric gates; we are not flashy! We don't really watch TV that much, though their are some shows we enjoy. We do our homework and plan to attend Universities like Yale, Princeton, McGill, or Queens. We aren't snobby, we're generally pretty nice and friendly people. We were brought up well by old money families. We'll end up marrying well to do preppy boys and raising preppy children. Most preps are caucasion, but we can be any race. We usually have straight, shoulder length (or longer) hair. We carry LL Bean totes with monograms on them.

A typical preppy outfit for girls: Lilly Pullitzer polo, J Crew critter shorts, Eliza B. flip flops, and a ribbon in our hair, of course.

A typical preppy outfit for boys: Khaki pants, a Ralph Lauren polo (collar popped, of course), Rainbow flipflops, and a sweater knotted around their shoulders.

Preppy is a lifestyle. NOT a trend!

1 :
Mimi: Wow, Muffy, look at Babs today!
Muffy: I know, she looks so cute today in her Lilly skirt and her tiffanys pearl necklace
Mimi: Don't you love the ribbon in her hair? It's so preppy!

1:
Babs: Hey girls, want to study for the Algebra test at my house tonight
Muffy: Sure!
Mimi: Sorry, I have a tennis match
Babs: Good luck!
by Mitsy July 06, 2007
Hey. Sure, Brooks Brothers is a standard preppy store, but don't forget BASS. Of course, they sew the Weejuns!
Bass Weejuns -- loafers with the money appropriately inserted.
by RT April 02, 2005
It seems that far too many people define a preppy as a snob who dresses like a slut, and who trashes others.

In fact, the exact opposite would better define a preppy. Preppies are known for their charm, their ability to make anyone feel welcome, no matter their background or lifestyle.

However, to be honest, preppies live very sheltered lifestyles and do not often have to interact with those labeled as "emo" or "gothic." The reason for this is that most young preppies have never experienced life outside of their prep school (boarding or day), country club, and summers on the cape.

Preppies live very privileged lives (and we all know it too) and they are grateful for the opportunities given to them. They realize that not everyone lives a charmed life and are therefore not brats such as those on MTV's Super Sweet 16, but rather they acknowledge how much mom and dad have done to give them a good life, and are properly grateful.

Another defining characteristic of preppies is their work ethic. Preppies work hard for good grades, and to be admitted to top-tier prep schools and colleges. The myth about daddy paying for stupid kids to go to Yale is not true. Our parents feel we should work to get ourselves to the top, and our work ethic usually pays off, which is why you find us at colleges such as Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Yale.

There is, of course, the matter of the distinct preppy clothing style. Rather than the mall shops such as Hollister, Old Navy, and American Eagle where the so-called "mainstream preps" shop, a real New England preppy shops at stores such as Vineyard Vines, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and Murray's. These clothes are admittedly more expensive than those found in the mall, but they are of much better quality, and therefore last longer, proving to be a smarter, better investment. Preppies have expensive clothes, but they hang in their closets for years, until they are no longer acceptable for public wear. The reason we can get away with wearing clothing for so long is because preppies do not follow trends. The preppy style of polos (collars popped essentially until marriage), khakis, topsiders, and other classic pieces has been in style for decades, and will continue to be in style for decades to come.
A preppy girl can be spotted at Dartmouth because she is the one in the green lacrosse uniform, with a bright pink ribbon tied around her ponytail.

A preppy boy is the one sailing at Yale. He's wearing a classic hemp bracelet, and his skin is perfectly and evenly tanned from summering on Martha's Vineyard.
by Born and raised in Exeter February 04, 2008
A prep is someone who lives in new england, summers in nantucket, martha's vineyard or block island, and usually goes to a private school. preps come from old money, generally their families are old time new england families. preps go to colleges like wesleyan, swarthmore, harvard, bowdoin, risd, wellesly, and other colleges of the type. they wear j.crew, have a northface ski jacket with lift tickets attatched, carry a nalgene with them everywhere, and dont wear a whole lot of makeup. they consider themselves to be liberals, but tend to be more on the conservative end of liberalism.
they wont admit they are rich, but they are-they just arent showy with their money, and will buy a jetta over a porsche or a crv over an escalade. generally, they go for quality, not size/showyness.
person 1: you look so new england prep today
person 2: yeah i didnt feel like hiding it today
by K.A. August 01, 2005

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