a southern prep: Often will wear the same thing as any other preppy person including polos, pearls, ribbons but will also include many different colors of seersucker (never after Labor Day) and cameo hats for boys often times for their state college of choice. Conservative with a lot of southern pride! Usually don't like "yankees" too much. Might go to a New England school but will probably end up at a school like UVA or UNC (the really smart ones) or another southern school like Bama, Ole Miss, Vandy, Georgia, etc. Will join a fraternity or sorority and be very active members. Many southern preppy families are inter-related. Many of the girls will be Debs and will eventually marry a nice southern gentleman. Most likely have gone hunting before. Will probably have houses either in Mississippi (Biloxi) or Sea Island or other exclusive locales like that. Often like sailing and are part of country clubs. Love southern tradition and are very set in their ways.
Richard is always such the preppy southern gentleman, and he looks so good in his cameo hat and popped collar at the UVA football games.
by Jordan L November 14, 2005
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Variant of preppy. One who has gone to a preperatory school.
by Daniel Webster July 29, 2004
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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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traditionally, attends a prep school; realistically, sophistocated, classic, stylish, somewhat conservative; optimistically, ridiculous, intelligent, kind; frequently blonde, fairly well-off, spends summers on the Cape; usually can be identified by clothes and car
anything polo, lacoste, burberry, maax, or lilly pulitzer; not really abercrombie; common colors include pink and green, among other pastels; accessories for girls include pearls, bows, sweaters around the neck, collars popped, ribbon belts and large "audrey hepburn" sunglasses
by mel p November 30, 2003
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You may be a prep if:

1. You go to a private school on the east cost

2. you plan on attending a top private university or college

3. Your wardrobe consist of pastels.

4. you summer in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket or the Cape, but never "The Island"

5. you drive either a BMW, Audi, Volvo, Land Rover, or a vintage Mercedes

6. you are conservative

7. you come from a WASP background

8. you are well off

9. you live in the northeast
A typical preppy line: "I took my Mercedes to Martha's Vineyard this weekend were I played polo"
by The Typical May 07, 2004
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Preps are often misjudged and wrongly labled. People often label preps as stuck up, self conceited and arrogant, thinking of themselves as better than others and thus looking down upon them. Though that is definately NOT the case. Preps as a group are generally extremely kind, caring, respectful, not snobby, considerate and polite people. Though they generally prefer to shop at stores like Lacoste, Ralph Lauren: preferably blue label, Lily, (jeans at Saks or Neiman) etc, and wear pastel colors it is all for the classic look, a simple well respected, decent and simple appearance. Preps absolutely love ribbons, ribbon belts(ralph lauren), flip flops and simple yet elegant jewelery. Preps DO NOT wear overly tight, or revealing clothing. But on top of the way one dresses, being preppy is also a way of life. Most preps are quite well off with parents owning a well to do buisness, were brought up to respect elders, be well mannered..etc...the basics. Though poeple sometimes think preps have parents who are clueless of their actions and behavior it is completely wrong. Though the parent are usually well off they do care about their children and take good care of them, keep and eye on them, provide smeone to take them to places, a housekeeper, and are home enough to spend family time togther. Preps are also brought to attend college and futher schooling and to become an important member of their community, and to lead a well respected, decent life. Preps often attend sports and are in good physique skiing. field hocky, swimming, tennis and lacrosse are a must. Though most preps attend private schools, preps do sometimes attend public schools though they're usually elite suburban public schools. Preps recieve extremly good grades, study hard, and have many friends. Usually preps have long hair, brunnette or blonde, and hold t hemselves in a manner to dosplay t hat one is proud to be oneself and will stay strong. Preppy girls usually like dating preppy guys and will in the end most probably marry one. Preps do not have to attend country clubs, and drink a lot. Also though most preps are caucasion there are some that come from mixed backgroud, example father caucasian mother asian..etc. Vactation spots are truely not limited though Nantucket, the vinard, White Mountains are wonderful places to go.
Preps:
like wearing polo shirts
enjoy shopping at lacoste, Ralph Lauren..etc
are respecable polite, well behaved
are intelligent
do well in school
plan to go to college and bne successful in life
love ribbons!
know how to have fun
love the beach! and quite serene places
are generally well off
care
love literature, classics, arts, math, etc
tend to participate in sports like field hocky lacrosse etc
are brought up well
are not snobby
are conservative in dress
are hopefully conservative...though some are liberal..shame
do not wear a lot of makeup!
are into pastel colors
respect people and do not brag about staus, wealth, or nything in that genre.
"Beth is such a well behaved girl. Not at al like those modern rampaging teenagers you usually see. Actually i believe she's quite the opposite, polite, sweet, gentle, very well dressed..though simply..and oh such a darling face, what curious eyes. Ahh and i hear she's doing quite well in school, it seems that Johnathan and Anne were quite correct to bring her up in a way to live that so called "preppy life style". I'd say it's more of a classic way of life, simple, and sophisticated."
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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."

by Goody Goody Gumdrops August 04, 2006
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