A preppy style guide part 1

A preppy style guide part 1

The history of the preppy style, number 1:

Traditionally the terms “prep,” “preppy,” “prepster” or any other variation was historically used to describe a subculture of upper-class youth born into old money in the Northeastern United States. They, as their fathers before them, would attend the family alma mater, typically one of the eight schools classified as “Ivy League:” Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

The history of the preppy style, number 2:

Today, the term “preppy” is far looser and is a term regularly used in high schools across North America and parts of Europe. It still describes a subculture, but that of a social circle of well brought up men and women who have adopted a manner of speech, vocabulary, dress, manners, and etiquette that becomes an integral part of their lifestyle, which is reflective of the traditions adopted from those historic upper-class Northeastern families. Of course, the prep culture or coastal culture is still very predominant in those regions, but it has spread into other areas and is often referred to as a southern culture and now classic American culture, adopted by men and women in all of the fifty states, as well as abroad.

The history of the preppy style, number 3:

The initial preppy style actually started around 1910-1912 before becoming popularly known as Ivy Style in the mid-1940s. One of the first and most iconic preppy brands, J. Press, began to develop fashions that were sold exclusively to the various Northeastern collegiate and many believe that it was that J.Press that helped to shape the preppy subculture we know today. By the mid-twentieth century, the two most iconic preppy haberdasheries had developed storefronts on campus at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. It was Brooks Brothers and J.Press that started the trends, giving affluent Ivy League students onsite shopping, which resulted in much of the campus wearing their clothing.

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