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  • This is a preppy style guide

    A preppy style guide part 9

    Preppy style, what to wear, number 19:

    Just like wax jackets, quilted jackets are a popular staple in a prep’s outerwear collection. Although Rugby is quintessentially British, many preps like to wear rugby shirts probably because the aesthetic of bold colorful stripes and a white collar is very much in line with other preppy clothing items.

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    A preppy style guide part 8

    Preppy style, what to wear, number 15:

    Corn dogs are to carnivals what Nantucket Reds are to prep culture. The red pants, shorts, shirts, hats, and various other articles were originally distributed by Murray’s Toggery Shop in Nantucket and are “guaranteed to fade” to an almost rosy pink. They are traditionally pants, but today consist of an entire selection of clothing and accessories that are incredibly popular to the point of being legendary in Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and their birthplace of Nantucket.

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    A preppy style guide part 6

    Preppy style, what to wear, number 7:

    Cable knit sweaters are classic and will never go out of style. No matter whether they are made of cotton, wool or cashmere, with sleeves or without, they are a staple of a preppy wardrobe. If you wear bow ties, a crew neck is a way to go, while ties look great with V-neck sweaters. For a soft, casual outfit, look for a melange two-tone yarn which lends the sweater a mottled, gentle look. Of course, just like with any other sweater quality is paramount.

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    A preppy style guide part 5

    Preppy style, what to wear, number 5:

    Colorful belts with motifs and stripes are an integral part of a preppy wardrobe. Often combined with brown leather and a brass buckle, these more or less flexible cloth belts are combined with chinos, Madras or seersucker pants to create a bold look. D-ring belts have been around since the mid-1960s when introduced by J.Press. They provide a casual and fun flair to a normally conservative look. Some say that in order to wear them you either need a sense of humor or a small budget since many D-ring belts are reversible offering two-in-one belts. Traditionally called a “Ribbon Belt,” the newly-coined term “D-ring” is believed to have been made up by Vineyard Vines. In the sixties, during the height of hippies, privileged and traditionally conservative East Coast preps used the colored ribbon belts as a way to add some more personality to their dress. There is nothing exclusive or luxurious about ribbon belts. They are just a lot of fun with various patterns. From the iconic three-stripe belts and the five-stripe versions from Ralph Lauren to ones with embroidered lobsters and sailboats lining them, the belts, although traditionally made of polyester, rayon and nylon, now come in a variety of fabric and materials from sailing cloth to fine cordovan leathers.

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    A preppy style guide part 4

    Preppy style, what to wear, number 1:

    There are many items we enjoy as a whole. Often some of the best items are handed down, and many are found in little antique shops and thrift stores.

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    A preppy style guide part 3

    This guide is about prep clothing and preppy style. It is not exclusive to those who attend or are an alumnus of Ivy League schools and preparatory academies in the Northeast United States, it is for everybody interested in this (life)style.

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    A preppy style guide part 2

    The history of the preppy style, number 4:

    With the popularity of traditional New England activities such as sailing, fencing, rowing, tennis, golf, and polo, many of the fashions that were designed for sale on campus were reflective of these leisurely pastimes. Since much of the clothing sold were influenced by these activities, it stood to reason that students on campus began wearing the clothing to those respective events, matches, and games.

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  • 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.

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  • Things banned from my wardrobe

    Capsule wardrobe guide for men part 5

    First, congrats, you decided to give something new a try. Maybe you will like it, maybe you will not, but the experience is likely to be revealing about your approach to clothes.

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  • A Men’s Guide to Cufflinks

    How to combine and pair cufflinks guide part 3

    Generally, cuff links do not pair well with suits, so you should look at your shirts. Obviously, it depends on your personal taste. But to start, a plain white or light blue shirt works well because you can have all kinds of cufflinks on them. They can be contrasting, such as a green one, blue, red, yellow, basically anything that contrasts those colors will stand out.

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