Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What in the World is a Prep Anyway??

The other day I was reminded of the fact that most people do not know what a preppy person really is. I hate to break it to all those people that believe Hollister and Abercrombie are "preppy"....but they just aren't. I think they are just borderline tacky to be honest (anyone else's opinion on this??)

The Oxford English Dictionary Defines "Preppy" as the following:

adj. of clothes, appearance, ect. :typical of or associated with students at prestigious [prep] schools; neat, classic, smart.
displaying the attitudes, style, or behavior of a conservative, wealthy social set.

I believe this definition makes the point that "preppy" is actually a lifestyle.

If I had to describe the preppy lifestyle briefly, I would say the following:

We enjoy looking put together, sophisticated, and conveying ourself in intelligent ways. Education is an important part of our lives..after all, aren't those prestigious colleges we go to where we meet our feature spouses ect.??

Yes, we tend to be conservative, but conservative is classic and refined. We tend to be religious, and family is very important. A good evening consists of good food, family, friends, and laughing.....sorry but "clubbing" is just a little tacky for us- go ahead, call us losers for that.

The family pet is a very important part of the family. He takes trips with you wherever you go, whether that be the mall, the boat, or the shore. After all, it is a family vacation.

Our closets are filled with the following:

  • polos
  • khakis
  • blazers
  • paisley
  • plaid
  • cable knits
  • v-necks
  • Sperry's

A couple terms you may need to know:
  • the club- no this isnt a hot night spot, its actually the country club- a place for nice lunches and dinners or a round of golf
  • down the shore- basically this is how you say youre going to the beach *edit* this may only pertain to those hailing from the Philadelphia area
  • "the uniform"- this consists of khakis, a button down, and a navy blazer. Complete with loafers or Sperry's
  • Sperry's- basically any dock shoe is a Sperry.
  • Riding- on a horse that is

Just  my opinion about some things preppy. What's part of your definition of preppy?

p.s.- for those of you interested in the button code, just contact me


  1. i don't know, you may get challenged on your "down the shore," as it is one of those crazy philadelpha-isms...

  2. I have to agree with Little Miss. When I think of "down the shore" I like of everyone in Philly making the trek across the brige in the summer. And all of Philly is certainly not preppy.

  3. ah i love a good debate....these are just my personal thoughts on what preppy is from where i come from. Not the "universal" definition so to say

  4. Love this! Wish I'd seen this before my post on it, I would have quoted you!


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