Preppy is all around this summer, from the streets to the runway (check out Thom Browne’s nautical prints). Misfit prepsters dot the small screen on shows like Revenge, Dirty Little Liars and Gossip Girl (R.I.P.). And preppy destinations like Martha’s Vineyard and the Hamptons are at full capacity.
Of course it’s not exactly a new fad: The 1980s saw not-so-real men eating quiche and poring over the essential Preppy Handbook. Even the prep-school look of the 1950s was a resurrection of the original Eton style from decades past. “The new preppy is a tweaking of the classic Ivy style.” says Patricia Mears, who curated the recent “Ivy Style” exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. “Some of the vocabulary—pink and green, bright and clashing collars are being blended with other styles,” including boho, punk and even hip-hop.
This season de rigueur preppy items include bowties, straw hats, repp ties, slip-ons, bare ankles, nautical flourishes and those damn whale-pattern pants. NewNowNext hit the racks to find out where you can get the look.
Check out the new preppy style below
The sporty pullover gets a modern makeover. Come fall, a cable-knit scarf is a must.
Blue Cotton Two-Button Blazers
Keep it cool and classy into fall with a cotton, two-button blazer. The best thing about these shades of blue is that they will always be in style. So invest in one to wear each year.
Colorful Plaid & Madras Neckwear
Madras and plaid are not new to prep, but a range of colors are released each season and these give you an eye of your different options. Pair with a solid shirt. (You might want to pick up a diagonal “repp” tie, synonymous with Ivy Leaguers, while you’re at it.)
Wear a solid polo under a stripped one to stand out with a popped collar, but don’t go overboard like this. Pair with solid color khakis or shorts to keep the focus on the upper body, but if feeling adventurous, choose a patterned bottom like the ones below.
Nautical And Patterned Khaki Shorts
Have more fun than the basic
bitch prepsters with a patterned pair of shorts based on the sea-life such as sailboats or fishy friends.
Blue Boat Shoes & Slip-ons
Pictured: Eastland Men’s Yarmouth Limited Edition Camp Moc Slip On ($120), ECCO ’Androw’ Boat Shoe ($100), Sperry Top-sider Cloud Logo Authentic Original Corduroy 2-Eye Boat Shoe ($85)
If you end up sticking with the solids, and go sans a bright neckwear piece, don’t you dare pair with boring tan, brown boat shoe or mocs. Spice up the look with a bright shoe like the different shades of blue above.