The Preppy style is inspired by American Ivy League colleges. These students primarily come from the upper classes and have a specific way of dressing and acting. It involves more than just an outfit; it is a lifestyle. In addition to clothing, a prep has a neat appearance with well-groomed nails and hair.
Published in 1980, the Official Preppy Handbook was a style guide that defined this look. Brands that embody this style are Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Brooks Brothers, and J. Crew. In addition to wearing certain clothing, preps play sports like golf, tennis, and sailing and drink bloody marys or gin cocktails.
There are a number of iconic clothing items that are part of the prep style, such as:
- Polo shirts, usually embroidered with the brand name
- Oxford shirts
- Chino jeans
- Tennis jackets
- V-neck sweaters, especially in pastel colors
- Bermuda shorts
- Boat shoes