Last Chance Dept.
Prep fashion is an American invention. The Brits have their Sloane Rangers and the French their bon chic bon genre but the roots of this movement lie in the alumni of preparatory institutions of the Northeast United States.
To be sure, it comes with it a certain perception. Social and economic status. A cadence of speech perhaps. There exist lists of dos and don’ts that involve everything from what breed of dog is most desirable, to when it’s okay to wear white (not before Memorial Day and not after Labor Day). It’s Ivy League in the 50’s. Polo. Tennis. Crew. But it is most importantly, a look.
Today, preppy denotes a style of clothing that supersedes the social prerequisites. A preference for certain colors, prints, and cuts that evoke feelings and memories for all people. Memories of summer. Cookouts. Poolside get-togethers. Maybe even ditching a class or two. It’s young and it’s posh. And the only exclusions we’re making are snooty attitudes.
Feel free to join us and go back to school.
A close second in the “must have” category is the
Preppy Button Down (No. 4588).
100% cotton. Pointed collar with 1/8” single needle topstitching. 7 buttons and buttonholes down center front placket. 1 button and buttonhole on collar band. 1 1/8” finished front placket. French seams. 2 1/2” cuffs. 2 stacked functional buttons and buttonholes on each cuff. 2 pleats at sleeve cuff seam. Sleeve placket with functional button. Single patch pocket on wearer’s left chest. Bust darts. Double back yoke cut on the bias. Shirttail hem.
Women’s sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL.
Colors: Apricot/White Check, Chambray Blue/White Check.
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