LC Preppy Button Down
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.
It only seems appropriate to start with the staple: The Preppy Polo (No. 4587). It's long been the unofficial leader of the look. 100% cotton. The rib collar can be worn up or down depending on level of nostalgia. 2 buttons and buttonholes on center front placket. Self-fabric binding to clean finish inside neck seam and shoulder seams. 7/8” rib sleeve cuff. Straight hem with side slits.