Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Being an avid blog reader, I have stumbled onto many blogs that tout themselves as “preppy" - with excessive amounts of pink and green and monograms.  I wonder....

Then one day at work, we had, as you so often do when things are slow, one of those group conversations about being preppy. It started when a particular client came in for class and the comment was made about her being so preppy. I have to admit, I have never seen her in anything but a Lilly dress, but I have only seen her once.  And it is summer.

Nevertheless, Lilly does not a preppy make.

What passes today as “preppy” is for a most part a fantasized ideal of make-believe history.  It is a manufactured past that distorts the classically rooted values which gave birth to the preppy culture.


It started mostly at New England prep schools and ivy walled colleges. 

Nassau Hall Princeton

But the roots of preppy style can also be traced to a focus on social achievement, uniformity of style, propriety, proper decorum and class distinction.


So typical me, I devised a "preppy test." Simple, yet effective.

Pat's Preppy Test

  • Define Quoddy Mocs.
  • What is a Nantucket Red?
  • Where is Wiscasset?

My dream car, 1940 Ford Woody

If you missed any answers to this quiz, you are not a real prep. End of story.
Did you pass? Want to see the answers?

Define Quoddy Mocs

Quoddy footwear is made by hand in Maine. The art of hands sewing shoes goes back hundreds of years in Maine, and generations for many craftspeople at Quoddy.

The Daily Prep

What is a Nantucket Red?

Nantucket Reds are a style of trousers distributed by Murray's Toggery Shop on the island of Nantucket. Nantucket Reds are originally inspired by cotton trousers worn in Brittany. A characteristic of Reds is that they fade to a "dusty rose" as they age. Reds are worn predominantly by summer residents of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Cape Cod in place of khakis or chinos.

The Daily Prep

Where is Wiscasset?

Wiscasset is in Maine. Every real prep would know that.

One last thought.....
I've always thought that a few things the preppy house needs is a good dog, a good book and good tweed. With summer fast approaching, I guess it is good madras?

1 comment:

  1. Not a preppy. Never even considered the thought.