Preppy at Heart

Everyone born in New England (myself included) has some sort of DNA coding that makes us love preppy fashion. I can smell a New Englander a mile away.  Once I showed up to a new job and met a coworker.  I immediately knew she was from Connecticut.  She didn't actually tell me she where she was from (and yes, she was indeed from Connecticut) until months later.  But I just knew.

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We are the only people who wear turtlenecks even when they are not on-trend.  Give us ALL THE NAUTICAL. And throw in a side of pineapple print.  That preppy fashion sensibility sneaks into every New Englander's wardrobe, including those who move far from home and those who don't overtly embrace the full-on preppy dress code. You know who you are, khaki Bermuda shorts people.

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I have a friend from southern California who will never really understand why a navy blazer with brass buttons is more or less my fashion totem spirit. Or why I think a cardigan set with slacks is the greatest idea EVER.  In a way, preppy fashion is kind of good practice for being an old, sensible person.  I can already tell that I am going to ace that phase of life.

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Preppy fashion is this ultra convenient nexus where menswear and classic style merge.  Give me classic menswear, or give me death! Eek, perhaps an overstatement.  But I do really like classic menswear.  Clean, unfussy, functional fashion is the best.  I like items that I can put on now, and still pull out when my kids are grown up and look just as chic. 

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Power to the preppy, people! And power to the preppy people.


J.Crew blazer // Tory Burch sweater (thrifted) // Brooks Brothers tie // Abercrombie & Fitch shirt (old) // J.Crew hat // Vintage clutch // Volcom shorts (old) // Banana Republic shoes (old)