Pulling Off A Preppy Style
The Preppy Look
The preppy look utilizes bright bold colors, especially cyan. The look is clean, neat, and affluent. The stigma to looking preppy is one must be a snob, but wanting to look good, and show others that you feel happy through your clothes is not a bad thing.
The preppy look uses patterns, in conjunction with bold colors. The accessories with this style could be clothes themselves, such as a sweater. wrapped casually around the shoulders. Remember the most important rules of preppy style.....class, elegance, and neatness.
Basics and Hair
Preppy guys and girls strive for prim, and neat. Guys need to make sure they put their ProActive on overdrive. The preppy guy is cleanshaven, with clear and smooth skin. Hair is bouncy, usually long, and shiny.
Girls, long straight hair, ready to be put in a cute ponytail is a must. Highlighting is popular, but a prep stays away from bright unnatural colors such as pink and red. Stay with natural colors like platinum blonde, and brown. Makeup to hide blemishes and acne is also essential. So borrow your boyfriend's ProActive, lol.
A caution to girls, wearing too much makeup shows, and it ruins the clean look. A caution to the guys, don't let your hair grow too long. It's not attractive when you and your girlfriend are being mistaken.
Preppy clothing is bright, bold, and uber neat. Burn your t-shirts, and baggy jeans, preps like fitting and expensive (looking) clothes.
Guy's should have have a stock of polo shirts, chino pants, dark denims, bermuda shorts for the summer, and comfortable cable knit sweaters always at hand. During the summer, instead of wearing brown loafers, a comfortable pair of flip flops will suffice and keep the preppy feel.
Girl's, preppy means confident, and bright. It doesn't mean to be overly exposing. Form fitting cardigan sweaters, and oxford shirts are popular too wear. Large tote bags as a purse, single colored large plastic bangles, long bohemian earrings, shell necklaces, and cute bows for a quick ponytail are great accessories to use. A preppy girl should wear fitting slim jeans, or when feeling dressy wear a pleated skirt.
The Prep Attitude
Being a prep doesn't mean being a snob. Sure the confidence of a prep can overshadow any nice qualities, and only a big snob comes through. But a prep is an organized, happy, and meticulous individual.
One should be friendly to everyone, with a smile pasted on the face 24/7. If you can't smile without looking fake, try a small grin. Preps are organized inividuals, and at times maybe too self concious, due to their meticulous personality.
A prep has a certain subtle swagger showing self confidence. Exaggerating it though will backfire, so keep it natural. Staying confident, but being humble towards people will work out well for both.