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Old 11-23-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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If you mean like this, the young yet upscale, play polo, sip English tea attire ...

I'd say predominately yes the industrial Northeast (Boston, CT, NY) and out west, CA (San Diego, L.A., Santa Barbara, Orange County) & Seattle.

Obviously you have never been to Orange County, New England or the Hamptons - its nothing like what you see on TV. I have lived in all those places and was even on Rowing and Sailing teams on both coasts. (HS, College and Club).

Although I'm a product of the New York Public School System and attended college in West Virginia many of my friends would probably be considered "preppies" with top-line prep school (Exeter, Tabor, BBN, Choate and Groton) and Ivy League Educations. Yet, not one of these people looks or act like the stereotype preppy. I have no idea how I fell into the yacht club crowd, yet I was accepted as an equal although I have no trust funds and my bank account is far smaller than their's.

If you want to see preppy wannabees, visit Clayton, Missouri (outside of St. Louis). That residents of that city have a severe case of preppy wannabee. The fine citizens of Clayton are nothing more than new money snobs with entitled attitudes. They dress like an open casting call for the Smail family on Caddyshack.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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DC is definitely preppy, or, rather, a portion of the population is the epitome of preppiness. Granted, lots of them also summer at the Cape or in Newport, so they're not only to be found in DC. I am not a preppy person, but I worked with preppy people in a DC job; at one volunteer meeting I swear EVERY woman in the room was wearing a pastel cashmere twin set and pearls. Needless to say, I wore my pink sweater and my (fake, alas) pearls. I also met lots of people there with classic preppy nicknames.

I've heard upscale suburban Detroit is also a bastion of preppiness.

I went to a preppy-themed party once; it was a lot of fun. (have also been to some real preppy parties, which were also fun, although I prefer my preppiness to be on the campy side)

And, yes, of course not everyone who fits the stereotype (went to prep school, etc.) fits the stereotype, but there's a lot of people out there who do. I've met my share of New England-dwelling antique collectors who enjoy their madras shorts.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Long Island (not a city though) and Northeast Queens, NYC (borders Long Island) is very preppy.

"Hop in the big body rockin' Abercrombie & Fitch, dip to LAX pick up my sidekick" - Ma'Dawm. That's my song lol.

I'm guessing LA has "preppyness" too, its mentioned in this song lol.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Long Island is not preppy. Neither is Queens. Great Neck and Glen Cove are not preppy. Abercrombie and Fitch is poseur-wear and not preppy.

The closest thing to Preppy that you are going to get in the NYC area is Westchester County and Sarah Lawrence College.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Parts of the old south I would consider as preppy as New England (the Brahmin bastion), Richmond for instance where wearing a bow tie (a real one) when dressed isn't out of place.

You know you're at a preppy college when the school has put out a lot of presidents, the athletes have to show up for a game wearing a suit and tie, and the kids all shake your hand and introduce themselves asking if you need directions when you're walking around campus. This was my experience at Union College (Albany, NY) when visiting my son there.

Sailing , crew, polo, riding, golf, classical music, (passed down) antiques, breton red shorts, tassel loafers, boat shoes w/o socks, bucket hat, a personal library, and a formal dining room are other signs. Navy blue blazer and khakis are derigeur.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:44 PM
 
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Obviously you have never been to Orange County, New England or the Hamptons - its nothing like what you see on TV. I have lived in all those places and was even on Rowing and Sailing teams on both coasts. (HS, College and Club).

Although I'm a product of the New York Public School System and attended college in West Virginia many of my friends would probably be considered "preppies" with top-line prep school (Exeter, Tabor, BBN, Choate and Groton) and Ivy League Educations. Yet, not one of these people looks or act like the stereotype preppy. I have no idea how I fell into the yacht club crowd, yet I was accepted as an equal although I have no trust funds and my bank account is far smaller than their's.

If you want to see preppy wannabees, visit Clayton, Missouri (outside of St. Louis). That residents of that city have a severe case of preppy wannabee. The fine citizens of Clayton are nothing more than new money snobs with entitled attitudes. They dress like an open casting call for the Smail family on Caddyshack.

The new money in Kansas City is just as bad. What an attitude. These jerks strut around like they were born into a family like JP Morgan or Andrew Carnegie etc. In reality they are nothing more than fake, pretentious brats trying to act like something they will never be.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Parts of the old south I would consider as preppy as New England (the Brahmin bastion), Richmond for instance where wearing a bow tie (a real one) when dressed isn't out of place.

You know you're at a preppy college when the school has put out a lot of presidents, the athletes have to show up for a game wearing a suit and tie, and the kids all shake your hand and introduce themselves asking if you need directions when you're walking around campus. This was my experience at Union College (Albany, NY) when visiting my son there.

Sailing , crew, polo, riding, golf, classical music, (passed down) antiques, breton red shorts, tassel loafers, boat shoes w/o socks, bucket hat, a personal library, and a formal dining room are other signs. Navy blue blazer and khakis are derigeur.
I was on the rowing team at a small rinky dink college in West Virginia. Probably the furthest thing from preppy you could ever imagine.

Yet when we travelled we were required to wear the blazer, khakis and school tie.

We were also expected to be gracious hosts to our competitors and their families. And it was reciprocated when we visited other schools.

That's not preppy. That's respect. respect to your school, respect to your team, respect to the sport and respect to your competition.

We also had the best parties on campus after our races
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Long Island is not preppy. Neither is Queens. Great Neck and Glen Cove are not preppy. Abercrombie and Fitch is poseur-wear and not preppy.

The closest thing to Preppy that you are going to get in the NYC area is Westchester County and Sarah Lawrence College.
I thought preppy = A&F, American Eagle (some), Lacoste, etc. That's known as preppy by most people around here and Long Island/Queens has a lot of it. If that isn't preppy I don't know what this whole thread is about lol.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Ralph Lauren is like old preppy...

The new preppy is: Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister... American Eagle.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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AF, American Eagle and Hollister shoppers are nothing more than walmart shoppers with expendable incomes.

Barneys of New York is preppy. Brooks Brothers is preppy. Nordstroms is a preppy Department Store.
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