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Old 06-20-2009, 10:10 AM
 
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Wasn't the original preppy look started in the late 70's around the time Woody Allen's film "Annie Hall" came out? That look was supposed to have inspired fashion at the time. The androgynous clothing worn by Diane Keaton is a part of the Preppy ethic.

I thought the watch she received for Christmas was cool too. Women wearing men's watches is another thing.
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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If I remember correctly the preppy look came out right about the same time as designer jeans. I can remember buying polo shirts with my first paycheck out of highschool (1981). Penny loafers and matching your socks with your shirt was the trend of the day. Long sleeve button down polo shirts have never gone out of style.
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:09 AM
 
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Ugh, no. My boyfriend IS a NE prep school alum, and he wouldn't be caught dead in that type of stuff.
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:48 AM
 
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If I remember correctly the preppy look came out right about the same time as designer jeans. I can remember buying polo shirts with my first paycheck out of highschool (1981). Penny loafers and matching your socks with your shirt was the trend of the day. Long sleeve button down polo shirts have never gone out of style.

Penny loafers were around way before 1981! More like the 30's with a lot of popularity in the 50's. Proving yet again that classic looks never goes out of style along with variations of "the Preppy look". I just bought some new khaki's and striped knit shirt today! We don't see quite as much of this here in Hawaii but you can soften, dress up or relax the basic look easily.
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:56 AM
 
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Penny loafers were around way before 1981! More like the 30's with a lot of popularity in the 50's. Proving yet again that classic looks never goes out of style along with variations of "the Preppy look". I just bought some new khaki's and striped knit shirt today! We don't see quite as much of this here in Hawaii but you can soften, dress up or relax the basic look easily.

Yeah, I realized that when I read Lolita, written by Vladimir Nabokov and published in 1955.
There is a reference to penny loafers in that book, and the reference seems to indicate that they were not a particularly new phenomenon even back then.
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:58 AM
 
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Wow, you remembered the reference to shoes, in that book? <grin>
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Old 06-21-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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Wow, you remembered the reference to shoes, in that book? <grin>

I loved the cultural references in that book.
It taught me more about pop culture in the 40s and 50s than I ever learned anywhere else.
Nabokov was a fabulously talented writer, and the irony is that he's not American nor is English his first language. Yet his facility with English and keen perspective on American society far surpassed that of any popular American fiction writer at the time.
I like it that the novel showed us America through the eyes of a foreigner, a European. It really highlighted some of the absurdities of American culture.

The book- although the subject matter is, on the face of it, shocking and grotesque (it's supposed to be)- is, oddly, not all that overtly sexual.
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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The style was not always popular. It was probably at it's lowest in the early 70's. That's when funky fashions were at their peak.
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:50 AM
 
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"Preppy" has been around as long as there have been exclusive college-preparatory secondary schools. And/or at least since the turn of the 20th century.

My mom wore penny loafers -- in the 30s. She was far from preppy, LOL.

Oh, crap, I just spilled coffee on my khakis.
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