It may be a dying art, but it's by no means dead. Check out our guide for how to throw the perfect preppy dinner party. We can't guarantee it'll be "no stress," but at least you'll look great doing it!
Just as the jockeys must battle in their best silks when they tread upon Churchill Downs, so must the patrons don their very best ensembles as they mingle in the grandstand or the infield. That goes for Kentucky Derby parties, as well!
I'm trying to learn the preppy ropes but feel all tied up in knots when it comes to shoes. Am I supposed to follow some rule about no white (including shoes) after Labor Day, or do preps have a different set of rules?
It all began on a snowy winter day in Connecticut back in 1935. A man by the name of Paul Sperry (yes, the same Sperry you’re thinking of) was playing with his Cocker Spaniel in the snow, and, according to Connecticut historians, became infatuated with his dog’s ability to run and play on ice without slipping.
Without diminishing L.L.Bean's contributions to the world of foul-weather footwear, there's always room to improve on a classic, and Sperry decided to do just that. As the premier name in nautical and wet-weather footwear, it made perfect sense for Sperry to develop its own spiritual descendant to the Bean boot.
For all of you preppy literary types, welcome the Country Club Prep Book Club. One preppy book will be recommended a month. The first book of the series is Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style (2011) by Jeffrey Banks and Doria De La Chapelle.