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Throwback Thursday – Preppy


Ok, I confess, I was a prep. Big time. I owned the Official Preppy Handbook (oh how I wish I had written that one) and did my best to live the preppy dream. I didn’t go by Muffy or have a summer home in the Hamptons, but I did enjoy that style. Here are a few highlights of my preppy phase.

1. Turtle necks with tiny printed things on them. There were hearts, flowers, frogs, strawberries, and so on, but my all time favorite was the one with whales. In fact it inspired my fashion mantra of the era, “When in doubt, wear whales.”

2. Real Sperry Topsiders. These were purchased from the boating supply store and were worlds cooler than the Thom McAn knock offs.

3. Wool sweaters, particularly those with a pattered yolk or a monogram. Yes, I had both. Yes, I had a lot of sweaters. Really. A lot of sweaters.

4. Ribbon patterned accessories. I had ribbon headbands, ribbon watchbands, and ribbon D-ring belts. Sailboats, lobsters, flowers, whatever.

5. L.L. Bean Chamois shirt. It had to be from L.L. Bean. I’m not sure why, but it did. I had two, one red and one navy. I loved the red one best, it was so soft.

6. Alligator shirts. These were your standard polo style shirt, but before anyone had heard of Ralph Lauren. They came in a huge variety of solids and stripes, and were always worn with the collar flipped up. I don’t know why.

7. Penny loafers. With pennies in them, of course. My pennies were Canadian, just because.

8. Pappagallo purses with wooden handles and interchangeable covers. I had the smaller sized one. It was a terrible excuse for a purse, but oh so cute.

9. Tretorn tennis shoes. I resisted these because my mother wore them to actually play tennis, so how could they be cool? But I finally gave in because not only were they cool, they were really comfortable. I wore them for years afterward. My favorite pair had red plaid swooshes.

10. Pink and Green. I resisted this trend for quite a while too, because I thought it was ugly, until my mom found the cutest lime green sweater with just a tiny bit of pink trim around the edges. Then I was doomed. My Tretorns (see number 9) were taken from my gym basket and dyed… one hot pink, one lime green. Then the laces were switched. They were hideous. Yes, I probably deserved it.

I would love to hear your fashion flashbacks. Any other grown up preppies out there? I’m sure I’m not alone. After all, L.L. Bean is still in business.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

33 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – Preppy

  1. While you were being a preppy, I was being a punk rocker.

  2. Loved this and reminded me of of how I just could never get the preppy thing right, and oh how I envied those girls who did!

  3. Found an old driver license the other day; I was wearing a coral polo tee with the collar popped! Yikes!

  4. I remember the Penny Loafers and the rolled pants. and I tied the sweaters the whole time around my shoulders :o) and I used tons of Aquanet :o)

  5. I used to have a T-Shirt that read: Save the Alligator Eat a Preppy” – it was always a big hit.
    But even though I wore the t-shirt I did have yoke sweaters and Bass Weejuns 😉

  6. You didn’t miss a thing from my 6th grade portrait! ‘Cept the braces.

  7. I did own a pair of penny loafers, and every once in awhile would wear them with a pair of jeans, or khakis, and a cardigan. The rest of the time I was rock n’ rollin’!!

  8. I have nominated you for Blog of the Year 2013 Award. I really get it if you don’t accept awards or you’ve been given like a trillion already because your blog is so great, no worries. And take your time, just know that your blog is wonderful and appreciated.
    And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

    • Thanks so much! This is the second time I’ve gotten this one, which is great. This is a cool award, because you can get it up to six times. I will happily go trade in my one star badge for a two star. I so appreciate your positive feedback. 🙂

  9. I have always been a jean t shirt or sweatshirt kind of gal! Never was a prep and when it was okay to where cotton out in public I was so excited! I do try very hard when going out in public now to look decent and not like I just rolled out of bed.

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  11. You are hilarious. I was just thinking about all of those items. I too was a master of Preppy. It’s like I didn’t think twice. I head the book and desperately tried to convince my parents to buy a Pugoet or BMW. I stuck with my roots so much that my 7th grade “boyfriend” got into a fight with me because I always called him Preppy. He wasn’t fond of my pink and green. I’m fact I had pink Topsiders even in college. What I love about the style is that is timeless and classy yet ever changing to the modern times. I’m almost 50 Anne while I have some more trendy pieces, my style is still old school. You’ll never pass up the madras shorts, skirt or dress in the summer or an argyle, penny loafers and knakies in the winter. These days I’ll swap the khakis for my Lucky Brand jeans and a more modern shoe. I had the Signet ring and Spoon ring too. And don’t even get me going about shoes. A Kitten Heel it’s as high as so go. I HAVE to have a loafer with a buckle or a Riding Boot. (Can’t afford Tretorns anymore) I had a few of the Papagallo purses so I could change the look. These days you’re lucky if you can phone would fit in one of them. I do feel that anyone call pull the style off but Preppy equates money. It isn’t a cheap look but one that is easily attainable. Throw on a white button down, jeans and let your accessories being it into the 21st century. I enjoyed reading your blog and wish you safety and good health. But I’ll leave you with this: do the pearls refine or define a women???

    • Bex, I think we could have been high school twinsies, or at least junior high school! Thank you for your wonderful comment. I’m glad you enjoyed that little trip down memory lane.

  12. I was an ultimate preppy too!! Would love to buy the green whale sweater. Do you sell any of your items? Thx Nancy

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