Preppy style originated in the 1950s within the walls of the most prestigious universities in the United States which constituted Ivy League. Initially, this style was part of a uniform worn by the most affluent. Therefore, when in the 1970s it left the walls of the hatchery of the future lawyers, medical doctor, and senators as well as became one of the American trends, it could be approached as a fully fledged part of fashion history. Its characteristic elements are chinos, polo shirt, well-fitting jackets, plaid shirts, as well as loafers.
THE RULES BEHIND PREPPY STYLE
Preppy is a classic way of dressing of students from eight most prestigious American universities (Ivy League) which was endorsed by the students themselves in the 1950s. The universities are well-known for their highest academic standards and their graduates lead and control America. What is more, they are also responsible for the development of the style which was a determinant of high social status.
In the 1970s, this casual look became slightly less snobby and became embraced by the American youth. As a new trend in fashion, it started to go through changes which brought it closer to the mass customers. The 80s made it sportier and made it acquire some of the characteristic elements of sports clothes reserved for athletes from such fields as tennis, golf, sailing, or cricket.
Currently, preppy style is actually worn by everyone and its great popularity is influenced by the combination of elegance and universality as well as practicality of clothes. The style has recently also started to develop in Poland, where numerous collections inspired by preppy style are created. A great asset of this trend is also its timelessness which enables the clothes purchased in one season to stay in fashion for the next season. Therefore, it is worth investing in preppy outfits because with their help we will be able to create various interesting stylisations.