The Case of Classic v. Preppy | Off the Cuff
They do things like layer a blue blazer – the very symbol of proper decorum – under the proletariat functionality of a foul weather slicker. Why? Because they like to sail of course; and if you’re one of them you’ll understand the sartorial irony. Then you’ll also discover you have the same alma mater and go have a G&T at the club.
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That, in its essence is the core of the preppy persona: democratized privilege. Let others know you are special, a little blue blooded; but don’t be tacky about it.
Classic style also does not hold itself to a particular psychological place like preppy’s clubby-old-school-cum-windswept-sports world. Classic style is more of an approach to dressing. That said, I do agree with a friend’s recent observation that real classic dressing goes back to the idea of English propriety, the precursor to American preppy. So, classic dressing is, in a sense, a more pure form of sartorial expression.
Classic looks will make you feel urbane and polished; ready for a martini at the bar or a drive to the country in your vintage Bugatti. Preppy will have you out in the bay in a 48 foot Hinckley, hauling in the lines and admiring the new tear in your khakis – just what you wanted.