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That Preppiest Schools List Is a Little Different This Year & Lilly Pulitzer Fabric Update

Once again, it is time to chat about HuffPo‘s (Huffington Post) annual list of “The Preppiest Schools“. Be advised however, that this year’s list is a bit different from previous compilations. From the story accompanying the list:

“Once upon a time, the prep was a variation of a traditionalist, East Coast-born, equestrian-riding, upper class WASP that attended a northeastern private university and boarding school before that. But the elusive noun is ever-changing, and nowadays members of this subculture are more defined by their attitudes than their creeds: If they play lacrosse, wear boat shoes, and bring a date to a football game, they’re preppy.”

Here is the portion that most directly explains the somewhat different makeup of this year’s schools:

“The attachment to traditional “old school” beliefs and attitudes isn’t necessarily there, just an outfit that makes ’em look like their parents own several yachts and a place on the Vineyard. We’re ringing in an age of the “New Prep.”

In other words, the parameters used to determine the schools have changed a bit. Here is a partial list from Lindsay Dittman’s story, along with selected portions of her writeups on each school (I don’t want anyone to think it is my writing, that is why I am underlining that):

#1) University of Virginia:  “At a school that refers to the quad as “the Lawn,” it’s no surprise that many of the frat and sorority houses are situated along “Rugby Road.”

#2) University of the South (Sewanee):  “There’s no denying that Sewanee is a school founded on tradition… According to the school’s website, “You can’t be on campus longer than a few minutes before you notice that Sewanee students are dressed up for class…””

#3) Miami University (Ohio):  “Referred to as “J. Crew U…”

#4) College of Charleston: “Name-checked in the original “Preppy Handbook,” this Charleston, South Carolina school contains a lot of pink and green and a lotof monograms. The Spring graduation tradition? Women wear white dresses and descend from the steps of Randolph Hall, the college’s oldest building, while the men wear white dinner jackets and wait in the Cistern yard.”

The College of Charleston photo via The Huffington Post

#9) Claremont McKenna: The description of this school explains ” The CEO of Abercrombie, Michael S. Jeffries, graduated from the school in 1966.” Our thought? Clearly Mr. Jeffries has a short memory, nothing Abercrombie sells could even remotely be referred to as preppy.

There are a few more surprises on the list this year (including a university picked as the “Preppiest College” in a Social Primer list), we recommend a visit to the Huffington Post to read the story in its entirety.

As you might imagine, the story has generated quite a few comments.  Many wonder about schools not on the list (i’m not sure *any* of the 2010 schools made the list), asking about Elon, Middlebury, Colgate, Vassar, etc., others talk about what is/isn’t preppy and unsurprisingly, there are a few comments about Abercrombie.


Also today, another update on the new Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa fabric collection.  High Street Market has a lovely post about the collection, showcasing some of the just-released patterns.

Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa via High Street Market

The Lee Jofa site now has images online, including some of the trims that go with the collection, we’ll call these today’s Pretty in Pink.

Although The Prepatorium isn’t currently slated for any kind of interior design redo, we do enjoy looking at all of the pictures.

Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa

Lee Jofa has a scaled down version of the catalog available for online viewing as well.

On that vibrant note, we say goodbye until next time!


Filed under Collaborations, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink

Weekend: Real Polo Matches, ‘Preppier than Thou’ in Princeton?

If you are reading this Friday evening, it would appear you are *not* in Crawford for the festivities this weekend. (You know, Jenna and Henry…? Wedding ceremony….?) So, for those who may still be a bit at loose ends, we’re told some VIP tickets remain for the Polo Matches between the USA and Italy, along with all sorts of accompanying festivities in Leesburg (VA), and it will be a blast! Actually, the best part for some is tonight’s gala, a black-tie extravaganza including wine tasting, a “cook-off” between a US chef and an Italian chef, a fashion show, and concert, all at Morven Park in Leesburg. Of course, the fashion show will feature goodies from Ralph Lauren Polo; if you are fond of the team Mr. Lauren sponsors, Black Watch, you can even purchase apparel showcasing them and the Ralph Lauren Polo collection. The actual polo playing happens on Saturday, starting around 2 o’clock. After that there is another concert (I’m telling you, it really is all about the parties) and fireworks; Huey Lewis and the News provide the tunes.

Oh, and since Land Rover is a sponsor, if you drive a Land Rover you will be allowed to park closer, in the Land Rover VIP area. (The Princess does *not* own a Land Rover, and does fret about people tottering about the grounds until they make it to the tent.) The Princess loves that the US Team is sponsored by Cartier and the Italian Team by Eli Lilly; jewelry and drugs together again! For all the official info, don’t trust The Princess, trust your mouse to click here on the America’s Polo Cup official site.

On an entirely separate topic, much buzz this week regarding an article in the Daily Princetonian. More accurately called an opinion column, the feature was entitled Preppier Than Thou, Lawnparties: I Pledge Allegiance to the Preppiness Spring ’08, and ran in Monday’s paper, but hit the online version on May 4th. Writer Christine Brozynski ricochets madly from one spring ritual to another, spreading vitriol with something approaching equanimity; victims range from Princeton administration to other Ivy League schools. The Princess almost put this in the “Help Me Understand” category of posts, but didn’t want to end the week on a simply dreary note.

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