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Helping the Not-So-Preppy Prepsters

It has come to my attention that there are quite a few prep school goers who have yet to master the prep school look. Out of their uniforms they are not up to snuff and to be frank, it upsets me. Either they are some serious GDIs or they just don’t get it but either way there is no need to fear, trueprep is here! (It sounded better in my head…) I was randomly on and I happened upon this lovely article highlighting everything you need to pretend like you had some basic knowledge of how to look the part of a prepster. Share it with your friends… or those poor souls you take pity on with your glowing presence.

<3 Stay Preppy


Your Cheat Sheet to Preppy Style

Let two of the most preptastic bloggers we know lead the way to yacht-club fabulousness. By Sarah Zlotnick

All photographs by Katie Warren.

When it comes to fashion, Washington has a serious case of split personality disorder. From the flannel-wearing hipsters in Columbia Heights to the slick suits on K Street, each neighborhood has its own look. And where would we be if we didn’t mention the pastel-wearing prepsters of Georgetown? With this style, there’s a fine line between fabulous and costumey—and no one walks it as impeccably as law students/platonic lifemates Lauren Wynns and Van Bloys, the duo behind the fashion and lifestyle blogNecessary & Proper. Read on for their ace tips for mastering the aesthetic without looking like a popped-collar tool.


Top five wardrobe essentials:

For women: colored pants (denim or tailored silk), trench coat, a silk blouse (bonus points for one with an unusual neckline or pattern), an equestrian-inspired blazer, and a colorful shift dress.

For men: A navy blazer, Cordovan lace-ups, gray flannel trousers, an oxford shirt, and a cashmere V-neck sweater.

Accessories no prepster should be without:

Women: large sunglasses, a piece of family jewelry, and a dog (any kind of retriever or hunting dog will do).

Men: A sterling silver monogrammed belt buckle, a good pair of polarized sunglasses, and a fabulous watch.

Three pairs of shoes every prepster should own:

Men: Tod’s driving moccasins, L.L. Bean Bean boots, and Cordovan tassel loafers.

Women: A nude pump or wedge, smoking slippers, and riding boots.

Style rules you should never break:

No socks with loafers.

Wear color. Everyone looks better with at least a little splash.

Style rules you should definitely break:

Minimalism. Have some fun—layer shirts, sweaters, jackets, and jewelry. You can keep a classic vibe going without going totally bare bones.

Nobody needs to look like they’re living in a J.Crew catalog all the time. Shake it up! Dress down!

Outfits that will never go out of style:

For women: A shift dress, pumps, and a cardigan; a bikini, an oxford, a straw hat, and thong flip-flops; and white jeans and vibrant tunics.

For men: Oxford shirts and cashmere cable knits; navy suits and repp ties; and Vilebrequin swim trunks and colorful Lacoste polos.

How to translate preppy style to the workplace:

The key is to not go overboard. Don’t wear a patterned sock with tassel loafers, suspenders, a bow tie, horn-rimmed glasses, and a pocket square. You’re not an extra on Gossip Girl. Pick one or two fun accessories and stick to that.

Skills every prepster should master:

Social grace. Write thank-you notes, buy hostess gifts, be cordial to everyone, and stay classy in the presence of those who are not. Bad manners and cattiness are so unbecoming.

Tying a bow tie. It’s like riding a bicycle. You’d never imagine how many men came into Ralph Lauren [Van used to work at the Georgetown store] on the night of a big event in a tux with an untied bow tie and asked a salesperson to tie it for them.

Grooming products to pick up:

For men: unscented Dove soap, Marvis toothpaste, and Kiehl’s Silk Groom.

For women: An Aveda paddle brush, Fresh brown sugar scrub, and L’Oréal Voluminous mascara.

Monograms—do or don’t?


Lilly Pulitzer—do or don’t?

Do. Balance it with non-Lilly accessories.

Popped collars—do or don’t?

Depends. This really got overplayed a few years ago. It’s practical if you’re playing tennis or out on the boat—nobody likes a sunburned neck. But if you’re just doing it for show, it can look a little contrived.

Blogs to read:

Put This Onthe Tradthe Love ListAn Affordable WardrobeOff the Cuff DC, andPretty Polished [a shopping blog Lauren runs with a friend].

Up-and-coming prepster brands you should be wearing:

Kiel James Patrick—whimsical, handmade accessories out of Rhode Island.

Sasha Lickle Designs—Floridian-style jewelry inspired by sea life and the beach.

Pierrepont Hicks
—An American brand with beautiful ties and bow ties.

Smathers & Branson—A Bethesda-based needlepoint belt company. You can even get a “life belt” custom made to match your personal interests.

Hugh and Crye—This Georgetown-based shirtmaker has slim cuts and great patterns. And we love our native DC designers!

The best hangouts in DC:

The bar at the Cosmos Club in Dupont. The building itself is incomparably beautiful. It has a very clubby, old-Washington feel. I love how you have to write up the tab yourself with a golf pencil.

Jetties, the sandwich shop in Foxhall. The sandwiches are the best in the city. I love the fresh carved turkey with either cranberry sauce or avocado spread and whole-grain mustard.

Other Georgetown/Glover Park favorites: Surfside and Town Hall.

The best vacation spots:

Palm Beach, Florida. It’s a winter spot that draws plenty of preppy East Coasters. It’s truly a paradise—beautiful weather, pristine beaches, palm trees. Everyone wears pastels 100 percent of the time.

Northern Michigan: The opposite of Palm Beach—everyone looks casual and laid-back. Think bathing suits, oversize polos, worn-in beach bags, colorful towels, and Patagonias.

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Always Polarizing

Utilizing the latest and most innovative lens technology, Yachtsea’s 8-base curvature lenses block yellow light to enhance vision, deepen colors, and sharpen contrast to an astonishing degree.  All of Scottie Hampton’s laser sculpted lenses include highly effective polarization which are specifically designed to eliminate glare therefore allowing superior visual clarity, definition, color transmission, and optical comfort.  Scottie Hampton lenses also incorporate anti-reflective coatings to improve visual acuity and reduce eye fatigue. Yachtsea’s injection-molded Grilamid nylon frame offers lightweight wear and high impact resistance for remarkable durability.  Each and every pair has been precisely crafted to deliver all day comfort whether you are flying, boating, driving or skiing.

Our newest advertiser Scottie Hampton makes some kick-ass shades. I’ve been a fan of Ray Ban Wayfarers for the longest time and thought they were the best shades around, but after trying out the Yachtsea, my eyes will never be the same. I kid you not, these are the best polarized lenses I’ve ever used. Usually Oakley is known for good lenses, but everyone knows Oakley frames are for hardos. The thing I like about Scottie Hampton is that their frames are both preppy and sporty. Based out of Palm BeachScottie Hampton offers the perfect shades for any prep school yachter.

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The Confessions of trueprep

Dear Readers,

I have a confession. I was trifling through my things getting ready to leave my house for a day trip and came to the realization that I have a serious problem. It’s called monogramitis. This terrible disease is basically the need to monogram everything one owns. From pillow cases to gym shorts to my backpack, I have my initials on practically everything. Not only is monogramitis a personal issue, but it is infectious and has caused many of my friends to start down its dangerous path. It has proven quite difficult for me not to adore things that are specifically mine and cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s so I have decided that, despite how risky this is, I need to share my love of monogrammed items with all of you. I have found Converse shoes, iPhone cases, virtually indestructible “Roadie” cups, and rain boots that can be monogrammed to your liking. (By the way, Vineyard Vines also has phone cases that make me happier than a five-year-old in Disney World.) If monogrammed things aren’t for you, that’s fine too. I discovered some classy knit bow ties to keep you/your guy’s preppy neck warm for the fall and winter and some tacky shorts to watch the London Olympics in. Enjoy!

Send in pictures of your favorite monogrammed item to the Twines & Vines Twitter page and you may be featured on our Instagram!

<3 Stay Preppy


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Stubbs Preview


Finally got my first pair of Stubbs & Wootton slippers. I haven’t worn them too much yet, but in good time I will publish a review. I already have a strong sense that these will be the shoes of August along the shorelines of the Cape where I call home. Keep an eye open for a review of these beauts!

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4th of July Apparel

Independence Day, also know as the 4th of July is only 5 days away. Hopefully, you already have your most American apparel ready but in case you don’t, the staff at Twines & Vines wanted to put together a patriotic apparel guide. You don’t want to end up like the Boss, who a few years ago wore a Ferrari shirt on the 4th, which unbeknownst to him had a tiny Italian flag on the neck. People were not too happy with that move, Boss.






East Coast Lacrosse USA Shooting Shirt – $39.99 – Buy

This one is for the laxrats who love lacrosse just as much as they love America. This shooting shirt from East Coast Lacrosse will keep you cool on and off the field. String up your head with with some Stars n’ Bars Marc Mesh (totally worth the buy) and your ready for some lax. All you need now is W. cheering you on from the sidelines!

Brash Brothers DRINK ‘MERICAN- $25 – Buy
Brash Brothers AMERICAN ALL-OVER – $25 – Buy

Brobible’s new apparel site: Brash Brothers, has come out strong with these two patriotic tanks. Perfect for wearing to the beach during the day, these scream “My Country ‘Tis of Thee Sweet Land of Lets Kill Some Dirty Terrorists.” These are must buy if you find the sleeve monster visiting you often, or if you just love America and having a good time.

Chubbies ‘Merica -$59.50 – Buy

Although these aren’t being shipped till July 25th since the 4th of July stock is already sold out, these American flags shorts from Chubbies are a must for anyone with even an inch of Patriotism.  If you can quote Die Hard, you have no reason not to buy these bad boys.  Wear them around during the end of July and into August to support team USA in the 2012 Olympics!

Be sure to pick up your America Pride Clothing today, or go back to the Middle East!

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The Preppiest Man in the World


Courtesy of Country Club Prep… Enjoy!

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PPW Determination Tank + Discount Code

Prove People Wrong started off as a phrase. However, it has turned into something much more in the last year or so. To learn about their relaunch from a few months ago or how they got started, click here.

Look and feel great in this PPW tank top.  Emanating the quiet confidence that you have in your pursuit of success, this tank is ideal for everyday use and as a reminder of your determination to Prove People Wrong.

This tank runs for $17.99, but make sure to use this code for a discount at your checkout: jdbow34

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J.J. Threads Giveaway/Competition

Have you ever bought that bright new Brooks Brothers shirt on the weekend, only to arrive back at school to see your classmate wearing the same one? What to do? Hide the shirt in your closet, hoping that your parents forget that you ever made the purchase? Intimidate the other kid into burning his? Text him/her the night before to make sure you don’t both wear it the next day? With all of the stores carrying the same swag, this has happened to me, but not since I discovered J.J. Threads. 

Thanks to J.J. Threads, I can easily design a unique shirt with endless possibilities with the click of a mouse. No overpriced independent tailor, no catalog, no hassle.

J.J. Threads has been rapidly growing as an up & coming name in the prep fashion industry thanks to their ties in the prep and lax communities. The founder of J.J. Threads attended prep school in Maryland and then became a four year starter on Harvard’s lax squad a few years ago. The company’s shirts have been featured on Inside Lacrosse and Bro Bible. There are many well-known names in the lacrosse community to have their own custom-designed J.J. Threads shirt on the website (Paul Rabil, Connor Martin/ConBro Chill and Quint Kessenich to name a few).

Customizable for both ladies and gents, J.J. Threads is perfect for any prep occasion, casual or formal.

J.J. Threads is more than just a shirt-maker. We have scoured the globe to put together a unique and interesting collection of the world’s best shirting fabrics. These textiles, combined with the skill of Hong Kong’s world-renowned tailors results in hundreds of years of expertise coming together to deliver a beautifully made shirt directly to your doorstep.

Using our interactive design interface, you can choose the fit, details and finishes of your preference to ensure that every J.J. Threads garment you purchase reflects your signature style. Our customer-centric attitude sets us apart from the typical shirt company. Unique in the industry, we strive to bring people from all over the world together to share their designs and collaborate on new ones via our online community.

Designed by you. Made by us.

So here’s the competition:

Design the shirt of your dreams here:

Click the share by email button underneath “Choose size & fit” and email your design to

Top 5 shirts will be posted on site and voted on. 

1st place wins the shirt of their dreams. All other participants will receive a 30% discount code!


Contest ends June 13, 2012. 12am ET

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The dress code diaries–Cape Madras pants

Another day and a late season edition of the dress code diaries. School is almost done for us private schoolers. That means prize day, awards, ceremonies, etc. By this time of year, your favorite khakis are probably stained from the chocolate soft-serve ice cream that your buddy spilled on you, or they are frayed at the cuffs. In any event, you would probably look pretty damned chill in another pair of pants.

If you get the drift, check out a certified Twines & Vines favorite: Cape Madras. Founded in Cape Elizabeth, Maine,  Cape Madras offers cool styling for both guys & girls. I love a girl in madras. In fact, Twines & Vines could really use a new female style correspondent. Hit me up if you are interested.

True fact about The Boss: like Cape Madras, I was born in Maine.


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Vineyard Vines 30% off Sale Today!

Get over to the Vineyard Vines site for a big 30% sale on select items today!

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