If you’re summering on the East Coast in the next few months — or just want to look like you are — you’re going to need to know the ins-and-outs of prep style.
This is easier than it might first appear. We’ve gathered some of the preppiest summer staples out there, so you can look like you belong in places like Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Hamptons.
Don’t worry — we won’t tell anyone you got it from the internet.
There are fewer things preppier than gold buttons. This is for when you need to look a little bit more dressed up, but don't want to lose your preppy edge.
Go-to-hell pants are nothing like normal pants -- they're on another plane entirely.
Crazy colours and wild patterns combine to create quite the statement piece. Extreme confidence is required.
On those chilly Vineyard nights, you're going to need a preppy outer layer to keep warm. Enter Patagonia's vintage-inspired fleeces, with bright colours and patterns that fit right in with the aesthetic.
Needlepoint belts and prep culture go together like ice cream and apple pie. Get one that shows off your personality, or just go full Americana with this super-patriotic version.
Seersucker is a fabric, not a pattern. And that fabric has been linked to prep -- especially southern style -- practically since the dawn of time. We recommend you keep it to a single piece of your outfit, like this sporty button-down shirt.
One of our favourite preppy summer patterns for dress shirts is gingham, a pattern that can quickly look like a table cloth if done poorly. Keep the checks small and any colour but red, and you'll be fine.