When someone accuses prep style of being uninspired, monolithic, or cliche, I just want to grab them by the ear and show them a picture like this. Ladies and gentlemen: privileged kids who raid Ralph Lauren and J Crew not for their sartorial value but for the labels are ruining the face of a whole, wonderful range of style. Like with any aesthetic, preppy wear is only as good as you make it. And this shot makes it well. A well cropped blazer, perfectly proportioned tie, and standout shirt make this look a far cry from what I imagine 99% of “prep haters” see when they think prep style. I’m not here to defend “preppiness” (whatever that means); I’m only here to point out what looks good. And, in my humble opinion, this looks damned good.
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