What is preppy? Short for the word 'preparatory' it refers to students who attend university-preparatory schools. Originating in the 1950s, they are characterized by fashion, speech and mannerism sub-culture. Often trying to be young adults, their fashion style has been poked fun at by being too conservative and snobbish.
I personally love the preppy look. It is indeed conservative, but it is also classic and timeless when worn properly. This corduroy dress from Mystique Vintage has such a wonderful A-line cut and attached belt. Corduroy, argyle, wools and plaids are a traditional preppy fabric, often borrowing from the Brits. Well, the Brits knew a little something about classic lines and this 1950s dress with a pair of red pumps or equestrian boots would be just perfect thank you. Available for $89.