Somewhat Abashedly Prep.
I have a long history of really hating “prep”. From growing up in a small town in Rural Vermont where “prep” was synonymous with “stupid jocky douchebag” to being a thrift jockey in southern Maine and being told I’m not “authentic” enough because I don’t own 500 birds eye sweaters and have the wrong brand of boat shoe.
As a (former) punk, I’ve always tried to blaze my own trail. Consequently I eschewed prep (and many other potential stylistic options) because that lifestyle was not mine, and I didn’t want it to be (plus I was raised Catholic, so I’m ordered by God to set fire to Protestants… right?) Prep wasn’t me, so it wasn’t for me maaaaan.
However, thanks to the internet I get to see that I was 100% wrong.
For better or worse, styles traditionally reserved for one social group aren’t as tightly bound to lifestyle anymore. Stylistic movements like Black Ivy or Japanese Americana, can re-purpose prep staples to their own ends without the lifestyle trappings, why can’t I?
So here’s to embracing the preppy side. You can’t stay an angry punk forever.
Lerner Shop Wool Tennis Sweater (Made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong) - $4
Custom? (no tags) OCBD - $5
UNIQLO jeans - $11.20
Sebago Penny Loafers - $7 ($8?)
Also, RIP my sunglasses which came into Salvation Army with me and then vanished at some point. I’m glad I only buy knockoffs.
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- badscene reblogged this from afistfulofstyle
- badscene said: Dude, from one ex-punk to another, you speak the truth. I also came form the East Coast and abhorred everything prep. Now I can dig the clothes, just hate the mindset. Keep preaching, you’re one of my favorite blogs of recent.
- vinnienz91 reblogged this from afistfulofstyle
- thesilentist said: I feel like you and I might have the same exact sweater. What’s your label say, if you don’t mind my asking?
- simonscloset likes this
- bbgahman said: WWWHHHHYYYYYYYYY must you taunt me with taintilizing tennis sweaters!? I know working at the store must help, but the sheer quality in addition to quantity you get is insane. I need to thrift more often.
- acuteobtuse likes this
- theskinnyguinea said: Can’t you see? This, attention to stylistic detail, trying to stand out as an individual yet still be part of a subculture, rejecting the status quo of grown men dressing like slobs *is* #punkrock. “Punk is whatever we made it to be.” - D. Boon
- graemewa said: That sweater is dope as
- edwinzee said: Dope sweater!
- girouxmcisaak said: I’m incredibly jealous of that sweater. I’ve been looking for so long.
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