Happy New Week everyone, did you enjoy your Saturday and Sunday? We hope so, even as we start our Monday here at the Prepatorium with snow swirling outside, and more on the way. Ickums as we are wont to say, major ickums.
We had to smile this weekend at seeing more headlines proclaiming “The preppy look is back this spring,” according to the Buffalo News.
“Preppy plaids, stripes, polka dots, vibrant colors and, yes, even those motif belts (whales, anyone?) are comfortably at home among the boho chic and other popular looks of the season.”
“Preppy is back. You can bet your Bermudas on it.”
To be fair, Susan Martin, the story’s writer, qualifies the declaration made in the headline:
“Not that those popular preppy staples ever went out of style.”
One of the stores mentioned in the story is O’Connell’s Clothing, a Buffalo institution. (TP believes anything older than she is now qualifies as an institution.) O’Connell’s carries one of our favorite lines, the fine needlepoint pieces from Smathers & Branson.
The article includes needlepoint belts and madras ties on its list of fashionable items this season. We are also taken with the Blue Madras tie at O’Connell’s.
The story cites television’s Mad Men and Gossip Girl shows as contributors to the style’s growing popularity. We would suggest that the bright colors and fun nature of ‘prep style’ add to its positive perception, particularly at a time when much of the day’s news deals with realities both dreary and difficult for many.
After all, if what we wear can’t contribute to enjoying a brighter day, why bother putting it on? Above, the Lilly Pulitzer Girls’ Cherry Taffeta Dress at Zappos. Below, the Nancy Argyle Sweater at Lilly Pulitzer in both pink and true navy.
TP also believes the tailored lines and classic looks that define the style enhance its favorable perception among fashion mavens and adherents. And we would point out that not everything is as garishly technicolor as described in some quarters.
Above left is Lilly Pulitzer’s “Cutie from Bermud-y” look, center is “Prep it Up” and right is “Short and Sweet.” All pieces from these looks are available at LillyPulitzer.com.
Not to belabor issues surrounding the economy’s impact on what are generally considered discretionary purchases, but many a prep has long appreciated the durability and high quality delivered by most ‘preppy retailers’ to be a significant factor in their favor. (Below left, the J. Press Cotton Chambray Sport Coat TP’s father wore forever, and on the right, the Cotton Madras Sport Coat, also from J. Press.)
Of course, we haven’t even mentioned the positive consequence resulting from the superb customer service practiced at most retailers in this category. As most of our cherished readers are aware, this high level of service only makes us more loyal to such emporiums. We *do* adore many national and regional retailers, but the independent clothiers whose establishments we have been fortunate enough to frequent over the years have been outstanding. Many are struggling as this is written; far too many have already disappeared. We have a fervent hope they survive, and then thrive once again.
For today’s Pretty in Pink we have a couple of treasures, starting with the Kameryn Pink Brogue at Topshop.
Now there we share some serious pink! We must tell you however, we deserve no credit whatsoever for discovering these. That goes to the delightful Kate Loss in her blog post “Wanting What You Can’t Have,” an excellent read!
Our other item is really a ‘Pretty in Pink and Green,” featuring our very own Silly Tilly in her stylish new harness.
Among Tilly’s many ailments is a collapsed trachea, so a harness is ever-so-much-better for her than a standard collar. This is one from our new line of ‘Design Your Own Collars, Harnesses, & Leashes‘ at the store.
Tilly was adamant about having the ribbon with the little paw prints, and in this specific color combination. Who are we to deny her? (Heh-heh-heh.)
On this perky note we’ll say G’bye until next time!