Preppy or Provisionally Preppy... it's all about nuancing a Preppy lifestyle with cultural signifier distinctions being found within the details. Certainly there are things that are so classically Preppy there is no pause for pondering in regards to them however, as in much of life, there are many gray-areas when it comes to what could be considered Preppy.
Before I became a Sustainer (aka "alumnus" so to speak) of the Junior League, I first had to spend a decade of serious volunteering and some less-serious cocktail partying and charity event attending however, for my very first year with the League, I was a Provisional like the rest of my 1991 class. We were the neophyte-newbies, the new kids on the block much like how it was after I pledged Chi Omega back in college. To be in the group but not a fully-vetted and vested part of it yet...this inbetween kind of membership status.
Similar to a Provisional status such as this, there are a variety of lifestyle items and choices that aren't classically Preppy but could be considered somewhat-Preppy depending on how they are integrated/interpreted into one's Preppy lifestyle.
The following is a listing of a few of these things I occassionally ponder about as to whether they're Preppy or not and as a caveat: several of the "Provisionally Preppy" items mentioned apply directly to my own life so there's no attempt to be catty on my part at all with this list. This is just a fun musing to do on a day where I'm stuck at home under-the-weather and if any blog readers have their own Prep Or Provisionally Prep items to add, please feel free to do so... (because of spammers and unwanted links to unsavory sites that try to get into this blog, I am moderating the posting replies on my site here but I do try to check this blog daily so that your replies can get published in a fairly quick manner)
So here we go: an incomplete listing of all-things Preppy or Provisionally Preppy:
Preppy: Fine linens like Porthault, Frette and other elegant brands
Provisionally Preppy: Pastel or pink and green color-blocked Quilts
Preppy: Spaniels, Golden Retrievers and any good bird dog
Provisionally Preppy: German Shepards and Dobermans
Preppy: The Wall Street Journal
Provisionally Preppy: Newsweek, Time and other news magazines
Preppy: having a several-generation country club and/or yacht club membership
Provisionally Preppy: having an in-ground pool
Preppy: a summer home or summer-long island rental
Provisionally Preppy: going to the beach for a weekend or a week's vacation
Preppy: Graduate degrees in the Humanities, Law, Medicine or the traditional MBA
Provisionally Preppy: Graduate degrees in anything else
Preppy: Tasteful, subtle and well-placed monogramming
Provisionally Preppy: Monogramming everything in sight
Preppy: Moderate ancestor-worship
Provisionally Preppy: Frequently name-dropping about one's ancestors
Preppy: Polo and all forms of horseback riding excluding western, Golf, Tennis, Sailing
Provisionally Preppy: Running, Swimming, Kayaking, Yoga and Pilates
Provisionally Preppy: All other forms of fishing- both fresh and salt water
Preppy: Loving fashion but it's secondary in one's life
Provisionally Preppy: Loving fashion and it is absolutely primary in one's life
Preppy: Utilizing a porcelain soup tureen on the sideboard
Provisionally Preppy: Utilizing a big pot on the stove for apres' ski chili
Preppy: The Old-school Junior League
Provisionally Preppy: the New-school Junior League circa late 1990's and onwards
Preppy: Well-worn and mixed outdoors clothing such as L.L.Bean, Barbor, Orvis etc.
Provisionally Preppy: Being completely kitted-out in Patagonia
Preppy: One's debutante season in the Deep South or the Northeast
Provisionally Preppy: One's debutante season anywhere else
Preppy: Tortoise shell look regular or reading glasses
Provisionally Preppy: Black, brown, metallic or trendy-red glasses
Preppy: Knowing when, where and how to wear Lilly Pultizer attire
Provisionally Preppy: not knowing...
Preppy: Recognizing and enjoying fine food and wine
Provisionally Preppy: the actual production of said epicurian delights
Preppy: Wine, scotch, sherry in cut crystal
Provisionally Preppy: Fruity drinks with mini-umbrellas enjoyed in a tropical setting
Preppy: Old, musty books from one's own small in-home library room
Provisionally Preppy: Old, musty books from the local library
Preppy: Nantucket baskets, lowcountry Sweetgrass baskets
Provisionally Preppy: Longaberger baskets
Preppy: having a great sense of ironic humor, life-adaptability and always up for a good party
Provisionally Preppy: trying too hard...in anything
And so this ends, for now, the Preppy Or Provisionally Preppy listing- hope you've enjoyed it and have gotten a chuckle or two out of it while reading through this!
For futher musings on the distilliation of all things Preppy, please be sure to check out two of my postings for July 2009 titled, "What Preppy-Isn't... But I Do It Anyway" (July 21st) and also "Preppy is... Southern Preppy is..." (July 13th).