Some might consider preppy dress style a departure for a classic gentleman but if you think about it, most monsieurs (author included) spent their formative years in catholic schools; decked out in green blazers and green & white striped ties. That scholarly upbringing with an emphasis on culture has created a breed of men best suited for a classically elegant lifestyle; Ergo, it’s not a stretch to believe that outside office hours, a Monsieur might want to dress on the side of preppy for that drive to the yacht club.
Sartorial influences from Cape Cod and New Hampton abound in 2012 menswear– Ovadia & Sons, CAMO (Italy) but GANT Rugger really has Oxford button-down look done pat. Established in 1949, Bernard Gant and sons started to grow the brand into a preppy haberdashery right in Ivy league bastion of New Haven. Preppy dressing isn’t a fashion fad, it’s a way of life.
Gant Rugger: Preppy Dress Style for Men
1. Think gingham or checked shirts and chinos in a solid hue of colors. If you’re feeling less adventurous or it’s your first time in prep-wear, go with light blue denims.
2. Buy clothes that have colors that match well and look good on you. Think complimentary colors, here’s how to wear color. Also, wear loafers, moccasins or boat shoes (top-siders) sans socks.
3. Participate in some kind sport like lacrosse, squash, golf or even equestrian events. That’s where your polo and rugby shirts come in. If you already belong in a country club, you’ll probably have an abundance for the prep-style look book. You might also want to consider half-rim Buddy Holly style glasses like those from Graz Mulcahy. [Shop these looks at Gant Rugger]