LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Falling In The Frat Trap

Looking like you came straight of Martha’s Vineyard is not always the best thing. Don’t get me wrong, Vineyard Vines is great, but when you have a pink button-up on top of your lime green whale embroidered shorts, we might have a little problem. I’m all about looking preppy. I grew up in the south, but that does not mean I look like Ralph Lauren and Paula Deen bathed me in sweet tea everyday. It’s all about finding the subtleties. Having hints of prep rather than looking like the spawn of an overly-frat party is key in rocking the preppy look these days.

This guy balances the prep look perfectly. His patriotic hat and striped D-ring belt are classic and are the epitome of prep. The reason why it works is because the pale yellow shirt and faded green pants are simple and subtle. Any brighter colors and you’d give the Kentucky Derby and Lily Pullitzer a run for their money — and not in a good way.

Don’t act like you don’t know where to find clothes like this. Check out the classics like Vineyard Vines and Ralph Lauren. If done right, this Vineyard Vines belt will add the perfect touch of prep and these shorts from Ralph Lauren are bright and fun. Just be sure to pair it with a shirt that will balance the bright color out.

I hope I didn’t scare you away from preppy clothes. Just be sure not to fall into, what I like to call, the “frat-trap.” Try to find ways to incorporate your own individual style in such a concrete trend, like prep. Drink your sweet tea and eat your Chick-Fil-A. Just leave your visor at home.

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