The Preppiest Colleges Of 2012
Being a preppy person isn't all about knowing how to sail and wearing sailing clothes. Anyone in the world can be preppy, if they just want to try it!
After extensive research, HuffPost has rounded up the preppiest colleges of 2012. What did it take to make the cut? A love of Brooks Brothers, a passion for lacrosse, a hatred of regular shoes. Check out our list and then tell us what you think!
All it takes is one trip to The Tombs -- a hidden <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/restaurants/the-tombs,792063/critic-review.html" target="_hplink">bar and restaurant near</a> the Georgetown campus, called a "<a href="http://www.washingtonian.com/restaurantreviews/1656.html" target="_hplink">Good Ol' Boy haunt</a>" -- to realize students here like to imagine they're living in a real life version of the <em>Social Network</em>. Backpacks are a faux pas and socks <a href="http://www.collegefashionista.com/school/georgetown" target="_hplink">are rarely worn</a>, because obviously they'd look silly with your Sperry Top Siders and short shorts. Off campus, Georgetown is planted in a neighborhood frequented by diplomats and Senators, where President Obama holds fundraisers, and the M Street shopping area has stores like Brooks Brothers, Jack Wills, Lacoste and Rugby as some of its main draws. (picture). The downside? Built on a swamp, seeing rats run on the sidewalk is more common than squirrels. How plebian.
University of Virginia
The quad is referred to as "the Lawn," most of the frat and sorority houses are situated along "Rugby Road." The phrase "Guys in Ties, Girls in Pearls" is well-known motto on campus, and on Facebook, you can find students <a href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/2200202117/ " target="_hplink">griping when not enough people</a> wear ties or sundresses to the games. UVA was even referenced in the book "<a href="http://www.theu.com/college_reviews_view/university_of_virginia/uva_is_amazing_despite_the_haters_1867" target="_hplink">True Prep</a>", a guide to preppy college life. The most damning evidence? William & Mary, no stranger to preps, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/the-preppiest-colleges-ph_n_537912.html#s80752&title=Vanderbilt_University" target="_hplink">even have their own</a> holiday called "Dress like UVa For A Day."
Even the east coast sports-bro website, Barstool Sports, thinks Boston College is <a href="http://www.bcheights.com/news/column-hop-off-of-your-barstool-1.2766055#.TzQ3AL8gNRA" target="_hplink">a bit too preppy</a>. Boston College has been <a href=" a href="http://collegeprowler.com/boston-college/guys--and--girls/" target="_hplink"" target="_hplink">described</a> as "preppy" and "homogeneous," and that "Most students [at BC] put a lot of emphasis on appearance -- for better or worse."
The "Official Preppy Handbook" ranked this as a <a href="http://www.pleasurablerevelation.com/2010/03/official-preppy-handbook-or-of-virtues.html " target="_hplink">runner up, but the blogosphere puts</a> Wheaton College a little higher on the preppy barometer today. "Wheaties" commonly hang around Harvard and Brown on weekends decked out in green and pink apparel and Bermuda bags. "There are the preppy people," a Wheaton student on <a href="http://collegeprowler.com/wheaton-college----massachusetts/guys--and--girls/" target="_hplink">College Prowler</a> concedes, however, "Don't rely on stereotypes, because, generally, everyone is kind and helpful."
It's the school that educated <a href="http://www.adweek.com/files/adfreak/6a00d8341c51c053ef01310f84cd3e970c-450wi" target="_hplink">Andy Bernard from the Office</a>; ever heard of it? Blogs about Cornell will give you <a href="http://blogs.kitschmag.com/watch/2010/09/09/leave-a-really-preppy-tweet-in-the-comments-and-well-give-you-free-stuff/" target="_hplink">free SWAG</a> if you leave "preppy comments" or tweets. Oh, and don't forget <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/80903787/cornell-crest-preppy-handbag" target="_hplink">your preppy handbag</a>!
At Ohio State you can get official school <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vineyard-Vines-Ohio-State-Flag-Tie-Preppy-Handbook-NEW-/220926213051" target="_hplink">gear by Vineyard Vines</a>, or an <a href="http://www.lostlettermen.com/store-ohio-state-buckeyes-scarlet-argyle-preppy-jersey-tote-bag/" target="_hplink">argyle handbag</a> in OSU colors. Even that bastion of preppiness <a href="http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatSectionView.process?IWAction=Load&Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=1178§ion_size=§ion_color=&sortby=newArrivals" target="_hplink">Brooks Brothers</a> is making a line of Ohio State clothes. (O's on the cufflinks) Gawker <a href="http://gawker.com/5815919/brooks-brothers-inadvertently-reveals-americas-whitest-colleges" target="_hplink">has said (snarkily) </a> that Ohio State was "infested by unbearably-preppy" kids.
Urban Dictionary <a href="http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=preppy" target="_hplink">talks about the Southern Preppies</a> in Alabama wearing Patagonia, Lacoste and Brooks Brothers -- which, by the way, <a href="http://gawker.com/5815919/brooks-brothers-inadvertently-reveals-americas-whitest-colleges" target="_hplink">also has a</a> University of Alabama line. For those Alabama fans feeling like they don't look enough like a prep in their U of A gear, <a href="http://www.preppyprincess.com/universityofalabama.aspx" target="_hplink">PreppyPrincess.com has you covered</a> with a line of aprons, tote bags, and cloth napkins.