There was a time, like around the Saved by the Bell era, that "preppy" could be meant as an insult. But thanks to the clean-cut, timeless aesthetics of American designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, prepster style is now decidedly chic.
Even the insinuation of elitism is gone, when you can pick up pieces at up to 70% off in the Brooks Brothers clearance section. (Shipping starts at $5.95, but orders of $250 or more bag free shipping.)
Just in case you need a little more pastel and plaid in your life, we've rounded up 10 picks to prep up your wardrobe.
10 Preppy Picks from Brooks Brothers
Brooks Brothers Men's Harris Tweed Boots for $268.80 ($179 off)
Making shoes with tweed is somehow classic and contemporary at the same time, and it dresses up your whole ensemble.
Suedes of Grey
Brooks Brothers Women's Natalie Suede Pants for $519.20 ($779 off)
Is there a better fall fabric than suede? It's soft, warm, and fashionable, and way more upscale than jeans.
Brooks Brothers Girls' Houndstooth Dress for $40 ($60 off)
This style straight out of the 60s looks polished whether it's worn on the playground or at a piano recital.
Brooks Brothers Men's Regent Irish Linen Tuxedo for $349 ($349 off)
If you're going to err on the side of formality, you might as well go all out with a slim-cut tuxedo.
Brooks Brothers Women's Stellita Lambswool Herringbone Jacket for $348.60 ($149 off)
This jacket has an Edwardian feel that super preps the Crawley family would certainly appreciate.
Pants With Purpose
Brooks Brothers Men's Garment-Dyed Chinos for $59.50 ($30 off)
Khakis are fine sometimes, but color is often essential if you want your look to appear intentional rather than incidental.
Brooks Brothers Women's Textured Dobby Cotton-Blend Plaid Dress for $249 ($249 of)
With its discreet cut, subtle shimmer, and sensible material, this dress is the absolute definition of decorous.
Brooks Brothers Men's Fun Crewneck Sweater for $67.20 ($101 off)
Even the elites like to let loose sometimes. Check out that crazy pattern mixing! Positively zany!
Better Than Basic
Brooks Brothers Women's Cotton Stretch Pleated Peplum Shirt for $47.20 ($71 off)
A crisp white top is a mandatory piece in a preppy closet, but you're allowed to punch it up with a peplum and pleats.
Mad Men Mini
Brooks Brothers Boys' Two-Button Plaid Wool Suit Jacket for $114 ($114 off)
You're never too young for neat attire, but sometimes the best you can do is a sportcoat over jeans and a T-shirt.
Readers, what caught your eye at Brooks Brothers? Is there anything you're hoping will drop in price? Who's your preppy style icon? Let us know in the comments!