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Preppy, by Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle

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When it comes to men's fashion, no look is more definitively American than preppy style. Preppy, a new book from Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle, traces the development of the all-American Ivy League aesthetic—from its prep-school roots to its integration into both street style and runway fashion. This isn't The Official Preppy Handbook; it's an in-depth fashion retrospective—interlaced with rare photographs and advertisements—illustrating how the preppy look has evolved beyond personal style into lifestyle. From Lacoste to Ralph Lauren, the Kennedys to Vampire Weekend, Preppy represents an authoritative visual history of madras, polos, and everything in between.

Preppy, by Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle
[Rizzoli, $45]

— Maggie Mallon




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