dusty bookshelves

while cleaning off every book, magazine & memento from my afore mentioned & very cluttered bookshelves today, lo and behold (ahoy!) i found my old copy of the Official Preppy Handbook the updated version True Prep is due out soon, but i'm nostalgic for this copy. i grew up in grosse pointe, for god's sake - an approved Official Handbook town (don'tcha know) - and although a true grosse pointer never takes anything too seriously, prep style is a serious matter.

via gallery 339
this could be me circa 1979 (i had that exact same Elsa Peretti heart necklace). i love  tina barney's  photographs- she captures the true prep style and her photos for tory burch are especially prepster:

for your end-of-summer reading:
from my bookshelf (except 9 & 10) - clockwise from top: {1} A Privileged Life: Celebrating Wasp Style (given to me by richard) {2} Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time {3} the classic The Great Gatsby {4} Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man {5} Burke's Cocktail & Drinking Recipes 1936 Reprint: with Recipes for Food Bits for the Cocktail Hour {6} vintage John Cheever {7} my all-time favorite & original copy The Catcher in the Rye {8} The Official Preppy Handbook {9} True Prep and {10} the original guide to preppy style -

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I attended Sweet Briar College in 1980 the height of the prep craze and the beginning of the Reagan era. Sweet Briar is a women's college nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and was surrounded by a number of Men's schools such as Washington and Lee (now co-ed) and Hampden Sydney. Our school colors were pink and green. Sweet Briar was listed in the original preppy handbook as one of the top ten preppyiest places to attend school. I remember wearing a kilt and peter pan color from the Tog Shop to the fraternity parties at W & L. I also guzzled a lot of grain alcohol punch!

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