The preppy trend has been exploding recently, and you can see evidence of it everywhere. Colorful tartan plaid stationary is stocked in paper goods shops, and home dcor stores are overflowing with nautical navy and white, and crisp lattice prints. Yes, there are splashes of prep everywhere, and of course the preppy world would be nothing without the major vein of the fashion world. Here’s how to inject some of preppy’s smart, clean look into your own style.
If you are wondering why some of today’s most sophisticated men’s stores – barrel duffel bag, Bergdorf Goodman Men, Barneys New York – are stocked with enough hard-core color to resemble the team uniform section of a sporting goods shop, well, perhaps that’s fitting. Color has become practically a contact sport.
Don’t expect to waltz through security with a 26″ luggage set or a full size rolling barrel duffel bag pattern. The major airlines all have a carry-on size limit. The common rule for carry on luggage size is the length of the bag plus width plus height can’t equal more than 45 inches. Most bags advertised as “carry-on” will fall within the 45″ limit of combined dimensions, but surprisingly several of the highest rated and most popular luggage brands had carry-on bags that actually exceeded the 45 inch rule for carry on luggage.
While everyone hopes you have fantastic weather while you’re visiting Breckenridge or Keystone, even these fantastic resorts run into a bad day of weather now and then. Take advantage of having a plan for indoor activities that you can do if bad weather hits while you’re there.
Many of us non-Europeans go to Europe for the historic effect. Tiny winding streets with cobblestones are a personal favorite, but not when you’re wearing flip flops and there is practically no lighting. I fell on my butt at least twice on dew covered cobblestones. As I neared the top of the hill, I managed to crack my right foot on one of those owe so cute half curbs that seem to appear throughout Europe.
Be nice to the people helping you, and more than likely, they will be nice back to you. Airline personnel deal with irritable passengers all day long- you won’t be the first one complaining and you won’t be the last. But you might stand out if you smile, thank them and express gratitude for all that they can do for you. Same for hotel employees- a $5 tip goes a long way sometimes and a friend is strange places is always a good thing to have.
There are lots of other designers who have gained popularity by working in men’s clothing designs. Lacoste, Armani and D&G, Perry Ellis, Paul Fredrick and other brands, must never be disregarded. Fashion changes all the time but ideas and trends stay the same.