In middle school my first ever girlfriend gave me the nickname “Preppy” because of how I carried myself. As I matured and developed my own fashion sense that nickname came to shine light on my style and aesthetic. I was drawn towards a classic preppy school boy look that was reminiscent of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Sweaters, vests, bowties, penny loafers, Chuck Taylors, varsity jackets and the like. Recently, I purchased a $43 red varsity jacket on amazon, along with 17 patches to sew on to the jacket. Eventually I ended up with a unique one of a kind “letterman” style jacket to fit my preppy energy.
Each patch represents something/someone special to me. From George Floyd and Malcom X, to the pansexual flag and the large roses on the back that honor my great-grandmother. All of the patches were purchased on Amazon and they ranged in price from $3 to $17. Some of them were pricer once shipping was added. I also paid a professional sewist to adhere the patches to the jacket. By the time I purchased the jacket, the patches, and had them sewed on the garment easily cost about $300. This was pricy for a basic varsity jacket; however, it means so much to me because of the personality of the patches and the one of a kind status of the piece.
Try it! Buy a jacket or sweater and add your personality to it! What would be on yours? What speaks to you? Let me know in the comments! I can also help you find what you are looking fore.
Anyway, I ain’t skinny and I love my preppy school boy jacket! -DAT