Timeless American Classics feat. Gagan Singh
June 11th, 2011
Prep style is rooted in tradition and built on a foundation of staple menswear items.
With that said, everything changes (at least a little bit) with time. Therefore fashion designers and style enthusiasts alike are constantly trying to reinvent these “classics” to modernize them and make them their own.
1. Blue Blazer & Dark Denim
“I’d say this is my go-to outfit because I can wear it just about anywhere and be appropriately dressed.
I opted for a pale pink oxford (with complimentary pocket square) as opposed to the typical white, just like I went for the espadrilles as opposed to the usual top-siders or loafers.”
Bonus Tip: “I think every man should have at least one well-fitting blue blazer in his closet.”
2. Gingham Shirt & Knit Tie
“This is the perfect outfit for a day that I need to look ‘dressed-up’ but leaning more on the casual side.
Whether it’s a presentation for school or going out for a summer night in the city.”
Bonus Tip: Gagan nails an updated fit. Slim, not skinny.
Bonus Tip II: If this picture were shot in black & white, with no context, you’d have a hard time telling what decade it was shot. That is timeless style.
3. Chucks & Wayfarers
“Nothing says ‘just kicking it’ quite like a pair of white chuck taylor’s and a baseball jacket.”
Bonus Tip: If you’re a style conscious student, you need some good laid-back casual looks like this. You don’t want to be the try-hard kid in class wearing ties and lace-ups all the time (although that’s probably better than hoodies and runners all the time).
4. Weejuns & “Go to Hell” Chinos
“I had no idea what prep style was until a couple of years ago, and now it’s the primary influence on my look.
I’m a big fan of colorful ‘go to hell’ pants – just have to remember to keep everything else simple and relatively neutral. Although you can still have a little fun with a nautical themed belt.”
Bonus Tip: Because I know I’m going to get plenty of emails about this; “go-to-hell” is a popular phrase among prep enthusiats in reference to the in-your-face hue of brightly colored garments (most typically cotton pants in chino or corduroy).
5. Aviators & “GTH” Turban
“Four words: Go-To-Hell Turban.”
Thanks for reading and special thanks to Gagan for participating!
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.