Just as soon as you officially declare something “out,” it’s cool again. Though headlines championing the “Decline of American Prep” have circulated as recently as 2020, it seems the younger generations view the styles as fresh and new in typical ironic fashion. Between sweater vests and loafers, tennis ensembles and blazers, “American prep” is everywhere.
While TikTok-ers often lean towards an early-aughts-era version full of skintight polos and low-rise miniskirts, look a decade or two prior and you’ll find a more relaxed variety. Lest we forget to credit the harbinger of the initial tides of preppy style: Ralph