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Going Preppy: Our Guide for Guys

by Jill Manoff

Whether he’s looking to add polish or just letting you play stylist, our five preppy picks will make shopping a cinch.







1. Khaki Pants
Equal parts laidback and refined, khaki pants are the quintessential preppy style—but there are a few rules to wearing them right. For spring through summer? Remember: The lighter, the better. Come cricket sweater weather? Darker pairs are a must.






2. Polo Shirts
As they’re comfortable, effortless and decidedly versatile (He can wear them to work, all weekend and more!), even a “T-shirt guy” won’t mind breaking for polos. Score him a few styles, and he’ll wear them all spring. Score even more, and they could be his new thing.







3. Crisp Poplin Shirts
It doesn’t get any more preppy than a poplin, but we think styles should start coming with instructions. The CliffsNotes? Ironing is most often a necessity. And, to ensure a polished look? Tuck it in completely.






4. Head-to-Toe Color
Pick a color, every color. When the goal is mastering preppy style, you never want to settle on just one. Start with pink, navy and canary, then round out his wardrobe with orange, blue and kelly.






5. Plaid, Argyle and Stripes
Prints are important in perfecting “preppy,” so get prepared to get busy! Direct him to argyles, plaids and stripes, and offer some advice: Wear one at a time.



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