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Prep-are Yourself with DIY Style and Win a Free Copy of True Prep!


It’s been 30 years since The Official Preppy Handbook was published. Now, author Lisa Birnbach has just come out with True Prep, a tongue-in-cheek handbook for the new rules of preppy style. Although many trends have come and gone in those three decades, many preppy fashion principles have remained the same.

Luckily, as True Prep tells us, you don’t have to spend a fortune to pull together a prep-tastic ensemble. “Many a preppy has an item from a vintage shop or a lost-and-found bin at the club that was tailored and looks incredibly chic.” She adds, “Do not fret if cashmere is too pricey. Preppies love cotton and merino wool sweaters.”

Achieving the perfect preppy look is even easier when you make it yourself. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite preppy looks to inspire you.

Even better, we have three copies of True Prep to give away! E-mail us or post on our Facebook page a photo of your favorite preppy craft—whether it’s monograms, pearls, a Fair Isle sweater, or any other preppy elements you love—and we’ll pick three lucky winners to receive copies of True Prep: the ultimate guide to living the preppy lifestyle (from clothes to schooling, sports to etiquette, decorating to careers).

argyle sweater vest Knit up an argyle sweater vest from Men’s Knits by Erika Knight for your favorite preppy guy. Add a bow-tie, and he’s all set!
You’d never guess that this classic boat tote was originally a place mat. Jodi Kahn shows how in Simply Sublime Bags.
With a faux Fair Isle yoke, the Holyoke Sweater from Twinkle’s Town and Country Knits is quick to knit in Wenlan Chia’s signature bold, chunky yarns.
This Cricket Blazer from Jane Gottelier’s Knitting and Tea is perfect for the country club.
Nancy Alden puts a spin on the classic pearl necklace in Simply Stunning Jewelry. As Lisa Birnbach says, “These gifts of the sea are right anytime.”
Monogrammed pillows are simple to whip up, as shown in Romantic Home Sewing.
If you can’t make it out to Nantucket, make your own personal sailboat with instructions from Paper Yachts instead.



anne November 19th, 2010

Thanks for this delightful and special giveaway.

Cassandra Olsen November 19th, 2010

I would love to have this book!



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