There are certain preppy trends that probably get started by bored housewives vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard that should never leave the island. However, time after time these trends infiltrate into every suburban town. Every day I see people on the T, in the elevator, and walking the streets infected with pastel and floral disasters.
5. Long Champ Le Pliage Bags
These bags are the most simple, uninspired purses that have sweep the upper middle class. Constructed of mostly canvas with leather trimming these bags can cost as much as $145! Like crack to an addict, these bags come in the full spectrum of vibrant colors, so every sorority girl can feel they are being unique.
4. Vera Bradly Bags
These “diaper bags” come in a variety of shapes perfect for all preppy occasions any event planner could conjure up. Vera Bradley bags are not only widely over priced, but are are vastly over printed. Similar to Beanie Babies, these quilted bags are continusously discontinuing patterns to keep soccer moms coming back to their dealer.
3. Anything Lily Pultizer
Lily Pultizer is practically a uniform on Martha’s Vineyard. Every item from Lily Pulitzier is bright and colorful. Pulitizer lets mommy and child dress in same prints and color schemes. How cute?!
2. Printed Ties from Vineyard Vines
These loudly printed ties come in a wide range of novelty themes and colors. Men’s ties from Vineyard Vines range from $75 - $85! Can you believe that? This is probably every father’s nightmare present.
1. Crocs, Crocs, Crocs
My disdain for these shoes cannot be expressed. I know people love these shoes because the are “sooo comfortable”, but when does comfort mean we have to sacrifice style. Everything about these shoes are practical - which was probably why suburban moms took to them like a moth to a flame. These shoes are recyclable, ergonomic, odor resistant, blah, blah, blah. These shoes are U-G-L-Y. I can maybe accept people wearing them while doing outdoor activities like canoeing or hiking. However, that is rarely how I have seen them. People wear them as everyday shoes, with nice outfits! Crocs are like headlights on people feet, drawing attention with their oversizing and bright colors.