PREPS ARE NOT NORMAL. THEY ARE CLASSIC & TIMELESS

Ask me anything   I have been lucky to live and survive a very diverse life after 46 years.
After 13 years of marriage I am deeply, madly in love with my wife.
I am a Prep to my core and have been since I was very young. Most people think I over dress, Since when is a Barefoot Sperry Topsiders, Khaki Shorts and Button Down with the sleeves rolled up overdressed for a neighborhood bar-be-que?
I prefer the Mountains over the Beach, but Love the Ocean.
My three boys are the apple of my eye and as I enter mid life I realized all that I work for is not about me but to give my boys every possible opportunity they wish to explore.

There is a quote; "Funny how some others live it up while others just survive"

I hope you find a glimpse of a wide array of Life, Love and Living in the modest blog of mine.

FEEL FREE TO ASK ANYTHING YOU WANT!

twitter.com/MATYV:

    OOTD for a long road trip up to the Regional Offices. On a crisp perfect,sunny, blue sky morning. Cold Play on the radio, cruise control set at 72 and a special thanks to Shannon and the crew at the Winchester Starbucks for putting the right drink in my cup holder. clear roads ahead, what a day!!

    OOTD for a long road trip up to the Regional Offices. On a crisp perfect,sunny, blue sky morning. Cold Play on the radio, cruise control set at 72 and a special thanks to Shannon and the crew at the Winchester Starbucks for putting the right drink in my cup holder. clear roads ahead, what a day!!

    — 2 days ago with 2 notes
    #fraternity collection  #polo ralph lauren  #vineyard vines  #vv  #vineyardvines  #nordstrom.com  #starbucks  #preppy  #prep  #ootd  #classic  #ivy league 
    thewellappointedman:

ralph lauren cashmere sweaters

    thewellappointedman:

    ralph lauren cashmere sweaters

    — 3 days ago with 28 notes

    putthison:

    Seven Things Better Bought Used

    It’s sometimes easier to buy new, but there are some things that are pretty much always better bought used. Here’s our list of seven.

    1. Peacoats Every designer in the world has “riffed” on the pea coat, but the original is still the best. The heavy melton wool has protected sailors from the elements on-ship for decades, and it’ll protect you from pretty much anything. Best of all, vintage pea coats are freely available both from local vintage shops and online vendors. I love the ones from the 1940s-1960s, but it’s hard to go wrong. Remember that they’re sized to fit over heavy sweaters, and expect to pay $50-100.
    2. Cufflinks  There was a time when men wore suits, and with them, double-cuff shirts. So just about every man had cufflinks. That time has mostly passed.
      The result is a market glut of links. Go on eBay any day of the week and you’ll find literally thousands of pairs, from costume to fine jewelry… 1970s to 1890s. We prefer double-sided links here at PTO, and you’ll find plenty at any estate jeweler or vintage seller. Try Edwardian eight-carat gold, or enamel from the Art Deco era. Or grab yourself a cheap pair of Swank novelty links from the 1960s. Get some shirt studs while you’re at it. They’ll all be much cheaper on the second-hand market than new.
    3. Formal Wear  Unlike most men’s styles, formal wear has remained largely static since it was codified at the beginning of the 20th century. That means that if you can find a conservatively-styled tuxedo from almost any era, it will be right at home today. The bonus: it’ll probably be better-made than all but the finest new equivalents. With a bit of diligence, you can find a great tuxedo for a hundred dollars or less.
    4. Knock-Around Ties  Once you have a basic wardrobe of ties - a few solids, a few basics - you’ll find yourself wishing for novelty. Unless you’re shopping the highest end of the market, you’ll find plenty of functional ties at your local consignment or thrift stores for pennies on the dollar. Get a sense of the difference between a fine tie and a poor one, and don’t settle for less than decent… but once you’ve done that, go wild. There’s no shame in a necktie wardrobe filled out at $10 each, rather than $100.
    5. Watches A fine watch is a status symbol these days, when most men just wear a thirty-dollar quartz model on their wrist. Luckily, there’s a vintage option for almost any budget. Handsome mechanical watches from lesser-known brands are easily available for $50 or so second-hand. You can buy a beautiful Longines or Hamilton for a hundred or two. Kick it up to five hundred and there’s a pile of gorgeous Omegas within your grasp. And of course if you bump it into the thousands, there are many more choices, almost all for less than new.
      Try paging through the buy-and-sell forums of watch enthusiast communities like WatchUSeek and TimeZone, or visit a reputable jeweler in your town. Heck - if you’re buying something cheap, just take a flier on eBay. No matter what, you’ll get a more distinctive piece at a better price.
    6. Cashmere Sweaters  For a variety of reasons, cashmere’s gone downhill in the last twenty years or so. The good stuff has a smoother, tighter, denser finish… and you’ll only find it second-hand. The good news is that second-hand cashmere knits rarely go for more than $50-100 each. If it’s in good shape (be diligent), it can literally last a lifetime.
    7. Hats Men’s hats have declined precipitously not just in popularity, but also in quality. Low-end hats from the middle of the last century are as good as the high-end hats you’ll buy in a department store today. There are a few fine makers left, mostly making custom hats, but even once-fine brands like Borsalino and Stetson now make mediocre, expensive products. Vintage hats, though, are inexpensive, freely available (another supply/demand thing) and often of very fine quality. Great hats effortlessly hold their shape without being stiff, and feel fine to the hand. Expect to pay between $50 and $200 for something really good.

    (Thanks to PTO twitter followers @D_Lippy, @frivmo, @voxsartoria, @platypusjones, @prairie_oysters, @SkySwartout, @HoffM, @TheMikeSwartz, @TheS_P500 and more for your ideas!)

    Photos: Peacoat by Resheie54 , Cufflinks Simon James, Tux Stephen Depolo, Watch Guy Sie, Ties Brian Johnson, Cashmere Stolte-Sawa Hat David D

    — 3 days ago with 428 notes
    I believe that the people who truly understand “Prep” or “Preppy” will know that this is a picture that could have easily have been taken in the 50’s, 60’, 70’s, 80’s or any decade in the past 50 years (besides this being a color picture). This is why Preps are truly timeless. 

    I believe that the people who truly understand “Prep” or “Preppy” will know that this is a picture that could have easily have been taken in the 50’s, 60’, 70’s, 80’s or any decade in the past 50 years (besides this being a color picture). This is why Preps are truly timeless. 

    (via tattooedsororitygal)

    — 3 days ago with 5 notes
    Classic  Fall Looks are coming back as the chill sneaks back up on us. One of my favorite time of the year.

    Classic  Fall Looks are coming back as the chill sneaks back up on us. One of my favorite time of the year.

    (Source: elbproducts)

    — 3 days ago with 3 notes
    As Summer is walking away, Fall is just around the corner.

    As Summer is walking away, Fall is just around the corner.

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    — 3 days ago with 12 notes
    Are you ready for fall?

    Are you ready for fall?

    (Source: yanchik)

    — 3 days ago with 36 notes
    Weekend layers, Fall is arriving.

    Weekend layers, Fall is arriving.

    — 1 week ago with 13 notes
    #vineyard vines  #omega  #preppy  #princeton 
    It is going to be a Whale of a weekend. Casual Family Wedding, Mini Reunion. A few essentials for a weekend trip.

    It is going to be a Whale of a weekend. Casual Family Wedding, Mini Reunion. A few essentials for a weekend trip.

    — 1 week ago
    The Calendar says August 30 but it was a little bit colder than we thought in the Shenandoah Valley last night. Time to break out the Dale of Norway and cozy up with Kelly.

    The Calendar says August 30 but it was a little bit colder than we thought in the Shenandoah Valley last night. Time to break out the Dale of Norway and cozy up with Kelly.

    — 2 weeks ago