Friday, January 9, 2009

Dandies In Print: The Official Preppy Handbook

I just received in the mail via Amazon a copy of The Official Preppy Handbook. Subtitled "Look, Muffy, a book for us" this hilarious 1980 guide edited by Lisa Birnbach is a must-browse. It's full of tongue-in-cheek essays such as "Regulating The Cash Flow: Well-to-Do's and Don'ts", "Before Truth, The Right Fork: A Preppy Value System" and "Prep On All Fours: The Proper Pet". And of course a good portion of the book is dedicated to preppy style. My favorite essay is "The Politics Of Monogramming: When Your Own Initials Will Do" which includes a list of what to monogram (handkerchiefs, place mats, soap) and what not (suits, your china, your car). Very funny stuff, Muffy.


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