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A preppy wardrobe of pearl chokers and polos stands for so much more than buttoned-up style. It represents privilege and going by the book. But even though its basic shapes have flitted in and out of fashion since the ’60s, prep lacks cool. Which explains why, in search of a new challenge, the fashion world is getting a kick out of revisiting the out-of-touch wardrobe and twisting it beyond recognition. There’s something delightful about the perversion of preppiness. Think: plaid pants plucked from a coed’s closet but sinfully low slung with two silver grommets that further reveal skin. It recalls the way that punk artists took the aristocratic Royal Stewart tartan and remixed it—ri... Full story

22 October