Want to Turn a Preppy Look Up to 11? Add a Healthy Dose of Punk.

Consider this: Between punks and preppies, one group embraces the concept of fuck-you pants—and it ain’t the punks. The style subcultures have more in common, at least in ethos, than you might expect. It’s just that for preppies, the jacket of choice isn’t a biker but a blazer (which nowadays is as likely to be made by the streetwear-­friendly brand Rowing Blazers or the skate-infused label Noah as by J. Press or Brooks Brothers).

An outdoorsy spin on the prep-meets-punk vibe.

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The approach, though, is all about going for it, rules be damned. So if you’re looking to give your prep staples a shot in the arm, do it. Take those brands and mix ’em all together. Launch the colors into highlighter territory. And feel free to play with bigger fits and extra layers. Even with some two-tone loafers (beloved by both groups!), you won’t be mistaken for any kind of actual punk. But don’t be surprised if you earn a nod from one or two for your commitment to convention smashing.

Lead photo: Jacket by Paul Stuart, rugby shirt by Rowing Blazers x Lands’ End, sweater by J. Press, trousers by Rowing Blazers, loafers by G. H. Bass & Co., socks by The Elder Statesman. Above: Hat by Moncler, jacket by Barbour x Margaret Howell, shirt and trousers by Thom Browne.

A Prep-Meets-Punk Primer

Here’s how to put the look together for yourself.

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Timothy Mulcare

The Blazer: Try it oversize to change up the feel. And don’t be afraid of brass buttons.

The Rugby Shirt: Forget the oxford (for now). A striped rugby shirt gives the whole look a graphic punch-up.

The Sweater: It’s all about the color here. Think bright…then go even brighter.

The Cords: A wide wale is the way to go. Add a big ol’ cuff to match.

Blazer by Polo Ralph Lauren; sweaters by Paul Stuart; rugby shirt by Lands’ End; trousers by F. E. Castleberry.

Rugby Polo 2

Rugby Polo 2

Rowing Blazers x Lands’ End landsend.com

$95.00

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