Who said workout gear had to be dull and boring? Check out Thomas Kelly, a California active wear company inspired by east coast preppy style. No longer the sweaty outcast at the grocery store, their colorful clothing can take you from “exercise to errands.” I particularly love their silky Ladera Leggings with gingham cuffs, a cute addition to any workout routine. The matching Malaga Mix top features an open back, perfect for getting some sun on your run.

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Thomas Kelly Malaga Mix Top and Ladera Leggings

Thomas Kelly Malaga Mix Top and Ladera Leggings

Santa Rosa Stripes Top

Santa Rosa Stripes Top


Are you looking for a great way to exercise while expressing your preppy style? Try cycling. From Nantucket to Hilton Head, more and more locations are creating devoted bicycle lanes and trails. Cycling is not only good for you but an eco-friendly way to get around town or explore the countryside, not to mention a fun way to spend a date.

Gunjan Grover's preppy bicycle

Gunjan Grover's oh so preppy bicycle

The key to preppy cycling is finding a great bicycle. Consider customizing your bike by painting it a pretty pastel color. Bonus points for a matching tote bags and helmets. Shop for vintage or preppy accessories like a wicker basket and line it with pink or green pinstripes or Lilly Pulitzer fabric. Accessories are a great way to add some personality to your bicycle.


sailboatWho can’t love sport that inspired Sperry’s, sailor stripes, and discounts at stores? Just kidding about the last one. Sailing (or yachting if you prefer) is considered one of the preppiest of sports. Invented several hundred of years ago, it has aided in trade, land discovery, and travel. Fast forward to day dreams of hopping aboard a sailboat with a preppy man and sailing over to Bermuda, Hyannis, or St. Barts. Sailing is a must try for every preppy girl.

To prevent you from sounding like a total land-lubber, here are a few essential sailing terms:

  • Lines – Ropes on a sailboat
  • Halyards – Lines that raise the sails
  • Bow – Front of the sailboat
  • Beam – Widest part of the sailboat
  • Mainsail – Main sail ; )
  • Boom – Horizontal spar (or pole) usually attached to the main sail. Keep an eye on it!
  • Heeling – When the boat leans to one side
  • Galley – Kitchen
  • Head – Bathroom – Always check out the head situation on a sailboat. Very Important!
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Sick of being cooped up indoors this summer? Here are a few ideas to maximize your summer. popsicle

  • Plan a road trip even if its just across town. It’s always fun to explore some place new.
  • Get a group together and go tubing.
  • Make your own popsicles.
  • Cool off and go for a swim.
  • Learn how to paddle board.
  • Have a picnic in the park.
  • Visit an art museum.
  • Go to a matinee and see the latest summer flick.
  • Host a Pink & Green party.
  • Hike a new trail.
  • Feel the sand between your toes, go to the beach.

We still have 6 weeks of summer. Now go out and have some fun!


Even though summer is winding down, it’s not too late to pick up a mallet and learn how to play croquet, a decidedly preppy sport. Besides, its a great excuse to buy some preppy sportswear and throw a cocktail party. Croquet has deep roots, dating back to the 1600s under the name “Pall Mall,” or ball and mallet. Croquet became a hugely popular pastime in England during the 1860s since it can be played by both men and women. It was not until the 1870s when the sport of tennis stole croquet’s thunder. Hence Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

But how do you actually play?
Croquet sets typically come with 6 mallets, 6 croquet balls, 9 wickets (metal hoops), and two stakes to accommodate up to 6 players. Usually played on a recently-mowed lawn, the playing area consists of a large rectangle, 50 by 100 feet. Arrange the nine wickets and two stakes in a diamond pattern. Each player (or team of two) is given two croquet balls and a mallet. If six players are playing use the additional ball. Each player has one shot unless their ball goes through a wicket or hits a stake, than he or she receives a bonus shot. The turn ends when the player runs out of bonus shots or hits a stake. One point is awarded for hitting the ball through each wicket and stake in the designated order. The first side to score 14 wicket points and 2 stake points with each ball is the winner.

As mild mannered as this sport may seem, croquet can be extremely competitive. Blocking the opponents’ balls and ruining their shots is fair game. For more information about backyard croquet or to learn about other variations of the game, check out the U.S. Croquet Association web site. (Source U.S. Croquet Association)

Croquet by Winslow Homer, 1864

Croquet by Winslow Homer, 1864




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