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Classic preppy look

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I recently purchased a Brioni navy blue blazer, and a pair of grey Zanella trousers. I want the New England preppy/Bush 41 look (I really miss that man's internationalist "let's work together" foreign po). Anyway, I've always been more of a suit guy, so the whole blazer thing's new to me. What shoes would be ideal for completing the look?
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What shoes would be ideal for completing the look?
Brown/cordovan Bass Weejun penny loafers.
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Ok - just for fun I went to the source, "The Official Preppy Handbook" copyright 1980 (yes, I still have my copy ) Here's what they have to say about dress shoes Weejuns: Either penny loafer or tassel variety - both are acceptable. Leather heels, cordovan finish. Worn highly polished or decrepit. May be repaired by winding white adhesive tape around the front part of the shoe. Brooks Brothers loafers: The grownup version of the Weejun. Correctly worn in either brown or black with business suits. Gucci loafers: Black. Glove-soft leather. Worn at the country club, never with socks. Definitely post-collegiate. Also - remember go sockless and for the true preppy look, do what I do and get monogrammed blazer buttons put on your blue blazer. I have a set that are now on their third jacket and they add that little touch of prep Bradford
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Remember, if it's become a preppy cliche then it's not exactly prep anymore.  Brioni and Zanella aren't exactly "prep", either - too Italian. Anyways, Top-siders work.  Brooks Brothers hasn't been good in a long time.  You just have to know, really.  If you need someone to tell you what to wear, go to Paul Stuart in NYC or order whatever the Andover Shop is offering. Monogrammed blazer buttons overdo it a bit, IMO - they're like signet rings. Unless the monogram is functionally invisible, I think it's too much.
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Brooks Brothers hasn't been good in a long time.... Monogrammed blazer buttons overdo it a bit, IMO
Yep -  Brooks Brothers has gone downhill - see there's the problem with quoting from a 23-year old book   However, I have to defend my monogrammed blazer buttons. I know they're not the "in" thing right now, but I've had them since 1989 so they are a part of my personal style. In addition, for the same reason I don't buy clothing with large labels on them (ok - except for a few Nike and Jordan brand t-shirts) I prefer to replace the buttons on my blue blazers. The Austin Reed blazer on which my monogrammed buttons currently reside had some fake crest on the original buttons that the company probably just made up. If I want a crest, I'll use my family's - or I'll just use my own initials. (I should probably mention that they are flat gold with block monogramming and unless you look close, most people probably don't even notice them.) Bradford  
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 Brioni and Zanella aren't exactly "prep", either - too Italian.
True, Ralph Lauren would have been more appropriate for the look, but I fell in love with the Brioni fabric. I suppose it's more of an Italianate Prep look (if there is such a thing) than New Englander.
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The Italians do a lot of clothing that could be "prep" style, I guess. That's basically what Etro is about.
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