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At the risk of being overly etymologically simplistic, 'Preppy' comes from Preparatory School (i.e. US private high schools), whereas 'Ivy' refers to Ivy League (the socially elite US universities) - both with a particular relationship to the WASPy North-East of the USA, although there are outposts elsewhere and other ethnic variations. So perhaps the difference between these two is one of age and sophistication - 'preppy' is essentially a more aspirational, naive, informal version of Ivy. Both of these come into being mid-century and their reference is still very much to this period. Trad ('traditional') has no necessary connection to either phrase but expresses a more general nostalgia for American gentleman's clothing of that period. If you look at it this way, one can have Preppy Trad and Ivy Trad but also Trad that is neither Preppy nor Ivy.

 

I guess this accords with Ianiceman's Venn diagram comment. But I would say that 'Trad' is the biggest circle and, being more general, may indeed include the other two...

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This always looked preppy to me...


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