Well...apparently, if you're not a prep...you're not a prep. But the good part is...you can still dress up like one...and here's how to go about it...a few style tips that would go a long way in achieving that neat, prim, well-organized prep look. Works best for an evening out with friends. So here you go....a cute skirt in linen, soft denim, khaki, madras checks/plaid etc. of reasonable length teamed with an oxford shirt or a polo t-shirt or a simple basic top and ideally added to this a casual waist-coat or a jacket in a preppy print makes for a great structure to start with for a prep look. Team simple accessories like a belt, bow (using a bow the conventional way is great but explore some more interesting ways of using it...like in a pendant), a preppy print head-band or a hard hair-band and maybe a couple of playful wrist-bands....and yes! a small hand-bag in sweet, simple colors. I personally feel that colorful brogues is a better idea than ballerinas teamed with a pair of ankle-length printed socks. Leave your hair loose or tie them in a high pony-tail, wear natural make-up, wear a clean, unfussy and bright attitude....and there you go!!! Check out http://preppylookbook.tumblr.com/ for some more preppy looks.