Clever and as cute as a button, 50s preppies were the all-American ideal, with bright teeth and even brighter futures. Taking their name from the "prep" schools they were sent to in the hope of getting them into an Ivy League university, they shunned the vices of their greaser peers in favour of sports and entertaining at home. With the focus being self-improvement rather than showing off, their clothes may have been practical, tasteful and understated, but they were never boring.

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