I’ve always felt a bit “out of place” here in Tampa. Growing up on Cape Cod typically meant living a certain lifestyle. Not for everyone, but for me, the cliche’ held true. ~Ann
I started doing some research lately since I noticed the serious lack of people who seemed to “get me” down here. Consider the fact that I am now in my late 40’s. I’m a grown-up Prep. Is there such a thing? I believe so. When we first moved to Tampa, I was dressing the way I always had after college… Lot’s of pink and green, conservative, the more classic and timeless look. But a bit more grown up and professional during the week.
I noticed that no one else seemed to dress like I did or care about shopping the stores I shopped. I never really minded because I don’t judge a book by its cover, nor did I want to be friends with anyone who does.
I definitely noticed people wear a lot less clothing here. It’s obviously due to our warm climate. That’s a no-brainer. I also noticed that people rarely wore monogrammed things. Not that they said anything to my face about mine. But it wasn’t until I was here for about three years that I finally got up the nerve to dispose of my turtleneck collection. I think I may have sent them all to my sister on The Cape. I also realized I had to buy most of my Lilly clothing on my trips up North or online. I continued to shop at Talbots for my staples. You know, the classic black suit for work. Only now I bought fabrics other than wool. So, I did adapt to my environment while not losing my overall sense of style. I still get comments, a few odd ones, about my love of Lilly Pulitzer. So many people around here just don’t “get it.” My daughter thinks I dress weird so she rarely want to “borrow” anything of mine except jewelry and handbags. I guess that’s a good thing.
I do notice people stop me when I’m wearing my Vineyard Vines Tee and tell me how they spent the summer in Edgartown, or to comment on my Black Dog bumper sticker. I have many fun chats with people about that. My sister “gets” me. That’s a good thing. But she still lives on The Cape. So for now, I think I’m the only grown up Prep in Tampa.
To be continued… preppy, vineyard vines, cape cod living, monogrammed shirts, monogrammed jewelry, preppy lifestyle, adventures of a preppy adult, how to dress like a prep, lilly pulitzer, pink and green