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Timeless Prep Staples:
Featuring Gagan Singh




Prep style is rooted in tradition and built on a foundation of staple menswear items.

With that said, everything changes (at least a little bit) with time. Therefore fashion designers and style enthusiasts alike are constantly trying to reinvent these “classics” to modernize them and make them their own.

Here Gagan Singh, the very stylish New York University senior, shows us how he puts his own spin on timeless prep staples.

1  Blue Blazer, Oxford Shirt, Dark Straight Denim

“I’d say this is my go-to outfit because I can wear it just about anywhere and be appropriately dressed.

"I opted for a pale pink oxford (with complimentary pocket square) as opposed to the typical white, just like I went for the espadrilles as opposed to the usual top-siders or loafers.”

Bonus Tip: ”I think every man should have at least one well-fitting blue blazer in his closet.”

2  Silk Knit Tie, Navy Chinos, Mini Check Shirt, Woven Belt

“This is the perfect outfit for a day that I need to look ‘dressed-up’ but leaning more on the casual side.

"Whether it’s a presentation for school or going out for a summer night in the city.”

Bonus Tip: Gagan nails an updated fit. Slim, not skinny.

Bonus Tip II: If this picture were shot in black & white, with no context, you’d have a hard time telling what decade it was shot. That is timeless style.

3  Baseball Jacket, Chuck Taylors, Wayfarers

“Nothing says ‘just kicking it’ quite like a pair of white chuck taylor’s and a baseball jacket.”

Bonus Tip: If you’re a style conscious student, you need some good laid-back casual looks like this. You don’t want to be the try-hard kid in class wearing ties and lace-ups all the time (although that’s probably better than hoodies and runners all the time).

4  Weejun Penny Loafs, “Go to Hell” Chinos, O-Ring Critter belt

“I had no idea what prep style was until a couple of years ago, and now it’s the primary influence on my look.

"I’m a big fan of colorful ‘go to hell’ pants – just have to remember to keep everything else simple and relatively neutral. Although you can still have a little fun with a nautical themed belt.”

Bonus Tip: Because I know I’m going to get plenty of emails about this - “go-to-hell” is a popular phrase among prep enthusiats in reference to the in-your-face hue of brightly colored garments (most typically cotton pants in chino or corduroy).

5  Pindot tie, Aviator Shades, GTH Turban

“Four words: Go-To-Hell Turban.”


June 17, 2011




Conversation about this article

1: Rani (Jalandhar, Punjab), June 17, 2011, 11:42 AM.

Lord, Sikh men look so-o-o sexy in their full glory!

2: Aman (California, U.S.A.), June 17, 2011, 12:51 PM.

On this very website we've had debates over whether overall looks matter. Look at this man! Are you kidding me? Presentation DOES matter. This young man looks like he knows what he's talking about. We Sikhs are Kings and need to start presenting ourselves as such.

3: G.D. Singh (New York City, USA), June 17, 2011, 2:11 PM.

Thanks for the feature, guys!

4: Arvinder (U.S.A.), June 17, 2011, 3:33 PM.

Good job, Gagan. I wish more guys would learn to look smart like you.

5: MKS (New York, U.S.A.), June 17, 2011, 4:38 PM.

Gagan Singh - very nice, very preppy, very urbane, very turbane (just made it up, to me it implies a sophisticated urban Sikh) - a great job! Unfortunately not my style. I am biased towards the 'khulli dhaarri', the free-willy look.

6: Morrissey (Manchester, United Kingdom.), June 18, 2011, 8:23 PM.

I guess velcro running shoes with dress pants is probably frowned upon.

7: J. Singh (Queens, New York, U.S.A.), June 18, 2011, 9:01 PM.

Setting a trend for youngsters, while keeping a balance between sikhi saroop and fashion. Thumns up to you and may Waheguru give this courage and confidence to our new generation. Keep giving more tips.

8: M. Kaur V (U.S.A.), June 18, 2011, 10:44 PM.

Very dapper and daring. Quite "sikh chic"! It's time to celebrate the Sikh male in all his glory. Timeless is what Sikhi is all about.

9: Iknoor Singh (Queens, New York, U.S.A.), June 20, 2011, 6:14 PM.

This is what Sikh swag is all about. Love your fashion sense ... keep it up!

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