I WAS a Teenage Yuppie
Yuppie – short for “young urban professional” or “young upwardly-mobile professional.“
Honestly, you grow up your whole life hearing people say, “Time goes so fast. When I was your age, I never thought I’d get older.” Wow, now I’m saying that to my kids and other people I know.
So … yeah, I have two problems with being a yuppie today:
1) I’m not young anymore!
2) We live about 75 miles from the nearest “urban” area.
I’ve always sported the preppy look – though not so much the preppy lifestyle – even before the tongue-in-cheek “The Official Preppy Handbook” came out in October 1980. Don’t pretend some of you haven’t heard of that book – I’m looking at you, Biff and Muffy; it was everywhere back in the day.
It’s a Classic Look
Maybe it has to do with the fact that the clothes are “classic” and I don’t have to worry about changing to the newest trend out there. Or could it be that I can still get preppy garments at my local Goodwill or Salvation Army? Yep, this guy’s a little thrifty when it comes to rubbing a couple of pennies together.
Regardless, preppy is a style that’s always worked for me. You’re welcome for the picture of MJ Bieber:
To be very clear, though, the part of prep that I’ve embraced more than anything has been plaid. There’s something comforting about the sturdy, timeless, go-with-anything tartans, Madras, or glen plaids. Just a quick snapshot of my closet gives you a glimpse into my style:
I’ve never been ashamed to be a proud plaid-wearer, and I’ve written about it before here. It’s not just golf wear. It’s for every day. And clearly it’s not just for clothes. It belongs on coffee mugs – see my bio picture in the upper right of this blog.
And of course, the preppy plaid has always been a part of our culture. Here’s a great shot from the acclaimed show “Mad Men”:
There must be many more like me out there. Someone took the time to break down the percentage of plaid wear, by character no less, for the hit comedy Parks and Recreation:Keep up the good work, Jerry.
In Conclusion (I’ve always liked that closing)
Whew! I’ve covered a lot of ground in this piece. Having moved out of the yuppie phase and into what I call my “suppie” – senior (almost) upwardly mobile professional – phase, I stand fast in keeping the plaid faith. Hmm … it could be worse; MLB read the title and thought it said, “I used to be a yuppie, but I’m still a puppy.” It’s a dog’s life after all, right??
For me every day is Plaiderday.