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Madras. "If there is one fabric that is quintessentially Preppy, it is madras," says The Preppy Handbook.
True madras is vegetable dyed and comes from Madras, India. It's most often seen paired with khakis and loafers, but it also works with Ugly Dolls and Angry Birds.
Gingham. This playful form of plaid is always as fresh and clean as Gilligan's Island's Mary Ann.
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Polka dot. Some polka dots are more preppy than others. Those rendered in a medium green and cream, and paired with a gorgeous scalloped cream valance trimmed in green are extra preppy. This room looks like it came right off preppy design muse Dorothy Draper's drawing board.