Picks and Pans Review: Preppy 2.0

updated 09/20/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/20/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Thirty years after The Official Preppy Handbook, Lisa Birnbach (with Chip Kidd) updates her tips for the tribe.

WHAT'S CHANGED FOR PREPS?

Well, rehab is the new prep school. We have a black preppy President and First Lady. But the biggest change would be polar fleece.

IS PREPPINESS DEFINED DIFFERENTLY?

A lot's remained timeless. A prep is charming, comfortable without being trendy, someone who believes animals belong as embroidery on clothing ...

I WANT TO BE A PREP. WHAT DO I NEED?

A blue blazer: It's the perfect topper to almost any outfit. Natural athleticism, so you can fill in on the tennis court for doubles. A memorable personality. If you can't come up with one of your own, copy one-an uncle you admire, Matt Lauer. And old friends who remember when you were young and blonde or young and not blonde. Reminiscing is such a preppy pleasure.

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