Photo by Muffy Aldrich
The Modern Guide to The Thing Before Preppy

Saturday, June 22, 2024

SWNE Community Calendar: What are events of note for the rest of the Summer Season?

Every Other Year, One of June's Signature Events is the Newport to Bermuda Race Start.  (Photo by Muffy Aldrich,  SWNE archives.)
 A question for the community:

What public events are you looking forward to in July, August, and September that fall under the general purview of SWNE?

Friday, June 21, 2024

The Daily Prep - Bloody Hot Edition

Photo by Muffy Aldrich
  • Seersucker Shirt from F.L. Woods, no longer on site.
  • Key Ring from Eliza B., no longer on site.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Late June in Preppy New England

Photos by Muffy Aldrich


Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Recommended Streaming Shows for the Summer Heat?

 A question for the community:

What are streaming shows that you can recommend this summer? 

I have been enjoying Morden i Sandhamn (The Sandhamn Murders) on MHz Choice ( and am looking forward to Series Two of Blue Lights on BritBox (  


Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Walker Sweaters from Cordings, Made in Scotland

Photos by Salt Water New England
Navy crewneck and V-neck sweaters are staples of my wardrobe.  But this Cordings classic take stands out for a few reasons. The weave is tighter, giving it a trimmer and more professional look. (Most of my crewnecks are a bit more casual.)  They use 10% cashmere.  And the ribs around the neck and wrists and waist make it look nicely finished and, paired with a white polo, just a bit sporty. They are made in Hawick, Scotland.

We took these lovely sweaters out today and they performed beautifully in the cool breezes off of the Atlantic.  Comfortable, warm, and not bulky, they fill a useful slot in a sweater wardrobe. 

These run a bit small/short, so use the measurements provided rather than relying on your usual size.  This also makes it a bit easier for them to be unisex items, and also to be worn under jackets.  


Thursday, June 13, 2024

Summer Sailor Bracelets

Photo by Salt Water New England

Summer means it is time for new rope bracelets from Mystic Knotwork.  Made in Connecticut.

Coastal New England in a Single Image

Photo by Muffy Aldrich

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

When do more expensive clothes save you money?

 A reader question:

Dear Muffy,

These are great questions, and so let me add one more.  I know I often justify buying more expensive clothes with the hope that they will save me money in the long run.  Looking back, sometimes I have been right and sometimes I have not.  Muffy, do you or the community have a sense of what items are worth paying more by the long term cost savings?  

Thank you!

Monday, June 10, 2024

When do you go sockless?

 A reader question:

Socks or no socks?

I have never understood the fashion of not wearing socks with shoes. I find it uncomfortable and personally don't like the look (other than boat shoes with shorts). What are the readers opinions on this?

Kind regards