I'll start by saying how much I enjoy reading The Daily Prep, both for entertainment and education value. It really is rare to find a blog worth reading these days, and rarer still to find one that stands the test of time (in true prep fashion, of course).
My dilemma is that of being preppy at heart, but not preppy by birth. You no doubt surmised from the title of the email that I live in Texas, as I have for my entire life of three decades. Needless to say, there is not a reliable prep tradition here in the South, and the version that does exist more than stretches the bounds of proper prep taste. As a frequent reader of your blog, I am attuned to this, but still the problem remains: How is a prep without the heritage, such as myself, able to balance/attain true prep style, keeping in mind (1) environmental differences between Texas and more traditional prep climes and (2) wanting to avoid appearing as an impostor or worse, trend-chaser?
I have no desire to fool anyone into thinking I have some long family history of a prep persuasion, but I cannot deny that my demeanor and style would be more befitting of Narragansett Bay than urban Texas. This being the case, what are the rules for those who share my quandary and wish to avoid appearing contrived and inauthentic (especially to true preps in-the-know)?
Humbly, a reader.