I think I should give a few more examples of what High WASP style is. And is not. Because it’s a dying breed you know. As I suppose it should be.
Why High WASP is not, is preppy. Not exclusively. Not as currently defined. As in, I don’t know a single High WASP who would wear the outfit below. Now it’s possible that people from Texas or the South might prove me wrong. Another characteristic of High WASPs is that we do know that we might be wrong. Often.
High WASPs have a horror of visibly identifying themselves beyond showing the appropriate social cues. And do not believe pearl necklaces should be worn irresponsibly.
Here is the equivalent High WASP alternative, assuming of course that you aren’t living in the People’s Republic of Berkeley, California:
This, by earlier generations, would only be worn to casually dash about town. These days High WASPs might wear this to the city, to Sunday lunch at dad’s house, or heaven forbid, to the office. The style is characterized by a) an unassuming color combination since, darling, we are not at a ball after all b) fun but comfortable shoes since no external fashion cue is worth foot pain c) earrings we were given by our brother and have been sleeping in for weeks and wear independent of what clothes we put on d) skirt of a length that we believe is “appropriate”.
In the world of the High WASP, the term “appropriate’ is the shadowy villain behind the throne, the measured and heartfelt praise, the code to knowing you belong. Unfortunately, many of us to the manner born (and yes, it can be to the manor born but Hamlet said manner) never figured out what appropriate meant in terms of behavior, even though we can with unerring eye point out shoes that meet the criteria, as well as jewelry that does not.