I’ve conversed with far too many people in the Instagram universe who casually describe their style as “New England preppy” or “modern prep.” Listen up poseurs, you are about to get schooled in the real thing. Meet this week’s Instagram style pick, Brad Malenich (www.instagram.com/btmalenich). The 20-year-old Sharon resident, a junior at Southern New Hampshire University, is the walking definition of the preppy lifestyle. Tennis, blazers, and bow ties. Pay attention class.
Q. You are perhaps one of the preppiest men I’ve ever seen. Inherited or something you cultivated?
A. I think my style is something that I have cultivated over time. Whether it was going to school, church, or running errands, my mom always made sure that we were well dressed. It came as no surprise to anyone in my family when I asked for a clothes steamer for Christmas this year.
Q. When I was in college there were a lot of sweat pants in class. Do you sometimes get strange looks from fellow students because you wear actual clothes?
A. Well, things have not changed since you were in college. Oftentimes when I walk into class, especially an 8 a.m. class, students think I’m the professor. I treat going to class like going to work. I’m pretty sure I got quite a few double-takes when I wore my vintage tweed jacket to class yesterday, but then again, I get strange looks everywhere I go. Well, almost everywhere I go. I spent last semester studying in Italy, where I felt right at home. Not only do Italians not wear sweat pants; they dress up to go to the grocery store.
Q. Why did you decide to start your website?
A. Anchored in New England (www.anchoredinnewengland.com) came out of a Tumblr blog that I had for about a year. I wanted a blog that was more professional and credible.
Q. How often have you gone binge shopping at Brooks Brothers? Or is there another place you prefer?
A. No need to binge shop at Brooks Brothers; I am quite familiar with their fine inventory since I spent my summer working there. I enjoy shopping at Brooks Brothers, but I also like shopping at the smaller companies. High Cotton , which makes ties, is one of my favorite companies. I can tie a bow tie with my eyes closed. One of my obsessions is needlepoint. Yes, you heard that correctly. I’m a big fan of Harding-Lane and Tucker Blair , which are two needlepoint companies out of Massachusetts.