Prep School


Despite my best efforts, everything I put together these days tends to bend towards prep-school. Last week, when the weather hit the 90’s, I tried to put together something with a cute full skirt, but gave up when everything I came up with screamed  “little school girl”. At my age, when you have to ask your significant other if your outfit is, “school girl in a good way, or a bad way”… something’s up. This is me giving into the urge and letting that inner 12 year old prep-school boy out to play…and damn, does it feel good.


My favorite part of this outfit…this vintage boy’s bowtie! Wearing an untied bowtie draped around a shirt collar can look so casually cool, I’m really looking forward to playing with many more looks with this piece (and maybe even learn to tie it properly).


Outfit detailsJ.Crew Crewcuts blazer :: Banana Republic shirt :: Vintage boy’s bowtie :: 7 For All Mankind jeans :: Manolo Blahnik shoes :: Chanel handbag :: Banana Republic belt :: Kate Spade watch :: pearl bracelets :: Daisy Knights ring :: Vintage ring :: Lace & linen pocketsquare (gift from parent’s trip to Burano, Italy – famous for their lace)

Altered – Pearl bracelets have been shortened :: J.Crew Crewcuts blazer is awaiting slimming


  • Reply October 22, 2012

    Carol Li

    I love the preppy look on you and the way you’ve used red highlights to co-ordinate your outfit. This video is great for showing you how to tie a bow tie: They’ve also got a good video on how to iron a shirt.

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    The (Chloe) Conspiracy

    Hahahaha, oh I’ve been there. While I’ve embraced getting older and being able to wear more ‘sophisticated’ styles, there are still times where I want to reach for something ridiculously twee and have to remind myself that I’m a little too old for that look now–cry.

    But I digress! I love this whole outfit–it’s creative without being too costume-y, and your Manolos are absolutely to die for (and I think help to give your outfit even more of a polished/practical/”sophisticated” edge). You nailed it! ♥

  • Reply October 22, 2012


    I really like the boy’s vintage bowtie (and this whole outfit). :) Wish I could get a better look at the pocket square – lace and linen sounds lovely!

  • Reply October 22, 2012


    So creative to have bought the crewcuts blazer, this is exactly the kind of blazer I’m looking for- what boys’ size did you get it in?

    • Reply October 22, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks BC! I liked the very shrunken fit of the boy’s size 8. I’ve been wearing it even though it’s a bit boxy, but it’s going in my next pile to the tailor to get slimmed.

  • Reply October 22, 2012


    Kelly, I adore all the details and thought you put into this outfit. The vintage bow tie may stand out the most, but the gold buttons on the

    blazer, the tweed pumps, and the pocketsquare all complement one another perfectly.

    I’m still learning to tie a regular tie, so I’m no help with a bowtie. I’ve seen lots of step-by-step tutorials on Pinterest though. Can’t wait

    to see more vintage bowtie outfits from you!

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    Aubrey Dang

    hey, if u can’t contain yourself & can’t stop, why not do it in a bad way? HAHAHAHAHAH worked for britney.

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    Jacqueline C. Rineer

    I love how you paired the red bag with the tie. Definitely school girl in a good way. :D

  • Reply October 23, 2012


    I absolutely love the way you put together this outfit. The red details play well with the blues and greys in the outfit. I’ll look into J. Crew crewcuts blazers as options for better fitted blazers. Thanks again for another great post.

  • Reply October 23, 2012

    Petite Tomatoes

    Very cute. Good luck learning how to tie a bow tie. =] I love how you made the red pop out in this outfit.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Law Moda

    love the little touch of quirkiness this outfit has!

  • Reply October 24, 2012


    girl, you look great! Next time add a hat :)……

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    lisacng @

    LOL, 12-yr school girl! Let that cool lil prep boy out!! Style wise, that is!!! Awesome shoes!

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    northern style blog

    I’m loving each and every piece! WOW, such a statement!
    Looks like you are on set wirh gossip gorl

  • Reply October 24, 2012


    oh i love this preppy look , nicely done!

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Revizijski Poslovi

    I love your look … great !

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  • Reply October 25, 2012


    so chic and lovely!

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