Thursday, May 19, 2011

Prep School

The theme for this Bloggers Do It Better challenge is a style I love, preppy but with a menswear twist. I had an easy time raiding bf's closet for a tie because this was the only one I could find, hanging by its lonesome self next to two dress shirts, lol. I did help him pick out the tie, so it should be ok if I borrowed without asking... like how I "borrow" his side of the closet to put my things but eventually take over :D

I picture stripes when I think of prep, so I may have been a little too stripe-happy: shirt (even though it's hard to see), tie* (only choice), blazer cuffs, and belt. I'm glad the tie had shades of pink to make the outfit more feminine, but I also added my own touch with additional jewelry.

Have you ever incorporated a tie into an outfit before? How did it turn out?

*I really need to learn how to tie a tie
necklace: J.Crew
tie: Express (bf's - similar)
shirt: Hollister (similar)
blazer: theory (similar)
belt: Old Navy (similar)

27 comments:

  1. Cee...why is that you can wear just about anything and always look so good? :D

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  2. Oh and no I haven't tried a tie on with any outfits and I doubt I will because well I chicken and very boring...LOL

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  3. Seriously. This is adorable. And yes, it takes guts, and I'm so impressed by yours! As for tying the tie...I thought you did it like that on purpose! Kinda like a lady-like take on the men's version!

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  4. Oooh I love this outfit..so cute with a touch of masculine/tomboyish look. You rock it girl!

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  5. Seriously, you do lots of things that most ppl would not be able able to pull off and you do them soo wonderfully!
    I do not see too many stripes like you do in this outfit..
    I probably would not be able to pull off the tie thing but never say never..lol
    Have a great weekend Cee!!

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  6. Lookin' good! This looks so cool and chic! Once upon a time, I used to have a lot of ties that I used for belts, head bands and yes, ties. Now, I'm not so sure I can pull off this look...

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  7. lol! on borrowing without asking because you picked it for him! I think you did a good job feminizing it with the jewelry :) I personally have not tried a man's tie for any outfits...probably because I'm too lazy to figure out how to wear it or even tie one! haha

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  8. Hahaha, guys don't need as much space as gals so it should be fine that your stuff creep over to his side. And I only wore a tie once and that was in HS...let's just say I never did it again. I used a clip on tie then. I don't think this look is meant for me...too intimidating.

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  9. !!!!!!!

    this is adorable!! i love the way you made the tie so relaxed and cool.

    actually, i wear my boyfriend's tie as a belt A LOT. i'll steal one of his shirts (one that's long enough to act as a shirt dress) and pair it with leggings. the tie-belt is great for cinching the waist.

    i've been dreaming of pink gingham shirts and grey bow-ties.

    jenny
    http://goldnturquoise.blogspot.com/

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  10. Very Serena Vanderwoodsen from GG =) xoxo

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  11. I really like this...and your not to stripey, I was thinking the same thing about my jacket! I lovee your look! great job!

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  12. haha interesting way of placing the tie ;) But loved the added accessories to the look!

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  13. Omgoshomgoshomgosh I love this!! You pull off trends so well!! The blazer is amazing on you and the tie is so cute!

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  14. but you're so good w/tying scarves, how do you not know how to tie a tie? hahaha.

    i like this edition of bloggers do it better.

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  15. Very cute and very preppy. I bet you have the best outfits at work!

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  16. cute look, love those trousers, they make your legs look super long

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  17. I've never tried the tie, and honestly not sure I would have the guts to....you look awesome though, totally rocking this!

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  18. I love this, you look great!!

    Kelly
    Enterkelly.blogspot.com

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  19. @Really Petite - Good question. When I figure it out, I'll let you know ;)

    @Erin - I'll take that compliment :) Sometimes accidents turn out to be the best successes.

    @Nelah, @Inez of Style Chic....360, @Two Stylish Kays, @Kimberlee, @Sophie - Country girl - Thanks :)

    @b_ra, @Lisa - Thank you! I try to have as much fun as I can, and that includes trying out trends. Life's too short to not be "daring" every once in awhile :)

    @hurricanekerrie - I agree that ties can be so versatile. I'm kicking myself for not accessorizing with them sooner! You were way ahead of the curve :)

    @Olyvia - Haha, you and me both. I was a bit too eager to try out this outfit when I really should've taken the time to figure out how to tie it first :D

    @Jarucha - Ahh, but what about girly looking ties like this one with hints of pink? I never thought I'd work a tie into an outfit either, but I'm thinking of future outfits with it tied like a sash. You know me, having fun with belts is my thing :)

    @gold N turquoise - Yes! I can't wait to use ties in the future tied as a sash. Since bf doesn't wear his ties a lot, it's better that I use it rather than have it sit lonely in the closet, right? :D

    @Lisa - I heart Serena, so thank you!

    @AubreyOhDang! - That thought did cross my mind when I was struggling to finish off this outfit, hahaha. I blame it on the tie :D

    @JenlovesBal - On my lazy days, I'm probably the worst dressed at work lol. It's really like night and day when I want to dress "better". Hopefully my nicer outfits are what people will remember :)

    @Tara - A couple people mentioned using a tie as a belt/sash around the waist. I can't wait to do that sometime soon... perhaps you can see if that look suits you?

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  20. you look amazing as usual. :) the color combo of this outfit is unbelievable: pink, grey, blue...and i love the "triple" stripes!!! IMO, the necklace and ring are the pieces de resistance! :)

    kimchi girl

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  21. This outfit looks so good on you, the tie is lovely :)

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  22. I have ALWAYS wanted to try incorporating a tie into an ensemble of some sort but never figured out a good way without looking like a waitress. This is fabulous and you pull it off so beautifully (like everything else!).

    As for tie tutorials, maybe check youtube?

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  23. You look great. Boyish, but professional. I really like those pants... But I think they'd be to long on me.

    seven-percentsolution.blogspot.com

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  24. You look awesome! I love preppy looks :) I wish I could pull off a tie...you look so chic.

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  25. For me, the pants make the whole outfit!!! Super cute.

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  26. Great outfit, i'm not a big fan of ties on girls but you definetely pulled it together :)
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