Wednesday, 5 June 2013

preppy flashback


 Ralph Lauren jumper | Dion Lee skirt | Willow work shoes | Celine trio pouchette

Let me tell you a secret. In my younger and more carefree days, I embraced preppy* like I was born with a cable knit in one hand and a lacrosse stick in the other. I liked nothing better than to galavant around in an seemingly endless collection of cable knits (there was occasional dipping into my mum's supply), blazers and my beloved pair of knee-high Bally boots. In retrospect, it was highly reflective of both my parent's style; very classic, very Ralph Lauren and very much about investing in classics. Preppy definitely isn't something I would wear now (even this orangutang can evolve and learn to spearfish) but it's something that defined a large portion of my teenage years. 

It was an obsession sparked by my parents and later fuelled by The OC, Charlotte from Sex & the City and later, Gossip Girls.  Looking back, there's so many outfits that make me cringe (pastel argyle patterned knit layered over white shirt on a 14 year old?) but I'm glad for what it's taught me about investing in classics and that's probably why 10 years down that track I can still wear the same jumper that I wore when I was in high school. Except now I can wear it with much cooler shoes. Although, my instincts are still to reach for the nearest pleated skirt. I guess we're just all trained monkeys after all?

 x karen

* that being said, I definitely wasn't 100% preppy (especially since we live in Australia) but it did take up a lot of my wardrobe. And what wasn't taken up by that, was consumed by Juicy Couture (eek!), Sportsgirl and a splattering of Supre. Which just goes to prove that you can never just be one style but I do remember my style crushes back then revolving almost exclusively around Summer Roberts and Lauren Conrad. I was a (fake) Cali girl at heart. 

13 comments:

  1. I love this outfit, everything about it!

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  2. this outfit is so preppy and classy.

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  3. Fab Fab post!!!lovable pics!
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  4. Oh the shoes! I really like your style! Preppy modern ; )

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  5. Fab Fab post!!!lovable pics!
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  6. LOVE this preppy school girl esque look :) And your celine purse is to die for!! x, Kat

    Love and Ace

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  7. very cute and preppy outfit :D

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  8. lovely look! really like those shoes alot and anything leather is my best friend so the skirt too! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment! now following and hope you will stop by again soon and follow too! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  9. Love your skirt! Great outfit for Autumn weather x

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