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04 January 2009 @ 10:07 pm
132 prep, the english gentry way  
14 October 2008— No where is the style of English gentrified prep so well personified than in the characters of a certain all-girls school on TV. Before she in particular appeared on screen I had always had a soft spot for the English gentry genre ("No, the green one," — Mr Darcy on choosing a suit to send Elizabeth off after an unexpected visit at his Derbyshire estate), but English gentry and prep together was something else, something a little different, a new style that sent my imagination running and my creativity on fire. So, one fine boring day in October, I took out a frilly collared shirt, a "vest" (that was really just a racerback tank), a ribbon, a flower brooch with an old English countryside flair, a black pleated skirt and a pair of maryjanes to get dressed for — where else? — school.

grey blouse with puffy sleeves and frills - present from Edmund's mum
dark red racerback - American Apparel
black skirt last worn here - made by mum
ribbon necklace last worn here - self made
camellia brooch last worn here - mum's
black acrylic diamond silhouette ring last worn here - Alissia MT
black maryjanes with white captoes last worn here - Mink

The stark contrast of white and black at my feet is a recurrent theme from the monochrome of black necklace and ivory brooch at my neck.
Another pair of shoes that I could have worn to channel the preppy look would be my black gojane oxford booties, but I felt that would be too much, too hardcore and unnaturally forced like I was on my way to a costume dress up competition. For me, captoe maryjanes (in comparison to completely black ones) were a less obvious reference to the preppy genre.

More closeups of my maryjanes here.

Unlike previously where I merely pinned the ribbon and necklace chain together, this time I put my ribbon necklace together in another way: I attached the ribbon to the loop of a pendant, borrowing the latter's chain for this necklace.

Above (left): back of my ribbon necklace.

The blue object you see in the picture is the necklace pendant from my mum's collection, of which I 'borrowed' the chain for my ribbon necklace. The lovely blue and white pattern on the pendant is a flower. The style reminds me of both Dutch windmill ornaments and porcelain from the Tang Dynasty at the same time.
hanako on January 4th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
i love this style as well, but whenever i try wearing anything resembling it, people automatically point and go 'gossip girl!!' even though it isn't always the point. i mean i never even watched the show (although i should?).

you pull it off well though, and without looking like you just stepped out of the series. ;) i love your ribbon bow.
chanelesque on January 5th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
thank you christine, i'm flattered :)

i didn't watch the show either, all i did was look at their screen caps and if i'm bored enough and have got nothing else to do, i read their episode by episode guides. i personally think you shouldn't waste your time chasing a series like that ;)

no one pointed out that i was doing a homage to gossip girl, what a couple of people like my mum did think was i was imitating japanese/taiwanese mei mei style.. O_O
miss_janet_yang on January 8th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
i love this outfit! :) i like the shoes and the bow is really cute..maybe i should attempt it as well. :) you're a great inspiration!
chanelesque on January 9th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
thank you! :)
i think i should have worn a knee length pencil skirt instead, it's more me. what do you think?
miss_janet_yang on January 9th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
aw i like the pleat girl better coz it looks more school girl, casual and fun! but u could try the pencil skirt, maybe with a different coloured collared blouse too. :) haha you dont have to ask me actually! i dont think my comments arent that helpful and we have different styles.. and you're always very detailed and more expert than me haha. :)
miss_janet_yang on January 9th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
** pleat skirt! :P
chanelesque on January 10th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
who says, i like some of your ideas also ok! :)
i said pencil skirt because i like to dress maturedly, but of course it doesn't hurt to try different styles sometimes; i'm still young after all! there's no need to stick to one style yet.
miss_janet_yang on January 11th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
I'm so proud of your wiwt2 post!!! :) you're so good! :) love love!!
chanelesque on January 12th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
thank you janet! :))))
(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
love love love it
This outfit is amazing. I came across it looking for some American Apparell garments. I spent the next 20 minutes reading your blog and fantasing about seeing you on the street, maybe taking a detour from my usual route to the office just to get a better glimpse of this asian princess schoolgirl i see before me, before losing you to the crowds, returning to work, spending the afternoon trying to shake the image of perfection from my clouded mind.
chanelesque on March 7th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Re: love love love it
dear mysterious person,

thank you so much for your compliment and encouragement. it comes at a much needed time when i am so bogged down in schoolwork that i hardly have time to experiment with fashion anymore. next week, i've promised myself i will step up a notch in my dressing :)

yours sincerely,
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: love love love it
Dear Mysterious Schoolgirl,

Im glad my words have encouraged you to keep experimenting depsite the bogging down of emotions which schoolwork can cause.

Please keep experimenting, keep writing, keep flying. The cage is open for those who wish to fly in, but for the birds who wish to spread their wings, the sky is the limit.

Now fly away and be happy.