30 April 2010 @ 09:52 pm
178 A Scholar and a Gentleman  


13 January 2010— The last year in college always evokes some inescapable feelings of loss. We are growing old, time is running out... for the lazy weekdays we will never again have, for the excuse of youth to do crazy reckless deeds, and the friends we may lose when we leave. Today's outfit pays tribute to the institution of school we all hate, but secretly take comfort in.



By the local standard of university dress code, the classic English preppy style is an oddity and not the norm. It took courage to be so blatantly outrageous, but I am glad I didn't hide and went ahead with my strange little outfit. In my blazer, oxfords, and swept-back hair, I look half the schoolboy, half the gentleman. It was an outfit of contradictions — playful yet serious, masculine yet feminine.



And certainly it was an outfit whose essence could only have been brought out through the use of brooches. I pinned these not only to my shirt collar and blazer but also to my bag (above, right). Both brooches on my clothes are made by yours truly; you can see more pictures of the gramophone and dog brooch here and the ribbon lace brooch here.



There were actually not two but three badges on my bag; the lilac ribbon belongs to a separate brooch I've pinned beneath the military badge. On Awards Day I presented each of my youngest plush toys with one of the three badges. "This is not fair," muttered Big Ed bear, "You are always playing favourites with the lamb."



Like the buttons on my blazer and the brooches on my attire, my ring was a rich antique gold. The jaws of the panther closing around my finger was an emblem of power and higher authority. Not entirely appropriate for a schoolboy girl to wear perhaps, but I felt it would match my outfit. At this present moment however, the ever mischievous Max (Where the Wild Things Are) has gone off playing the fool while wearing my ring on his head. "I'm going to a masquerade party," he says. Alright, Max, so long as you bring it back!



P.S. The sight of my bare legs may have surprised you perhaps. Well I've said earlier on in this post that the outfit was "masculine yet feminine", and herein lies the feminine quality in this outfit... the blazer is no ordinary jacket but a dress!

white ruffle puff sleeve shirt last worn here (inner) - gift from Edmund's mum, altered to liking
dark red racerback last worn here (inner) - American Apparel
long black blazer dress with pointed hem front - Ministry of Retail
dog and gramophone brooch - self made
lace brooch with ribbon last worn here - self made using ribbons, scrap leather, and Belgian lace pendant
panther ring last worn here - Candypulp
black bag - gift from mum
badges on bag - Pirate Parade (military brooch), the rest are gifts
ivory jazz shoes last worn here - South Korea via EarlGreyParty
 
 
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miss_janet_yang on May 1st, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
I LOVE THIS! i really like the navy blazer look (ie gossip girl, boys over flowers) and i think the long blazer is an interesting twist (ysl's long blazer circa dont know when) black patent loafers would look really smart on you but this look is NICE! trust u to stack up the cd covers to make it look like the champion stand. LOL!

hope your exams were fantastic! :D congrats on finishing the race!!!
chanelesque on May 1st, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
thanks janet, i think i know exactly which one you are talking about! :D

YSL F/W 2007:

was this what you had in mind? i love it very much.

and its lesser-known black counterpart:


Idea revisited in F/W 2009 as an evening gown:


you are right about how a pair of black patent loafers will smarten up the look; i can imagine it ;) but it'll definitely make the look more masculine, 'sharp', and therefore a little less playful. the contradictory playful element was what i wanted in the outfit this time, so i chose schoolboy shoes! :D maybe i'll try the black loafers next time! i'm also going to try pairing it with high heels so as to further sharpen the masculine-feminine contrast.

i actually have one more paper to go next wednesday! :X nevertheless, thanks :)
miss_janet_yang on May 1st, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
the first YSL-blazer you posted there is too gorgeous isnt it!! i love it alot! then i saw a inspired one from Bysi on sale and got it lol. it's one of my favourite runway pieces.

and yes!! you should do heels!! it's a great idea!

hang in there! :)
chanelesque on May 2nd, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
is yours an ordinary blazer, or a blazer dress? i found the bysi jacket here, is this the one you snagged? lucky girl!
http://chicstories.com/fashion-week/bysi-autumn-winter-2008-collection/
i think i still prefer it as a dress though, it's more unique that way. but YSL has made it much too short, the length is not appropriate for work. do you think it will still look chic longer (like say, slightly above the knee)? i feel that part of its charm lies in the fact that it's short!

oh yes i have one last picture to show you!

cool eh. i don't think it's a YSL piece though.

thanks! :) and please do an outfit post with your BYSI jacket ;)
miss_janet_yang on May 3rd, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
IT IS THAT BLAZER ZOMG!!! lol! u're so resourceful!!! how did u manage to find it??? aww at least if i ever want to sell it, i have that product image. but it never occur to me that bysi would actually photoshoot their clothes. is that website on your blog reading list?

the blazer's not that fantastic in real life...the image shows it as a harder material, maybe with a smooth finish, but in actual fact, it is made of a more crumply cotton material. it would have looked better without wearing anything inside but i can't bear not to, hence the compromise doesnt make it look as wonderful.

this looks great huh!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vzeay3ZFAak/Sx0zibUmHbI/AAAAAAAADo4/Ytvuc5Gb078/s1600-h/17064875_8190a2fe1258710291.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vzeay3ZFAak/Sx0z_z_KVWI/AAAAAAAADpA/0h2Op_o8tCA/s1600-h/Final7984_01.jpg

i think the length does look good on freja! i love the babydoll-ish flare. frankly i can't see myself wearing that double breasted blazer-dress to work. everybody's too conservative!

i will post an outfit with it soon hopefully!! :)
chanelesque on May 5th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
haha nah you know me, Google is my best friend! i typed in "bysi blazer" and that image came out ;) i know what you mean, in fact i have a very similar blazer that i bought online; it also has a satin black collar but the rest of the blazer is cotton that crumples and wrinkles easily. so even though it is styled like a blazer, it is in essence more like a cardigan! the cotton material completely spoils the otherwise classy look. some online shops really need to learn what constitutes "blazer" material and what doesn't, and refrain from misleading buyers by calling something a "blazer" when it actually isn't anything like it.

i'm not such a fan of that monochrome blazer you showed me because it doesn't have the classy feel i like. i think you can wear your blazer with a V-neck, bow front shirt inside. something low cut and following the neckline of the blazer so it won't overwhelm the piece!

not a blazer but monochrome jacket i like:

from http://www.my-wardrobe.com/jaeger-london/wing-collar-cropped-tux-839675?utm_source=affiliate_window_affiliate&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=%20affiliate_window&cm_mmc=affiliate-_-affiliate-window%20-_-UK-_-my-wardrobe&src=affiliate_window
miss_janet_yang on May 8th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
oohhh i get what you mean about the blogshops..it's really annoying. i usually minimized that error by going to the best of blogshops kinda shop to feel that material and all.

oh yes a bow-front shirt! thats a great idea..it complements most cardigans and jackets too.

i like your jacket! it suits u since its very classy! :)
chanelesque on May 8th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
the jaeger-london jacket is not mine!! i found it on the web. my school is located so far away from town so i hardly go there nowadays to shop and browse. alright now i'm graduating but still, i don't think i will have the luxury of time to go shopping after work. btw, do you remember that graphic bag tote you bought not long ago from forever 21? it's a cream canvas tote with a graphic of a bag printed on the front and back. i like it very much but decided to wait until after my exams to go down to the local f21 stores to get it, but there weren't any and now it's OOS on the site already. bummer :( has your item arrived? is it as nice as the pictures? i thought of drawing it myself but don't think it's worth the time.
miss_janet_yang on May 9th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
ooh i cant live without shopping! it's probably my only therapy albeit guilt trip sometimes.

i havent got the bag yet. havent managed to meetup the spree organiser. i could sell it to you if you want!

i hope u're online now!! really need a vote for my entry here http://h30476.www3.hp.com/media/10141177-satc-HP
chanelesque on May 9th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
yes i am online, i was writing my latest blog post :) i've given you my vote. hope you win the competition!

p.s. you mean, you could sell it to me if you want to ;) ya well if you have plans to sell, just let me know how the quality is first :)
booron on May 1st, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
Love the way you assembled your outfit! and the brooches! *mad love*

have a great weekend =D
chanelesque on May 1st, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
thanks booron, have a great weekend too! :)
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chanelesque on May 2nd, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
thanks courtney for the honour! :)
(Anonymous) on May 7th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Dear xiaoqi, you look very cute with your hair bunned up :) P.S. Your bear does look a little disappointed with getting third place. x Becky
chanelesque on May 8th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Liebe Becky, my bear's head is always drooping downwards, whether in disappointment or not I am not sure, but that is a very cute interpretation! :) My dad says the bear is humble because he always keeps his head lowered to the ground. My hair bun is messy from certain angles. I don't know how to tame it!
(Anonymous) on May 16th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Gel? Wax? Wie geht es dir? :)

Mit liebe nach Singapur,
Becky
chanelesque on May 29th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
Ich bin jetzt in Deutschland! Die Romantische Strasse macht Spass. Bis bald!
(Anonymous) on May 16th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say that messy buns can be chic too. Also you can use simple hairclips to neaten any flyaways. Hope that helps ^.^ (P.S.: You don't have to put this in your comments thread) xx B
(Anonymous) on May 28th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
hey xiaoqi, this is furry from earlgreyparty, not sure if you remember me because i'm out of LJ for quite a dusty long time :X we're at the midst of starting a blog for Earl Grey Party (www.earlgreyparty.blogspot.com) and hope you can allow us to re-blog your pic on the earlgreyparty’s blog that will be launched in june. Do let us know if its not convenient to do it, thanks! (:

Link: http://earlgreyparty.blogspot.com/2010/04/product-review-feature-xiaoqi.html

xoxo,
Furry (http://furrychan.wordpress.com/) :))
chanelesque on May 29th, 2010 08:07 am (UTC)
Hi Furry, yes I do remember you. It's a delightful surprise to know that you actually read my blog and think it's worth featuring. Yes I am fine with reposting the pics and thank you for the honour :)
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