Thursday, April 21, 2011

Preppy Pattern Mixing and the Sunshine Award

Daily Outfit for Thursday, April 21, 2011

I feel so preppy in this outfit.  I suspect it’s not “true prep” and like my grunge look it’s probably my own special brand of prep…

… but I do feel preppy – I think it’s probably the striped Foxcroft shirt (thrifted).  I don’t wear button-downs very much (maybe ever), but I do like it paired with this zigzag-patterned skirt (Mossimo – thrifted).  I think the skirt helps make the shirt more fun than a plain skirt would.  I would have loved to have worn my orange sandals with this, but it is still not warm enough for bare legs, so I wore my trusty Born Crown boots (Nordstrom).  (That’s right, bare knees two times this week.  I told you I was a total Billy Bad Bottom).

This outfit, like Monday’s Prim and Proper outfit, was sort of fun for me because “preppy” is not an aesthetic I subscribe to very often.  The bright colors appeal to me, but it’s just so buttoned-up (dare I say repressed?) which I don’t love.  Again, I think it has a lot to do with how I view myself, which is more footloose and fancy free than prep usually indicates.  Truthfully, I think I am probably less of a free spirit than I’d like to be, and that buttoned-up repression is more my speed, but I’m in denial about that.  So even though prep does have the benefit of bright colors and the occasional whimsical print, I don’t think I’ll make this my go-to look.

In more exciting news, the ever fabulous Claire from Spinning Threads awarded me the Sunshine Award.  Thank you, Claire! 

As part of the award, I get to award it to some other bloggers.  So, here they are, 12 blogs that make me smile: From the Rez to the City, She’s Addicted to Clothes, Steffy’s Pros and Cons, Well Curated, The Chronicles of Lady K, Northeast Chic, Basic Cravings, dash dot dotty, Diversions, Rags Against the Machine, Destrehan’s Daughter and Lovely Apidae.  The rules say to choose twelve, but I could easily choose twice as many.

Tips for Giants: If you have a long torso, tucking your shirts in can be difficult.  A few tricks I use are wearing tunics (or short dresses) as tops – they’re actually long enough to stay put.  Or wearing high-waisted skirts (or pants) – these are getting increasingly easy to find in retail stores, and thrift stores are a great source.  And, finally, what I did today; I’m wearing DKNY Smoothies which are like lightweight Spanx in that they don’t cut off all circulation in your body, but still provide some assistance in sucking it in on those days you don’t feel like it.  They’re great.  They are also great for tucking not-so-long blouses into – this blouse didn’t come un-tucked once today.  If it's still tights weather for you (for which I am sorry) try tucking your blouse into your tights.

Happy Thursday, All!


P.S. If you write “preppy” enough it loses all meaning.  True story.

P.P.S My camera broke today so I had to borrow my sister's which was difficult for me to work with and caused me to over-photoshop.  I have one coming, but you'll have to bear with me for a bit.


  1. I LOVE your skirt and that belt with those boots is super cute! Thank you soooooooooo much for the award! You are just a sweetie pie. I really hope to meet you one day! I love your hair. It is so wavy and pretty. I bet you would look amazing with a side part and the larger half a bit over your eye with the lesser half behind your they used to wear in the roaring 20's with stunning jeweled combs and clips!! Kiah

  2. aww thanks so much for naming my blog and congrats on the award! you deserve it, i love reading you blog too! i love the boots paired with that skirt, i would never even think to put the 2 together but they look so cute on you! yay for the gracey preppy style!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  3. Another great skirt! You are on a roll. A great skirt roll. I'm hoping for some bare leg weather. Fingers crossed.

  4. I have never worn spanx, and lately I feel like I have to bow down ... hate hate hate that ... I actually got my belly button pierced 15 years ago (that was my first rebellious act ever -- i was pretty sure that I was going to die and go to hell over that ... for sure, I was evil and wicked, and yes, I'm kidding -- a little. but not really -- I really did think that I had done something pretty awful. and i probably need to go to bed now. anyway, i got my belly button pierced -- one because I loved the look, and two, because it was great incentive to stay in shape, because I really did love that first act of rebellion, when I was 37 ... And thank you so much for the award .... still have trouble believing that people think i am funny ...

  5. really love the skirt! it's adorable. and it looks great with that shirt! you so deserve this award!!!

    Claire @

  6. Love your skirt! The brown belt and boots look great with it.

    Thank you so much for the award!!! How exciting! I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing the outfits you put together every day. I will be in your neck of the woods tomorrow (I'm driving down to Salem for a meeting). Thanks again:) Have a great weekend!

  7. Oh, thank you for the award.

    As for the preppy, I think it is the combination of the button down and the color scheme here that creates that vibe.

  8. Nice preppy look! I like to dip a toe into the preppy lake myself, but mainly because it makes me laugh. I don't know why (because true preps annoy me) but I find dressing preppy HILARIOUS. It keeps me amused all day long.

  9. This is a wonderful interpretation of preppy style- very springy, and certainly fitting for a winner of the Sunshine Award. :)

  10. Sorry to hear about your camera. You look great, love the zig zag skirt :)
    Every time I tuck my blouse into my tights I am reminded of kindergarten. That's how they taught us to do it and it does help some keeping tops in.

    Congrats on and thanks for the sunshine :)


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